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Sen. Maria Cantwell: CHIPS and Science Act is good investment in Southwest Washington

March 5, 2023, 6:00am Business

Tech manufacturers across the country are rushing to apply for some of the $49 billion in funds that the Biden administration recently opened up through the 2022 CHIPS and Science… Read story

5 women, immense power: Can they keep U.S. from fiscal brink?

January 27, 2023, 8:16am Latest News

They are now among the most powerful women in Congress. But when they were first elected in the 1990s, they were often overlooked, or even talked down to. Read story

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., emerges from a Democratic Caucus leadership meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. In the new Congress starting Jan. 3, 2023, Sen. Murray will serve as president pro tempore, replacing the retiring Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who is retiring, making her third in the order of succession for the presidency behind the vice president and speaker of the House. (AP Photo/J.

As U.S. government hits its borrowing limit, Northwest lawmakers signal high-stakes budget fight ahead

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., emerges from a Democratic Caucus leadership meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. In the new Congress starting Jan. 3, 2023, Sen. Murray will serve as president pro tempore, replacing the retiring Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who is retiring, making her third in the order of succession for the presidency behind the vice president and speaker of the House. (AP Photo/J.

January 20, 2023, 7:31am Latest News

As the U.S. government on Thursday hit its self-imposed borrowing limit, Northwest lawmakers signaled the country could be in for a long fight in Congress over raising the debt ceiling that risks economic catastrophe if the parties don’t reach a deal on federal spending. Read story

Vice President Kamala Harris gestures Tuesday toward waiting family members as she participates in a ceremonial swearing-in of Sen.

Sen. Patty Murray, for now, is second in line for presidency

Vice President Kamala Harris gestures Tuesday toward waiting family members as she participates in a ceremonial swearing-in of Sen.

January 4, 2023, 8:13am Clark County Politics

Washington Sen. Patty Murray was sworn in Tuesday as Senate president pro tempore, becoming the first woman in the country’s history to hold that role. Read story

Vice President Kamala Harris participates in a ceremonial swearing-in of Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., with Murray's husband Rob Murray, in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023.

Murray becomes Senate’s 1st female president pro tem

Vice President Kamala Harris participates in a ceremonial swearing-in of Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., with Murray's husband Rob Murray, in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023.

January 3, 2023, 6:48pm Clark County News

Washington Sen. Patty Murray made history Tuesday, becoming the first woman to serve as Senate president pro tempore. That position, which presides over the Senate in the absence of the vice president, is held by the senior-most member of the majority party. It also makes Murray third in line to… Read story

FILE - Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., speaks during the House Committee on Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing. Murray faces Republican Tiffany Smiley in the November election.

Sen. Patty Murray to be first woman to serve as Senate president pro tempore, third in line to presidency

FILE - Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., speaks during the House Committee on Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing. Murray faces Republican Tiffany Smiley in the November election.

November 18, 2022, 7:34am Clark County News

After winning a sixth term in office, Sen. Patty Murray is set to become the first woman to serve as Senate president pro tempore, a role that would put her third in line to the presidency, her office announced Wednesday. Read story

Patty Murray, left, and Tiffany Smiley

Republican Tiffany Smiley concedes in Senate race against Murray

Patty Murray, left, and Tiffany Smiley

November 10, 2022, 10:54am Election

Tiffany Smiley conceded to Sen. Patty Murray in their race for U.S. Senate late Wednesday, bowing to the blunt mathematical reality, a day after vowing to continue to fight. Read story

Patty Murray, left, and Tiffany Smiley

AP: Democrat Murray wins sixth term to U.S. Senate

Patty Murray, left, and Tiffany Smiley

November 8, 2022, 9:41pm Election

Sen. Patty Murray won reelection Tuesday as the Democratic stalwart prevailed in a campaign in which she repeatedly said her Republican challenger was too extreme for Washington state. Read story

The race between U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and GOP challenger Tiffany Smiley has turned into a barrage of sharp advertisements.

Sen. Patty Murray leads Tiffany Smiley in U.S. Senate race

The race between U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and GOP challenger Tiffany Smiley has turned into a barrage of sharp advertisements.

November 8, 2022, 8:59pm Election

Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, seeking to win a sixth term that would place her among the longest-serving senators in American history, led Republican challenger Tiffany Smiley 58% to 42%, as Tuesday night’s results began to roll in. Read story

FILE - Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., speaks during the House Committee on Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing. Murray faces Republican Tiffany Smiley in the November election.

Murray defeats Smiley, wins reelection to U.S. Senate

FILE - Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., speaks during the House Committee on Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing. Murray faces Republican Tiffany Smiley in the November election.

November 8, 2022, 8:24am Election

Sen. Patty Murray won reelection Tuesday as the Democratic stalwart prevailed in a campaign in which she repeatedly said her Republican challenger was too extreme for Washington state. Read story