By Ramsey Cox
Durbin’s amendment is based on a bill he introduced, the Increasing American Jobs Through Greater Exports to Africa Act, S. 2215, which would direct the president to establish a comprehensive strategy to invest in African trade.
Durbin said he worries that China is investing in Africa at a faster rate than the United States — something he said America would regret some day.
The Senate will vote to end debate on a motion to proceed to S. 3637 at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has not said if amendments will be allowed to his banking bill.
Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) are co-sponsors of Durbin's Africa trade bill.