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Boehner: ‘We’ll See’ If Export-Import Bank Authorized Before Deadline (Video)

Speaker John A. Boehner again declined to commit to a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank at his weekly news conference Wednesday, telling reporters “we’ll see” when asked if the House would “sort through” the issue prior to the Sept. 30 deadline to reauthorize the Bank’s lending authority.  

“There’s a big debate going on in our conference, and we’re just going to have to sort our way through this. My job is to help facilitate the sorting through of this so that we can get to an outcome.”  

However, when pressed on whether he supports a reauthorization Boehner pushed back.  

“I’m not going to answer the question,” the Ohio Republican said. “You tried to do this on immigration for the last two years. As the guy who’s the facilitator of trying to get to a discussion to get to an outcome, I think laying my cards on the table tilts the balance. I don’t frankly think — I don’t want to do that. I want to get our members to a place where they’re comfortable, whatever that is.”  

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said yesterday he is planning a vote to re-authorize the Bank, while Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling has said since May he wants the Bank’s lending authorization to expire at the end of the fiscal year.