Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos issued a statement Tuesday supporting President Joe Biden’s push for an infrastructure bill, and called on Congress to work with his administration to strike a deal. That includes raising taxes on corporations to help pay for it.
“Both Democrats and Republicans have supported infrastructure in the past,” Bezos said, “and it’s the right time to work together to make this happen.”
The statement, shared by the Amazon News account on Twitter, casts the issue of improving US infrastructure as bipartisan, on which everyone needs to concede something. Bezos didn’t say whether he supports the specifics of Biden’s plan, but said he’s hoping for a compromise “that maintains or enhances US competitiveness.”
Amazon is facingfor potentially anti-competitive actions, with from the House Judiciary Committee. Additionally, the company has weathered accusations of union busting as it waits for the results of an election at its warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, that . Amazon has tried to burnish its image by promoting its support of a $15 federal minimum wage, as well as the pay and benefits it offers its warehouse employees.
However, the Amazon News account drew negative attention in late March when, one of which derided Rep. Mike Pocan for believing stories that Amazon employees have to pee in bottles to keep up with work demands. Amazon later apologized for the tweet and admitted it was inaccurate.
The company has pledged other support to the federal government, offering to use its logistics expertise to speed the availability of coronavirus vaccines.
Here’s Bezos’ statement in full:
“We support the Biden Administration’s focus on making bold investments in American infrastructure. Both Democrats and Republicans have supported infrastructure in the past, and it’s the right time to work together to make this happen. We recognize this investment will require concessions from all sides—both on the specifics of what’s included as well as how it gets paid for (we’re supportive of a rise in the corporate tax rate). We look forward to Congress and the Administration coming together to find the right, balanced solution that maintains or enhances US competitiveness.”