Political Notes – The vote for Ex-Im bank funding splits the Georgia delegation

[private]The U.S. House vote on Tuesday to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank split Georgia’s Republican congressmen in the same way it divided House Republicans overall.

The resolution to revive the Ex-Im Bank was opposed by the Freedom Caucus and the more conservative members of the House GOP conference, but it passed the House 313-118 as enough Republicans teamed with Democrats to vote yes.

It was the same story in Georgia’s House delegation. Republican Reps. Buddy Carter and Rob Woodall joined with Democrats Sanford Bishop, Hank Johnson, John Lewis and David Scott to vote for the Ex-Im Bank.

Republicans Doug Collins, Tom Price, Lynn Westmoreland, Tom Graves, Jody Hice, Barry Loudermilk, Austin Scott, and Rick Allen were part of the House minority that opposed passage.

The Ex-Im Bill was strongly supported by business groups and Carter cited that factor in a lengthy statement he released after the vote.

“Its mission is to assist in financing and facilitating U.S. exports of American-made goods and services to support U.S. employment,” Carter said.

Businesses in his district that benefited from the Ex-Im Bank included Gulfstream and Great Dane in Savannah, Dozier Crane and JCB Americas in Pooler, and Industrial Insulation, Pinova, and Holland Pump in Brunswick, Carter said.

“The world wants what America makes,” Woodall said. “Unfortunately, selling those goods overseas often requires the support of an Export Credit Agency (ECA) such as the Ex-Im Bank.”

Woodall added:

“If American manufacturers can’t check that box, then they can’t even get a seat at the bidding table to pitch their products. Failure to reform and reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank leaves our domestic producers with only two options: miss out on willing buyers or move their manufacturing facilities and jobs overseas and pursue financing eligibility from another nation’s ECA.”

The next vote on reauthorizing the bank will come in the Senate,

A deal or a surrender?

Count Sen. David Perdue among those who is trashing the budget deal worked out between President Obama and the congressional leadership to avoid a shutdown of the federal government.

“This bad backroom deal puts unsustainable spending on autopilot and lets Washington politicians simply delay tough decisions for two more years,” Perdue said. “Congress should be working with a sense of urgency to solve our nation’s debt crisis right now.”

“Our long-term plan was traded for short-term gimmicks, trust fund raids, and even more spending,” he said. “This deal isn’t compromise; it’s surrender.”

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