Tea Party hits Clinton for support of Ex-Im

Tea Party hits Clinton for support of Ex-Im
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Tea Party groups are attacking Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE for her support of the Export-Import Bank, as the Congress debates a proposal to extend the embattled institution before it’s charter expires on June 30.

Freedom Partners, a Tea Party group opposing the Bank's reauthorization, began circulating video on Monday from a February 2010 hearing where Clinton testified before Congress that she wanted to "put the Ex-Im Bank on steroids.”

Ex-Im offers government-backed loans and loan guarantees for U.S. companies to help finance international business.

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"We can do even more through the Ex-Im Bank, and I'm going to try to encourage that approach," Clinton said. "I'd like to put the Ex-Im Bank on steroids because I think it does so much good work for American companies and I want American businesses to know that."

Republicans are divided about whether to reauthorize the bank. Some conservatives — including top likely and declared GOP presidential candidates like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector Senators unveil bipartisan push to deter future election interference Puerto Rico's children need recovery funds MORE (Fla.) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — oppose the bank.

They argue that the 80-year-old bank only finances projects for big businesses that have "crony" political connections inside the Beltway.

During a campaign stop in New Hampshire last month, Clinton doubled down on her support of the bank, calling Republican opposition to it "embarrassing."

James Davis, a spokesman for Freedom Partners, said, "corruption, cronyism and corporate welfare on steroids — that's what the reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank would mean if Hillary Clinton had her way."

"What would that look like 'on steroids' in a potential Clinton administration? We're hopeful that Republicans in Congress will take that possibility off the table by allowing this bank to expire," Davis said.

It's unclear whether Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Even some conservatives seem open to return to earmarks Overnight Finance: Trump, lawmakers take key step to immigration deal | Trump urges Congress to bring back earmarks | Tax law poised to create windfall for states | Trump to attend Davos | Dimon walks back bitcoin criticism MORE (R-Ohio) will allow for a vote on the bank, which enjoys widespread support from Democrats and moderate Republicans.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (R-Ky.) has said that the upper chamber will have a vote on the bank, despite his personal opposition to it.