Congratulations and Support

Nov 5, 2008

U.S. Chamber president and CEO Tom Donohue has sent the following congratulatory letter to President-elect Barack Obama.

Dear Mr. President-elect:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, representing 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region, extends to you our sincere congratulations upon your historic election to the presidency of the United States.

While our nation faces many challenges, none is more urgent than economic recovery. Any successful and sustainable recovery must involve the business community, which creates the jobs, growth, and revenues on which all Americans and our government depend. Please be assured that the Chamber stands ready to work with you and your administration to spur a return to prosperity.

The Chamber is also prepared to play a constructive role in the transition process. We will offer our policy ideas, access to our many domestic and international experts, and views on key appointees. We are absolutely committed to a continuity of government during this critical period for our country. Therefore, we will support quick confirmation of nominees to sensitive posts related to our national, homeland, and economic security.

During your campaign, you often said that as president you would tell Americans what they need to hear, not necessarily what they want to hear. We operate the same way at the Chamber in our relations with each administration and Congress.

We’ll give you our honest, best judgment about the impact of your proposals on the ability of our businesses to prosper, create jobs, and compete in the worldwide economy. We’ll agree on many issues and disagree on others, but our approach will always be based on our principles and our responsibility to vigorously represent our membership and always with the highest respect for the office you will soon hold.

As America turns the page, the 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. After a long and hard-fought campaign, America is ready to move forward and so is the business community. We are ready to go to work.

Thomas J. Donohue

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