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Since the elections, in which Republicans took control of the House and made inroads in the Senate, Obama has made several overtures to the business community. He recently pushed to complete negotiations on the South Korea free-trade agreement, which also was a priority of NAM and the chamber.
However, Brad Close, NFIB vice president for public policy, was cautious in predicting a permanent thaw in relations between the White House and business. He said a better test will come next year when the new Congress convenes and considers issues such as repeal of the health care law, which many businesses support.
“It’s too early to draw the conclusion that there is new cooperation with business,” Close said.