Chamber and AFL Team Up

By Eliza

Jan 26, 2011 3:48pm

ABC’s Z. Byron Wolf reports:

At least two normal opponents got the memo on bipartisanship in Washington after President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night – the union and the business group.

A joint statement from the Chamber of Commerce, which works for business owners, and the AFL-CIO, the umbrella union, are rare, to say the least.

But Wednesday afternoon, such a  Rare Joint Statement from the AFL-CIO and the Chamber of Commerce on the President’s SOTU was issued.

“America’s working families and business community stand united in applauding President Obama’s call to create jobs and grow our economy through investment in our nation’s infrastructure,” according to Republicans on Capitol Hill have criticized President Obama’s call Tuesday for “investment” in infrastructure as code for new government spending.

“Investment, as you know, is the Latin term for spending,” said the Republican Leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell before the speech.  

But the pro-business group and the union said they could both get on-board with the President’s call.

“Whether it is building roads, bridges, high-speed broadband, energy systems and schools, these projects not only create jobs and demand for businesses, they are an investment in building the modern infrastructure our country needs to compete in a global economy,” according to the statement.

And they suggested their partnership could be a model on Capitol Hill.

“With the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO standing together to support job creation, we hope that Democrats and Republicans in Congress will also join together to build America’s infrastructure.”

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