According to reports,  the Biden administration is creating a position to “find common ground with conservatives” that will be headed by Louisiana Representative Cedric Richmond (D-La.). Part of Richmond’s mandate would be would be “private sector engagement” and to serve as a “conduit straight to the White House” for chief executive officers.
This appointment comes on the heels of a recommendation from R Street Institute President Eli Lehrer. In a piece for Washington Monthly  soon after Biden’s victory in November, Lehrer said: “Biden can do a lot to advance his agenda not by picking token Republicans to serve as window dressing in cabinet slots but should, instead, pepper his administration with a few Republican-leaning advisors who want to help him heal a riven nation.”
As small businesses around the country continue to reel from the pandemic, it is a hopeful signal from the Biden administration that they understand the value of the business community in helping America build back better.
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- “reports,”: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-08/biden-administration-will-create-position-to-reach-conservatives
- “Washington Monthly”: https://washingtonmonthly.com/2020/11/13/what-joe-biden-could-learn-from-harry-truman-about-hiring-republicans/