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June 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Patty Murray urges Obama to flex executive power on immigration

WASHINGTON — U. S. Sen. Patty Murray on Thursday urged President Obama to further flex his executive authority to ease detention and deportation of immigrants here illegally if Republicans remain unwilling to agree on comprehensive immigration reforms. The Washington Democrat spoke on the Senate floor a day after Speaker John Boehner said Republicans will seek…

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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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May 30, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Washington’s delegation reacts to Shinseki’s resignation

UPDATED AT 11:41 a.m. with Cantwell’s statement: WASHINGTON — Eric Shinseki’s resignation as secretary of Veterans Affairs Friday was greeted with grim welcome by members of Congress from Washington state, several of whom had recently called for Shinseki’s departure. The lawmakers made clear the resignation by itself does not address the systemic problems within the veterans agency that…

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Comments | More in Federal government | Topics: denny heck, Eric Shinseki, patty murray

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

January 28, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Patty Murray, Democrats join Supreme Court birth-control case

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and 17 other Senate Democrats on Tuesday weighed in on a Supreme Court case that pits a new federal insurance mandate for contraceptive coverage against a private corporation’s refusal on grounds it violates the owners’ religious beliefs. The lawmakers filed an amicus brief in Sebelius…

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Comments | More in Congress | Topics: Affordable Care Act, contraceptive coverage, patty murray

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

January 16, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Patty Murray wants $750M tuition aid for undocumented, poor students

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray is proposing to earmark $750 million over 10 years to entice all states to make college more affordable for tens of thousands of poor, including undocumented, high school graduates each year. The Washington Democrat on Thursday introduced a bill that would financially reward Washington and 18 other states that already…

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Comments | More in Congress, Education | Topics: college tuition, immigration, patty murray

January 10, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Patty Murray and Paul Ryan agree Seahawk Russell Wilson rocks

WASHINGTON — They forged the first bipartisan federal budget plan since 2009. Now Patty Murray and Paul Ryan found another common ground: they both like Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Murray, a Washington Democrat, on Friday presented the Wisconsin Republican with Wilson’s autographed jersey ahead of the Seahawks’ playoff opener Saturday against the New Orleans…

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January 8, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell hoist Seahawks flag on Capitol

WASHINGTON — Seattle Seahawks blue and white flew briefly in the nation’s capital Wednesday, as Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray hoisted the “12th Man” flag on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. The Washington Democrats were among fans participating in “Hawkitecture” by displaying the flag in front of various buildings. Murray and Cantwell held up…

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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…

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

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