U.S. Chamber Vows to Defeat Reconciliation, Hails Voting Deadline for Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 5:45pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Suzanne Clark issued the following statement after the House voted to adopt the rule that would “deem and pass” the Senate budget resolution while allowing consideration of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

“Today, the House passed an enormous $3.5 trillion tax and spend budget that, if enacted, will dramatically expand the size and scope of government through record levels of inflationary spending and impose massive tax increases that will halt America’s fragile economic recovery. The Chamber will do everything we can to prevent this tax raising, job killing reconciliation bill from becoming law.

“In contrast, we are pleased that the House will vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill before the end of September. The infrastructure bill has earned the support of business and labor and deserves the support of every member of Congress. 

“Anyone who needlessly delays or tries to kill this bill is holding back our nation. I don’t know how anyone could go home and explain to their constituents that they voted to block money to fix a crumbling bridge or to replace lead water pipes running into schools. It is past time to turn the long-overdue promises of infrastructure investment into a reality.”

For more than a decade, the U.S. Chamber has been advocating for infrastructure investment. This year alone, the Chamber created the Build by the Fourth of July initiative with over 300 national and local organizations; launched and led the Coalition for Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment consisting of over 100 business, labor, and public policy organizations; issued a joint statement with prominent business leaders; and sent letters of support and encouragement to members of Congress, including one signed by over 200 state and local chambers