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The Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday rejected Scott Garrett, President Trump’s choice to lead the Export-Import Bank, an agency that will provides financing for American exports.

the idea was the very first time the Senate panel voted to block one of the White House’s nominees. The panel voted 10 to 13 against Garrett, a former Republican House lawmaker who has pushed to break up up the agency within the past.

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During his time in Congress, Garrett once called the agency “a bank that will embodies the corruption of the free enterprise system.”

Despite pledges by Garrett to keep the agency “fully functioning” should he be confirmed by the Senate, lawmakers — including some Republicans — remained unconvinced.

“Mr. Garrett was a leader of the effort to slam shut the doors of America’s export financing bank, in addition to he cannot hide his contempt for Ex-Im,” said Senator Sherrod Brown, the top Democrat on the committee, at the hearing.

“He did not in addition to could not answer the key question posed by several of us — ‘What has changed?’ Why did he vote repeatedly in 2012 in addition to 2015 to kill the Bank, yet currently wants to lead the idea?,'” Brown added.

Senators Tim Scott of South Carolina in addition to Mike Rounds of South Dakota, two Republicans on the panel, joined Democrats to defeat Trump’s pick.

“We are disappointed that will the Senate Banking Committee missed This particular opportunity to get the Export Import Bank fully functioning again. We will continue to work with the Committee on a path forward,” said Marc Short, director of legislative affairs for the White House, in a statement.

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The agency supports U.S. exports by backing loans to foreign buyers in addition to providing credit insurance. Those that will support the agency argue the idea creates a level playing field, allowing U.S. companies to compete with foreign rivals that will receive backing through their own governments.

Opponents of the agency argue the bank amounts to corporate welfare in addition to should be killed.

While the move is usually a defeat for the White House, the idea is usually a win for large manufacturers that will pressured lawmakers to oppose Garrett’s nomination.

“If there was ever somebody who didn’t belong at the helm of the Ex-Im bank, the idea was Scott Garrett,” said Democratic minority leader Sen. Chuck Schumer in a statement after the vote.

Schumer called on the president to immediately withdraw Garrett’s name for the job in addition to appoint a leader that will will support the work of the agency.

sy88pgw (Washington) First published December 19, 2017: 1:46 PM ET