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TheChat: Pompeo calls Ex-Im bank `corrupt’

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▪ “Instead of fulfilling its intended role as a lender of last resort, the Ex-Im Bank has become a corrupt organization.” — Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo on why he voted against reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank.

Pompeo, a Republican, said he’s tried to reform the bank, but a “backroom procedural motion” has ended any hope for change. Said Pompeo: “Taxpayer money has been funneled to China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and to countries with abysmal human rights records, like Congo and Sudan. The bank’s ongoing bribery investigations, kickbacks, and fraud place our country’s reputation and tax dollars at enormous risk.” The House voted to reauthorize the bank.

▪ “This bipartisan measure strikes the right balance between enhancing our cyber defense capabilities and protecting the rights of individuals and private businesses.” — Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt on the Senate’s passage of cyber security legislation.

A Republican, Blunt said the bill ensures the privacy of Americans by increasing oversight and requiring government and private industry to remove identifiable information.

▪ “Why is everyone not opening up these records and doing everything we can to get the word to these people?” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on her efforts to get compensation to veterans exposed to mustard gas as the result of World War Two experiments.

McCaskill, though, said the Defense Department isn’t releasing the information she’s seeking. She’s asked Defense Secretary Ash Carter to help access a Department database. (link via

▪ “I’m not upset, but I kind of feel cheated.” — Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a University City Democrat, on requesting a new courtesy parking pass at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Officials have deactivated the courtesy parking passes for government insiders, but some, such as Chappelle-Nadal, want them back. The airport has doled them out for many years. KCI has offered a similar privilege, though it was recently revoked.