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Category: Congress
July 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Boehner praises doctor who saved Herrera Beutler’s baby

The Associated Press A choked-up House Speaker John Boehner has interrupted a series of votes to praise a doctor who helped a congresswoman’s infant survive a rare condition. In a break from his chamber’s often acrid political divisions, the Ohio Republican prompted two bipartisan standing ovations Wednesday by introducing Washington state Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler…

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Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: baby, Johns Hopkins doctor, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler

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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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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June 20, 2014 at 1:23 PM

DelBene challenger Celis downplays personal views on abortion and gay marriage

Republican Pedro Celis is trying to keep the focus on Obamacare and the economy in his bid to unseat first-term Democratic Rep. Suzan DelBene this year. But at a GOP candidate forum Thursday night at an Everett restaurant, Celis was reminded that some conservative Republicans also care deeply about social issues, including abortion and…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congress, Congressional races, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: 1st Congressional District, abortion, gay marriage

June 17, 2014 at 1:17 PM

U.S. Senate confirms Sal Mendoza Jr. as federal judge

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Sal Mendoza Jr. as the first Latino federal judge in Eastern Washington. Mendoza was a Benton-Franklin Superior Court judge who worked as a lawyer, including time as an assistant attorney general and deputy prosecutor in Franklin County. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell both spoke in support of Mendoza before Tuesday’s vote. The…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. Senate | Topics: eastern washington, federal judge

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 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

April 30, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Rep. Rick Larsen: U.S. should create ambassadorship to Arctic

WASHINGTON — The United States has an ambassador to Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga. Yet we have no ambassador to a region that might hold more vital American interests — the warming Arctic. That’s the omission U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen would like to fix. The Everett Democrat on Wednesday joined Republican Jim Sensenbrenner of…

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April 23, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Lawmakers decry Seattle Boy Scouts’ action against gay leader

WASHINGTON — Four Democratic members of Congress have expressed concern over  Seattle Boy Scouts of America’s recent decision to kick out a church for hosting a troop led by an openly gay scoutmaster. In identical letters sent last week to Rob McKenna, president of the Boy Scouts’ Chief Seattle Council, and Robert Gates, the…

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Comments | More in Congress | Topics: Adam Smith, Boy Scouts, Rob McKenna

April 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Newhouse leads fundraising in race to succeed Doc Hastings

Former state agriculture chief Dan Newhouse has emerged as the leading early fundraiser among a pack of Republicans vying to represent Central Washington’s 4th Congressional District. Newhouse raised $162,000 through the first quarter of the year, topping five other Republicans and one Democrat in the race so far, according to reports filed with the Federal…

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Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Clint Didier, Dan Newhouse, Fourth Congressional District race

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