The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable and No Labels on Tuesday urged President BidenJoe BidenMilitary must better understand sexual assaul
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable and No Labels on Tuesday urged President BidenJoe BidenMilitary must better understand sexual assaults to combat them The Hill’s Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population On The Money: Democrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit | White House confident Congress will raise debt ceiling MORE to continue infrastructure negotiations with Republicans in a joint statement.
The groups launched a coalition of over 130 former government officials, trade groups and business executives calling for a bipartisan infrastructure bill. They’re urging Biden to reject congressional Democrats’ proposal to pass infrastructure legislation through budget reconciliation without Republican support.
“We come from different perspectives, professions, and political parties, but we’re united in our belief that a two-party infrastructure bill is what America needs and what the public wants,” the groups said in a statement. “So let’s build bridges; do it together, and get it done.”
The groups cited a bipartisan proposal from the moderate House Problem Solvers Caucus that would spend $1.25 trillion primarily on traditional infrastructures such as highways, roads and bridges. They mentioned a $1.2 trillion bipartisan proposal backed by 21 senators as another avenue to a bipartisan bill.
Business groups such as the Chamber and Business Roundtable oppose tax hikes included in Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal. They’re lobbying Biden to back a bipartisan bill that pays for itself in other ways, such as user fees and unspent federal dollars.
No Labels, which advocates for bipartisan legislation, launched an ad campaign this week calling on Biden to continue infrastructure negotiations with Republicans. The ad, which displays footage of Biden stressing the importance of bipartisanship, will air in Delaware and Washington, D.C.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) are leading the group’s effort to sway Biden on infrastructure.
The push comes as some Democratic lawmakers have called on Biden to cut off bipartisan talks and move forward with a larger spending package without GOP support.
Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHeatwaves don’t lie: Telling the truth about climate change Schumer backing plan to add dental, vision and hearing coverage to Medicare Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit Maria Bartiromo defends reporting: ‘Keep trashing me, I’ll keep telling the truth’ Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack MORE (D-Calif.) will meet with White House officials on Wednesday to discuss the path forward.