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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Duped Itself in 2020

Regarding Andrew Crumey’s review of Alan Lightman’s “Probable Impossibilities” (Books, March 13): In the 2020 election, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce backed 23 incumbent House Democrats, 15 of whom won. Six of the 15 won narrowly, by 3.3% or less. Without those six seats, Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t be speaker. The chamber helped hand her the gavel.

The consequences were predictable. House Democrats have passed the PRO Act, “a labor-rights bill that would roll back many of the policies the chamber has supported for decades” (U.S. News, March 13). Without any Republican support, House Democrats passed H.R.1, the misnamed For the People Act, which the chamber “strongly opposes.”

The House will vote soon to raise corporate taxes, repeal consumer and employment pre-dispute arbitration agreements (FAIR Act), and pass other legislation opposed by the chamber. You can bet that the 15 House Democrats endorsed by the chamber won’t let Speaker Pelosi down.

Another credulous group is Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden, whose leaders “feel used and betrayed” because the Covid relief package excluded the Hyde Amendment, which prevents taxpayer funding of abortions. These two organizations duped themselves and sabotaged their own cause.

Charles D. Eden

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