After the Senate approved its deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, Corker issued a warning to business leaders, telling them not to be “a lackey for the president.”
“To be a CEO in America today ... you’ve got to know how to play the Washington game,” he said. “There are a lot of businesses that are trying to use what’s going on in Washington to advance their business interests, and good for them. That’s what they’re supposed to do.”
Engler said his CEOs continue to advocate for entitlement and tax reforms, among numerous other issues. When it comes to concrete fiscal ideas, Engler said, the CEOs have been impressed with Camp, Corker and Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Max Baucus, D-Mont., among others, who have specific proposals.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.