Ex-Im Bank Could Hitch a Ride on Highway Bill (Video)
It looks like the Export-Import Bank will hitch a ride on the highway bill.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the highway bill would be the “obvious place” for a vote to keep the bank alive. That’d be over the objections of one Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who ripped GOP leaders earlier Tuesday and demanded they commit to killing the bank .
Ex-Im Bank May Be Attached to Highway Bill
There’s been some dispute between Ex-Im supporters and Republican leadership over whether or not a deal had been struck on an reauthorization vote prior to the charter’s expiration at month’s end in exchange for a prior vote on TPA.
But Tuesday, McConnell said that senators were given the opportunity for a test vote earlier this month and then floated the highway plan.
“What I’ve said repeatedly going back to our initial discussion on TPA is we would get a vote on an amendable vehicle in June — we’ve had that,” McConnell said. “That gave the supporters of Ex-Im the opportunity to demonstrate that the votes were there and then the highway bill will be open for amendment. And it’s pretty obvious that that would be a place for this vote to occur. But in connection to TPA, we’ve had no further discussions beyond what I’ve said a month ago.”
McConnell had previously stated he did not believe the trade package, which has precarious support, was the appropriate place for an Ex-Im vote.
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