December 11, 2017
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Ex-Im Bank nominee Scott Garrett to face key Senate text

A majority of the Senate Banking Committee opposes the nomination of former New Jersey congressman Scott Garrett to head the Export-Import Bank of the United States. All the panel's Democrats and two of its Republicans are expected to vote against Garrett, The Wall Street Journal reports. Sen. Mike Crapo, R.-Idaho, the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, could call a vote as early as Tuesday.

Employer advocates from across the country have spoken out against Garrett's nomination, citing his longstanding opposition to the Ex-Im Bank as a disqualifier for him to serve as its top leader. AWB President Kris Johnson wrote in The Seattle Times last summer that "Garrett is no friend of American enterprise."

And while Garrett's controversial nomination is up in the air, the Senate committee could also vote on several other non-controversial nominees. If they advance to a full Senate vote, the Ex-Im Bank could finally have the quorum it needs to approve the full range of financing that allows it to support thousands of American manufacturing jobs.

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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