March 09, 2022
To the Members of the United States Congress:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly supports the legislation to finalize long-overdue funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2022 and to provide crucial support for Ukraine. The Chamber urges you to vote yes on both parts of the divided question on the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2471. We will consider including votes on both parts of the House Amendment in our “How They Voted” scorecard. Important priorities include:
• Infrastructure: This legislation would provide full funding for the landmark Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act so that the transportation, broadband, energy, water and wastewater, and climate resilience projects can be started and the enormous benefits for American businesses, workers and their families will be realized.
• Ukraine: We commend the important bipartisan work of the House and Senate to provide $13.6 billion in humanitarian, military, and economic aid. This strong commitment sends a clear message of America’s support for the war-torn people of Ukraine.
• Cybersecurity: This legislation includes the Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act, which would help improve collaboration between the federal government and private sector on domestic and international cyber threats to critical infrastructure. It is the product of year-long bipartisan discussions among lawmakers and the private sector. While the legislation is an important step in closing these gaps, work remains to establish key definitions and harmonize existing regulatory requirements.
• Policy Provisions: We are pleased that the agreement preserves many long-standing and important policy riders and extends important programs, such as EB-5.
We urge Members to complete work on this important bipartisan legislation.
Senior Vice President
U.S. Chamber of Commerce