SEATTLE (AP) — Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray are concerned U.S. Customs and Border Protection staffing will be inadequate to handle passengers coming through Sea-Tac Airport's new...
SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray is becoming a key contributor to the number of health care bills in Congress.
The Seattle Times reports the Washington state Democrat has increased the...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Plunging ahead despite paralyzing partisanship in the nation's capital, senior lawmakers of both parties Thursday proposed legislation to tackle surprise medical bills and other...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Louisiana lawyer Wendy Vitter as a federal judge Thursday, overcoming opposition from Democrats who criticized her anti-abortion stance and accused her of...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scrap "Obamacare"? Well, maybe not all of it.
The Trump administration is arguing in court that the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down as unconstitutional....
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The slow pace of cleaning up the nation's largest cache of radioactive waste left over from the production of nuclear weapons is frustrating Washington state officials from...
DeVos proposes federal tax credits to advance school choice
The Trump administration renewed its push for school choice on Thursday with a proposal to provide $5 billion a year in federal tax credits for donations made to groups offering scholarships for...
Renton post office renamed to honor Jimi Hendrix
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Music icon Jimi Hendrix will now have a post office near his Washington state hometown named after him.
Inquiry will review DeVos’ revival of troubled accreditor
The Education Department's independent watchdog said Wednesday that it plans to investigate Secretary Betsy DeVos' decision to reinstate a troubled accrediting agency that was shut down by the Obama administration over allegations of lax oversight.
Proposal would protect Methow Valley from future mining
SEATTLE (AP) — A large swath of federal land in Washington's Methow Valley would be protected from future mining for 20 years under a proposal recommended by the U.S. Forest Service.
The proposal would make about 340,000 acres (121 hectares) of forest lands in Okanogan County off-limits to new mining and mineral development for two decades while Congress considers legislation to permanently protect that area.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC's "This Week" — Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Bezos, wife donate $10 million to veterans political group
SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos have made their largest political donation to date, giving $10 million to a nonpartisan political-action committee devoted to helping military veterans running for Congress.
The North Carolina-based committee With Honor confirmed the donation, which was first reported Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal. With Honor said it has raised $20 million toward its $30 million goal to support veteran candidates of both parties.
With McCain gone, could women replace the lion of Senate?
WASHINGTON (AP) — John McCain is being remembered as a last lion of the Senate, with few others matching his stature. But the next generation of mavericks might come from the ranks of Senate women.
Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Dianne Feinstein of California and Patty Murray of Washington are all positioned to have enormous influence.
Senate Democrats want Boeing to negotiate with union in SC
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nearly two dozen Democratic U.S. senators are calling on Boeing Co. to negotiate with a union now representing some employees at a South Carolina plant.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Democratic U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy wants to reduce the size of the zone in which border agents can question people about their immigration status.
Currently, officers of the Department of Homeland Security have broad legal authority to stop vehicles and search private land, without warrants within 100 miles of the border.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Talks are scheduled to begin this week in Washington, D.C., to modernize the document that coordinates flood control and hydropower generation in the United States and Canada along the 1,200-mile (1,930-kilometer) Columbia River.
Northwest politicians have been pushing for years to renegotiate the Columbia River Treaty between the two countries. The lawmakers are particularly keen to eliminate a so-called "Canadian Entitlement" they contend is too favorable to Canada.
A Senate bill carrying a waiver that would have made a $75 million vessel built by Dakota Creek Industries of Anacortes eligible to fish in U.S. waters failed to advance Wednesday.
The waiver would have forgiven a mistake by Dakota Creek that involved using too much foreign-fabricated material in the ship’s hull, thus violating the Jones Act.
Female senators slam leadership for failing to pass sexual harassment legislation
All 22 female senators slammed the Senate in a letter to the leadership on Wednesday over the lack of action on sexual harassment legislation, reports CNN.
Those on both sides of the aisle said they were disappointed there hasn't been any movement to pass a reform of the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995.
Two months into the job, new U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has made one of his first major decisions choosing a new leader of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, his choice for the worlds pre-eminent public agency, announced Wednesday, prompts this question:
Is Dr. Robert Redfield really the best person he could find?
Spending bill has money for opioid, wildfire fights, schools and military
As she waited for word that the deal she helped negotiate in recent weeks to become official, Sen. Patty Murray said the omnibus spending plan should have strong support for programs vital to Washington.
Negotiators agreed to more spending to fight the opioid epidemic, expand medical research, boost education programs, fight wildfires and clean up Hanford, Murray, D-Wash., said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It started as a bipartisan attempt to curb soaring health care premiums.
But Congress' effort to stabilize the nation's insurance markets is faltering amid escalating demands by each party and erratic positions by President Donald Trump. Democrats want bigger federal subsidies for consumers under President Barack Obama's health care law while Republicans, still fighting that statute, aim to relax its coverage requirements and win abortion restrictions.
Lawmakers battle over bill to prevent breaching of dams
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Three Republican U.S. House members are criticizing Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and other lawmakers for opposing their legislation that would prevent the breaching of four dams on the Snake River to restore endangered salmon runs.
The three Republicans from the state of Washington support a bipartisan bill that seeks to maintain existing dam operations until at least 2022.
Lawmakers battle over bill to prevent breaching of dams
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Three Republican U.S. House members from Washington state are criticizing Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., for opposing their legislation that would prevent the breaching of four dams on the Snake River to help improve endangered salmon runs.
The three Republicans support a bipartisan bill that seeks to maintain existing dam operations until at least 2022.
With another government shutdown possible this week, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says the U.S. Senate should change its longstanding rules that allow the minority party to block spending bills.
“Every year we have to pass a federal budget,” McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, said in an interview. “What I am seeing right now, is there’s so much drama in the budget process, we’re not getting to the other issues.”
Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., recently created a bipartisan bill to improve health insurance markets. The deal allocates funds for cost-sharing reductions, which reduce out-of-pocket costs for low-income beneficiaries.
Collins, Murray press Senate leaders on harassment claims
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the Senate's most senior women sent notice on Thursday that they expect changes to Capitol Hill's practices for dealing with official complaints by congressional staff.
Republican Susan Collins of Maine and Democrat Patty Murray of Washington say in a letter to the all-male leadership of the Senate and its powerful Appropriations Committee that aides who complain about sexual harassment shouldn't have to endure "cooling off" periods and mediation.
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New CDC Director questioned about financial conflicts
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. Senator is criticizing the director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for an apparent financial conflict of interest that the senator says may prevent the director from doing her job.
Washington — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Lansing has joined six other female Democratic senators Wednesday in calling on Democratic Sen. Al Franken to resign as sexual harassment allegations continue to accumulate.
"Sexual harassment is unacceptable," Stabenow tweeted Wednesday. "I believe Senator Franken should do the right thing and resign."
Editor: Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, both of Washington, recently introduced new legislation to block President Trump’s rollback of the contraceptive mandate in Obamacare. I read in an article that many Democrats joined in supporting the bill. As I researched to find the names, I was sure that Sen. Bob Casey’s name would not be there. Unfortunately, it was. I was heartsick and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I know the Little Sisters of the Poor at Holy Family residence...
Washington — A Democratic senator is accusing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' husband of breaking a pledge she made that the couple would suspend political giving while DeVos is a member of President Donald Trump's cabinet.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, wrote to DeVos this week saying that her husband Dick's political contributions this year were "in direct opposition to the commitment you made to me."
Tax plan good for everyone, McMorris Rodgers says; mostly for the rich, Democrats contend
The House Republican tax overhaul would result in Eastern Washington residents paying less in taxes while seeing wages rise and more jobs, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Thursday several hours after the plan was released.
“This is tax relief for everyone,” McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-ranking Republican in the House, said in a phone interview.
Some Washington Democrats strongly disagreed, saying it would do away with deductions middle-class families use and would mainly help the wealthy.
Shawn Vestal: Sen. Murray crafts humane, bipartisan fix for Obamacare. As such, it faces an uphill batlle.
When it comes to health care legislation, Patty Murray lives squarely in the congressional minority.
Not the Democrats. The grown-ups.
Earlier this month, she presented a legislative proposal, crafted with fellow Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, a Republican, to fix some of the immediate problems with Obamacare. Unlike other recent health care legislation, it got a score last week from the Congressional Budget Office – a decent one.
To paraphrase Groucho Marx, President Donald Trump has a position on the Lamar Alexander/Patty Murray health care deal, and if you don’t like it, he has another one.
Within hours, Trump veered wildly on the bipartisan compromise on Obamacare that the Tennessee Republican and the Washington Democrat forged at his personal urging. At times supportive, noncommittal and opposed, Trump finally came out against, his final answer until further notice.
Massachusetts delegation to Trump: Keep health subsidies
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' all-Democratic congressional delegation is sending President Donald Trump a letter criticizing him for ending health care subsidies and warning him that tens of thousands of Massachusetts residents could see their premiums spike as a result.
U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey and all nine representatives from Massachusetts signed the letter dated Tuesday.
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer begged President Trump Monday to endorse a bipartisan deal to stabilize Obamacare's markets, saying the bill "has the necessary 60 votes" to pass without hiccups after every Democrat and a dozen Senate Republicans rallied to it.
"That's as bipartisan as it gets," Mr. Schumer, New York Democrat, said.
Congress appears to have enough votes to pass a bipartisan health care agreement, allowing more Americans to keep their insurance while giving states more flexibility with federal rules.
Just one problem: Republican leaders — including House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Janesville — don’t seem willing to allow a vote on the sensible proposal.
Top Dems nix White House demands to alter health care deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Democrats rejected White House demands Friday to add provisions weakening the Obama health care law to a bipartisan deal on steadying unsettled insurance markets. The compromise already faced an uphill path and this was the latest blow.
Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan proposal to calm churning health insurance markets gained momentum Thursday when enough lawmakers rallied behind it to give it potentially unstoppable Senate support. But its fate remained unclear as some Republicans sought changes that could threaten Democratic backing.
Trump kicks issues to Congress, is erratic negotiator
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proving to be an erratic negotiating partner as he punts policy issues to Congress and then sends conflicting signals about what he really wants.
His rapid backpedal this week on a short-term health care is the latest example, and it's left Republicans and Democrats scratching their heads.
Q&A: New health bill offers stability, respite on premiums
WASHINGTON (AP) — The bipartisan health care bill formally proposed Thursday in Congress would help stabilize insurance markets up-ended by the fierce partisan battle over "Obamacare." For consumers, it offers a potential respite from the spiral of rising premiums and dwindling choice.
Lamar Alexander says Trump still cheering bipartisan talks on health care
Sen. Lamar Alexander on Thursday said President Trump is still cheering efforts to stabilize Obamacare's insurance markets, despite shifting rhetoric from the White House and demands for changes to the bipartisan deal.
Chris Van Hollen: New health care proposal is not an insurance bailout
Sen. Chris Van Hollen said Thursday the new Senate health care proposal is not a bailout for insurance companies.
"Not a penny of this can go to the profits of the insurance companies. And frankly, if President Trump has a better idea of how to write that into the bill, we've sort of said, go for it," Mr. Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat, said on MSNBC.
An agreement between Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray not only would restore crucial Obamacare subsidy payments that President Donald Trump planned to withhold, but provide a course to long-term improvements in the law. Alexander, Tennessee Republican, is chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee and Murray, a Washington Democrat, is the ranking minority member. They have been working for months on a means to improve, rather than eviscerate the health care law.
President Trump on Wednesday signaled he cannot support a bipartisan deal that resumes critical Obamacare payments, one day after he offered support for the compromise and even as its Republican architect said Mr. Trump "engineered" the pact.
An agreement between Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray not only would restore crucial Obamacare subsidy payments that President Trump planned to withhold, but provide a course to long-term improvements in the law.
Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, is chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee and Murray, a Washington Democrat, is the ranking minority member. They have been working for months on a means to improve, rather than eviscerate, the health care law.
An agreement between Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray not only would restore crucial Obamacare subsidy payments that President Trump planned to withhold, but provide a course to long-term improvements in the law. Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, is chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee and Murray, a Washington Democrat, is the ranking minority member. They have been working for months on a means to improve, rather than eviscerate, the health care law.
President Trump threw his support Tuesday behind a short-term Obamacare fix that would restart payments to insurance companies, saying it was a way to buy time while Republicans work toward a broad repeal that he insisted they will eventually find the votes to pass.
Donald Trump says White House working with temporary bipartisan health care plan
President Trump said Tuesday he's working on a short-term deal with Democrats in Congress on a short-term solution to resolve the Obamacare crisis and avoid a "dangerous" period without a fix.
"Yes we have been involved, this is a short-term deal," Mr. Trump said of the talks between Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican, and Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat.