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“The U.S. Chamber supports elected officials based on their position on issues important to the business community and their commitment to governing,” a Chamber spokesperson said. “This quarter we were pleased to support Republicans and Democrat members who have demonstrated a willingness to do the hard work of coming together and finding solutions to the problems facing our country.”
But for McConnell, the priority is the Senate as an institution. McConnell wants assurances from Democrats that the filibuster will be protected. “I think that it’s necessary and it protects both parties,” said Ashlee Rich Stephenson, the political director for the Chamber of Commerce. “And we’re supportive of that.”
It's no secret that businesses in Georgia and across the country are suffering this year due to the ongoing pandemic. As the medical director of a rural eye clinic, I too have felt the strains of keeping my small business afloat. Like many other small businesses, we've had to adapt and become creative in the way we run our practice and take care of our patients. A recent survey from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and MetLife found that small businesses anticipate the worst of the pandemic is still ahead. What's more, half (50%) of them believe they will have to close permanently over the coming year in the current climate. Thankfully, Georgia has two business allies in our U.S. Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.
Tom Sullivan, vice president of small business policy with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Chris Clark, president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, took phone calls during an hour-long tele-town hall from small business owners in Georgia worried they could be forced to close permanently unless the federal government steps up soon.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has reserved $2 million in an issue-advocacy ad campaign boosting Perdue and Loeffler by encouraging them to “keep fighting for pandemic relief.” The TV ad will run on broadcast for nine days in Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah, and for 14 days on cable television.
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