The One Place In Washington, D.C., Where Bipartisanship Is Flourishing
Public Policy Partners Rich Gold and Joel Roberson spoke with Marketplace about their lobbying work during the coronavirus pandemic. Both Mr. Gold and Mr. Roberson were a part of the team working night and day as Congress pushed through a massive coronavirus relief package, known as the CARES Act. Now, they are trying to have an amendment inserted into the latest coronavirus relief bill. It would give businesses more flexibility in how they can spend PPP loan money. Mr. Roberson says, when Congress is this bitterly divided, you have to hire bipartisan lobbyists to work on big bills. Because they’re the only ones talking to each other.
“Oftentimes, as political leaders have told their members not to negotiate amongst each other to undercut the leadership’s position, they will talk with us,” Mr. Roberson said.