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Category: U.S. Senate
September 19, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Joe Biden expected in Seattle for Cantwell’s Senate fundraiser

UPDATED AT 3:06 p.m. with comment from Cantwell’s campaign: WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden will attend a fundraiser in Seattle next month to benefit a new joint fundraising committee created by Sen. Maria Cantwell and three other female Democratic senators up for election this year. The Oct. 9 event will support Cantwell for Women…

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September 18, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Cantwell offers bill to strip NFL’s nonprofit status

WASHINGTON — Making good on her threat Tuesday, Sen. Maria Cantwell has introduced a bill to deny tax-exempt status to sports leagues that allow its franchise teams to use the term “redskins.” Thursday’s bill follows the Washington Democrat’s earlier pledge to strip the National Football League of its nonprofit status over Commissioner Roger Goodell’s inaction so far…

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September 16, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Maria Cantwell threatens to strip NFL of nonprofit status

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell on Tuesday said she plans to introduce a bill to strip the National Football League of its tax-exempt status over its refusal so far to force the Washington Redskins to change the team’s name. Speaking at a news conference at the Capitol as part of the “Change the…

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June 25, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Senate passes Patty Murray-backed jobs-training bill

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Wednesday  reauthorized the nation’s main jobs-training bill, updating the Clinton-era legislation to help Americans — particularly disadvantaged youth and laid-off workers — prepare for an increasingly-skilled labor market. The six-year reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) passed by a 95-3 vote. The legislation expired in 2003 and Congress has been…

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June 17, 2014 at 1:17 PM

U.S. Senate confirms Sal Mendoza Jr. as federal judge

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Sal Mendoza Jr. as the first Latino federal judge in Eastern Washington. Mendoza was a Benton-Franklin Superior Court judge who worked as a lawyer, including time as an assistant attorney general and deputy prosecutor in Franklin County. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell both spoke in support of Mendoza before Tuesday’s vote. The…

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May 22, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Cantwell renews push for NFL ban on Redskins name

WASHINGTON — Seizing the racist flap involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling as an impetus, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington and 48 fellow Senate Democrats are asking the National Football League (NFL) to force a name change for the Washington Redskins. The letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell makes no direct reference to the…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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