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Ex-Im Bank vote divides Florida U.S. Senate candidates



The U.S. House this evening voted to revive the Export-Import Bank, with moderate Republicans joining Democrats. Florida House members running for Senate revealed the divide.

Republican David Jolly voted with the majority while Ron DeSantis voted with more conservative members against the bank. Meanwhile, Rep. Alan Grayson was the only Democrat to vote against the bank. His Senate rival Patrick Murphy was part of the majority.

"Ron DeSantis just voted with Alan Grayson to kill Florida jobs," said Max Goodman, Jolly's political director.

DeSantis spokesman Barney Keller: "Congressman DeSantis supports less government, defends the interests of taxpayers, and opposes corporate welfare. Because he favors limited government policies and rejects the D.C.-insider economy in which government picks winners and losers, resurrecting the crony ExIm Bank is a non-starter."

And Joshua Karp for Murphy: "Sadly, this is exactly the kind of reckless and irresponsible behavior Floridians have come to expect from Alan Grayson. Rather than support our President and stand united with Democrats, Alan Grayson is the only House Democrat siding with the Tea Party to oppose the Ex-Im Bank."

Grayson statement from spokesman Kevin Franck: "Rep. Grayson does not support corporate welfare for foreign corporations, which is what the Ex-Im Bank has degenerated into. Rep. Grayson remains deeply concerned that through the Ex-Im Bank, the federal government is providing a low-interest taxpayer subsidy exclusively to foreign competitors, and thus destroying jobs in the United States.  He maintains that if the Government is going to provide such loans anyone, they should be to U.S. concerns, not foreign ones."

Other Republicans voting yes:

Buchanan / Crenshaw / Curbelo / Diaz-Balart / Mica / Rooney / Ros-Lehtinen

Other Republicans voting no:

Bilirakis / Clawson / Miller / Nugent / Posey / Ross / Webster / Yoho

The issue now heads to the Senate.


[Last modified: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 10:01am]


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