NAM: Boehner’s pending exit fuels debate over Ex-Im reauthorization
The Los Angeles Times reports that “mounting job losses” and House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) announcement that he’ll resign have raised hopes among supporters of the US Export-Import Bank that the outgoing speaker will be able to push to have the agency’s charter renewed in his “final round of deal-making.” The Times notes, however, that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who “is the favorite to succeed Boehner,” is “a declared foe” of the Bank.
E&E Publishing reports that the Boehner’s imminent departure “may breathe new life into efforts to move a long-term highway bill” as well as reauthorization of the Bank, according to lawmakers. The next several weeks could “help make or break the Export-Import Bank” as observers see Boehner as “more open to allowing a vote in the House compared with” McCarthy, currently the House majority leader. The Nuclear Energy Institute, a “top bank defender,” will release a survey this week related to the Bank. Among its findings is that 79% of Americans “agree with the concept” of the Bank.
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