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US Chamber of Commerce to Biden, Congress: Business community 'ready to help'

US Chamber of Commerce to Biden, Congress: Business community 'ready to help'
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce in an Inauguration Day letter told President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building Saudis picked up drugs in Cairo used to kill Khashoggi: report Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting MORE and congressional leadership that they will not face the historic economic challenges ahead alone. 

“Together, we must reignite our economy, reassert our long-term leadership and competitiveness, and restore good governance as we chart the way forward out of these crises. And we are fundamentally optimistic that we can do just that if we work in partnership,” Chamber CEO Thomas Donohue and President Suzanne Clark wrote.

The open letter was addressed to Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris highlights COVID-19 vaccination safety, efficacy in SC event to kick off tour Kamala Harris is still not ready for primetime (much less 2024) Lara Trump calls on Americans at border to 'arm up and get guns and be ready' MORE, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNew Mexico Democrat Stansbury sworn into Haaland's old seat Greene apologizes for comparing vaccine rules to Holocaust Overnight Health Care: Biden pleads for more people to get vaccinated | Harris highlights COVID-19 vaccination safety | Novavax COVID-19 vaccine shown highly effective in trial MORE (D-Calif.), incoming Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerIn Congress, what goes on behind closed doors? Senate Judiciary begins investigation into DOJ lawmaker subpoenas America needs a stable Israeli government MORE (D-N.Y.), as well as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBipartisan infrastructure deal takes fire from left and right Jayapal to Dems: Ditch bipartisanship, go it alone on infrastructure The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Biden's European trip MORE (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyFormer Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building Greene apologizes for comparing vaccine rules to Holocaust Pelosi, leaders seek to squelch Omar controversy with rare joint statement MORE (R-Calif.). 

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“At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, we know one of the most powerful and life-changing phrases is, ‘You got the job.’ For countless Americans, that sentence holds the promise of a new start, a new chapter, and a new pathway to the American Dream,” they wrote. 

But, the Chamber warned against policies that could be harmful to the business community.

“At the same time, the Chamber strongly cautions against a return to excessive regulation or anti-competitive taxes,” they wrote.

They added, “There won’t be consensus on every issue, and the Chamber will fight vigorously against policies that will hinder — rather than help — a widespread economic recovery.”

McCarthy recently has been calling existing donors to stress that he and his party can work with the incoming Biden administration. He has been working to calm nerves following Republicans objecting to the electoral vote count and the riot at the Capitol, which caused the Chamber to vow to withhold support from certain members going forward.

The U.S. economy has been hammered by the coronavirus pandemic with millions of jobs lost as businesses have been forced to closed down to adhere to public health guidelines.

Jobless claims surged 23 percent up to 965,000 in the first full week in January.