January 22, 2018
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Federal government briefly shuts down; Congress approves short-term extension

A stopgap federal funding measure was approved 81 to 18 today in the Senate and 266-150 in the House as Democrats joined Republicans in voting to end a government shutdown that began after budget negotiations broke down on Friday. The temporary spending measure lasts for three weeks, and ends a 60-hour federal government shutdown. Democrats agreed to a deal that will ensure discussion and votes on federal immigration reform, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which provides legal status for immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children.

"In a few hours, the government will reopen," said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer of New York. “We will vote today to reopen the government, to continue negotiating a global agreement with the commitment that if an agreement isn’t reached by Feb. 8, the Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation dealing with DACA.”

The Senate broke the stalemate after a weekend of intensive negotiations just before noon, when it voted 81-18 for cloture to cut off debate.  Both of the state's senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, voted yes on cloture (a change from their votes during a dramatic vote late on Friday in the Senate).  

In the House, a majority of the Washington delegation voted yes: Reps. Denny Heck, Dave Reichert, Derek Kilmer, Suzan DelBene, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Dan Newhouse. Voting no were Reps. Pramila Jayapal; Adam Smith and Rick Larsen. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler did not vote.

USA Today and the Washington Post have more on the story.

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

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Help community colleges meet job training needs

By The Editorial Board of The (Everett) Herald

The state's 34 community and technical colleges are playing an indispensable role in educating and preparing students for further study and advanced degrees at universities but also for more immediate jobs with employers throughout the state, particularly in manufacturing and other trades.

With some 740,000 job openings in the state expected over the next five years -- and more than half of those requiring post-high school education and training -- community and technical colleges represent the best option for many of those students...

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