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    This page contains letters signed by elected officials, usually written to the President or relevant members of Congress.

18LTR-EXIM on Apr 14, 2015

Letter: Letter from 26 Governors to Congressional leadership
Source: Letter from 26 Governors to Congressional leadership
As governors of states whose economies and workforces depend on exports, we strongly urge Congress to support legislation that provides for the long-term reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) before its charter expires on June 30, 2015. The Ex-Im Bank is a crucial tool that both small and large businesses use to compete fairly in the world market, increase their exports, stimulate job creation, and contribute to the growth of our states' economies.

As the official export credit agency of the United States, the Ex-Im Bank assumes the credit and country risks that private sector lenders are unable or unwilling to accept, and without it, U.S. firms would lose many sales to overseas competitors. The Ex-Im Bank allows our companies and workers to compete on a level playing field against international competitors who receive extensive support from their own export credit agencies.

In 2014, the Ex-Im Bank supplied more than $20 billion in financing to support approximately $27 billion in exports. In that same fiscal year, the Ex-Im Bank supported more than 160,000 American jobs. And the overwhelming majority of the Ex-Im Bank's transactions--nearly 90 percent--assisted small businesses.

The Ex-Im Bank is financially self-sustaining, and operates at no cost to hard-working American taxpayers. In fact, in fiscal year 2014 alone, the Ex-Im Bank returned approximately $675 million in deficit-reducing receipts to the U.S. Treasury.

Last year, Congress reauthorized the Ex-Im Bank [for one year]. It is essential that both chambers act again, this time to pass a long-term, multi-year reauthorization.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 13. Question 13: Support & expand free trade Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Free Trade
  • Headline: Support long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank (Score: 2)

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Democrats participating in 18LTR-EXIM

Steve Beshear s1sKY Democratic Governor (term-limited 2015) 
Jerry Brown s1sCA Democratic Governor 
Kate Brown s1sOR Democratic Governor 
Steve Bullock s1sMT Democratic 2020 Senate Challenger 
Mark Dayton s1sMN Democratic Governor 
Maggie Hassan s1sNH Democratic Challenger 
John Hickenlooper s1sCO Democratic Colorado Governor 
David Ige s1sHI Democratic Governor 
Jay Inslee s1sWA Democratic Washington Governor 
Dan Malloy s1sCT Democratic Governor 
Jack Markell s1sDE Democratic Governor (term-limited 2016) 
Terry McAuliffe s1sVA Democratic Challenger  
Gina Raimondo s1sRI Democratic Governor 
Peter Shumlin s1sVT Democratic Governor (retiring 2016) 
Earl Ray Tomblin s1sWV Democratic Governor (term-limited 2016) 
Tom Wolf s1sPA Democratic Governor 



Republicans participating in 18LTR-EXIM

Charlie Baker s1sMA Republican Governor 
Robert Bentley s1sAL Republican Governor 
Dennis Daugaard s1sSD Republican Governor 
Mary Fallin s1sOK Republican Governor 
Paul LePage s1sME Republican Governor 
Susana Martinez s1sNM Republican Governor 
Butch Otter s1sID Republican Governor 
Brian Sandoval s1sNV Republican Governor 



Independents participating in 18LTR-EXIM

Nikki Haley s1sSC UN Ambassador 2017-2018 
Bill Walker s1sAK Independent Governor 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 16
Republicans: 8
Independents: 2


















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