Manufacturers keep pressure on Ex-Im nominee Garrett

Manufacturers keep pressure on Ex-Im nominee Garrett
© Getty Images

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is launching another set of advertising aimed at derailing the confirmation of President Trump’s pick to lead the Export-Import Bank.

On Wednesday, NAM will debut its latest batch of digital advertising against former Rep. Scott GarrettErnest (Scott) Scott GarrettManufacturers support Reed to helm Ex-Im Bank Trump taps nominee to lead Export-Import Bank Who has the edge for 2018: Republicans or Democrats? MORE (R-N.J.) in South Carolina and South Dakota, where senators remain skeptical of his ability to put his past opposition of the bank behind him.

ADVERTISEMENT

The ads urge Republican Sens. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottTrump assures storm victims in Carolinas: 'We will be there 100 percent' Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Trump to visit North Carolina on Wednesday in aftermath of Florence MORE (S.C.) and Mike RoundsMarion (Mike) Michael RoundsOn The Money: Treasury rules target blue-state workarounds to tax law | Senate approves sweeping defense, domestic spending bill | US imposes B in tariffs on Chinese goods | Panel narrowly approves consumer bureau pick Senate panel narrowly approves Trump consumer bureau pick GOP sen: Sessions is ‘the right man for the job’ MORE (S.D.), both of whom questioned Garrett during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking Committee, to vote "no" on his confirmation.

Both senators have expressed concern about whether Garrett, who repeatedly tried to shut down the bank during his time in Congress, had actually changed his mind about the bank and could successfully take the reins.

Critics of Garrett’s nomination argue that he failed to assuage their concerns during his confirmation hearing earlier this month.

"Despite Scott Garrett’s best attempts to hide from his record, his hearing revealed his true agenda," said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons in a statement.

"If confirmed to lead the Ex-Im Bank, Garrett would exploit his position to impose his ideological crusade, weaken the agency from within and harm American manufacturing workers," Timmons said.

"Garrett's hearing eliminated any possibility he will fully support the Ex-Im Bank's operations, meaning a vote for Garrett is a vote against the Ex-Im Bank, against manufacturing workers and against the future of manufacturing in America."

During his hearing, Garrett was resistant to questioning about his past negative comments and efforts to shutter the bank.

A vote hasn't been scheduled on Garrett's nomination. 

The NAM will also run an advertisement in Washington, D.C.