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Trump bank nominee gets rough reception at confirmation hearing

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Export bank nominee gets rough reception at hearing

President Trump’s nominee to lead the Export-Import Bank struggled Wednesday to win over the Senate Banking Committee, with members skeptical that he should helm an agency that he sought to abolish while in Congress.

Scott Garrett, a former Republican lawmaker from New Jersey, repeatedly stated that he fully supports the bank and would let it “continue to fully operate.”

“So, let me again be clear, and leave no doubt in anyone’s mind; that I commit to and will carry out the president’s vision regarding Ex-Im: a fully functioning bank,” he said.

But those words did little to mollify the senators, who grew increasingly frustrated with Garrett as the hearing went on. Their frustration grew when Garrett dodged questions about whether his opinion of the bank, which he has labeled as “corporate welfare,” has changed.

Instead of answering, Garrett mostly referred lawmakers back to his prepared testimony, in which he stated that he would lead the bank in support Trump’s economic agenda.

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