Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.) and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) have promised not to meet with the Chamber of Commerce after the organization backed Democrats in recent elections.
While the Chamber of Commerce has historically supported Republicans by an overwhelming margin and continues to give them the majority of their funds, they have started to ramp up donations to Democrats since the 2020 Presidential election.
McCarthy accused the organization of abandoning its pro-business roots and instead advocating for large businesses and corporations and a woke social agenda, including Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) standards.
According to CNBC, the Speaker has also floated investigating the Chamber due to improper use of its private jet by senior officials in the organization, among other things.
McCarthy reportedly warned the Chamber of Commerce that it would ‘no longer be welcome’ in the Republican Party last year if they continued to back Democrats and woke social policies.
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I applaud McCarthy and Scalise for refusing to meet with the Chamber of Commerce. It's a wretched, globalist collection of corporatists who honestly are not working for the benefit of the American people. https://t.co/7PNGdagmHv
— Ned Ryun (@nedryun) February 7, 2023
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) both have refused to meet with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce due to the organization’s endorsement of Democrats.
In a statement to CNBC on Monday, Mark Bednar, a chief spokesman for McCarthy, said the priorities of the organization no longer align with the Republican Party.
“The priorities of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have not aligned with the priorities of House Republicans or the interests of their own members, and they should not expect a meeting with Speaker McCarthy as long as that’s the case,” Bednar said.
Lauren Fine, the spokeswoman for Steve Scalise, reiterated the same sentiment.
“Washington has radically shifted away from the pro-business philosophy of most local Chambers across America,” Fine said. “Unless the Chamber gets back to their traditional pro-business roots, they should not expect to have any engagement with Majority Leader Scalise’s office.”