Trump Administration

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The Trump administration is rolling back a requirement for trains carrying highly explosive liquids — like the oil trains that run through the Columbia River Gorge en route to Northwest refineries.

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The White House will not to move forward on a plan to build tribal housing along the Columbia River. That’s according to members of Oregon and Washington’s Congressional delegations. 

The federal money would have paid to develop new housing along the Columbia River for four tribes -- the Nez Perce Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation.

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An Oregon state representative is awaiting word from the Trump administration about whether he’ll receive a job that would require him to leave the Legislature. Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, said Thursday he’s in the running to be the head of rural development in Oregon for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said little taxpayer dollars are being used to support the state's 19 lawsuits against the Trump Administration.

Travis Williams / Willamette Riverkeeper

The Trump administration has a new plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund site that could reverse progress toward cleaning up toxic pollution in the Willamette River, Oregon officials said.

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Washington state's top lawyer Bob Ferguson says his office is coordinating a joint lawsuit by Democratic attorneys general in order to protect young immigrants from deportation. The Trump administration plans to phase out the so-called DACA program.

Eastern Washington’s Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is the most powerful Republican woman in the U.S. House of Representatives. And now, she’s speaking out against President Donald Trump’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals—or DACA.

Don Ryan / Associated Press

House Speaker Paul Ryan distanced himself Wednesday from President Trump’s new threat to shut down the government as a way to secure funding for a border wall. Ryan was careful to avoid directly criticizing the president during a visit to Intel.

Update 11 a.m., 8/16/2017: Two more CEOs — from 3M and Campbell's Soup — quit President Donald Trump's manufacturing council Wednesday. Trump then announced he was disbanding the council entirely.


U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry toured the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Hanford site outside of Richland, Washington, Tuesday.

John Ryan / KUOW

 

Eleven states including Washington have sued the Trump administration to improve safety at the nation’s refineries and chemical plants.

Spokane could become the next in a growing list of Northwest cities including Seattle, Portland and Bend, Oregon, to commit to a climate change agreement President Trump opted out of this spring.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryane Zinke announced Thursday that the Hanford Reach National Monument in Washington and Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho won’t lose their federal designation.

It’s not just the president’s commission on voter fraud that’s seeking information from the states. Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman released a letter Monday from the Department of Justice.

Jo Mancuso / Oregon Public Broadcasting

 

The city of Portland has joined Seattle’s lawsuit over the Trump administration’s executive order targeting sanctuary cities.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

A trial date has been set for the climate lawsuit brought against the federal government by 21 young people. Federal Judge Ann Aiken  will hear the case beginning February 5 in Eugene.

Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press

 

Opponents of the Republican health care bill are taking actions to keep it from passing. The bill includes things like limiting money for Medicaid--the program that helps low-income people pay for medical services.

Associated Press / U.S. Department of Energy

 

Northwest Republicans joined Democrats in pushing back against cuts proposed for the U.S. Department of Energy Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for wildfire funding was front and center during a hearing Thursday in Washington, D.C.. Northwest leaders are not only questioning possible cuts, they’re also looking for different ways to get ahead during fire season.

Jeff Chiu/9th U.S. Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt, left, and Judge Marsha Berzon/ / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Trump Administration is trying to get the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to throw out the federal climate lawsuit brought by 21 youth plaintiffs.

Washington AG And Others Sue Trump Administration

Jun 13, 2017
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Washington, along with Oregon, California and several other states, are suing the Trump administration over delays to implementing new energy efficiency standards for several appliances.

More than two dozen former federal prosecutors from western Washington are pushing back against new guidance from the Trump administration.

Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

Federal judges in Seattle had tough questions for attorneys Monday, as they heard arguments over President Trump's travel ban.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

A federal judge in Eugene says the Trump administration is, quote, “putting the cart before the horse” by appealing a climate lawsuit brought by 21 young people. The case has already survived 2 motions for dismissal and is set to go to trial later this year.

One of President Trump’s top economic advisors says the administration plans to approve a permit for the controversial Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project in Coos Bay.

In an interview at a policy summit Thursday, White House National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn said building terminals that would ship LNG to Japan and Germany would offer a big boost the U.S. economy.

John Ryan / KUOW

Have you ever left a job where you were tempted to tell off your boss on your way out? After working for a quarter century at the Environmental Protection Agency, Michael Cox didn’t hold his tongue.

KING5 TV, Seattle

The Trump Administration is expected to announce plans to reverse drafts of Obama-era climate change policies this week. Governors and mayors along the West Coast have stated their opposition to the move. Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared Saturday their intention to forge ahead with regional climate change efforts.

Oregon DEQ Prepares For Big Staff Cuts Under Trump

Mar 22, 2017
Rob Manning / OPB

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality expects to lose more than 30 people in the agency’s core programs protecting air and water quality because of President Trump’s proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency budget, according to an internal DEQ memo.

Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen was paid $11,438 for his first four weeks working for the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency, with a listed annual salary of $161,900, according to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Among many proposed budget cuts, the Trump administration wants to completely eliminate the National Endowments for the Humanities and the Arts. The proposed budget cut would  impact numerous art-related programs and groups in Washington state. 

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