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  • Bellingham Herald: Washington lawmakers ‘extremely frustrated’ by U.S. continuing Canadian border closure
    Posted in In the News on October 4, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    The White House continued to refuse expanding on the reasoning behind its decision not to allow vaccinated Canadians to cross the border by land into the U.S., despite Americans being allowed to head north, and that is frustrating Washington lawmakers. “I remain extremely frustrated that the White House has failed to sufficiently explain its position on our northern border,” Rep. Suzan DelBene of Washington’s 1st District said in a statement emailed to The Bellingham Herald. “How can it follow t... Read more

  • The Spokesman-Review: White House says U.S.-Canada border closure ‘determined by our public health officials’ as Northwest Democrats, Republicans alike cry foul
    Posted in In the News on October 4, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    WASHINGTON – Weeks after allowing passenger flights from Canada to the United States, the Biden administration has not explained why Canadians can’t make similar trips in a car. Congressional Democrats and Republicans alike have criticized the policy as affecting struggling border communities in their districts. Asked about the issue in Monday’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Jen Psaki declined to say why the administration has not heeded calls from prominent Washington Democrats – ... Read more

  • CBS: Mail delivery slowdown: USPS to slow delivery starting October 1
    Posted in In the News on October 1, 2021 | Preview rr

    Mail delivery for many Americans will slow starting on Friday, part of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's blueprint for overhauling the U.S. Postal Service in order to slash costs. But critics say the slower delivery standards could cause problems such as late bill delivery while more broadly undermining the public's faith in the USPS... On Friday, a bipartisan group of 40 lawmakers asked Postmaster DeJoy for more information about the consolidation of 18 mail-processing facilities, part of his 10... Read more

  • KING 5: Extension of US border closure brings more 'frustration,' Washington congress member says
    Posted in In the News on September 20, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Suzan DelBene is calling on the Biden administration to reopen the northern border to vaccinated Canadians. BLAINE, Wash. — It will be at least another month before Canadians can drive into the United States following the decision in the White House to extend the border restrictions Monday. The restrictions, which would have otherwise been lifted Sept. 21, were extended through at least Oct. 21 for the northern and southern US borders. It's a decision that will mean "more unpredictability, suffe... Read more

  • Bellingham Herald: Latest border closure extension means more ‘unpredictability, suffering and frustration’
    Posted in In the News on September 20, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    The United States will extend its border closure with Canada to non-essential travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic another month, the White House announced Monday, Sept. 20. White House Response Coordinator Jeff Zients announced the closure will be extended until Oct. 21, USA Today reported along with several other national news sources. Homeland Security has yet not made a similar announcement on Twitter. Zients’ announcement means non-essential travel from Canada will not be permitted for a 19t... Read more

  • KUOW: Officials demand answers after apparent sabotage of oil train
    Posted in In the News on September 17, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Energy, Transportation

    Some legislators are calling for action in the wake of a federal report on the apparent sabotage of an oil train north of Bellingham last year. That train derailed and caught fire after it split apart, then slammed into itself. A Federal Railroad Administration investigation published last week found that the train’s brakes and couplers had apparently been tampered with. Democratic Congresswoman Suzan DelBene says she’s demanding answers from BNSF Railway. “This impacts all of our communities w... Read more

  • KING 5: Some Washington lawmakers take stand against restrictive Texas abortion law
    Posted in In the News on September 16, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    SEATTLE — A new restrictive abortion law in Texas has caused a tidal wave of controversy across the United States, causing people like Sammy Detzer in western Washington to tell their story. "I had an abortion on May 20, 2015. I was nine weeks pregnant,” Detzer said. Detzer said her choice to have an abortion isn't something she looks back on in shame. So, when she heard about Texas' new abortion law, she was distraught. "My first thought was deep fear and sadness and I began thinking about wha... Read more

  • Washington Post: Inside House Democrats' tug of war over health-care expansions
    Posted in In the News on September 13, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Moderates are more focused on expanding Obamacare than on expanding Medicare The health-care battle is on. Democrats are tussling over which health priorities will get the most cash in President Biden’s massive social spending package. Liberals are pitching a wide-ranging agenda — one that centers on a massive expansion of Medicare for older adults. But one large faction of Democrats has gotten noticeably less attention. Meet the crowd focused on shoring up Obamacare. The House’s New Democrat Co... Read more

  • HuffPost: Joe Manchin Thinks Parents Should Have To Work For Child Tax Credit
    Posted in In the News on September 13, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Tax Reform, Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) suggested Sunday that he’s fundamentally opposed to a key part of the Democratic agenda: monthly benefits for parents. Since July, the federal government has been sending most parents monthly cash payments, a revolutionary policy that could slash child poverty ― but the payments will stop after December if Congress doesn’t pass a new law to keep them going. Manchin voted for the American Rescue Plan, which started the payments, but is now evidently having second thoug... Read more

  • Washington Post: With bulk of their agenda on the line, Democrats gird for battle over $3.5 trillion budget package
    Posted in In the News on September 7, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    The fate of President Biden’s $3.5 trillion economic agenda hinges on work that’s slated to resume on Capitol Hill this week, as Democrats attempt to overcome their internal divisions and craft what could be the largest spending package in U.S. history. The next few days could prove daunting for top lawmakers in the party tasked with assembling a bill that can satisfy their past promises to remake broad swaths of the American economy. The work is set to unfold primarily in the House beginning T... Read more