Why Export-Import Bank good for Illinois
By Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.)
As lawmakers from different parties, the focus too often is on our differences instead of the values we share. While one of us is a Democrat and one of us is a Republican, as representatives from downstate districts in Illinois, we are working together to find common ground to benefit the people we are honored to represent.
Even though we don’t agree on every policy proposal, and won’t always vote the same way, we both strongly agree that job creation and economic growth should be -- and must be -- prioritized in Washington. We also understand that our hardworking Illinois constituents elected us to use our Midwestern practicality to put country ahead of party and compromise to get things done.
We both agree that we need to come together to support Illinois jobs and our economy by reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank before the expiration of its charter at the end of June.
The Export-Import Bank, an independent federal agency that supports and maintains American jobs, fills gaps by providing loans, at no cost to taxpayers, to help foreign companies purchase American products. In fact, last year the Export-Import Bank actually generated a $675 million surplus to taxpayers.
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