The United States Chamber of Commerce issued a series of advertisements against five Democrats that were once supported by the group.
The lobbying superpower, which represents upwards of three million American businesses, started a six-figure campaign in opposition of the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion social welfare budget reconciliation measure. The legislation in question would radically expand Medicare, provide universal pre-K and community college, as well as enormous extensions to paid medical and family leave.
Targeted districts include those currently represented by House members Angie Craig (D-MN), Cindy Axne (D-IA), Elaine Luria (D-VA), Josh Harder (D-CA), and Antonia Delgado D-NY).
All five of these Democrat lawmakers were previously endorsed by the organization, but nonetheless, Suzanne Clark, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, issued the advertisements in opposition to the “existential threat” which faces “America’s fragile economic recovery.”
Clark pointed out that the bill was “equivalent to [over] twice the combined budgets” for all 50 states in the union and that such a bill would not offer “durable or practical solutions.” She added that a better model for how to decide on spending and other problems in America would be to follow the trend of the bipartisan infrastructure negotiations that took place.
The Wall Street Journal reported last year that the Chamber of Commerce, being amongst the most powerful organizations in Washington, was put under great pressure last year by the Democrat party to endorse 23 of their freshman candidates in the House. The move was criticized by Republican leaders Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
The Chamber of Commerce did give a glowing endorsement of Craig, praising her leadership ability and recognition of “the genius of… free enterprise.” At the time, they said that they expected her to lead the way towards “economic growth… opportunities for all Americans” even in the midst of COVID-19.
Harder was offered the Chamber’s “Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award,” and Axne received their “Spirit of Enterprise” award.
But clearly the Chamber has wised up to their willingness to toe the party line and push a useless, reckless entitlement and partisan packed agenda. The Chamber of Commerce is playing for team red in 2022 most likely.
Author: Albert Roberts