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Chamber of Commerce ‘Joined’ with WH on Economic Priorities

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- After a testy two year relationship between President Obama and big business, the White House is hoping for a fresh start with the president making a series of pro-business moves as he gets set to address the Chamber of Commerce next month.

In an interview with ABC News Friday, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said that reports of tension have always overlooked the “coordination and cooperation” with the business community since the president first took office.

“More recently that engagement has been amplified, and look at the great success the that president has had with the business community,” Locke said. “We're really seeing that the president [is] amplifying and focusing on a priority from day one, which is getting our economy moving again and that really involves selling more of ‘Made in USA’ goods and services.”

“Actually there’s been a lot of areas in which the administration and the Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable and business community have joined together,” Locked added. “So we're really looking at the programs and policies where we can join together to help move the economy along. Because, obviously, over nine percent unemployment is unacceptable, and the president has said that as long as a person is still looking for a job, our work in the administration is not done.”

Despite tensions -- the Chamber opposed the health care law and financial regulatory reform, among other Obama initiatives -- “there really is a lot of common agreement between the Chamber and the administration,” Locke said.

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