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Plan on track to stop Victoria’s pumping of sewage into Strait of Juan de Fuca

by Q13 News Staff

OLYMPIA - A wastewater treatment plant under construction in Victoria, B.C., will have a big impact on the Puget Sound, state Department of Ecology officials say. A $765 million treatment plant slated for McLoughlin Point in Victoria is expected to be finished by 2020. Started in 2017, the plant will be the first treatment plant for the greater Victoria area, which has a population of nearly 400,000. Finally securing a treatment plan for a population of that size is a huge win, said Heather … Continue Reading


Washington State Representatives Work To Support Social Security For Tribal Members in HR 6124

Tribal members and councils will be able to contribute to social security and earn those benefits under HR 6124. The decision to participate would be voluntary.… Continue Reading


Kilmer, colleague present legislation to bridge broadband access gap

by Rob Ollikainen

PORT ANGELES - U.S. Rep Derek Kilmer has introduced a bill that would help expand broadband access to rural areas such as the West End of Clallam County, the Democratic congressman announced. Along with Republican colleague Elise Stefanik of New York, Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, introduced Thursday the Broadband Access for All Act. The bill would provide a refundable tax credit of up to 75 percent for groups of individuals or businesses that form a broadband district and build a local network. The i… Continue Reading


New voting machines are important, but here are three other ways states are investing in election security

by Benjamin Freed

In the past eight days, federal officials - including Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence; Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary; and Christopher Krebs, the homeland security undersecretary for cybersecurity - have warned that the Russian hackers who attempted to meddle in the 2016 election are on the prowl again. Depending on who you ask, state election officials are either implementing sweeping new security measures or making minimal progress in safeguarding voters ah… Continue Reading


Dino Rossi and Other Washington Republicans Silent on Trump-Putin Summit

by Rich Smith

As you may have noticed from reading the internet, both Democratic and Republican lawmakers have criticized the President for taking Putin's word on Russian interference over the word of his own intelligence agencies at yesterday's summit in Helsinki. The joint presser with Putin went over so badly that even Fox News is reporting on the "bipartisan backlash." Congressman Adam Smith-who represents South Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellevue-said in a statement it's "hard to see President Trump siding wi… Continue Reading


Ryan, other members of Congress, weigh how to respond to Trump’s Putin remarks

(WASHINGTON) - While House Speaker Paul Ryan struggled Tuesday to defend President Donald Trump's performance with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, without criticizing him directly, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took to the Senate floor with a laundry list of things he says it's obvious Congress should do in response to Trump's remarks. They are, in the order Schumer presented them: Increase sanctions on Russia; demand that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other m… Continue Reading


Army Corps announces additional $4 million for Harbor dredging, breakwater repair

An additional $4.255 million for operations and maintenance work was released Monday by the Army Corps of Engineers for shoreline revetment and navigation in Grays Harbor County. The additional funding will be used for extended maintenance dredging of Grays Harbor and repair of the Point Chehalis breakwater in Westport. The additional funding brings the total operations and maintenance for Grays Harbor to $15.965 million for the fiscal year 2018. "This additional federal funding directly suppo… Continue Reading


India decision to increase tariff on apples to hit US growers, say Congressmen

A bipartisan group of about a dozen influential lawmakers today said the recent Indian decision to increase tariff on apples from 50 percent to 80 percent would hurt growers of the fruit in America. The lawmakers also alleged that India was abusing rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO). On May 28, India notified the WTO that it plans to raise its tariff before June 21 on apples from the already very high level of 50 percent to 80 percent. India describes this increased tariff as retalia… Continue Reading


Trump optimistic, Kilmer skeptical after North Korea summit

President Trump says his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was honest, direct and productive. Trump says North Korea agreed to denuclearization. Democratic Washington Congressman Derek Kilmer weighed in on this today on the KOMO Morning News with Gregg Hersholt and Manda Factor.… Continue Reading


SOS: NOAA funding cuts would hurt coastal Washington

An additional $4.255 million for operations and maintenance work was released Monday by the Army Corps of Engineers for shoreline revetment and navigation in Grays Harbor County. The additional funding will be used for extended maintenance dredging of Grays Harbor and repair of the Point Chehalis breakwater in Westport. The additional funding brings the total operations and maintenance for Grays Harbor to $15.965 million for the fiscal year 2018. "This additional federal funding directly suppo… Continue Reading


Rep. Kilmer Discusses Access to Healthcare on the Floor of the House of Representatives

Representative Derek Kilmer discusses access to health care on the House Floor.… Continue Reading


The Rise of the Congressional Reformers Caucus

by Eleanor Clift

An entire wall of Meredith McGehee's K Street office is covered with white boards that track current and past members of Congress who are aligned with the newly launched Congressional Reformers Caucus. A longtime ethics-in-government activist, McGehee is the executive director of Issue One, an advocacy group founded in 2014 that works to restore confidence in government and reduce the role of money in politics. A map shows former members of Congress in just about every state signing on to redu… Continue Reading


Eight state lawmakers -- stop taking immigrant children from families

by Joel Connelly

All eight Democrats in Washington's congressional delegation have joined letters calling on the Trump administration to immediately cease forcibly taking children from their parents at America's southern border. "Your administration's decision to separate children from their parents at the border is cruel, unnecessary and goes against our values as Americans," said Sens. Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell and 38 of their Democratic Senate colleagues in a letter to President Trump. The letter was sig… Continue Reading


Turf war: DOD v. National Guard on election security

by Shannon Vavra

Two Senate Democrats have introduced a bill that would provide $50 million to stand up National Guard cyber units in every state to prevent and respond to election security issues. But there's a glitch: the Defense Department is somewhat resistant to shifting its authority to states. Why it matters: This is the latest example of the age-old fight in election security - that states should run their own elections, but much of the resources and authority lie with the feds. The buzz: "It's … Continue Reading


Congress roasted Facebook on TV, but won’t hear any bills to regulate it

by Casey Newton

On October 19th of last year, a just-barely bipartisan group of senators held a press conference to announce a new piece of legislation. The Honest Ads Act, as the bill is called, would require Facebook, Google, and other tech platforms to retain copies of the political ads they host and make them available for public inspection. Platforms would have to release information about who bought the ads, how much they cost, and to whom the ads were targeted. Anyone who spent more than $500 on politica… Continue Reading


3 in Wash. among 150 in Congress who haven't held town meetings

by Joel Connelly

Three members of Washington's congressional delegation are among 150 members of the Senate and House who have not held a single town meeting since Congress began its current session in January of 2017. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Republican U.S. Reps. Dave Reichert and Jaime Herrera Beutler are on the list, along with such Capitol Hill heavies as House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Reichert has spurned calls for a town meeting even when 750 people showe… Continue Reading


Mercer Island banker behind move to toughen federal laws on religious hate crimes

by Ryan Blethen

A proposed amendment that strengthens federal hate-crimes laws protecting religious institutions is being driven by a Mercer Island man's outrage after the Jewish community center his family attends was the target of a bomb threat in 2017. The threat against the Stroum Jewish Community Center (JCC) last year pushed Mercer Island banker Joseph Schocken into action. He contacted U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, an acquaintance with whom he had worked before, in an effort do something - anyth… Continue Reading


Bacon, 60 colleagues demand DOJ distribute school safety funds

America's schools are still waiting on the distribution of federal school safety grants approved earlier this year by Congress and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) needs to speed up the process, said U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers. "Just earlier this month, we saw yet another horrific massacre in one of our nation's schools," Rep. Bacon said in a May 30 statement referring to the May 18 shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas in which 10 people died and 13 … Continue Reading


Congressional budget includes $200 million in salmon disaster funds

by Andrew Fickes

Sound Transit is on target to begin construction this fall on the 2.4-mile extension of Tacoma Link to the Hilltop neighborhood, which will include the development of six new stations and the relocation of the Theater District station, and the expansion of the operation and maintenance facility on East 25th Street. Scott Thompson, Sound Transit spokesman, said the regional transit organization plans to award a construction contract in July. On May 14, financing for the Hilltop Link Extension pr… Continue Reading


Kilmer-supported House defense authorization bill passes

by Bob Smith

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted 351-66 to move foward its $717 billion defense policy bill for fiscal 2019 to conference for reconciliation with a version in the Senate. The House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) received the approval of 131 Democrats. U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, the 6th District Democrat, voted for the measure. Seven Republicans voted against its approval. Of the $717 billion in the authorization bill, $617 billion is dedicated to base spending… Continue Reading

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