Congress

Highway Standoff
7:42 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Feds Warn States Of Possible Highway Cash Holdback

File photo of construction along I-90 near Roslyn, Washington, in summer 2012.

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 6:54 pm

The Idaho Transportation Department has suspended advertising for bids for future highway projects. Oregon and Washington may soon do the same.

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Congress
3:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Wash. Congressman Jim McDermott Talks Supreme Court, Immigration Reform, And More

Marcie Sillman talks with U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott about the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decisions, President Obama's executive action on immigration policy, and a variety of other issues.

News
1:49 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Report: Agency Blocked Urgent Recommendations For Tesoro Refinery Safety

Tesoro's Anacortes oil refinery in May.
Credit KUOW/John Ryan photo

In the months following a deadly refinery explosion in Anacortes, Washington, in April 2010, federal investigators with the U.S. Chemical Safety Board were ready to issue urgent safety recommendations. But management at the agency blocked the release of their urgent alert.

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Department Of Meh
5:39 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Only 7 Percent Of Americans Are Big Fans Of Congress

Only 7 percent of Americans polled by Gallup said they have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in Congress as an American institution.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 10:30 am

The amount of confidence Americans have in Congress has hit a new low. Only 7 percent of the people polled by Gallup said they have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the legislature as an American institution.

The rock-bottom level of confidence in Congress "is not only the lowest on record," the polling company says, "but also the lowest Gallup has recorded for any institution in the 41-year trend. This is also the first time Gallup has ever measured confidence in a major U.S. institution in the single digits."

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Congress
2:38 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

U.S. Legislators Show Progress In Washington, D.C.

The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Flickr Photo/Humberto Moreno (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Andrea Seabrook, founder of DecodeDC, about how the so-called lame-duck Congress may be turning over a new leaf.

Government
8:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Ten-Term Congressman Doc Hastings Announces Retirement

Rep. Doc Hastings (R - Wash.) annouced his retirement from the U.S. Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 5:54 pm

After two decades as south central Washington’s congressman, Republican Doc Hastings announced Thursday that he is retiring at the end of the year.

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Congress
2:27 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

House Panel Weighs Ethics Complaint Against McMorris-Rodgers

Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers
Flickr Photo/Gage Skidmore

Marcie Sillman talks with Andrea Seabrook of DecodeDC about a possible ethics investigation surrounding Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers of Spokane.

President Obama
4:03 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Revisiting The Last State Of The Union

President Barack Obama will deliver the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 28.
Flickr photo/Muhammad Ghafari

David Hyde talks with David Gergen, former presidential advisor, CNN political analyst and professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, about President Barack Obama's last State of the Union address and whether he met his goals for 2013.

Politics
2:50 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Looking Ahead: Congress Convenes For The New Year

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Marcie Sillman talks with DecodeDC's Andrea Seabrook about the new session of Congress and the future of long-term unemployment benefits, budget deals, immigration and partisan platforms. 

Bipartisan Compromise
12:10 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

With Budget Deal In Hand, Has Congress Turned A Corner?

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

David Hyde talks with Andrea Seabrook of  DecodeDC about the budget compromise in Washington, D.C.

December Session
3:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Congress Is Back With A 'To-Do-Nothing List'

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Marcie Sillman talks with Jim McTague, Washington D.C. editor at Barron's, about the December Congressional session and what he calls a "to-do-nothing list."

Congress
4:06 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Republicans In Congress Looking Toward 2014

Ross Reynolds discusses the latest news out of Congress with Andrea Seabrook, host of DecodeDC and former NPR congressional reporter.

Immigration Reform
3:05 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Immigration Reform Resurfaces And Splits The Republican Party

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Marcie Sillman interviews Andrea Seabrook of DecodeDC about the immigration reform legislation that a conservative lobbying coalition is hoping to bring to the House floor.

Obituary
9:24 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Tom Foley, Former House Speaker, Dies At 84

Tom Foley with fellow Washington state Congressman Henry “Scoop” Jackson in 1964.
Courtesy of Washington State University

Tom Foley, a Spokane Democrat who rose to become speaker of the House in 1989, died Friday morning at his current home in Washington, DC. He was 84. 

His wife Heather Foley  told the Associated Press her husband died of complications from strokes. Foley had been in hospice care in the nation's capital for the past six months.

Foley left Congress in 1994, when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. Foley was the first House speaker to be defeated in his home district since the Civil War.

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Bipartisan Agreement
4:16 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Sen. Patty Murray On The Plan To End The Shutdown

Senator Patty Murray.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

Today, with mere hours left before the US' borrowing authority expires, the Senate released a plan that will fund the government through Jan. 15 and lift the debt limit through Feb. 7. House Speaker John Boehner has said the House will not block the Senate's deal.

It is expected to pass in both chambers, with the House voting second.. A few hours after the Senate formally introduced their plan, Ross Reynolds talked with Washington Senator Patty Murray.

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