The Export-Import Bank’s charter expired at midnight Tuesday—at least temporarily.
Even though the 81-year-old agency has expired, supportive lawmakers may include an amendment concerning the bank to a must-pass bill like the Highway Trust Fund in an attempt to revive it.
While supporters say the bank helps American small businesses compete globally, opponents of the bank have called it a form of “corporate welfare” and an agent of “cronyism.”
As the expiration date for the bank neared, supporters and opponents were particularly vocal about the issue, stating their views on social media outlets like Twitter.
Here are some of the top tweets concerning the Ex-Im Bank:
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) June 30, 2015
Ex-Im Bank could play key role in helping clean energy economies in developing countries, driving renewable energy growth in U.S.
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) June 30, 2015
Today, we'll finally shut down a corporate welfare program that steals from regular people to fund politically connected interests. #EndExIm
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) June 30, 2015
— Mark Kirk (@SenatorKirk) June 30, 2015
— Congressman Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) June 30, 2015
We have the votes in both US Senate & House to reauth. #ExIm & I'm determined to find a path forward 2 reauthorize Bank as soon as possible
— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) June 30, 2015
Export-Import Bank Closes: Kill Subsidies To Cut Federal Liabilities, Promote Economic Fairness http://t.co/ZJfy5BrcTW
— Timothy P Carney (@TPCarney) June 30, 2015
The Export-Import Bank charter expires tonight. Delta Airlines wins the battle of the business lobbies. Virtually all other businesses lose.
— Jonathan Weisman (@jonathanweisman) June 30, 2015
how weird do liberals feel today? conservatives are taking credit for killing corporate welfare. #EndExIm
— dan holler (@danholler) June 30, 2015
— Steny Hoyer (@WhipHoyer) June 30, 2015