A powerful industry body representing manufacturers is homing in on South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott to crush the confirmation of Scott Garrett — President Trump's nominee to run the Export-Import Bank.
Jay Timmons, who leads the National Association of Manufacturers, told me that his group will launch targeted digital ads Wednesday in South Carolina urging Scott's constituents to call his office and persuade him to pull support from Garrett. The ads are timed to coincide with Garrett's confirmation hearing with the Senate Banking Committee. He faces a razor-tight vote and the White House is watching nervously. Scott is one of the senators who's considering opposing him.
Why this matters: There's been a major ideological fight inside the administration, in the business community, and on Capitol Hill over Garrett's appointment. When he served in Congress, Garrett fought aggressively against the government-backed bank which provides financing to help American businesses compete overseas.