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Boehner Tells Hensarling to Develop Ex-Im Bank Plan

Speaker John A. Boehner — publicly, at least — has more questions than answers on the Export-Import Bank.

At his weekly news conference Thursday, the Ohio Republican would not commit to putting a Senate-passed bill up for a vote if the House Financial Services Committee does not advance a bill of their own, but did say there are thousands of jobs on the line that would “disappear pretty quickly” if the Ex-Im Bank were to expire.

“I’d support any plan that the chairman can get through his committee, whether it would reform the bank [or] wind it down,” Boehner said of Jeb Hensarling, the House Financial Services Committee chairman. “So I told the chairman he needs to come up with a plan. And, uh — because the risk is, if he does nothing, the Senate is likely to act. And then what?”

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