December 11, 2017
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Congress averts shutdown with stopgap spending measure

The U.S. House and Senate have both approved a two-week "continuing resolution" to keep the federal government's lights on and doors open. The stopgap spending measure prevented a government shutdown over the weekend. It passed along party lines in the House, with all Washington Republicans voting in favor and all Democrats voting against. The Senate vote of 81-14 was more bipartisan, with both of Washington's senators voting in favor.

The law will keep the government running through Dec. 22, giving members of Congress more time to negotiate a resolution to difficult questions about spending priorities, including children's health insurance, aid to hurricane victims, and protections for immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

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



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Bridging the Skills Gap


Look to community colleges for diverse tech-industry talent

By Sheila Edwards Lange, president of Seattle Central College

Seattle's technology industry has a diversity problem. While tech companies have publicly committed to changing their hiring practices, people of color and women are still being left out of what feels more and more like an exclusive club.

Only one in five STEM workers identify as black or Latino, and less than 25 percent of STEM jobs are held by women. With equity front and center at the recent Washington STEM Summit, we must do more than talk. We must work together -- and two-year colleges are a natural partner in the effort to achieve this important goal...

It is not hard to see the tremendous potential of teaming up, where colleges such as ours and tech companies work together to create cutting-edge programs that teach the skills they need, in ways that are accessible to diverse students. Working together, we can train more local workers to fill the growing number of great jobs in the technology sector, thousands of which remain unfilled..

Read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times
Dams Provide Clean, Green Power


Inslee support for possible dam-breaching 'unfathomable'

By Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch

This issue needs to be decided at the highest level. You can't manage a hydro system this big and this important from the bench. Congress passed the laws that protect endangered species, and it paid for the dams in the first place. It is in the best position to decide whether we take a balanced view, or submit to environmental overkill.

You'd think a governor so concerned with our carbon footprint would be interested in preserving clean power in the Pacific Northwest. There really is no middle ground here, and he ought to know better. What's he saying? Dam breaching is OK if we just take a little from the top?

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