Washington’s most powerful trade group is having a political identity crisis.
Over the past month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has taken a series of steps that have enraged its traditional Republican allies. It applauded much of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion plan to Covid relief bill; cheered Biden’s decision to rejoin the Paris climate agreement; backed the former leader of the liberal Center of American Progress, Neera Tanden, for Office of Management and Budget director; and expressed openness to raising the minimum wage, though not to $15 an hour.
This isn’t to say that the Chamber is suddenly awash with lefties. They just know that in order to keep businesses in business extraordinary measures are necessary.