By The Seattle Times editorial Board
Hilliard's Beer is gaining popularity in Sweden, where the Seattle-based brewery planned to expand sales this year. It has also received interest from distributors in Toronto and London.
Those opportunities are now on hold since Congress failed to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank last summer.
Elected leaders must end the ideological battle over Ex-Im and revive this vital tool for U.S. companies to grow exports overseas.
Hilliard's Beer is one of hundreds of exporters that used Ex-Im to secure loan guarantees and credit insurance for international sales. The shutdown has resulted in more than $9 billion worth of deals lost, said U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.
A lot more is at stake -- last year the bank completed $27.4 billion in transactions and supported 164,000 U.S. jobs.