WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party has long been closely allied with the business community but strains in the relationship are showing on Capitol Hill.
The most recent fight was over reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, a government agency that helps U.S. exporters. It's a business priority, but conservatives are opposed.
Even though it's a minor matter to most voters it's turned into a defining issue on Capitol Hill.
That's only the most recent example of the GOP bucking business priorities on issues including immigration and highway spending.
But in this primary season the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups have successfully backed establishment-friendly candidates over tea party opponents in GOP primaries. It remains to be seen whether that will start the pendulum swinging back in favor of business on Capitol Hill.