You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Fink, Schwarzman Join CEOs Urging Infrastructure Plan’s Passage

Bloomberg logo Bloomberg 7/27/2021 Jennifer Epstein
a bench in front of a building: Infrastructure Talks Near Finish As Senators Face Time Pressure © Bloomberg Infrastructure Talks Near Finish As Senators Face Time Pressure

(Bloomberg) -- The heads of BlackRock Inc., Blackstone Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley are among chief executive officers who wrote to congressional leaders on Monday urging them to move swiftly to pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill that senators and the White House are negotiating.

“We urge you to seize the moment and act quickly to pass this bipartisan initiative,” reads the letter, which is addressed to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

The letter -- signed by more than 140 executives -- came as Senate infrastructure talks suffered a setback Monday after Republicans rejected an offer meant to address all outstanding issues from the White House and Democrats, calling into question goals of passing a $579 billion measure before Congress’s August recess.

The letter includes the signatures of Laurence Fink of BlackRock, Stephen Schwarzman for Blackstone, James Gorman of Morgan Stanley, Stephen Squeri for American Express Co. and John Zimmer for Lyft Inc.

The effort was organized by the Partnership for New York City, an influential group of corporate leaders. Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News, is a member of the group but did not sign the letter.

Some of the signatories are allies of President Joe Biden, including Microsoft Corp. President Brad Smith, 32 Advisors Llc CEO Robert Wolf and Penny Pritzker, chair and founder of PSP Capital Partners Llc, all of whom raised money for Biden’s 2020 campaign. Pritzker also served in President Barack Obama’s cabinet as commerce secretary. Others, such as Schwarzman, were vocal supporters of former President Donald Trump.

Earlier: Biden Hosts Business, Labor Chiefs Amid Infrastructure Drama

Trump said in a statement on Monday that Democrats were playing his fellow Republicans “for weak fools and losers” in pushing for a bipartisan infrastructure agreement.

The plan that lawmakers and the Biden administration have drafted “reflects priorities shared by labor, business and state and local governments, as well as the American people,” the executives say in the letter. “It will leverage significant private investment and generate a strong return for the federal government.”

Other business organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, have also called on lawmakers to pass an infrastructure bill. Last week, the leaders of those groups and of labor unions met with Biden at the White House to emphasize the support the bill has from two sides that usually sit on the opposite sides of negotiating tables.

(Updates with Trump statement, in seventh paragraph.)

More stories like this are available on bloomberg.com

©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

AdChoices
AdChoices
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon