Chamber of Commerce

Revealed: Chamber lobbied against 9/11 health bill to save foreign members on taxes

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/12/chamber-commerce-lobbied-kill-911-responders-bill/

By Nathan Diebenow
Saturday, December 18th, 2010

The US Chamber of Commerce lobbied to kill a bill that would have helped cover medical expenses and compensation for first responders and survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, according to documents available online.

The Chamber's aim was to keep open a tax loophole benefiting foreign corporations that the $7.4 billion bill would have closed to provide funding for the American emergency workers.

In a letter opposing the 9/11 bill, R. Bruce Josten, the Chamber's executive vice president for Government Affairs, cautioned that closing the tax loophole would harm US trade relationships and financial markets.