The Hill Quotes Hunter Bates on Prospects for Business Groups in Partisan Climate

Akin Gump public law and policy practice co-head G. Hunter Bates has been quoted in The Hill’s “Business groups try to avoid partisan crossfire.” The article reports that many business groups seeking to advance their own agendas are increasingly concerned about being drawn into Washington’s heated political climate ahead of this year’s presidential election.

Many businesses, according to the article, already have a complicated relationship with President Trump over his trade wars, as well as with Democrats, whose presidential candidates are targeting many industries.

Despite the rhetoric from both sides of the aisle, Bates said there is room for work. “Less than two months ago — while the House was impeaching President Trump — the administration worked with Congress to approve USMCA [trade agreement], fund the federal government and pass one of the most consequential legislative packages that we have seen in years, including critical retirement legislation and repeal of ObamaCare taxes,” he said.