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Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012--Continued

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. TOOMEY. Madam President, there are two things we know about reauthorizing the Ex-Im Bank. We know our taxpayers are subject to a risk for which they are not fairly compensated in the sense that Ex-Im necessarily systematically underprices the risk. That is precisely why a borrower goes to them.

We also know it is unfair to a domestic competitor that cannot obtain the financing at the same rate that a foreign company can. We are told we should do this anyway because everyone else does it, because all of our competitors around the world subsidize their exports.

So I would suggest the logical conclusion is we should work to phase out export subsidies all around the world. That is what this amendment does. It reauthorizes Ex-Im. It lifts the limit of the borrowing cap. But it makes it contingent on the administration beginning a process of negotiating a phaseout of export subsidies. It makes the second increase in the lending cap contingent on an actual agreement that will, over time, get us all out of the business of risking taxpayer dollars in export subsidies.

I think this is a sensible way. It will allow an adjustment to take place for those who are dependent on this bank, but it will get taxpayers off the hook in time.

So I urge support.


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