In the midst of a polarized national political climate underscored by a deadlocked U.S. Congress, some legislators are willing to reach across the aisle for common-sense solutions.
Reps. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill.-14, and Mike Quigley, D-Ill.-05, demonstrated a spirit of compromise as they highlighted ways to draw attention to the middle market at “The Voice of the Middle Market: Focus on Chicago” event on Oct. 8.
The congressmen—both members of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Middle Market Growth—noted job creation and corporate tax policy as issues ripe for cooperation between moderate members of the two parties.
“There’s a new dynamic in D.C.,” Quigley, a Democrat, said during the event, which was jointly hosted by ACG and the National Center for the Middle Market. “We need to build a coalition between New Democrats and moderate Republicans.” To ensure the concerns of middle-market companies and capital providers are heard on Capitol Hill, Hultgren, a Republican, advised those in attendance to share their experiences about the effectiveness of current fiscal and tax policies with their representatives.
Quigley expressed interest in a bipartisan infrastructure bill to create jobs while also “increasing the competitive qualities of this country.”