As the conversation in Washington pivots from healthcare to tax reform, so, too, does the chatter around the country during this August recess period. While lawmakers are back home this month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hopes too that representatives will be thinking about their promises to the national Chamber association.
President & CEO of the U.S. Chamber, Tom Donohue, issued an open letter to Congress on July 20. In part, it stated:
"In the last election, the Chamber endorsed 240 candidates. In the upcoming cycle, in addition to looking for candidates who support free enterprise, we will be focusing on individuals with a demonstrated willingness to govern, which means reaching consensus so that legislation can be passed and enacted into law. We are a quarter of the way through this Congress, but we are not yet where we need to be on key issues like health care, tax reform, and rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. Promises were made; promises must be kept."
A consensus statement was issued by Congress, agreeing that tax codes need to be amended to drive economic growth. The U.S. Chamber's message to Congress included the following: