New England will probably be well-positioned on the subject of the facility construction in Washington, D.C., underneath a Biden administration, a key enterprise chief informed members of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
James Brett, the president and CEO of The New England Council, mentioned the area not solely has a powerful delegation occupying positions of energy in Congress, however famous that President-elect Joe Biden has appointed a number of individuals with New England ties to his White Home staff.
“We’ve got some important powerhouse gamers, and I feel it is going to bode effectively for us in New England that we have now these champions,” Brett mentioned.
Brett spoke by way of a webinar sponsored by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce entitled “The Washington Political Scene and the 2020 Election.” Brett is a former Massachusetts state consultant who has headed the New England Council, which represents companies and organizations all through the six New England states, for twenty-four years.
Brett mentioned New England’s congressional delegation is exclusive within the quantity of energy it has in Congress, citing key committee positions held by Richard Neal, Jim McGovern and Katherine Clark of Massachusetts and Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut.
Brett additionally cited a number of key appointments by Biden to his workers which have New England ties — Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, of Franklin, as deputy chief of workers; Annie Tomasini, of Dorchester, as director of Oval Workplace operations; and Mike Donilon, of Rhode Island, as a senior adviser.
These names are along with the high-visibility appointments of John Kerry as particular envoy for local weather change and Massachusetts Common Hospital infectious illness chief Dr. Rochelle Walensky as director of the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
Brett mentioned he doesn’t suppose U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren or Congressman Steven Lynch will take positions with the Biden administration. He mentioned former Gov. Deval Patrick and former Congressman Joe Kennedy would possibly.
“(Biden) has 3,500 appointments,” Brett mentioned. “We have seen the tip of the iceberg.”
Brett mentioned he hopes Biden’s repute for having the ability to work with Republicans will assist to interrupt down the partisan divide in Washington. He mentioned that Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority chief, was the one GOP senator to attend the funeral of Beau Biden, and that Biden and McConnell labored collectively to move a stimulus invoice in 2009.
“He has a novel relationship with McConnell,” Brett mentioned. “I feel it may bode effectively for the Biden administration. It should be civil. No title calling.”
Brett mentioned he’s already seeing indicators of bipartisanship within the effort to move a stimulus invoice earlier than the tip of the 12 months to assist the nation take care of the financial devastation attributable to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I can not see Congress adjourning with out a reduction bundle,” he mentioned. “The nation is desperately on the lookout for this. They want it to outlive.”
“Total I am cautiously optimistic going into 2021,” he mentioned.
Brett paid tribute throughout the webinar to Bob Bradford, who’s retiring after 40 years as president of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce.
“Your extraordinary management has made the North Shore Chamber a robust management group that’s acknowledged throughout New England,” he informed Bradford. “You might be leaving a legacy that will probably be unmatched for generations to return.”
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