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Topic: Rep. Jim McDermott

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June 11, 2013 at 1:42 PM

McDermott: Withhold congressional paychecks until lawmakers raise debt ceiling

WASHINGTON — With the federal government mere months away from possibly breaching the debt ceiling yet again, Rep. Jim McDermott of Seattle and Sen. Barbara Boxer of California are proposing to withhold lawmakers’ paychecks until they vote to raise the borrowing limit. The two Democrats on Wednesday will roll out their Pay Your Bills or Lose…

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June 4, 2013 at 3:51 PM

McDermott apologizes, then scolds groups targeted by IRS

WASHINGTON — First came the apology, then the scolding. That was U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott’s attempt to steer a congressional hearing Tuesday over the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups to what he considers the central issue — whether taxpayers ought to subsidize organizations that might have political agendas. The Seattle liberal told six witnesses from…

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November 30, 2012 at 7:26 AM

McDermott’s pricey Bali trip apparently sets record

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott apparently set a record for congressional travel with his roughly $21,000 privately-funded trip to Bali earlier this month. According to the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, the Seattle liberal’s visit to Indonesia appears to be the costliest trip taken by a member of Congress since rules…

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August 28, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Smith, McDermott and others call for probe of Border Patrol authority

U.S. Reps. Adam Smith and Jim McDermott joined eight other members of Congress in signing a letter calling for an independent investigation into the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s authority to stop people and vehicles within 100 miles of the northern border. The letter instructs the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), to look into practices by…

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August 7, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Seattle Democrat’s bid to unseat Jim McDermott fizzles fast

An upstart bid to force an intraparty general election in the Seattle-area Congressional district appears to have fallen far short. Andrew Hughes, a Democrat and 30-year-old tax attorney, took just about 6 percent of the early returns, not nearly enough to face Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle. Instead, McDermott will face Republican attorney Ron Bemis, who was at…

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August 2, 2012 at 12:54 PM

McDermott to roll out carbon tax bill to address climate change

WASHINGTON — Cap and trade is all but dead. Cap and dividend didn’t get far. And Congress is too busy with looming budget cuts, expiring tax cuts and other problems to deal with global warming. It’s against that backdrop that Rep. Jim McDermott on Thursday planned to introduce the latest version of his legislation to combat climate…

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July 12, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Hughes taking on McDermott, one stunt at a time

How do you get attention if you are running against a 12-term incumbent who usually takes at least three-quarters of the votes? Well, if you’re Andrew Hughes, a Democratic challenger to longtime Congressman Jim McDermott, you bike, boat and swim across the district. You spend the night in Westlake Park with the homeless, then…

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