The Obama administration has launched an effort to neutralize the U.S. Chamber of Commerce by doing an end-run around the group and dealing directly with its members, according to Fox News.
During a speech in October, Obama slammed the Chamber for opposing a consumer protection agency. On Tuesday, the White House launched another salvo against the nation’s leading business group, telling Fox News in an e-mail that the group's opposition to reform efforts gives the administration pause.
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"We have an open door to the ideas and suggestions of the business community including the Chamber," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, noting that administration "representatives" met with Chamber representatives last week. "But it does give us pause that they continue to throw millions of dollars against productive efforts under way to reform the regulatory structure, provide access to affordable health insurance for more Americans and reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions -- all plans essential to the continued growth and recovery of our economy."
In order to thwart the Chamber, Obama and top aides quietly have met with 50 to 60 big-time corporate CEOs over the past few months in an effort to cultivate their support on key issues. But the White House denies that it has encouraged any companies to sever ties with the Chamber.
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