Republican lawmakers see U.S. Ex-Im extension despite pressure

By Emily Stephenson and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Conservative groups kept up the pressure on Thursday to shut down the U.S. Export-Import Bank, but the agency’s supporters and many lawmakers expect Congress to approve a deal next week to extend its charter for nine more months. Leaders in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives said this week they would reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank before its charter expires on Sept. 30, giving it until June 2015 as part of a package to fund federal agencies. Conservative groups, who say the bank’s loans and loan guarantees represent “crony capitalism,” slammed the move.

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