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U.S. House votes to raise debt ceiling, impose Republican-demanded austerity measures

By a vote of 314–117, the House adopt­ed the so-called Fis­cal Respon­si­bil­i­ty Act of 2023, which “increas­es the fed­er­al debt lim­it, estab­lish­es new dis­cre­tionary spend­ing lim­its, rescinds unob­lig­at­ed funds, and expands work require­ments for fed­er­al pro­grams,” as sum­ma­rized by Con­gress’ offi­cial leg­isla­tive website.

Posted inPolicy Topics

Scrapping the Alaska king salmon troll season will hurt fishing communities without helping our endangered southern resident orcas

A law­suit that seeks to halt the south­east Alas­ka com­mer­cial salmon troll fish­ery has become a big top­ic of dis­cus­sion in the Last Fron­tier and in the PNW’s fish­ing com­mu­ni­ties after a fed­er­al court judge recent­ly ruled in favor of the plain­tiffs, putting the upcom­ing fish­ing sea­son in jeopardy.

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Biden, McCarthy say they’ve reached a deal to respond to Republicans’ ransom demands

The White House announced late Sat­ur­day night that it has reached a deal with Kevin McCarthy and his deputies in the Unit­ed States House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives to avert a fis­cal cri­sis that Repub­li­cans have been enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly pre­pared to man­u­fac­ture by refus­ing to pro­vide the votes need­ed to raise the debt ceiling.

Posted inCivil Liberties, Events, Policy Topics

Issues facing LGBTQ+ community take center stage at 2023 YDWA Convention in Spokane

Though Wash­ing­ton has his­tor­i­cal­ly been one of the safer states to be queer, the LGBTQ+ expe­ri­ence east of the Cas­cades is a very dif­fer­ent one due to the Repub­li­can-lean­ing local gov­ern­ments. After all, it was­n’t that long ago that it was­n’t very safe to be out in Spokane, the biggest city in the region.

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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (May 15th-19th)

The week’s major votes includ­ed House redi­rec­tion of a mea­sure to expel George San­tos to the Ethics Com­mit­tee and Sen­ate con­fir­ma­tion of three Biden judi­cial nom­i­nees, along with Sen­ate pas­sage of two Repub­li­can res­o­lu­tions to over­turn poli­cies adopt­ed by the D.C. city coun­cil and Depart­ment of Home­land Security. 

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Washington State Legislature swiftly agrees on a Blake fix after going into special session

“This bill rec­og­nizes the harm that pub­lic use caus­es our com­mu­ni­ties by cre­at­ing the crime of pub­lic use,” said Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jami­la Tay­lor. “More impor­tant­ly, it focus­es on the most up-to-date sci­ence on recov­ery, work­ing to con­nect peo­ple to treat­ment, hous­ing, ser­vices, and employ­ment opportunities.”