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August 20, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Lawmakers: FEMA should reconsider aid denial for Washington wildfire victims

WASHINGTON – Four members of Congress from Washington state are urging the federal government to reverse last week’s decision to deny direct assistance to families affected by wildfires that scorched the state for nearly a month beginning July 14. In a letter to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: carlton complex, FEMA, wildfires

July 16, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Former Coast Guard commander named to new Arctic post

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday named the Coast Guard’s former top commander to a new, high-level post to help direct the nation’s Arctic strategy, signaling the polar region’s importance in national security and foreign policy matters. Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., who retired this May as the commandant of the Coast Guard, will…

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Comments | More in Federal government | Topics: Coast Guard, icebreakers, Rick Larsen

June 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Patty Murray urges Obama to flex executive power on immigration

WASHINGTON — U. S. Sen. Patty Murray on Thursday urged President Obama to further flex his executive authority to ease detention and deportation of immigrants here illegally if Republicans remain unwilling to agree on comprehensive immigration reforms. The Washington Democrat spoke on the Senate floor a day after Speaker John Boehner said Republicans will seek…

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Comments | More in Congress | Topics: immigration, patty murray

June 25, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Senate passes Patty Murray-backed jobs-training bill

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Wednesday  reauthorized the nation’s main jobs-training bill, updating the Clinton-era legislation to help Americans — particularly disadvantaged youth and laid-off workers — prepare for an increasingly-skilled labor market. The six-year reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) passed by a 95-3 vote. The legislation expired in 2003 and Congress has been…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. Senate | Topics: job training, patty murray

June 13, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Rep. DelBene: Obama should use power to avert more deportations

WASHINGTON — President Obama should use his full legal authority to curb needless deportation and detention of undocumented immigrants, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and 57 House Democrats urged in a letter released Thursday. The offices of DelBene, a freshman from Medina, and Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., drafted the letter, which calls on Obama to move more aggressively to…

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Comments | More in Federal government, Politics Northwest | Topics: immigration, Northwest Detention Center, Suzan DelBene

June 11, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Not interested in moving up in wake of Eric Cantor’s ouster

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Wednesday she will not seek to move up the House Republican leadership ladder in the wake of Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s swift fall from his No. 2 job. McMorris Rodgers, of Spokane, said in a statement she plans to stay put as the House GOP caucus’s No. 4 leader. After…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races | Topics: cathy mcmorris rodgers, Eric Cantor

June 11, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Cathy McMorris Rodgers could seek promotion in wake of Eric Cantor’s defeat

Updated at 11:04 a.m. with Cantor’s planned resignation: WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s unanticipated defeat in Tuesday’s Virginia primary election has opened up a chance for promotion for Spokane’s Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers for the second time in two years. McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-ranking House GOP leader as chairwoman of the Republican conference, instantly vaulted to a…

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Comments | More in Congressional races, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: cathy mcmorris rodgers, Eric Cantor, tea party

May 30, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Washington’s delegation reacts to Shinseki’s resignation

UPDATED AT 11:41 a.m. with Cantwell’s statement: WASHINGTON — Eric Shinseki’s resignation as secretary of Veterans Affairs Friday was greeted with grim welcome by members of Congress from Washington state, several of whom had recently called for Shinseki’s departure. The lawmakers made clear the resignation by itself does not address the systemic problems within the veterans agency that…

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Comments | More in Federal government | Topics: denny heck, Eric Shinseki, patty murray

May 27, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Jill Biden, Sally Jewell to lead Seattle summit on working families

Updated Wednesday at 5:54 a.m. with RSVP link: WASHINGTON — Second Lady Jill Biden and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will lead a summit in Seattle Thursday on working families, in advance of a national dialogue scheduled for next month on how employers and employees can thrive together. The panel discussion at Seattle’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall will feature…

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Comments | More in Federal government | Topics: Jill Biden, Sally Jewell, White House

May 22, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Cantwell renews push for NFL ban on Redskins name

WASHINGTON — Seizing the racist flap involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling as an impetus, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington and 48 fellow Senate Democrats are asking the National Football League (NFL) to force a name change for the Washington Redskins. The letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell makes no direct reference to the…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, U.S. Senate | Topics: Maria Cantwell, NBA, NFL

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