Patty Murray

Budget talks begin, but is success even possible?

Budget talks begin, but is success even possible?

Congressional budget negotiators aren’t guaranteeing success as they begin talks aimed at solving the nation’s budget problems. Republican and Democratic leaders of a joint House-Senate committee met for breakfast Thursday morning as they started talks. The committee was formed as part of a deal to reopen the government and extend the government’s ability to borrow […]

In wee hours of morning, exhausted Senate nears budget passage

In wee hours of morning, exhausted Senate nears budget passage

An exhausted Senate neared approval early Saturday of a $3.7 trillion budget for next year that will let majority Democrats highlight their fiscal priorities, but won’t resolve the deep differences the two parties have over deficits and the size of government. Senators sorted through a final batch of amendments and were on course to approve […]

Obama drawing large crowds at campaign rallies

Obama drawing large crowds at campaign rallies

Focused on turning out base voters, President Barack Obama is being cheered at raucous rallies and spreading this message: Don’t turn your back on the change happening in Washington. He’s expecting a double dose of cheer on Friday when he headlines a pair of rallies to boost two high-profile Democrats in tossup races: California Sen. […]

Other factors, not voters, could determine control of Congress

Other factors, not voters, could determine control of Congress

The nation may be waiting well beyond Election Day this year to find out who won control of Congress. It’s a troubling ballot-box scenario that has hundreds of lawyers from both parties preparing for battles that could drag on days, weeks or even months past the Nov. 3 day-after. Some states don’t count substantial amounts […]

As midterm elections approach, Democrats see hope

As midterm elections approach, Democrats see hope

After enduring months of bad news and gloomy political forecasts, some Democrats are seeing signs of hope that Republican gains in the November 2 congressional elections will not be as big as predicted. A modest boost in the party’s national poll numbers and an upturn for Democratic candidates in a few key states, particularly California […]

Threats continue to escalate against members of Congress

Threats continue to escalate against members of Congress

As public anger over hot-button issues like health care reaches a boiling point, threats against lawmakers continue to rise, prompting some to cancel public appearances and others to take extra measures for security. Threats increased nearly 300 percent over the first three months of 2010 when compared to 2009 and most come from those opposed […]