November 6, 2017
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Proposed Ex-Im Bank head 'gets rough reception' at confirmation hearing

Senators from both parties grilled former Rep. Scott Garrett last week during confirmation hearings (video) for the New Jersey Republican to serve as president of the Export-Import Bank. Garrett, who while in office led an effort to shut down the bank, now said he supports keeping the bank open. However, he didn't answer specific questions about whether he has changed his underlying opposition to the bank, The Hill reports.

Jay Timmons, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, wrote in an op-ed last week that the other four nominees to serve on the bank's board are strong candidates, but that Garrett is the wrong choice to be part of the bank -- especially as its chair.

"Manufacturers have been disgusted with how the agency has been used as a political football at the expense of manufacturing jobs and workers throughout our country in recent years. Garrett’s hostility toward the Ex-Im Bank has been very much a part of that gamesmanship," Timmons wrote.

"Garrett’s record on the Ex-Im Bank is clear: He tried to kill it in Congress while demonstrating he doesn’t understand how it works. No matter what he says at his upcoming confirmation hearing, no one should be fooled into believing he’s now a true supporter of the agency — at a time when he just happens to be looking for a new job."

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-WA, also opposes Garrett's nomination, saying, "In the hearing today, [Garrett] refused to retract any of his past comments disparaging and opposing the Bank’s mission. Based on his comments today, we strongly urge the Committee to reject his nomination to lead the EXIM Bank. We can and must do better. American workers and companies are counting on the U.S. Senate to set EXIM back on course to keep our country competitive.”

Contact Amy Anderson, AWB government affairs director for federal issues, to learn more.

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Manufacturing Week Tour

Manufacturing is huge in Washington. Let's celebrate -- and invest in it

By Kate Lampson and Kris Johnson

Manufacturing has a long history in Washington and it has a great story to tell: In Benton County, careers in manufacturing pay an average annual wage of $55,701, $50,575 in Walla Walla County and almost $41,000 in Franklin County. Not bad for jobs that often require no more than a trade certificate or a two-year degree. It also has a multiplier of three -- for every one job created in manufacturing, another three jobs are created elsewhere.

That's a good return on investment, but the sector faces some headwinds.

As manufacturing comes on a national resurgence, Washington's sector has lost about 48,000 jobs since 2000 -- the vast majority of which are non-aerospace jobs.

Clearly, more can be done to support good-paying manufacturing jobs here and across the state.

Read the full column in The Tri-City Herald
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