A Senate aide who worked on the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank has left Capitol Hill to manage congressional affairs for the agency.
Erin Gulick began working for Sen. Maria CantwellMaria CantwellA guide to the committees: Senate Trump signs bill undoing Obama coal mining rule Nine Dem senators say hiring freeze hurting trade enforcement MORE (D-Wash.) in 2011, first as a legislative assistant before becoming her senior adviser.
According to Capitol Strategies, a political intelligence and government affairs firm, Gulick “shepherded” the Senate strategy this year for reauthorizing Ex-Im's charter, which otherwise would have expired Oct. 1
After months of debate, Congress last month voted to renew the Export-Import Bank through June 30, 2015. The bank provides financing to promote U.S. exports.
Conservatives resisted reauthorizing the bank, calling the agency an example of “crony capitalism,” and have vowed to press on in their fight to disband it.
Business groups say ending the agency would put them at a disadvantage against foreign rivals who receive government assistance.
Cantwell is one of the leading champions in Congress of the bank. Boeing, the biggest beneficiary of Ex-Im financing, manufactures planes in her state.