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Uncertainty about Export-Import Bank causing trouble for some firms
Uncertainty about Export-Import Bank causing trouble for some firms

Air Tractor Inc., a Texas manufacturer of agricultural and firefighting airplanes, was excited about a multimillion-dollar order from Africa, but fresh questions about the future of the U.S. export-assistance agency now threaten the sale. The company has started acquiring the parts needed to assemble the aircraft, including ordering Canadian-made turboprop engines that cost $350,000 to $700,000 apiece and take six months to deliver. The deal requires insurance from the Export-Import Bank, the agency that makes or backs loans to foreign companies that buy U.S. products. Many conservative Republicans have pushed to shut down the bank, calling its assistance corporate welfare. The White...

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