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Business Leaders Encouraged by Election Results

For Immediate Release: 
November 7, 2018

Frustration Gives Way to Renewed Hope for Progress among Responsible Business Leaders

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Bob Keener

Washington, DC – Responding to the election results, which shifted the balance of power in the U.S. House of Representatives and several states, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released the following statement. It may be attributed to CEO Hammad Atassi.

“This election is an important first step towards passing national legislation that responsible business leaders have long wanted to see. Our members have been frustrated with many policies from Washington and now have renewed hope for progress in the House on some critical issues. Passage in the House now will be the foundation for later passage in the Senate and being signed by the President for policies such as a federal price on carbon, a national paid family leave program and an increase in the federal minimum wage, among many others.

“Also changes in leadership and legislative majorities in several states in the Northeast, Midwest, and Western parts of the nation means that we can expand our success in the states. As is often the case, states can take the lead on policies that later become national. We are encouraged about the new opportunities for policy change at both the federal and the state levels.”

ASBC has a number of major campaigns that could see progress with the new leadership and majority in the U.S. House. The campaign to put a national price on carbon may be found here: The campaign for high-road workplace policies such as paid family and medical leave, raising the minimum wage and expanding worker ownership may be found here: The campaign for cleaning products ingredient disclosure is here:

The American Sustainable Business Council advocates for policy change and informs business owners, policymakers and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. Through its national member network it represents more than 250,000 businesses in a wide range of industries.