From the Report: "The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank or the Bank) is an independent U.S. government executive agency and a wholly-owned U.S. government corporation. It is the official export credit agency (ECA) of the United States, and is charged with financing and promoting exports of U.S. manufactured goods and services, with the objective of contributing to the employment of U.S. workers. Ex-Im Bank is among the federal government agencies involved in promoting U.S. exports of goods and services. The Bank operates under a renewable charter, the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945, as amended (P.L. 79-173; 12 U.S.C. §635 et seq). In 2012, Congress debated and ultimately reauthorized Ex- Im Bank through the close of business on September 30, 2014 (P.L. 112-122). Currently, Congress is considering whether to renew Ex-Im Bank's authority and if so, for how long and under what terms. This report provides: (1) a general background of Ex-Im Bank; (2) a discussion of the international context of the Bank; (3) analysis of key issues that Congress may consider in a reauthorization debate; and (4) the congressional outlook on Ex-Im Bank."
CRS Report for Congress, R43581