The US Chamber ad blitz focused solely on the plan’s tax hikes and Suzanne Clark, the association’s CEO, described the legislation in a statement as an “existential threat to America’s fragile economic recovery and future prosperity.”
“The president is showing leadership. He showed a plan. He has said he’s willing to compromise,” Raimondo said in the interview. “Get in here and let’s do the hard work of compromise to get something done for the American people.”
Raimondo, a former venture capitalist and governor of Rhode Island, has more business experience than almost anyone in the Biden Cabinet. In her daily discussions with CEOs, Raimondo said she hears a desire for better infrastructure, broadband, worker training and apprenticeships — all things in the Build Back Better plan.
“There is a lot in this package that is very good for American business and American workers,” Raimondo said. “And it will be very bad for our economy if we don’t get it done.”