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Category: Congress
February 14, 2015 at 11:25 AM

Transportation, climate bill, Oso medals: your political week in review

The big Olympia news this week was that Republicans and Democrats in the state Senate came together on the beginnings for an agreement on a statewide transportation package. That and other doings: 1. State Senate transportation plan includes phasing in new gas tax. 2. Meanwhile, GOP senators introduce bill that would ban money for Bertha tunnel cost overruns. 3. Lawmaker called…

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February 12, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Patty Murray resurrects bill for paid sick days

WASHINGTON — Sen. Patty Murray on Thursday reintroduced a Democratic bill that would require employers to provide up to seven days of paid sick time annually. Murray cosponsored the “Healthy Families Act” with U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, a leading liberal in Congress who has introduced the bill six times since 2004. Estimated 43 million American workers get no paid…

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January 30, 2015 at 9:17 PM

Crotch grabs, earthlings, minimum wage, sex workers: your political week in review

Take some time Sunday and catch up on all your political happenings. Oh, wait …. 1. Inslee climate bill gets hearing 2. GOP bill to kill Bertha and the tunnel project gets … killed 3. Push in Olympia to broaden ban on using smartphones while driving 4. After fiery “kids-these-days” speech, Minimum wage bill passes out…

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January 27, 2015 at 2:56 PM

Adam Smith: Republicans have only partisan motives on Benghazi panel

WASHINGTON — He’s called it a “witch hunt” that has already wasted millions of taxpayers’ dollars. And on Tuesday, U. S. Rep. Adam Smith of Bellevue used the third public hearing of the Select Committee on Benghazi to once again excoriate House Republicans for their ongoing investigation into the 2012 attacks at the U.S. diplomatic…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Adam Smith, Benghazi

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

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