Maggie Hassan on Free Trade


N.H. is fastest-growing state in the nation for exports

We increased international trade assistance to help businesses market and sell their products around the globe. Through November, our business exports rose 22 percent in 2013, making New Hampshire the fastest-growing state in the nation for exports.

For New Hampshire's economy to keep moving forward, we need to continue supporting common-sense measures that will help our businesses compete and thrive.

Source: 2014 State of the State address to Connecticut legislature , Feb 6, 2014

Reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank.

Hassan signed Letter on Ex-Im Bank

Press release on Letter from 31 Governors to House Republican leaders:

We urge you to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) before its charter expires this year. In its role as the official export credit agency, Ex-Im is a vital export finance tool for exporters in our states, at no cost to American taxpayers.

Ex-Im allows our companies and workers to compete on a level playing field against our competitors. Without Ex-Im financing, US firms would have lost many sales campaigns to their overseas competitors.

Reauthorizing Ex-Im is the right thing to do for our economy, companies and workers. 41 GOP lawmakers and 865 business organizations have called for the charter's immediate renewal. And, House Democrats have already introduced legislation to reauthorize the bank. Speaker Boehner, it's time to act; quit jeopardizing the nation's economy and American jobs.

Argument in opposition from FreedomWorks:

    Top Ten Reasons to Let the Export-Import Bank Expire
  1. It Has Outlived Its Purpose: In the 2010s, US exports have been setting record highs--they don't need government help.
  2. It Lets Government Pick Winners and Losers
  3. Its Risky Loans Put it in Danger of Needing Taxpayer Bailouts
  4. It Costs Taxpayers Money Annually, thanks to government accounting gimmicks
  5. Most of Its Funding Goes to Big Corporations Who Don't Need the Money
  6. It Lets Foreign Corporations Undercut US Competitors
  7. It Only Benefits a Few States, but Every State Bears the Costs
  8. It Is Prone to Corruption (like whenever you involve the government in handing out money)
  9. There Are Better Ways to Help US. Manufacturers: the government should lower and simplify the tax and regulatory burden US companies face.
  10. It Is Unnecessary. The Ex-Im Bank cannot justify its continued existence. It's also one of the easiest programs to retire, as its authorization expires in September 2014 if Congress simply does nothing.
    Source: Letter from 31 Governors 14_Lt_ExIm on Jul 15, 2014

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    Jim Rubens
    Karen Testerman
    Scott Brown

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