Congress

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.
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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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Federal Shutdown
3:51 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Senate Leaders Reach Deal On Re-Opening Federal Government

World War II veterans visit the World War II Memorial in Washington despite barriers erected after the shutdown.
AP Photo/Susan Walsh

The partial government shutdown is now in its 16th day, but it appears to coming to an end. Senate leaders have reached a bipartisan agreement to re-open the government and temporarily raise the debt ceiling.

The deal calls for the government to be funded through January 15, and to raise the debt ceiling until February 7. Jennifer Steinhauer is a reporter for The New York Times. She speaks with Ross Reynolds about the new developments.

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Shutdown Proposals
11:18 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Rep. McDermott Compares House To Mental Institution

Flickr Photo/SEIU Health Care 775NW

There are more than whispers of a deal to end the shutdown today. Both the Senate and the House are working on proposals. Whether or not they will pass, however, is another question. Marcie Sillman talks with Representative Jim McDermott, D-Wash., about the politics inside Congress.

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The Week In Review
4:48 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Seattle Mayor's Race Debate, And A Possible Compromise For Shutdown

It’s Friday — time to talk over the week's news with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Eli Sanders of The Stranger. 

Seattle incumbent mayor Mike McGinn and challenger state Senator Ed Murray met in their first televised debate this week. Our panel weighs in on the candidate's performance and the latest polling. Word of a compromise is heard from Washington, D.C., as the partial government shutdown continues into a second week. Where does the Washington state delegation stand? Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank dials in from Chicago.

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Congressional Controversies
4:28 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

What's Driving The Agenda in Washington, D.C.?

Flickr Photo/Trevor McGoldrick

From de-funding Obamacare to deep cuts to food stamps, the House of Representatives is full of big ideas that are likely going nowhere politically with Democrats who control the Senate and the White House. How then do they get so much attention? David Hyde talks with Andrea Seabrook of DecodeDC.

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