Some Republicans are sympathetic to the business communitys silence thus far, noting that GOP Members have only recently spoken and that it is only natural to wait for details before raising the volume of opposition.
But not all Republicans are as understanding, with some downright critical of the business communitys decision to maintain silence even as Democratic leaders write legislative language and prepare for bill mark-ups in Finance and HELP set to occur in the next few weeks.
There is significant frustration with the business community for not speaking out against the sharp tax increases they will face to pay for government-run health care, said one Senate Republican leadership aide. These tax increases will be passed along to consumers and negatively impact job creation. The business community really has their head in the sand on this one.
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.