Every House Democrat Endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce Voted for the Reconciliation Bill

Submitted by jfencl on Monday, November 22nd, 2021, 11,45 AM

All 15 House Democrats endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce during the 2020 election voted in support of President Biden's multi-trillion dollar tax and spend bill, despite the Chamber publicly opposing the legislation. 

The Democrat reconciliation package passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday with a 220 to 213 vote, with only one House Democrat joining Republicans in opposition.  Of the 23 House Democrats endorsed by the U.S. Chamber during the 2020 election cycle, 15 won re-election. All 15 of these Democrats voted to pass the "Build Back Better Act". 

Prior to the vote, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – the world’s largest pro-business trade association – issued a "key vote letter" warning that "no member of Congress can achieve the support of the business community if they vote to pass this bill as currently constructed."

The Chamber also launched a paid advertising campaign opposing the bill just one day prior to House passage of the reconciliation package, targeting 9 Democrat House Members - 6 of which the Chamber endorsed during the 2020 election cycle. Despite this opposition, the Chamber was unable to convince a single Democrat backed by the organization during the 2020 election to oppose the bill.

The U.S. Chamber’s endorsement of 23 House Democrats was a notable increase compared to prior years. During the 2018 cycle, the Chamber reportedly endorsed only 7 House Democrats. According to the U.S. Chamber’s own assessment of its impact on the 2020 House elections, the “U.S. Chamber endorsements are known to have a big impact and that rang true in 2020.”

Below are the House Democrats endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce who voted in favor of the reconciliation package and the percentage of the vote they received as candidates during the 2020 election:

Rep. Colin Allred (Texas-32), won re-election with 51.9% of the vote.

Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (Texas-07), won re-election with 50.8% of the vote.

Rep. Haley Stevens (Michigan-11), won re-election with 50.2% of the vote.

Rep. Josh Harder (California-10), won re-election with 55.2% of the vote.

Rep. Cindy Axne (Iowa-03), won re-election with 49.7% of the vote.

Rep. Susie Lee (Nevada-03), won re-election with 48.8% of the vote.

Rep. Angie Craig (Minnesota-02), won re-election with 48.2% of the vote.

Rep. Andy Kim (New Jersey-03), won re-election with 53.2% of the vote.

Rep. Abigail Spanberger (Virginia-07), won re-election with 50.9% of the vote.

Rep. Sharice David (Kansas-03), won re-election with 53.6% of the vote.

Rep. Antonio Delgado (New York-19), won re-election with 54.2% of the vote.

Rep. Elaine Luria (Virginia-02), won re-election with 51.5% of the vote.

Rep. Dean Phillips (Minnesota-03), won re-election with 55.6% of the vote.

Rep. Greg Stanton (Arizona-09), won re-election with 61.6% of the vote.

Rep. David Trone (Maryland-06), won re-election with 58.9% of the vote.

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