Cheers for President Biden—but signs of conflict, too

That National Association of Manufacturers hailed “a new day for America” in a statement from President and CEO Jay Timmons.

“Biden has made it his mission to unify our nation,” said Timmons. “It was the defining purpose of his campaign—to ‘restore the soul of America.’ Today, manufacturers recommit ourselves to be part of the solution—to be part of the healing process. We invite all Americans to join us in doing the same." (This is the same group that urged Vice President Mike Pence to “seriously consider” working with then-President Trump’s Cabinet to remove him from office on the day rioters mobbed the U.S. Capitol.)

More pointed were remarks by Chicago Federation of Labor President Bob Reiter:

“The outgoing president has spent the last year ignoring the pandemic and the last four years dividing our nation and tearing down the institutions that should protect working people. Now, the incoming administration must both clean up his mess and make real gains for the American worker,” he said in his statement. “Under a Biden administration, we look forward to putting our government back on the side of the American worker by rebuilding institutions like the Department of Labor and National Labor Relations Board. Together, we must enact a pro-worker agenda that includes raising the federal minimum wage, passing the PRO Act, and protecting workers in the so-called gig economy.”

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, mixed his message.

“Joe Biden is now our nation’s president and Kamala Harris is our vice president. I wish them success, for when they succeed, our nation succeeds,” he said in a statement. “At the same time, I won’t hesitate to oppose President Biden, his administration and the Democratic-controlled Congress and hold them accountable for their party’s liberal impulses. Our nation faces many problems. Now is the time for all of us to come together and govern in a bipartisan way.”

Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, struck a moderate tone: “I look forward to working with President Biden and Vice President Harris to end the coronavirus pandemic, lower health care costs, save moms’ lives, address the climate crisis and root out corruption," she said. “There’s a long road ahead, but I’m ready to get to work—and I know they are, too.”

But her colleague, Rep. Sean Casten, D-Wheaton, pretty much went for the political jugular.

“After four years of corruption, cruelty and deadly incompetence in the White House, today marks the beginning of a new day for America,” he said. “With today’s swearing-in of President Biden and Vice President Harris, glass ceilings will be shattered and a new era of truth-telling and integrity will begin.”

So it begins. It sounds like it won’t be boring.

via Crain’s Chicago Business

January 20, 2021 at 02:21PM

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