Hill to the ‘hall Jan. 16-22

Blame for shutdown becomes more pointed

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) addressed the shutdown impasse by claiming the White House was muzzling action by Congress, specifically saying, “As long as [senior advisor] Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration, we’re going nowhere.”

Illinois senator replies to shutdown

United States Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) gave a speech Saturday, Jan. 20, asking, “does [President Donald Trump] even know that there are service members in harm’s way right now looking for their commander in chief to show leadership, rather than deflect blame?”

Shutdown closure update

Interpretive centers at National Parks, including the Multnomah Falls visitor center, closed over the weekend. However, concessions-funded locations, such as the restaurant at Multnomah Falls and Timberline Lodge, remained open.

Women’s March 2.0 hits the streets

The first anniversary of Trump’s inauguration saw the second Women’s March in cities across the country. Preliminary attendance counts collected by Vanity Fair show 300,000 marching in Chicago, 500,000 in Los Angeles and 100,000 in San Francisco. Thousands more protested in other cities, including Portland and Seattle. See p. 8 for local coverage.


Sewer system! Wednesday, Jan. 24, 9:30 a.m.

Multiple items on the morning agenda will be dedicated to sewers. The first of these is a 20-minute discussion on NE 57th and Killingsworth, where improvements to the street and sewer situation are soon to be underway. Item 79 is a potentially $250 million bond package for improvements to the sewer system and for financing purposes. Item 81 issues bids for a $6 million-a-year project for fixes to sanitary and storm sewers. Finally, 83 and 84 will see SE 80th and Mill get the nod for a future upgrade to their own streets and sewers.