CalChamber Fights Effort to Derail Export-Import Bank Reauthorization

InternationalOpponents of the California Chamber of Commerce-supported Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank are attempting to jeopardize reauthorization of the bank by sponsoring “poison pill” amendments to a bill that includes Ex-Im provisions.

The debate is expected to occur on federal legislation authorizing the highway program, which includes numerous strong reform measures.

On October 27, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 313-118 to send to the U.S. Senate legislation reauthorizing the Ex-Im Bank. That legislation is the same reform bill that earned 67 votes in the Senate earlier this year.

Action Needed

The CalChamber urges businesses to ask the California congressional delegation to vote “no” on Ex-Im amendments and pass the reform measures before any more harm is done to U.S. exporters and the workers they employ.

Staff Contact: Susanne T. Stirling

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Susanne T. Stirling
Susanne T. Stirling, vice president, international affairs, has headed the CalChamber international activities for nearly four decades. She serves on the National Export Council (appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce), the California International Relations Foundation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce International Committee, and the Chile-California Council. Originally from Denmark, she studied at the University of Copenhagen and holds a B.A. in international relations from the University of the Pacific, where she now serves as a regent. She earned an M.A. from the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California.