Boeing’s new chief executive officer says the company should be able to survive in the short term even without the services of the Export-Import Bank.
In June, Congress let the bank’s charter expire, ending a source of taxpayer-backed loans and loan guarantees to foreign countries and companies for the purchase of U.S. products.
Supporters are trying to bring the bank back to life.
During a second-quarter earnings conference call, Boeing’s CEO Dennis Muilenburg said the expiration of the bank’s charter does not create “near-term financial risk” for the company, citing a “sound” credit market through the availability of other “commercial credit sources.”
Opponents have criticized the bank as corporate welfare for using taxpayer-backed subsidies.
Ex-Im’s supporters have responded with a heavily funded lobbying effort to reauthorize the bank.
Muilenburg said he is optimistic that Congress will reauthorize the bank, with the possibility of including it with a transportation bill currently before the Senate.
“We know [the Export-Import Bank] has the attention of the House and Senate right now,” said Muilenburg. “This is about long-term global competitiveness.”