December 5, 2016
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Third-annual AWB D.C. fly-in begins today

Two dozen AWB members are visiting with their members of Congress and other national leaders this week during the third-annual AWB D.C. fly-in. AWB President Kris Johnson and Vice President for Government Affairs Gary Chandler are leading the trip, along with Amy Anderson, AWB government affairs director for federal issues.

The trip is packed with meetings that cover a wide range of topics, including workforce development, immigration, infrastructure and trade.

The group is scheduled to meet with most members of the state's congressional delegation, including Sen. Maria Cantwell, U.S. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Adam Smith, Dave Reichert, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Denny Heck, Derek Kilmer, Rick Larsen, Dan Newhouse and Suzan DelBene, along with many other national leaders, including Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Robert Holleyman and National Association of Manufacturers President Jay Timmons.

The visit also includes time to visit some of the capital's historical sites and monuments, including a candlelight tour of the Capitol building with retired Rep. Jim Walsh.

Follow the trip online at #AWBinDC.

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