Manufacturers Applaud Leadership Among a Majority of Nation’s Governors

31 States Have Spoken, 535 Members Should Listen

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today applauded the 31 governors from Delaware to Washington in their efforts urging Congress to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank. In their letter, the governors urged Congress to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank before its expiration on September 30. “It is the right thing to do for our economy, companies and workers,” they asserted.

“Thirty-one states have spoken, and now 535 members should listen,” said NAM Vice President of International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey. “It is clear through the bipartisan leadership of governors from Delaware to Washington that the Ex-Im Bank is a critical tool for manufacturers of all sizes throughout the nation, especially at a time when economic growth continues to lag. To turn our backs on a program that operates at no cost to the taxpayer, while supporting U.S. jobs and advancing America’s global competitiveness, would forfeit employment and growth opportunities to our international competitors. Today, a majority of U.S. governors have placed manufacturing, jobs and the economy ahead of partisanship in support of promoting America’s global competitiveness.”

“It is also commendable that on the same day our nation’s governors have declared their support for the Ex-Im Bank, the National Association of Counties also endorsed a resolution to support Ex-Im reauthorization. Clearly, business and policy leaders outside the Beltway get the importance of the Ex-Im Bank’s role in supporting U.S. exports, and the NAM urges Congress to join in their support for Ex-Im reauthorization.”

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