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Over the last several years, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has become controversial for the first time in its 80-year history. The controversy doesn’t make much sense since Ex-Im is a small, self-sustaining agency that does nothing more than what export-credit agencies in dozens of other nations do. In fact, its operations are dwarfed by the export-promotion activities of countries like China. Nonetheless, a handful of ideologues in the House Republican Conference have sought to block reauthorization of the bank despite large majorities in both chambers favoring its continuation.