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Can't Afford to Take the Year Off


RR010920 DonohueJan. 9, 2019 – U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue just gave his annual State of American Business address, where he outlined top priorities for the business community in the coming year. While acknowledging the complex political environment, Donohue called out top challenges that require bipartisan action in Washington, including a comprehensive infrastructure package, reforms to our immigration system, and solutions to climate change. “Does it sound like we can afford to take the year off?” Donohue asked. “Of course not – inaction is not an option. So, let’s flip the conventional wisdom that nothing gets done in an election year. It’s because it’s an election year that folks will want and need to be productive.” Look at what happened at the end of last year, when nothing was supposed to get done, Donohue said, pointing to the flurry of bipartisan legislative activity that took place in December including House passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Donohue also called for continued progress in rebuilding the political center and reasserted the Chamber’s commitment to reward bipartisanship and legislative courage.