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Category: U.S. Senate
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…


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

January 28, 2014 at 8:11 AM

What your congressperson is (publicly) betting on the Super Bowl

Washington state’s congressional delegation on Monday submitted a strong entry into this year’s political Super Bowl betting sweepstakes, announcing a mass wager with Colorado’s delegation. That means all members of Congress representing Washington and Colorado — 17 in all; 10 from Washington and seven from Colorado — are offering to give something to the other side…


0 Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest, State government, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate | Topics: Adam Smith, Cathy McMorris Rogers, Dave Reichert

December 10, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Sen. Patty Murray: Budget deal will restore public trust in Congress

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray says the budget deal she and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan announced Tuesday will “restore trust that had been lost by people across the country that we could function as a Congress and as a democracy.” In an interview with The Seattle Times shortly after a news conference announcing the deal, Murray, the…


0 Comments | More in Congress, Federal government, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate | Topics: budget deal, Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Patty Murray

September 19, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Cantwell questions NOAA nominee about ocean acidification

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell on Thursday sought a commitment from the Obama administration’s nominee to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that she would make ocean acidification a significant priority. But the exchange briefly turned, albeit obliquely, to an issue at the heart of the debate about the U.S. response to ocean acidification: funding. In response…


0 Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest, U.S. Senate | Topics: NOAA, ocean acidification, Sea Change

September 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM

King County sheriff promises crackdown on public, underage pot smoking

WASHINGTON — King County Sheriff John Urquhart said his deputies will vigorously enforce Washington’s new marijuana law, especially against underage pot smokers. Urquhart is testifying today before the Senate Judiciary Committee on how to reconcile the state’s legalization of pot and the still-on-the-books federal prohibition. In an interview before the hearing, Urquhart said he sees little…


0 Comments | More in U.S. Senate | Topics: John Urquhart, marijuana

August 8, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Reichert again considering run for statewide office

Updated at 6:50 p.m. with a comment from a Reichert spokeswoman. U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert is apparently again thinking about running for statewide office. Reichert, a former King County Sheriff and fifth-term Republican representative in the 8th Congressional District, said in a Thursday interview with C.R. Douglas of Q13 FOX News that he is considering running for…


0 Comments | More in Congress, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate | Topics: Dave Reichert, Jay Inslee, Marira Cantwell

June 27, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Patty Murray’s Senate photo album: women and more women

WASHINGTON — The suits are as conservative as ever, but a lot more women are in ‘em. A pair of portraits featured in Sen. Patty Murray’s first Instagram photo Thursday captures the remarkable rise of women in Congress. The first image, taken in 1993, shows five of the then-record six women serving in the Senate. Murray, a…


0 Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest, U.S. Senate | Topics: Maria Canwell, patty murray, women

June 10, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Bristol Bay mine would hurt salmon, senators warn Obama

WASHINGTON — Federal approval for an open-pit copper and gold mine near Alaska’s Bristol Bay should weigh how it might endanger the $1.5 billion commercial salmon fishing industry that flows from the pristine watershed 150 miles southwest of Anchorage. That was the message sent Monday by five West Coast Senate Democrats,  including Washington’s Maria Cantwell and…


0 Comments | More in U.S. Senate | Topics: Bristol Bay, Maria Cantwell, patty murray

March 19, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Senate panel to vote Thursday on Interior nominee Sally Jewell

WASHINGTON — The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will vote Thursday on Sally Jewell’s nomination as Interior secretary. The vote comes two weeks after the REI chief executive’s sometimes-pointed confirmation hearing before the committee’s 12 Democrats and 10 Republicans. Jewell’s ties to conservationist causes drew sharp questions from committee members who support more aggressive…


0 Comments | More in U.S. Senate | Topics: Sally Jewell, Secretary of Inteior

February 26, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Patty Murray blames Republicans for furloughs that would be triggered by sequestration

WASHINGTON — With millions of federal workers facing possible unpaid furloughs from mandatory budget cuts slated to start Friday, Sen. Patty Murray took to the Senate floor Tuesday to point out the culprits: Republicans. The Washington Democrat spoke out against the $85 billion in spending cuts while standing next to a chart labeled “Republican Plan for…


0 Comments | More in U.S. Senate | Topics: furloughs, patty murray, sequestration

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