Senator Maria Cantwell’s Statement on House Passage of Export-Import Bank

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank by a vote of 313-118. House members forced a vote on the floor of the House to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank utilizing a rarely used discharge petition – a procedural maneuver which requires 218 signatures to sidestep the committee process.

“Today, common sense prevailed in the U.S. House of Representatives as it overwhelmingly approved reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank, which has helped generate more than 800,000 jobs and $135 billion in economic activity in Washington state over the past eight years. We’ve already shown there are 67 votes supporting reauthorization in the Senate.  It’s time for us to move forward and once again provide businesses the tools they need to unleash innovative American products and services to markets around the globe.  American competitiveness, jobs and our economic prosperity are too important to let extreme partisanship get in the way. ”

Senator Cantwell has been a leading proponent of reauthorizing the Ex-Im Bank: