After caution, Chamber vows cooperation

After much of last week’s summit of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform was spent warning attendees of the perils businesses will face in an Obama administration, the Chamber wasted no time after list night’s election issuing a statement vowing to work with the new president and congress.

“Restoring the nation’s economic health must be our top priority,” said U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue in a statement issued before the clock struck midnight last night. “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 schools.”

In the statement the group urged the current congress to pass additional economic stimulus measures before its session ends, offered to help in the White House transition process, and recapped its election work by 600 staffers which included millions spent on issue ads, and the sending of 15 million e-mails, 6.5 million pieces of snail mail, and more than 6 million phone calls made.

“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,” Donohue said.

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