October 30, 2017
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Controversial Ex-Im Bank nominee to get Senate hearing this week

The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Development Committee will hold a hearing this Wednesday on the administration's nominees to serve on the board of the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank. Among the nominees is former U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., who is controversial for his stated desire to shut down the Ex-Im Bank, according to E&E News.

Garrett, a founder of the House Freedom Caucus, lost his seat in 2016. While in office, he called for the shutdown of the Ex-Im Bank, which provides credit and loan guarantees and export assistance for thousands of manufacturers that employ hundreds of thousands of American workers, including nearly 200 in Washington state alone.

AWB has joined the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in saying that Garrett is the wrong choice to lead a crucial agency like the Ex-Im Bank.

Since his nomination to serve as chair of the Ex-Im Bank board, he has not definitively backed down from those statements, according to members of Congress who have met with him.

"He's got a high bar, we met with him and definitely did not get a commitment from him that he wouldn't shut down the bank or reform it in ways that would basically make the bank ineffectual. We are going to continue that line of questioning," said U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D..

Four other non-controversial nominees will also be up for a hearing on Wednesday.

The Ex-Im Bank board is without a quorum, meaning the bank cannot approve loans of more than $10 million, cutting back on its ability to support American manufacturing jobs.

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

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'Hirst Will Shatter the American Dream...'

Call the Legislature back to pass capital budget, fix water-rights ruling

By former Gov. Dan Evans

It's time for Gov. Jay Inslee, together with Republicans and Democrats in both houses of the Legislature, to put partisanship aside and solve two pressing problems. Washington state needs a capital budget and a fix to the state Supreme Court's Hirst decision, which has impacted homebuilding in rural areas.

As construction costs rise, every day that goes by without passage of the state's capital budget means that taxpayers will pay more for building schools and other projects, and it means that needed construction is delayed.

Equally important is modification of the law in response to the Hirst decision. Hirst will shatter the American dream for some Washington state families because they may not be able to obtain water on the properties they purchased unless the Legislature enacts a solution to that decision...

Read the full column in The Seattle Times
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