Despite what you've read in the media, the days of bipartisan cooperation in Washington aren't completely behind us. On the contrary, when it comes to reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, bipartisanship is alive and well in the House of Representatives.
The current battle over this obscure financial institution isn't between the usual suspects. Most Democrats and Republicans actually agree on renewing the bank's charter, and recognize the value they offer in providing much-needed credit support for the purchase of American exports. The real fight over this federal agency is between mainstream Republicans and their Tea Party colleagues.