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Ex-Im Bank faces crucial vote

House expected to vote Monday on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, which critics call the “Bank of Boeing.”

Export-Import Bank reauthorization gains Washington’s senators’ support

Washington’s two senators helped sponsor a bipartisan bill Thursday that would keep a major export program important to the state from going out of business. But Congress, which starts a five-week recess this weekend, will have to use parliamentary shortcuts to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank for five years before its current charter runs out on Sept. 30.

Politically divisive Export-Import Bank gains support of Inslee, Otter

Govs. Jay Inslee and Butch Otter signed on to a letter Tuesday urging Congress to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, but the owner of a Palouse company sometimes listed as a beneficiary of the institution says the United States should let it go out of business. Speaking to reporters by telephone from the Farnborough Air Show in the United Kingdom, where Boeing Co. was closing deals with foreign customers for new jetliners worth billions of dollars, Washington Gov. Inslee said the bank is key to continuing those sales and the tens of thousands of jobs they support for the aerospace giant and its suppliers.