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

Category: Congress
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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0 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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0 Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Clint Didier, Dan Newhouse, Fourth Congressional District race

March 27, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Adam Smith calls for halt to Republican “witch hunt” over Benghazi

WASHINGTON — The political spectacle over the Benghazi investigations has cost the Pentagons millions of dollars — and the tab shows no sign of ending soon. All 17 Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday demanded that its chairman, Darrell Issa, R-Calif., finally pull the plug on his probe into…

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0 Comments | More in Congress, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Benghazi, Hillary Clinton, House Armed Services Committe

March 27, 2014 at 7:12 AM

Dave Reichert breaks ranks with GOP on national monuments bill

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Wednesday passed a bill to curtail presidential powers to designate national monuments, a legislation conservation groups condemned as shortsighted and which they urged the Senate to reject. Rep. Dave Reichert of Auburn broke from the GOP majority to vote against it, one of just 10 Republicans to do so. The measure…

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0 Comments | More in Congress | Topics: Dave Reichert, Doc Hastings, national monuments

March 21, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Maria Cantwell introduces bill to refurbish aged Polar Sea icebreaker

WASHINGTON — More than a year after she rescued it from the scrap heap, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is trying to get the Polar Sea icebreaker refurbished and returned to service. Cantwell and fellow Democrat, Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska, on Friday said they are introducing a bill to authorize the U.S. Coast Guard to…

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0 Comments | More in Congress | Topics: icebreaker, Maria Cantwell, Mark Begich

March 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Doc Hastings’ district got top money from stimulus he opposed

UPDATED AT 1:12  P.M. WITH COMMENT FROM HASTINGS’ SPOKESMAN: WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings’ Central Washington district received the most federal money from the 2009 stimulus act, snagging more than 500 times as much per resident than the bottom-ranked district of former Congressman Anthony Weiner of New York. That’s the conclusion by three economists

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0 Comments | More in Congress | Topics: Brookings Institution, Doc Hastings, stimulus

March 17, 2014 at 4:36 PM

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene to go ‘undercover’ to deliver for UPS

WASHINGTON — Some politicians knock on doors for votes. U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene will knock and deliver your UPS package. The freshman Democrat from Medina on Monday announced plans to go “undercover” as a Woman in Brown to make delivery rounds in Redmond Wednesday morning. The reasons? To bring attention to the benefits of higher minimum wage…

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0 Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Minimum wage, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Suzan DelBene, UPS

March 12, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Senate committee considers federal judge nominees for Eastern Washington

WASHINGTON – Salvador Mendoza, Jr., who could become the first Latino federal judge in Eastern Washington, got his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Mendoza’s appearance came just two months after he was nominated by President Obama to U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington and four months after Senate Democrats took a…

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0 Comments | More in Congress | Topics: patty murray, Salvador Mendoza, Senate Judiciary Committee

March 4, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Reichert backs bill to ban welfare card use at pot stores

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert on Tuesday introduced a bill to ban the use of welfare benefit cards at stores selling marijuana, adding them to a prohibited list that includes casinos, liquor stores, strip clubs and tattoo parlors. Reichert, a Republican from Auburn, joined 11 other lawmakers in sponsoring the “Preserving Welfare for Needs…

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0 Comments | More in Congress, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Dave Reichert, marijuana, welfare

March 1, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Members of congressional delegation ask for tax extension for mudslide victims

Four members of Washington’s congressional delegation representing Snohomish County on Thursday asked the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to extend the tax-filing deadline for victims of the mudslide in Oso. The IRS in the past has granted such reprieve for victims of natural disasters. Most recently, it gave a six-month extension for people affected by September 2013…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate | Topics: Cantwell, IRS, Larsen DelBene

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