Rep. Kevin McCarthy supports letting the Export-Import Bank expire


Rep. Kevin McCarthy (C) walks out of a Republican leadership meeting at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday. (Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency)

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Sunday that he favors letting the charter of the Export-Import Bank expire later this year, a boon to conservative groups and lawmakers who oppose the agency.

"We’ve got hearings going on next week in [the] Financial Services [Committee], which I sit on. I think Ex-Im Bank is ... something government does not have to be involved in. The private sector can do it," McCarthy said on "Fox News Sunday."

Show host Chris Wallace responded: "You would allow the Ex-Im Bank to expire in September?"

McCarthy replied, "Yes, because it's something that the private sector can be able to do."

The Export-Import Bank makes loan guarantees to foreign buyers who want to purchase from U.S. exporters. Many conservatives oppose it and say it amounts to "corporate welfare."

When Congress voted to reauthorize the agency in 2012, McCarthy was among the lawmakers who voted in favor of it.

McCarthy was elected the House majority leader last week, making him the second-ranking Republican in the lower chamber.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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