Greenville Chamber calls nominee for Export-Import Bank 'concerning'

The Greenville Chamber finds President Donald Trump's nominees for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to be possibly beneficial to businesses, but finds his nomination of Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) for president of the Export-Import Bank to be potentially troublesome.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says President Donald Trump's nomination to be the wrong move.   File photo

The Greenville Chamber finds President Donald Trump's nominees for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to be possibly beneficial to businesses, but finds his nomination of Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) for president of the Export-Import Bank to be potentially troublesome.

Trump made two nominations for the NLRB last month: Marvin Kaplan, a former counsel to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and William Emmanuel, a labor attorney. The chamber wrote in a recent blogpost that these nominees have the potential to reverse anti-business rulings that have been made in the past few years, such as allowing graduate students at private universities to join a union, helping groups of workers form unions with large companies, holding franchises responsible for violations made by franchisees and subcontractors, and hastening the timetable for unionization votes.

However, the chamber itself and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) find Trump's nomination of Garrett to be the wrong move. According to the chamber, Garrett, who was a founding member of the Freedom Congress, once called the Export-Import Bank a “corporate welfare program” and “crony capitalism.”

The Export-Import Bank is a credit agency that "assists in financing exports for U.S. business to help them compete in global markets." It is critical to large and small businesses, which is why chambers around the country are concerned with someone who does not value the bank being its president.

Graham said of Garrett's nomination, "I just don't want somebody who doesn't believe in it being chairman of it.”

The Greenville Chamber shares Graham's sentiment.

"We at the chamber have communicated our concern over Garret’s nomination and our support of President’s Trump NLRB appointments to our senators," the Greenville Chamber wrote. "For now, a date has not been set for Garrett’s confirmation hearing or for a floor vote on the NLRB picks, but we’ll continue to keep you updated on any progressions."

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