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There are a lot of phony fights in Washington these days, and too often we see faux outrage generated by interest groups as they fan the flames for fundraising.

The good news is that there are still many members of Congress who continue to stand up for what’s right for their districts and the country. That’s what we’re seeing today from Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, and his colleagues in both parties who are fighting to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank in the face of misleading attacks by professional conservative interest groups.

As a former member of Congress from Ohio, I know firsthand how critical the Export-Import Bank has been to the survival of small businesses. Last year alone the bank supported more than $37 billion in export sales for American companies. These sales, from 3,800 companies, supported almost 205,000 jobs, including thousands in New York.

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