I am in D.C. for two weeks on a variety of tasks on the Hill having to do with getting ready for the 2016 news cycle and presidential campaign. Along with catching up with D.C. friends from left to right –with many of them in the studio next week– I will be able to nag every Republican Member of the House and Senate I see on the need to re-authorize the Export Import Bank.
I am not now, nor have I ever been a lobbyist, but “Ex Im” is very much a part of the nation’s soft-power arsenal, and it helps American manufacturing enter and stay in emerging markets while assisting American companies from large ones like Boeing to very small ones compete on a level playing field with heavily subsidized foreign entities, including some from our near-peer adversaries in the world. As a matter of national security, Ex Im should be reauthorized. (I have been writing and speaking about this for a long time –here’s a column on the subject from 2012.)
Some conservatives think Ex Im is “crony capitalism,” the all purpose term for government spending, but from Hamilton to Lincoln to Reagan, Republicans who support U.S. manufacturing, exports, and global leadership support the programs like Ex Im which make it possible.
One of my law partners, Dan Renberg, was on the Board of Ex Im from 1999-2003 and he joined me in studio Monday to review the issue and I’ll return to it often before the deadline for re-authorization of Ex Im approaches by the end of June. In the meantime, get on the horn to your congressmen and senators and urge them to support another tool in the box needed to rebuild American leadership in ther world.
Here’s my interview with Dan Renberg:
HH: One of the guys I was in Dallas with is Dan Renberg, who is in the studio with me here in Washington, D.C. And in casual conversation, he says to me he was on the board of directors of the Export-Import Bank. And I dragged him over the studio today, because one of the things I’m here to do is to nag every Republican I find to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. And I did not know Dan, who is the co-leader of the Arent Fox government relations department, I had no idea he did this. Dan Renberg, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show.
DR: Thank you so much, Hugh. I appreciate the opportunity.
HH: Well, it’s great. Now first of all, tell people your experience on the Hill and how you came to end up running Ex-Im from, I think, what, 1999-2003 you were on the board?
DR: I was on the board, yes. Thank you, Hugh. First of all, let me just say that I was not running it. We had a president and vice president and all that, but I was a member of the board of directors, appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. It was a wonderful opportunity to do public service. And I came there from, almost straight from the Hill. Continue Reading