Earlier this week the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced it is endorsing Sen. Randy Feenstra as he challenges Congressman Steve King in Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District.
Feenstra has emerged as the establishment’s candidate in the race, but he isn’t the only Republican challenging King. Jeremy Taylor, Bret Richards and Steve Reeder are also vying for the nomination.
The U.S. Chamber Action posted the endorsement on Twitter, and responses were interesting:
“Now you know who not to vote for.”
“Don’t vote him…US Chamber doesn’t represent America’s best interests, particularly not its labor.”
“Dear Lord! Is US Chamber trying to kill the Randy Feenstra campaign before it’s taken off? Way to earn votes for his challenger, US Chamber.”
“This means you don’t want their candidate!! US chamber is against everything to help workers they want cheap labor.”
“How to burn a politician? Get the US chambers to endorse.”
“Anyone the US Chamber supports is going to be a garbage politician. US Chamber Action supports mass immigration for cheap labor for donors.”
“He probably wants more immigrants to replace us.”
That is literally all of the comments, except for one, which called for deporting all illegal aliens.
The Chamber has many legislative priorities for 2020, among them:
Climate Smart Action and Resilience.
Reforming immigration policy to encourage economic growth and job creation in the U.S. From the booklet:
“Protect Dreamers, TPS recipients and employment-authorized H-4 dependent spouses from losing their work authorization…Seek cap increases and other reforms to employment-based visa programs.”
The Chamber’s website reads:
“America was built by Dreamers. At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, it is part of our mission to promote prosperity and economic growth through the defense of the free enterprise system.”
Prior to Supreme Court arguments, more than 50 Chambers of Commerce called on Congress to protect DREAMers.
The Chamber has called for an increase to the national gas tax as well. In 2018 the group called for a 25-cent per gallon increase to the federal gas tax, phased in five cents per year over five years.
Chambers across the country have also lined up against religious liberty bills at the state level. For instance, in Georgia, the Chamber said religious liberty would likely discourage some investments and possibly affect the state’s ability to attract the kind of quality workforce that is needed for the future.
And right here at home in the Hawkeye State the Iowa Chamber Alliance has registered against religious liberty bills in the Iowa Senate.
Earlier this year, Dustin Miller, the executive director of the Iowa Chamber Alliance, testified against the bill in subcommittee.
“As Iowans, we have always been extremely welcoming to minorities and marginalized groups,” Miller said.
This endorsement comes less than two weeks after Main Street PAC pledged $100,000 to help Feenstra’s campaign. Main Street PAC made a $5,000 contribution directly to the Feenstra campaign.
One of Main Street PAC’s legislative priorities? Enacting Red Flag gun laws.