Business groups urge Biden to embrace bipartisan infrastructure package

Business groups urge Biden to embrace bipartisan infrastructure package
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable and No Labels on Tuesday urged President BidenJoe BidenRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Iowa governor suggests immigrants partially to blame for rising COVID-19 cases Biden officials pledge to confront cybersecurity challenges head-on 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.”

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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 Schumer84 mayors call for immigration to be included in reconciliation Senate infrastructure talks on shaky grounds Could Andrew Cuomo — despite scandals — be re-elected because of Trump? MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse to resume mask mandate after new CDC guidance McCarthy pulls GOP picks off House economic panel GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE (D-Calif.) will meet with White House officials on Wednesday to discuss the path forward.