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The party that's acted as a bulwark against President Barack Obama's agenda suddenly looks like it will quickly agree to some of his biggest demands. House Republicans are poised to extend the Export-Import Bank's charter well into next year, despite decrying the agency as an antiquated vestige of crony capitalism.
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House GOP leaders appear set to push through a measure giving President Obama the authorization and money he has requested to train Syrian rebels for the fight against ISIS - a rare display of unity between Republicans and the president. This would be separate from any measure authorizing Obama's ramping up of American military operations, which apparently isn't going to get any Congressional vote.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., left, talks with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, as Congress honored victims of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, during a "Fallen Heroes of 9/11 Gold Medal Ceremony".
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U.S. businesses that rely on the Export-Import Bank for financing are uneasy about a Republican plan for a nine-month extension of the bank's charter, fearing uncertainty about the lender's future could put them at a disadvantage against overseas competitors. Export-Import Bank President Fred Hochberg told the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit on Wednesday that, although he did not want to pre-judge the decision by lawmakers, the norm had been five-year extensions.
In the run-up to a presidential address, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called on Wednesday for a quick pre-election vote to approve the administration's request to train and equip Syrian rebels fighting terrorists seeking an Islamic state in the Middle East. House Republicans offered no commitment, although Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said at midafternoon, "We stand ready to listen and work with the president to confront this growing threat."
McCarthy said he'd let the Export-Import bank die this month -- but the realities of governing forced him to renege Being the majority leader of a major political party is a terrible job that no normal person would ever want. That's particularly true of the Republican Party, which is divided and unruly to the point of being completely ungovernable.
Republican leaders in the House of Representatives edged closer on Tuesday to an agreement for a short-term extension of the U.S. Export-Import bank's charter that would grant a temporary reprieve for the export leader. House Speaker John Boehner said after a meeting with Republican lawmakers that he was working with Representative Jeb Hensarling, a key opponent of the bank, who now "thinks a temporary extension of the Export-Import bank is in order."
Republican congressional leaders are deflecting the tough questions about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria until they hear President Obama's plan for defeating the terrorist group. House Speaker John Boehner was repeatedly pressed by reporters Tuesday about whether he believes U.S. ground troops are needed in the Middle East and whether Congress needed to authorize an expanded military campaign.
If redstate.com's Erick Erickson is to be believed, Congress' brief September Sojourn in DC will be anything but the low-key and uneventful layover advertised. Republicans have been telling themselves and the electorate that the very best thing for their mid-term prospects will be to slither in, pass a clean continuing resolution to keep things humming, then beat it out of town until election day.
Updated: Mon Sep 15, 2014 07:18 pm
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