The National Association of Manufacturers also told Obama in a recent letter that it stand[s] stand ready to assist you in advancing a growth and jobs strategy that builds on a strong manufacturing base to serve our entire nation.
We anticipate working with the administration and Members of Congress to promote job strategies, NAM spokeswoman Laura Narvaiz said.
But not every conservative-leaning business group is preparing for a kumbaya moment with the White House. National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors President Dirk Van Dongen said his group will sit out the debate on a jobs bill.
Were not involved in what the White House is doing, Van Dongen said. At the end of the day, just about everything theyre talking about kind of constitutes make work, as opposed to real work.
He concluded: Businesses hire when they need people to perform the tasks associated with a job, not when theyre given a tax break or some other artificial incentive.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.