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14_Lt_ExIm on Jul 15, 2014

Letter: Letter on Ex-Im Bank
Source: Letter from 31 Governors
Press release on Letter from 31 Governors to House Republican leaders:

We urge you to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) before its charter expires this year. In its role as the official export credit agency, Ex-Im is a vital export finance tool for exporters in our states, at no cost to American taxpayers.

Ex-Im allows our companies and workers to compete on a level playing field against our competitors. Without Ex-Im financing, US firms would have lost many sales campaigns to their overseas competitors.

Reauthorizing Ex-Im is the right thing to do for our economy, companies and workers. 41 GOP lawmakers and 865 business organizations have called for the charter's immediate renewal. And, House Democrats have already introduced legislation to reauthorize the bank. Speaker Boehner, it's time to act; quit jeopardizing the nation's economy and American jobs.

Argument in opposition from FreedomWorks:

    Top Ten Reasons to Let the Export-Import Bank Expire
  1. It Has Outlived Its Purpose: In the 2010s, US exports have been setting record highs--they don't need government help.
  2. It Lets Government Pick Winners and Losers
  3. Its Risky Loans Put it in Danger of Needing Taxpayer Bailouts
  4. It Costs Taxpayers Money Annually, thanks to government accounting gimmicks
  5. Most of Its Funding Goes to Big Corporations Who Don't Need the Money
  6. It Lets Foreign Corporations Undercut US Competitors
  7. It Only Benefits a Few States, but Every State Bears the Costs
  8. It Is Prone to Corruption (like whenever you involve the government in handing out money)
  9. There Are Better Ways to Help US. Manufacturers: the government should lower and simplify the tax and regulatory burden US companies face.
  10. It Is Unnecessary. The Ex-Im Bank cannot justify its continued existence. It's also one of the easiest programs to retire, as its authorization expires in September 2014 if Congress simply does nothing.

      Participating counts on VoteMatch question 13. Question 13: Support & expand free trade Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
    • Topic: Free Trade
    • Headline: Reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank (Score: 1)
    • Headline 2: Reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank (Score: 2)

    • Key for participation codes:
    • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
    • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
    • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
    • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
    • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

    Democrats participating in 14_Lt_ExIm

    Neil Abercrombie s1sHawaii Democrat (Resigned 2010) 
    Mike Beebe s1sAR Democratic Governor 
    Steve Beshear s1sKY Democratic Governor (term-limited 2015) 
    Jerry Brown s1sCA Democratic Governor 
    Steve Bullock s1sMT Democratic Governor 
    Mark Dayton s1sMN Democratic Governor 
    Maggie Hassan s1sNH Democratic Governor 
    John Hickenlooper s1sCO Democratic Governor 
    Jay Inslee s1sWA Democratic Governor 
    John Kitzhaber s1sOR Democratic Governor (resigned 2015) 
    Dan Malloy s1sCT Democratic Governor 
    Jack Markell s1sDE Democratic Governor (term-limited 2016) 
    Terry McAuliffe s1sVA Democratic Challenger  
    Martin O`Malley s1sMD Democratic Presidential candidate 
    Nancy Pelosi s2wCalifornia Democrat 
    Pat Quinn s1sIL Democratic Governor 
    Peter Shumlin s1sVT Democratic Governor (retiring 2016) 

    Republicans participating in 14_Lt_ExIm

    Robert Bentley s1sAL Republican Governor 
    Jan Brewer s1sAZ Republican Governor 
    Lincoln Chafee s1sRI Former Republican Senator (Lost re-election, 2006) 
    Tom Corbett s1sPA Republican Governor 
    Dennis Daugaard s1sSD Republican Governor 
    Mary Fallin s1sOK Republican Governor 
    Paul LePage s1sME Republican Governor 
    Susana Martinez s1sNM Republican Governor 
    Butch Otter s1sID Republican Governor 
    Brian Sandoval s1sNV Republican Governor 

    Independents participating in 14_Lt_ExIm

    Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

    Democrats: 17
    Republicans: 10
    Independents: 0

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