November 2, 2015
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U.S. House passes Ex-Im Bank renewal; now on to the Senate

The Export-Import Bank of the United States is halfway to reauthorization, four months after its charter expired for the first time since the Great Depression.

The U.S. House voted 313-118 last week to reauthorize the bank after a bipartisan group of lawmakers used a rare procedural move called a discharge petition to bring the bill past committee chairs and directly to the floor.

The bill's future in the Senate is uncertain. Leaders there oppose the bill despite support from a supermajority of rank-and-file senators. The Ex-Im Bank's best chance for reauthorization might be as an amendment to highway funding or another must-pass bill, the Business Journals report.

The Export-Import Bank supports jobs at 217 employers in Washington, including Manhasset Specialty Products in Yakima, Norwest Ingredients in Royal City and The Lighthouse for the Blind in Seattle and Spokane.

All 10 members of Washington's House delegation voted to renew the Ex-Im Bank.

Contact AWB Government Affairs Director Amy Anderson to learn more.

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Two-Part Question

Tacoma's Two-Part Minimum Wage Ballot Is Confusing -- Here's an Explainer

Tacoma voters have an important choice, but the ballot is a little confusing. You'll first answer whether you think the city should increase the minimum wage, then a second question whether the wage should rise to $12 or immediately to $15 if a majority of voters want it to increase.

Here's the important part.

Answer the second question no matter what! It does not mean you're voting for a minimum wage increase.

If you don't pick an option on the second half of the measure, it's like picking the option you don't want.

Click here to watch the full video on the Tacoma-Pierce Chamber's YouTube channel
Millennium Bulk Terminals

Timelines are important

By The Daily News editorial board

When it comes to big projects, timelines are important. Last week we learned the timeline for the Millennium Bulk Terminals' draft environmental impact statement was being pushed back. ...

Why are the goalposts being moved? Because it's a coal project?

Whether you support the Millennium coal project or oppose it, you should be upset with how the State of Washington has treated the timeline for this project.

Cowlitz County needs jobs and the Department of Ecology's poor performance isn't helping.
Click here to read the full editorial in The Daily News
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