SEATTLE (AP) — Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are recommending a pair of firsts for Washington state’s two U.S. attorney posts.
Nick Brown, the former general counsel to Gov. Jay...
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A gigantic nuclear waste treatment plant in eastern Washington state that has been under construction for 18 years is largely completed and soon will be ready to start...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Congress has passed a bill authorizing the addition of Coast Guard Polar Security Cutters for use as icebreakers, and an Alaska senator said the Trump administration is...
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A pair of U.S. senators believes restoring native plants in national parks around the country could help beautify and improve some of America's most beloved public...
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane Tribe of Indians will finally be compensated after some of their ancestral homelands were flooded by the giant Grand Coulee Dam seven decades ago,
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are proposing a broad federal data privacy law that would allow people to see what information companies have collected on them and demand that it be...
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Members of the Washington state congressional delegation have asked the federal government to monitor the Cowlitz River to protect communities from flooding.
BANGOR, Wash. (AP) — The Defense Department is diverting funding for an $89 million pier project at Naval Base Kitsap in Bangor to help build $3.6 billion in fencing and barriers along the U.S....
President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Federal Aviation Administration won approval from a Senate committee Wednesday despite objections from Democrats who questioned the actions of the...
WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Senate Democrat says she'll vote against President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Federal Aviation Administration because of his role in a whistleblower case at Delta Air...
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...
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Music icon Jimi Hendrix will now have a post office near his Washington state hometown named after him.
SEATTLE (AP) — A majority of voters casting midterm election ballots in Washington state said the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.
As voters cast ballots for U.S. Senate and members of Congress in Tuesday's elections, AP VoteCast found that one-third of Washington voters said the country is on the right track, compared with two-thirds who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell on Tuesday easily won re-election to a fourth term from Washington state, beating Republican Susan Hutchison.
Cantwell outdistanced Hutchison, a former Seattle TV anchor and state GOP party chairwoman.
A former tech executive who previously served one term in the U.S. House and six years as a representative in the state Legislature, Cantwell was first elected to the Senate in 2000.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Candidates in Washington's U.S. senate race clashed Saturday over policies on the environment, trade and tariffs, immigration and health care.
Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Susan Hutchison held their second debate in Spokane and touched on many of the themes they struck in their first debate Oct. 8 in Tacoma, the KING 5 television station reported.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and Republican challenger Susan Hutchison sparred on topics ranging from tax cuts and trade wars to gun policy Monday in the first of two debates before next month's election.
The one-hour debate, sponsored by the Washington State Debate Coalition, was held at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A popular program that supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country expired after Congress could not agree on language to extend it.
Lawmakers from both parties back the Land and Water Conservation Fund, but the program lapsed Monday amid dispute over whether its renewal should be part of a broader package of land-use and parks bills.
A Senate committee approved a bill on Tuesday to permanently reauthorize the fund and ensure it is fully paid for.
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.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democrat Maria Cantwell has easily won re-election to the U.S. Senate from Washington state in previous years, but as she seeks her fourth-term this November she is facing her most recognizable opponent.
Republican Susan Hutchison, who spent two decades as a Seattle TV news anchor before leading the state Republican party for five years, says people are looking for change.
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.
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.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A bill that would make it easier to kill sea lions that gobble endangered salmon in the Columbia River has cleared a key committee in the U.S. Senate.
The measure allows the federal government to issue permits to Washington, Idaho and Oregon, and several Pacific Northwest tribes, allowing up to 100 sea lions to be killed a year.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Some good news for Washington's wine industry.
The World Trade Organization on Friday agreed to investigate the U.S. Trade Representative's complaint over Canada's retail wine sale restrictions.
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., says regulations in Canada currently ban imported wines from store shelves in British Columbia. But if the U.S. prevails in this dispute, Canada will have to roll back its restrictions.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC's "This Week" — Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Members of Congress from the Northwest are praising the decision to start negotiations next Tuesday over the future of a half-century-old agreement between the United States and Canada that governs hydropower and flood control operations along the Columbia River.
Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington says the start of formal negotiations in Washington, D.C., is a very positive step.
SEATTLE (AP) — Former state Republican Party chair Susan Hutchison, a loyal supporter of President Donald Trump, said Friday she will challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell.
Hutchison, who filed just before the candidate-filing deadline, is the best-known of more than two-dozen challengers seeking to unseat the three-term Democrat.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell met with officials in northwest Washington state to discuss the impact of the opioid crisis on the area and how the federal government might be more effective in dealing with the matter.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator says the Trump administration may have violated federal law by exempting Florida from a national plan to expand offshore drilling.
Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state said Thursday that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's decision to give Florida a last-minute exemption while ignoring at least 10 other states that made similar requests may violate requirements of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which governs drilling in U.S. coastal waters.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration may have violated federal law by exempting Florida from a national plan to expand offshore drilling, a Democratic senator charged Thursday.
Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's decision to give Florida a last-minute exemption while ignoring at least 10 other states that made similar requests may violate requirements of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which governs drilling in U.S. coastal waters.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Multiple congressional committees are investigating a $300 million contract awarded to a small Montana company in the hometown of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that was tapped to help restore Puerto Rico's damaged power grid.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic senators on Thursday criticized a National Park Service plan to impose steep increases in entrance fees at 17 of its most popular parks, including the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone and Zion, calling the proposed rates "arbitrary and unjustifiable."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one step closer to oil and gas drilling.
A budget measure approved by the Republican-controlled Senate late Thursday allows Congress to pursue legislation allowing oil and gas exploration in the remote refuge on a majority vote.
Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan of Alaska said Congress can create jobs and enhance energy security by opening a small section of the 19.6 million-acre site to drilling.
WASHINGTON (AP) — As wildfires rage across California and the West, Democratic and Republican senators have joined forces to help rural communities better prepare for and prevent catastrophic wildfires.
A bill introduced Thursday by senators from three Northwestern states would authorize more than $100 million to help at-risk communities prevent wildfires and create a pilot program to cut down trees in the most fire-prone areas.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — More than 40 U.S. House and Senate members have asked President Donald Trump to maintain protections for Alaska's Bristol Bay region, which produces about half of the world's sockeye salmon.
The Democrats, in a letter dated Wednesday, say a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to lift restrictions on mining in the region that the agency once pursued is egregious and illogical.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer says he will push for passage of a bill to require that cellphones work on other carriers' networks during an emergency.
Schumer said Sunday that the bill is especially timely as Hurricane Irma threatens to wreak havoc in Florida.
The Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act, known as the SANDY Act, also would make 911 service more universally available during disasters. The House of Representatives passed the legislation in January.
SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has awarded $4.9 million to six universities and a nonprofit to help advance an early warning system for earthquakes along the West Coast.
The federal agency says the ShakeAlert system could give people seconds or up to a minute of warning before strong shaking begins.
The University of Washington, Central Washington University and University of Oregon are among those receiving grants.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday confirmed David Bernhardt, a lawyer and former Interior Department official, as deputy Interior secretary, second in command to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
The vote was 53-43. Democrats had criticized Bernhardt, saying he continued to advise a California water district even after he withdrew his formal registration as a lobbyist last year.
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Sen. Maria Cantwell says the Hanford Reach National Monument in eastern Washington is no longer under review for possible changes to the protections created for the natural landmark.
President Donald Trump in April ordered a review of two dozen monuments established by former presidents over more than two decades. Trump said the designation of the monuments was "a massive federal land grab" that "never should have happened."
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will enforce an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production, even as it seeks to rewrite the rule to be more industry-friendly, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday.
CORDOVA, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has become a testing ground for sustainable technologies that the rest of the world is increasingly interested in using, officials said.
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski held a field hearing this past weekend of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in Cordova to talk about the state's technology, specifically microgrids, Alaska's Energy Desk reported (http://bit.ly/2s672qP ).