Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) welcomed the endorsement of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, which highlighted Slotkin’s “bipartisan spirit” in announcing its endorsement.
The Detroit Regional Chamber is the second major chamber of commerce from the 8th District to endorse Slotkin over her challenger, Paul Junge, a former local and state chamber of commerce executive in California and Maryland. The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s political advocacy arm endorsed Slotkin on Sept. 11.
“The success of our region requires leaders like Congresswoman Slotkin to show up to work and get things done. Not only has the Congresswoman been able to cosponsor vital pieces of legislation, but she has also done so with the bipartisan spirit that the Chamber champions,” said Brad Williams, the chamber’s vice president of government relations. “As a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, she has shown time and time again willingness to push her party and work with all members of Congress to improve her district, state, and country.”
“I am grateful for the endorsement of the Detroit Regional Chamber, and its support for my bipartisan approach to solving our district’s toughest challenges,” Slotkin said. “I’ve worked with the business community across the district, working to get our local businesses access to loans and other critical resources, and to learn how I can best support local companies and workers at the federal level. The only way to confront tough challenges such as COVID is by doing it together, and I’m proud to partner with the Detroit Regional Chamber and business groups across our district to help our businesses survive and thrive.”
From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Slotkin has been focused on helping address the health and economic effects of the crisis on 8th District small businesses. Through the crisis she has held meetings and roundtables with chambers in Lansing, Livingston County, and Metro Detroit. In March, she brought together experts to advise businesses on how they could prepare to apply for federal disaster loans.
She supported passage of the Paycheck Protection Program and advocated for its extension, joined other members of the Michigan delegation in pressing for equitable assistance to Michigan businesses, and voted for legislation that provided additional flexibility in using PPP funds that 8th District businesses asked for. She cosponsored bipartisan legislation that made important improvements to the PPP program, and earlier this month, she led Small Business Administration regional administrator Rob Scott on a tour and roundtable with 8th District businesses.