NAM’s Timmons to Senate Banking Committee: Reject Scott Garrett

Manufacturers Continue Drumbeat Against Anti-Ex-Im Zealot Ahead of Confirmation Hearing

Washington, D.C., October 25, 2017 – In a letter to Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH), National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons today expressed manufacturers’ firm opposition to the nomination of Scott Garrett to head the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank and affirmed strong support for the nominations of Spencer Bachus, Kimberly Reed, Claudia Slacik and Judith Pryor.

“Manufacturers are grateful to have an ally in the White House who seeks to ensure that America and its workers are not left behind as foreign governments do all they can to win in the global economy,” Timmons wrote. “At the same time, the NAM is firmly opposed to the nomination of former U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) as president of the Ex-Im Bank given his longstanding opposition to its mission and his past actions to destroy the agency. 

“Manufacturers in the United States are missing out on major new business opportunities overseas every day that the Ex-Im Bank faces vacancies on its Board of Directors, to the detriment of local economies and American jobs. That is why manufacturers call on your committee to move forward the nominations of Mr. Bachus, Ms. Reed, Ms. Slacik and Ms. Pryor to the Ex-Im Bank Board of Directors. By contrast, Mr. Garrett is untrustworthy and unqualified to be the leader who strengthens and defends the Ex-Im Bank. His confirmation would be catastrophic to U.S. exporters, manufacturing workers and families.”

The NAM has been a national leader against Garrett’s nomination, launching ad campaigns in multiple states urging voters to contact their senators to voice their opposition to his confirmation. This week, the NAM released a new web ad highlighting Garrett’s past comments opposing the Ex-Im Bank’s reauthorization. Timmons has also recently called on Garrett to withdraw his nomination.

View Timmons’ letter to the Senate Banking Committee here


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit

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