Is it time to end the Export-Import Bank?
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About This Event

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) supports US exporters with taxpayer-backed loans and provides loan guarantees to foreign buyers. With the credit agency’s charter set to expire in fall 2014, many Republicans want to let it die, while others are determined to save it. Critics see it as a breeding ground for crony capitalism and corporate welfare, but advocates for American industry consider it a crucial job creator that levels the global playing field. It has become a proxy war in the battle for the soul of the Republican Party.

We welcome you to join us at AEI as POLITICO’s Ben White moderates a lively debate between Tim Carney, one of the bank’s fiercest critics, and Tony Fratto, one of the agency’s staunchest defenders.

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5:45 PM

6:00 PM
Timothy P. Carney, AEI
Tony Fratto, Hamilton Place Strategies

7:15 PM
Adjournment and Reception

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Speaker Biographies

Timothy P. Carney is a visiting fellow at AEI, where he helps direct the Culture of Competition Project, examining barriers to competition in all areas of American life, from the economy to the world of ideas. Carney has more than a decade of experience as a journalist covering the intersection of politics and economics. His work at AEI focuses on how to reinvigorate a competitive culture in America in which all can reap the benefits of a fair economy. Carney is the author of two books: “The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money” (John Wiley & Sons, 2006) and “Obamanomics: How Barack Obama Is Bankrupting You and Enriching His Wall Street Friends, Corporate Lobbyists, and Union Bosses” (Regnery Publishing, 2009).

Tony Fratto is a partner at Hamilton Place Strategies, a policy and communications consulting firm based in Washington, DC. Fratto held several senior legislative and communications positions before serving as the US Department of the Treasury’s chief spokesman on topics related to domestic finance, debt management, banking, international economics, and international development. In 2006, Fratto joined the George W. Bush administration as deputy assistant to the president and principal deputy press secretary, where he was the White House’s lead communicator on all international and domestic economic policy issues. In addition to his current role at Hamilton Place Strategies, Fratto is an on-air contributor with the CNBC Business News Network and a member of the Center for Global Development’s Partners Council.

Ben White is POLITICO's chief economic correspondent and author of the “Morning Money” column covering the nexus of finance and public policy. Before joining POLITICO in fall 2009, White served as a Wall Street reporter for The New York Times, where he shared a Society of Business Editors and Writers award for breaking news coverage of the financial crisis. From 2005 to 2007, White was Wall Street correspondent and US banking editor at the Financial Times. White worked at The Washington Post for nine years before joining the Financial Times. He served as national political researcher and research assistant to columnist David S. Broder and later as Wall Street correspondent.

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