'Powerhouse duo' of Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell gain clout as Biden era begins

SEATTLE — With the swearing-in of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Wednesday, the transition away from the Trump era may bring a Mount Rainier-level elevation of clout for Washington state. Democratic wins in the recent Georgia runoff elections flipped the U.S. Senate from Republican control to a 50-50 tie — with Harris serving as the tiebreaker. That lifts Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to powerful committee chair positions that will enable them to steer legislation and spending on everything from health care to schools to aviation and rail…

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