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House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., have floated unrealistic budgets and made no effort at compromise that could avert across-the-board cuts under "sequestration."
Tue Jun 18, 2013
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Bridge opens Wednesday, June 19
The temporary fix is finished and drivers will be crossing the Skagit River on Interstate 5 once again beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, June 19. Due to the narrower lane width, the speed limit will be 40 mph.
The News Tribune
Washington's members of Congress ask US attorney general to respect voters on marijuana
Washington state Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, along with five Democratic House members from the state’s delegation, want a quick decision from the U.S. Justice Department on whether the state can proceed with its plans to sell marijuana for recreational use beginning next year.
Veronique de Rugy: Can the Budget Ever Be Cut?
President Barack Obama finally released his fifth budget in February. Like his four previous fiscal proposals, this one is stuffed with promises to "invest" in America and "our" children, to grow the economy, and to reduce the deficit.
Mon Jun 17, 2013
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray spoke with early childhood educators, parents and students at the Patricia Nierenberg Child Care and Early Learning Center about the benefits early education provides in a person's life.
Not much action on pot from state's leaders in DC
WASHINGTON — It’s been seven months since Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana in defiance of federal law — and contrary to the personal beliefs of most of the state’s representatives in Congress.
Sun Jun 16, 2013
Hanford downwinder hopes for settlement
Decades later, while working in Yakima, O'Neil learned that she had thyroid cancer that could have been caused by clouds of radioactive iodine-131 released from Hanford's plutonium plants with no public warning in the 1940s and '50s.
Letter: Nation moving toward tyranny
I believe most Americans would agree that as government grows bigger we loose a little freedom.
Sat Jun 15, 2013
History in stone: The United States Capitol
When you go to Washington, you should tour the United States Capitol. You can do it two ways: Just go to the visitor center and join a huge tour group; or call your Senator's office ahead of time , and a Senate intern will give you a great tour with just a few people.
MN-Sen: Al Franken (D) Reintroduces The Understanding the True Cost of College Act
Sen. Al Franken has reintroduced his bill that would require schools to use a universal financial aid award letter, so that students and families will know how much college will truly cost.
Murraya s military sexual assault piece stays in bill
Sen. Patty Murray's proposal requiring the Armed Forces to train advocates to help sex assault victims moved forward this week as an amendment to Congress' primary defense bill, setting it up for adoption later this year.
Fri Jun 14, 2013
Senator: Collapse of Skagit bridge should lead to replacement of Columbia I-5 bridge
VANCOUVER, Wash. The dramatic collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River should serve as a wakeup call that officials need to replace the I-5 bridge over the Columbia River soon, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray said Friday.
Will McConnell Appear at Spending Markup Next Week?
Next week, we'll be watching to see whether Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell makes a rare appearance in his seat at the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Kansas City InfoZine
Hagel: Department of Defense Budget Needs Flexibility
Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Robert Hale, the Defense Department undersecretary for budget and fiscal matters, spoke at a pair of congressional hearings about the DOD fiscal year 2014 budget request.
Does Austerity Work? Senate Panel Discusses the Impact of Deficit-Reduction Policies
The debate over the impact of austerity on the economy continues to divide both lawmakers and economists as evidenced by a Senate hearing about the fiscal and economic effects of policies designed for deficit reduction.
Statea s lawmakers weigh in on NSA surveillance
Puget Sound lawmakers are not ready to say whether they believe the National Security Agency's newly disclosed vast sweeps of Internet communications and phone records violate constitutional privacy protections, though some are pushing the Obama administration to reveal more information.
Thu Jun 13, 2013
Student Loan Twofer: Both Senate Rate Cap Bills Shot Down
Two bills were voted down by the Senate on Friday that would have halted the spike in rates on federal student loans, which are set to double on July 1 from 3.4% to 6.8% .
Bridge collapse spurs Congress to examine infrastructure
The fallout from the Skagit River Bridge collapse will head to the nation's capital on Thursday when Sen. Patty Murray brings up the issue of America's crumbling infrastructure.
Federal gov't releasing $15.6M for I-5 bridge
Sen. Patty Murray says the U.S. Department of Transportation is releasing the remaining $15.6 million of the federal share for repair of the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River in Washington state that collapsed three weeks ago.
North King County
Sen. Murray, Israel introduce Freedom from Discrimination in Credit Act
U.S. Senator and Bothell resident Patty Murray and U.S. Representative Steve Israel introduced the Freedom from Discrimination in Credit Act of 2013 today, which would amend the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to prohibit discrimination in the provision of credit based on sexual orientation or gender identity.