Ex-Im Reauthorization Would be a Jobs Bill

By January 27, 2012Trade

One of the big success stories in the trade world for 2011, other than passage of the FTAs, was success of the Export-Import Bank’s Global Access for Small Business program. Last year the Ex-Im Bank approved $6 billion in small business financing through this helpful new program which is supported by the National Association of Manufacturers.

It’s a little known fact that more than 85 percent of all the Bank’s transactions directly benefit small business exporters.

As you can see export financing is paramount to the ability of manufacturers to export and in turn grow jobs and invest. We have to remember that 95 percent of the world’s consumers are outside of the U.S. and our manufacturers need the tools to reach them, if not we will be eclipsed by our overseas competition.

The NAM is urging Congress to act as soon as possible to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank and to increase the Bank’s lending capacity. If we are going to meet the goal of doubling exports by 2014 an improved Ex-Im Bank is going to play an important role and we can’t afford to wait to act until the temporary authorization expires.

Manufacturers are constantly planning for the future several months and years in advance which is why a multi-year extension is needed. 

Ex-Im Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg is also pushing for Congress to move quickly as CQ reported earlier this week.

In an interview, Ex-Im Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg said Congress needs to quickly assure businesses and foreign customers that it will have more financing authority. Hochberg called legislation to raise the bank’s lending limit a “jobs bill.”

Reauthorizing Ex-Im means more exports which translates to more jobs for American workers. We are hopeful Congress can come together to move forward soon before we lose out to the competition.

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