Heck Presses Trump to Fill Ex-Im Board
Trump will be in South Carolina today to visit Boeing's production facility and to deliver remarks at the unveiling of the company's new 787 Dreamliner aircraft. He'll also meet with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, who might take the opportunity to make a pitch for Trump to get the U.S. Export-Import Bank running at full capacity by filling a number of vacancies on the board. Until the board has a quorum, it cannot approve transactions worth more than $10 million, making it harder for Boeing to find financing to export its planes.
That was the subject of a letter that Rep. Denny Heck, a Washington state Democrat, sent to Trump on Thursday. "The single best thing you can do to keep America as the economic titan in the world is to submit nominations for the vacant seats on the Ex-Im Board," Heck wrote. "I look forward to seeing your nominations, and I am prepared to do whatever I can to assist you in restoring the Export-Import Bank of the United States to full strength."