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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Congresswoman Lawrence to host Reps. Levin and Dingell, Michigan business leaders to demand vote for Ex-Im Bank

July 1, 2015
Press Release
Rep. Lawrence hosts joint press conference in the 14th District to send clear message to Republican Majority to call a vote on the expired Ex-Im Bank charter.

DETROIT – Rep. Lawrence (MI-14) hosted a joint press conference in Detroit Wednesday morning with Reps. Levin (MI-09), and Dingell (MI-12) and several business leaders from throughout Michigan to demand that House Republicans call an immediate vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank charter before irreparable harm is done to hundreds of Michigan companies and hundreds of thousands of hard-working Americans.

“In 2012, the Bank was reauthorized with overwhelming bipartisan support due to its critical role in ensuring American businesses and manufacturers remain globally competitive. Ex-Im has operated for more than two decades with a default rate of less than 1 percent, which is better than their private banking sector counterparts, and while contributing nearly $7 billion to the U.S. Treasury for deficit reduction. It is the only option our Michigan companies have when going up against foreign competitors who are heavily subsidized by their governments, many of which have multiple Export-Import Banks.” Rep. Lawrence said. “If our Republican colleagues are serious about reducing the deficit, creating more jobs, and remaining globally competitive, we must immediately call a vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.”

Ex-Im Bank supports Michigan businesses, jobs

Rep. Lawrence was joined by Reps. Levin and Dingell and Michigan business leaders, including Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber; Fay Beydoun, Executive Director, Arab American Chamber of Commerce, and COO, Tejara Global Business Development Center; Glen Carlson III, President, Acme Manufacturing; John Couch, Vice President, Futuramic Tool & Engineering; Bob Joly, President, Hancock Enterprises; and Luke Pinkerton, President and Chief Technology Officer, Polytorx/Helix LLC.

Despite months of warnings from the nation’s business and lending leaders, Republican congressional members refused to deal with the matter before the June 25th recess, and before the Bank’s charter expired on June 30th. House Republicans have said there is no urgency in holding a reauthorization vote because the Bank’s existing loan programs will continue for the next 27 years. Without reauthorization, however, the Bank has made clear that it cannot continue with its self-sufficient loans and programs, shifting the burden of the cost of those loans to American tax-payers.

From 2007 to 2014, the Export-Import Bank has created or sustained 1.5 million private sector jobs – including more than 58,000 jobs in Michigan – at no cost to taxpayers. From 2007 to 2014, the Export-Import Bank supported more than $9 billion in exports from 190 Michigan companies.

“The State of Michigan and the entire country is dependent upon our representatives in Congress to renew Ex-Im’s mandate.  As an institution that has historically held remarkable bipartisan support, there is no reason to end Ex-Im now.  While Ex-Im’s support of large U.S. corporations is highly publicized, it is impossible to ignore the fact that 90 percent of Ex-Im’s transactions directly impact small businesses’ capacity to export their goods and services, and to further create jobs.  If our Congress is truly committed to advancing the interests of those they represent, there is no other option than to extend Ex-Im’s mandate immediately,” said Fay Beydoun, Executive Director of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce and COO of Tejara Global Business Development Center.