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Lawmakers: FEMA should reconsider aid denial for Washington wildfire victims
Four members of Congress from Washington state are urging the federal government to reverse last week's decision to deny direct assistance to families affected by wildfires that scorched the state for nearly a month beginning July 14. In a letter to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency , Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria ... (more)
Wed Aug 20, 2014
Election Uncertainty Complicates Budget Decisions
With Republicans thinking they have a good shot at winning the Senate, some want all 2015 spending issues to be pushed into the next Congress.
Ryan the Betrayer
Who doesn't remember the boyish Paul Ryan, open-collared and brimming with confidence, coming down the gangplank from the USS Wisconsin as Mitt Romney introduced him to the nation as his running mate? He was the conservative hope, the author of the Ryan budget, the stick-it-to-the-big-spending-liberals guy no matter the political cost.
Can't find a doctor in your hometown? Sen. Murray wants to help
Sen. Patty Murray , D-Wash., is making the rounds in her home state, meeting with local healthcare leaders to promote legislation that would help train 1,500 primary care doctors to help treat people in underserved communities in the U.S. Murray is sponsoring the Community-Based Medical Education Act of 2014 .
Whidbey parents to be notified of No Child Left Behind failings
Within the next couple of weeks, many parents of Whidbey students will be receiving letters telling them that their elementary schools are failing them.
Tue Aug 19, 2014
David Sarasohn: One satisfying visit from the Blue Bird
In summer, Portland steadily expands its position as one the food truck and food cart capitals of the world.
Mon Aug 18, 2014
How Ryan Knows a Meeting's Gone Bad: Boehner Lights Up
Paul Ryan measures tension in private meetings with House Speaker John Boehner by when the Republican leader reaches for a cigarette.
Group Of Senators Weigh In On Biogenic Carbon Regulations
On August 7, 2014, a group of nine Democratic Senators led by Senator Tom Harkin sent a letter to the EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, on the treatment of biogenic carbon emissions from stationary sources.
Senator Murray Focused On Countering Hobby Lobby Ruling
But in the landmark Hobby Lobby decision last June, the Supreme Court ruled that closely held corporations are exempt from the law if the owners object on religious grounds.
Sun Aug 17, 2014
Bainbridge Island Review
Sen. Murray: Country can do much more to help returning veterans
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray asked a crowd of leaders on veterans issues for their help in preventing a repeat of the painful past of the country's treatment of its military members.
Sat Aug 16, 2014
South Whidbey Record
Whidbey schools fail to meet federal standards, spurs letter to parents
In the next couple of weeks many parents of Whidbey students will receive letters indicating their elementary schools are failing them.
Fri Aug 15, 2014
The News Tribune
Local woman to U.S. leaders: Don't abandon rescue of my people in Iraq
Her people are Yazidis, a religious minority in Iraq hiding in the cracks of a mountain, besieged by a militant army bent on their destruction.
The News Tribune
No systemic misconduct at Puget Sound VA, director says
VA Puget Sound Director Michael Murphy told reporters Friday there are no signs of systemic misconduct at the region's veterans health care facilities, despite data released in July that indicated one third of Lakewood and Seattle VA hospital schedulers surveyed in an audit falsified records about how long veterans had to wait for care.
Visa system for H-2A working again
After worrisome delays in July, Washington growers relying on the H-2A guest worker program for fall apple harvest were relieved to find system again working at expected levels in August.
The News Tribune
A disaster that's not bad enough
This can be awkward, asking the government for help. Gov. Jay Inslee recently asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency – FEMA – that our charred segment of Washington be declared a major disaster and therefore eligible for various forms of federal assistance.
Washington Military Community and the Outdoors at Islandwood
In Washington State, the population of the military community is approximately 40% of the state's total population.
Thu Aug 14, 2014
VA’s Northwest regional head says wait times have plunged
The Department of Veterans Affairs health-care network in the Northwest has been one of the nation's fastest growing in the last three years - and until recently had some of the longest patient wait times in the nation.
Portland VA Medical Center says no more veterans are on its electronic wait list
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, and Joanne Krumberger, director of the Portland VA Medical Center, say the center is making progress in getting veterans appointments with health care providers.
Wed Aug 13, 2014
Bernie Sanders to Chair Senate Budget Committee?
Budget Gavel Jockeying already is under way among lawmakers from both parties to lead the Senate Budget Committee in the next Congress.
Tue Aug 12, 2014
U.S. health research funding critical, NIH head tells UW meet
Dr. Chuck Murry, right, a stem-cell researcher at UW Medicine/UW School of Medicine, listens to a question from Sen. Patty Murray, back to camera, as Dr. Francis Collins, left, director of the NIH, listens during a tour at South Lake Union campus on Tuesday.