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May 11, 2012
Question: Did you support H.R. 2072, the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012?
Answer: The key to our economic recovery is jobs, without a doubt. In order to expand and hire new workers, American companies must have the ability to compete in a global economy. To create jobs, American companies need to be competitive with foreign companies that have access to credit in their countries.
The Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank has helped to ensure that there is a level playing field for American companies when they compete with foreign competitors that are basically supported by aggressive credit agencies. Ex-Im loans and guarantees are often countervailing measures to compete against other foreign credit agencies.
This is not a subsidy and there is no cost to the taxpayers. That needs to be emphasized. The way that Ex-Im Bank allows U.S. companies to compete globally is an example of how our government can facilitate job growth without contributing to the national debt. Far from being a handout to corporations, Ex-Im Bank is self-financing, it turns a profit for the American taxpayer, and it helps create jobs here at home.
Since 2005, the bank has forwarded more than $3.4 billion in profits to the Treasury above all costs and loss reserves, including $400 million in 2011 alone. H.R. 2072 ensures that Ex-Im Bank will continue to turn a profit for American taxpayers and help steer our economic recovery.
For these reasons, I voted in favor of H.R. 2072, which reauthorized the Ex-Im Bank through 2014. The House of Representatives approved this legislation by a vote of 330-90 on May 9.
H.R. 2072 now awaits consideration by the Senate.
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