Business groups are keeping the pressure on lawmakers to finalize a bipartisan infrastructure bill after Republicans blocked the Senate from debating the proposal Wednesday.
More than 120 business and manufacturing associations, led by the National Association of Manufacturers, sent a letter to members of Congress on Thursday urging them to pass the infrastructure proposal negotiated by President BidenJoe BidenUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Biden to tap law professor who wants to 'end banking as we know it' as OCC chief: reports MORE and a bipartisan group of senators.
“As an elected leader, you have the chance to realize the promise of American economic prosperity by working with your colleagues to enact the bipartisan framework that was recently announced,” the groups wrote.
Business groups are attempting to round up support from GOP senators, who blocked debate on the bipartisan deal Wednesday because the bill was not yet written. Lobbyists are stressing that the $1.2 trillion framework makes huge investments in the nation’s infrastructure without raising taxes on corporations, a top priority for both business interests and Republicans.
“Importantly, this agreement advances these historic investments without putting at risk the competitive gains achieved for American businesses through tax reform, allowing manufacturers to reinvest in their facilities, their communities and their employees,” business groups wrote to lawmakers Thursday.
Biden on Thursday afternoon was set to meet with business and labor leaders who support the bipartisan deal, including Business Roundtable CEO Joshua Bolten, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Suzanne Clark, Laborers’ Union President Terry O'Sullivan and National Association of Manufacturers board chair Michael Lamach.
The meeting is meant to send a message to Republicans that a wide range of organizations support Biden’s proposal, including those that typically clash on most issues, such as the Chamber and the AFL-CIO.
Build Together, a group of CEOs from large companies such as Delta, General Motors, IBM, Nike, Walmart and Bank of America, is one of the many business groups attempting to persuade Senate Republicans to support the infrastructure deal.
The group is placing newspaper ads in 14 states represented by Republican senators who are open to the bipartisan deal, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money — Democrats rush to finish off infrastructure Biden employs flurry of meetings to unite warring factions GOP senators say Biden COVID-19 strategy has 'exacerbated vaccine hesitancy' MORE (R-Ky.).
The ads say that the bipartisan framework “makes a down payment on our climate progress and engages private capital to create durable solutions to our infrastructure challenges without hampering our post-COVID recovery.”
Republicans have insisted that they will come to an agreement on the final bill by next week. Progressive groups and some congressional Democrats have urged Biden to end negotiations with Republicans, making the case that GOP lawmakers are intentionally stalling the process.