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Bernie Sanders SLAMS export-import bank

WASHINGTON – During July 16, 2014 testimony before the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson outlined serious problems regarding access to healthcare and key actions the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has taken to get Veterans off wait lists and into clinics. “The trust that is the foundation of all we do – the trust of the Veterans we serve and the trust of the American people and their elected representatives –has eroded,” said Acting Secretary Gibson.  “We have to earn that trust back through deliberate and decisive action, and by creating an open and transparent approach for dealing with our stakeholders to better serve Veterans.”   (VA/Robert Turtil)Bernie Sanders SLAMS the export-import bank during the Democratic Presidential Debate.

From the Daily Caller:

“[Bernie Sanders] voted against reauthorizing the agency last year, pointed to statistics showing that 75 percent of Ex-Im’s disbursements go to major corporations and not small businesses.

Sanders is not alone in his critique of Ex-Im’s apparent cronyism. Conservative Republicans have been heavily critical of the 81-year-old agency, going so far as to block its reauthorization in the House for several months last year.

Ex-Im’s biggest beneficiary, as Sanders noted, is Boeing, the airplane maker.”


In defending her support for Ex-Im on Sunday, Clinton said that she believes the agency is needed in order to remain competitive with other nations with robust export agencies.

“In fact, without the export-import bank, supporting businesses of all sizes — I believe more jobs would be lost here at home and more jobs literally would be exported. Instead of exporting products, we would be exporting jobs,” Clinton argued.

Sanders responded with a bit of sarcasm.

“Isn’t it tragic that the large multinational corporations making billions of dollars a year, shutting down in America, going to China, going to Mexico?” he said. “Absolutely they need a handout from the American middle class — I don’t think so.”

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