PRESS RELEASE from the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce
CONTACTS: Eric Wohlschlegel
November 4, 2008
Chamber Vows to Work With New President and Congress
Says Economic Recovery is Top Priority
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce vowed today to
work with President-elect Barack Obama and the new Congress to help
quickly restore economic growth, ensure a smooth transition of power,
and tackle the many serious issues facing the country.
"Restoring the nation's economic health must be our top priority,"
said U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue. "Any successful
and sustainable recovery will involve the business sector, which
creates the jobs, the growth, and the revenues on which all Americans
and our government depend. The U.S. Chamber stands ready to work with
the new administration and Congress on measures to spur growth and jobs
by restoring credit and confidence throughout the economy, producing
more American energy, rebuilding our infrastructure, and reforming our
The U.S. Chamber is urging the outgoing Congress and
administration to quickly enact additional economic stimulus measures
during a lame duck session that will save and expand jobs in critical
industries such as autos, housing, infrastructure, and trade.
Donohue said the U.S. Chamber is prepared to play a helpful role
in the transition process. "We will offer our policy ideas, access to
our many domestic and international experts, and views on key
appointees," he said. "We are absolutely committed to a continuity of
government during this critical period for our country, and thus will
support quick confirmation of nominees to sensitive posts related to
our national, homeland, and economic security."
During this election cycle, the U.S. Chamber put nearly 600
staffers on the ground in key states and districts; invested millions
of dollars in issue advocacy ads; sent 15 million e-mails and 6.5
million pieces of mail; and made more than 6 million phone calls.
"These activities made an important difference in energizing our
members and highlighting business issues," said Donohue, "particularly
in states with hotly contested Senate races, and brought tens of
thousands of new pro-business supporters into the Chamber's grassroots
system for future advocacy efforts.
"As America turns the page, the U.S. Chamber shares with our
fellow citizens the excitement of beginning a new chapter in our
national life. We are a 'can-do' nation that can overcome all the
difficult challenges that face us today. The U.S. Chamber has a long
track record of successfully working with both parties and we are ready
to go to work to restore economic growth, create jobs, and ensure that
our businesses and workers can compete around the world."
The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation
representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every
size, sector, and region.
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