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Category: Congress
January 26, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Suzan DelBene named to Obama’s Export Council

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene has been named to President Obama’s Export Council, making the Medina Democrat the second member of Congress from Washington to serve on the advisory panel. The appointment, announced by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, makes DelBene one of about 50 corporate chiefs, administration officials and lawmakers who advise the…

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Comments | More in Federal government, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Dave Reichert, Export Council, Suzan DelBene

January 24, 2015 at 1:29 PM

Mascots, pot reform, political retirees: your politics week in review

While you were obsessing over the State of the Union or Deflategate, Washington state politics moved forward. Here’s what you may have missed: 1. Seattle City Councilmembers Nick Licata and Tom Rasmussen to retire 2. Truth Needle: GOP leader is right, Inslee polluter list tags UW, WSU 3. On Muslim Lobby Day, Muslim residents march through…

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Comments | More in Attorney General, Marijuana, Minimum wage, State Legislature, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: Bob Ferguson, Nick Licata, Susan Hutchison

January 22, 2015 at 12:33 PM

Cathy McMorris Rodgers still supports anti-abortion bill that Republicans yanked

Updated at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 23 with comment from Herrera Beutler: WASHINGTON — The anti-abortion bill yanked from a floor vote in the House Thursday still has the support of the chamber’s highest-ranking Republican woman. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane reiterated her support for the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which bars terminating pregnancies after…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: abortion, cathy mcmorris rodgers, Jaime Herrera Beutler

January 13, 2015 at 7:22 AM

House Democrats vote Derek Kilmer to Appropriations Committee

Updated at 7:52 a.m. with Sen. Murray’s new subcommittee information: WASHINGTON — The shrunken House Democratic Caucus on Tuesday voted to give a spot on the House Appropriations Committee to  Rep. Derek Kilmer, a move that would give the sophomore lawmaker from Gig Harbor a more direct voice on federal spending decisions. The vote by the…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: appropriations committee, Derek Kilmer

January 9, 2015 at 6:21 AM

Cantwell, Murray seek to make sales-tax deductions permanent

Updated at 9:47 a.m. to add Harry Reid as co-sponsor: WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray are taking another stab to make sales-tax deductions a permanent part of the tax code. The two Washington Democrats, along with six seven colleagues, on Thursday evening introduced a bill seeking to end the frequent expirations — and subsequent renewals…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. Senate | Topics: Maria Cantwell, patty murray, sales-tax deductions

January 8, 2015 at 9:22 AM

Maria Cantwell: Congress prematurely intervening in Keystone

WASHINGTON — President Obama has said he will veto it and it may not get built anytime soon even if approved. But the bill to greenlight the Canadian Keystone XL pipeline project passed out of a Senate committee Thursday as the first display of Republican legislative muscle in the 114th Congress. The vote was 13 to 9…

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Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest, U.S. Senate | Topics: Keystone, Maria Cantwell, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

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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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. Senate | Topics: federal taxes, sales tax deduction

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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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: campaign contributions, Citizens United, Derek Kilmer

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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Comments | More in Congress | Topics: federal budget, patty murray

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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Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest | Topics: Adam Smith, ISIS, Islamic State

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