Thomas Donohue

Chamber's Donohue 'Doubling Down' for 2016

Donohue said the tea party started with principles of sound economics but has "lost sight of what the fundamental reality is." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Thomas Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, pledged Friday to “double down” on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail against the ultra-conservative forces that threaten the business community’s agenda.  

Those forces, which have helped buoy outsider presidential candidates such as Donald Trump, represent “an articulation of frustration” from the American people, Donohue said. Hard-line conservatives also helped wrest the gavel from chamber ally Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio.