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The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

Category: Congress
December 16, 2014 at 5:31 PM

U.S. Senate extends state’s sales tax deduction for another year

The U.S. Senate Tuesday night passed a last-minute bill extending dozens of temporary tax breaks, including the one that allows Washington state residents to deduct sales taxes on their federal tax returns. The vote was 76-16. The bill would enable millions of businesses and individuals to claim the tax breaks on their 2014 tax returns. Beyond this…

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December 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Derek Kilmer tries to strip campaign cash provision from spending bill

WASHINGTON — President Obama hasn’t signed it into law yet. But that didn’t stop U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer Tuesday from trying to strip a controversial provision inserted into the 2015 federal spending bill allowing wealthy donors to give vastly larger sums to national political parties. Kilmer, a freshman Democrat from Gig Harbor, jumped on the widespread outrage over new campaign…

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December 10, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Lawmakers parse $1.1 trillion spending bill for local impact

WASHINGTON — The $1.1 trillion spending bill filed by House appropriators late Tuesday likely will avert a federal government shutdown after Thursday. But lawmakers (or, more accurately, their staff) were combing through the omnibus legislation Wednesday morning to tally how much money will flow to their states. Sean Coit, spokesman for Sen. Patty Murray, said the…

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December 9, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Jim McDermott: Obama needs debate over war against ISIS

Updated at 1:50 p.m. with comment from Adam Smith: WASHINGTON — Last Thursday, U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott voted against the 2015 defense policy bill to protest expanded deployment of U.S. military forces against the radical group ISIS, which calls itself Islamic State. On Tuesday, the Seattle Democrat followed up in a Capitol Hill newspaper to warn…

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December 3, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Cantwell raises cash for Landrieu, who bashes her “windmills” focus

Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell sent out a fundraising appeal Wednesday morning for fellow Sen. Mary Landrieu, the embattled Louisiana Democrat fighting to retain her seat in a runoff election. Cantwell’s appeal, part of a national Democratic “moneybomb,” praised Landrieu as “a critical ally over the years… an ally I’m counting on in the years to…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, U.S. Senate | Topics: U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu

November 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Ferguson protests, electric cars, big pensions: your political week in review

You’d think it would be a slow week for politics, and yet: 1. Seattle City Council OKs budget with added social-services spending, Socialist Kshama Sawant votes against it. 2. Gov. Inslee pushes incentives for electric cars. (Phuong Le/AP) 3. NRA intends to lobby against new background-check law. 4. Viet Shelton will be Seattle mayor’s new…

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November 20, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Local Congress members praise, blast Obama’s immigration move

Members of Congress began reacting to President Obama’s speech on immigration Thursday afternoon even before it was delivered. We’ll post statements from members of the Washington state congressional delegation as they arrive. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina: “Everyone agrees that our immigration system is broken, but after more than a year of refusing to act on immigration reform legislation,…

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November 19, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Maria Cantwell: Net neutrality should be “law of the land”

UPDATED AT 11:09 A.M. WITH EXCERPTS  of CANTWELL’S SPEECH: WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, one of  most vocal advocates in Congress for an open Internet, on Wednesday called on Congress to ensure that “net neutrality is the law of the land.” The Washington Democrat’s remarks on the Senate floor came after President Obama earlier this month waded into the…

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November 17, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Patty Murray urges Obama to stay firm on immigration action

WASHINGTON — Sen. Patty Murray and her fellow Democratic leaders on Monday urged President Obama to stick to his resolve to act unilaterally on immigration reform, which has incensed conservatives and triggered threats of another government shutdown. In a letter to Obama, the lawmakers say immigrant communities have waited long enough for House Republicans…

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October 23, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Didier drops suit against Newhouse campaign volunteer

The Associated Press SPOKANE — Republican U.S. House candidate Clint Didier has dropped his federal lawsuit against a volunteer for his opponent’s campaign over an alleged misuse of state resources. Didier had originally sued opponent Dan Newhouse, also a Republican seeking the House seat from central Washington, plus Newhouse’s campaign and volunteer Christopher Voigt, who is the…

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