December 11, 2017
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Employers meet with national leaders during AWB D.C. Fly-in

For the second straight year, last week's AWB D.C. Fly-in took place at a remarkable time.

The trip, which wrapped up Wednesday, began just after the Senate passed its tax reform bill and concluded just before passage of a two-week funding bill that averted a government shutdown — and just before Thursday’s resignation of Minnesota Sen. Al Franken.

Amid all the breaking news, AWB’s group of nearly two dozen met with 11 members of Washington’s congressional delegation. They discussed everything from the Export-Import Bank and trade to tax reform, infrastructure, immigration and health care.

Congressman Dan Newhouse, R-WA, included AWB's visit in his newsletter to constituents. He wrote: "The Association of Washington Business (AWB) represents over 700,000 employees in Washington State. I was grateful for the opportunity to sit down with AWB and discuss several topics that affect Washington’s diverse economy. I heard their concerns about a broken immigration system that is not meeting the needs of employers, which is demonstrated by the shortage of highly skilled STEM and agricultural workers that are essential to American competitiveness, growth, and innovation.

"We also discussed infrastructure improvements that are necessary to ensure that Washington continues to be a leader in contributing to the United States’ economic success. AWB stressed the need to protect our waterways and access to ports to efficiently export our agricultural goods to market, expanding internet connectivity in rural areas, and support policies that contribute to safety and efficiency in the general aviation industry."

There's full coverage of the trip in Olympia Business Watch, and a review of the action as posted on social media in this Storify roundup.

To learn more about AWB's federal advocacy or to get on the list for the 2018 AWB D.C. Fly-in, contact Amy Anderson, AWB government affairs director for federal issues.

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