August 26, 2019
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AWB's Federal Affairs Summit bridges divide, connects Congress and employers large and small

AWB's third Federal Affairs Summit brought together lawmakers from both parties and a diverse blend of Washington employers to discuss challenges and solutions last week in the Tri-Cities. Highlights include remarks on bipartisanship, international trade and tariffs, and a keynote address from the under secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy.

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New energy storage project coming to PNNL, with millions in federal investment

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to host a new national grid energy research facility, which could lead to millions in new federal investment. The new facility, which will require funding from Congress, would help modernize the country's utility grid to make it more resilient and secure.

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Inslee exits race for president, announces run for governor

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ended his presidential bid last week. He quickly announced another run for governor, which immediately had a ripple effect in Washington politics, as several Democrats were eyeing the governor's mansion in case Inslee chose not to run again.

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Policy Summit features great content, renowned speakers

Policy Summit is back! One of our most popular events, this one often sells out. Don't miss a point counter-point with two former White House chiefs of staff, and dozens of other compelling speakers. Register today!

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Employers have until Sept. 6 to comment on new overtime rule

Washington employers are encouraged to speak up now about big changes coming to Washington's overtime rules. The deadline to submit written comments is Sept. 6. Read more »


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Deadline for written comments on draft overtime rule Sept. 6
Support for Ex-Im Bank Grows


In Our View: Congress must reauthorize Ex-Im Bank now

By The Columbian Editorial Board

For 85 years, the federal Export-Import Bank has helped American corporations compete in the global marketplace. Now it is in need of reauthorization from Congress.

In recent years in Clark County, the bank has supported companies such as Conquest Consulting Group, Northwest Natural Products and Neil Jones Food Company. Across Washington, it has supported companies large and small in every region. About 90 percent of businesses that use Ex-Im Bank services are small businesses that provide local jobs and contribute to the local tax base.

The Ex-Im Bank, which provides and guarantees loans to help foreign entities make purchases from U.S. companies, is particularly important in our state, where an estimated 40 percent of all jobs are tied in some fashion to international trade...

Read the full editorial in The Columbian