In 2016, the U.S. Chamber has six overriding priorities -- 6 for ’16 -- areas with the greatest potential to spur economic growth, create jobs, reform government, and preserve and defend American businesses and enterprise. 6 for ’16 includes: fighting regulations, defending our financial system, advancing trade, growing American energy, electing the right candidates, and answering attacks on American business.
The mission of the U.S.-Africa Business Center is to build lasting prosperity for Africans and Americans through job creation and entrepreneurial spirit.
As an advocate for U.S. business throughout the hemisphere, the U.S. Chamber's Americas works closely with members, governments, multilateral institutions, and American Chambers of Commerce to promote a wide range of hemispheric trade and investment initiatives and to resolve specific commercial and regulatory challenges in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada.
The Antitrust Council develops the Chamber’s domestic antitrust policy priorities. An effective and balanced system of antitrust laws and regulations is critical to ensuring the efficient operation of our free market system, which depends on a sound understanding of business realities in a global economy and a strong commitment to eliminating unproductive, anticompetitive policies.
The Chamber's Asia Department gives voice to policies that help American companies compete and prosper in Asia's dynamic marketplace. Our expertise allows companies to actively shape policy debates in Asian countries and in Washington. The Chamber helps companies gain greater access to senior government officials and corporate representatives in a way few organizations can.
This committee recommends Chamber policy on association-related issues. It also recommends programming related to associations, fosters networking and collaboration among associations, and ensures association participation and involvement in Chamber activities.
There is only one path forward that will restore America’s economic vitality, create opportunity, and put Americans back to work—and that is free enterprise. That’s why the U.S. Chamber started the Campaign for Free Enterprise, a nationwide effort to support the ideals that advance economic growth and create jobs.
The Center's mission is simple: foster investment and growth in the U.S. economy and ensure the long-term viability and health of our capital markets.
The Center for International Private Enterprise is an independent, non-profit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
This committee represents and communicates the perspectives and needs of chambers to the U.S. Chamber and counsels the U.S. Chamber on programs to meet those needs. Key duties of the committee are: identify emerging issues that will impact chambers of commerce and their members; advise the U.S. Chamber of programs and services needed by chambers and their members; evaluate the usefulness of existing U.S. Chamber programs and services to chambers; and provide input and feedback to the U.S. Chamber on policy-related issues, and when appropriate, develop strategies to advocate those policies.
C_TEC (U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center) promotes the role of technology in our economy and advocates for rational policy solutions that drive economic growth, spur innovation, and create jobs.
The Chamber's China team helps bolster the U.S.-China economic and commercial relationship in a number of key areas and industries, including intellectual property rights, capital markets, and environmental reform.
The Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC) addresses societal issues that affect business, including globalization, community development, disaster response, and more.
The U.S. Chamber's Economic and Tax Policy Division focuses its work on advancing policies that create jobs and foster economic growth.
The Education and Workforce program of the U.S. Chamber Foundation promotes rigorous educational standards and effective job training systems to preserve the strength of America’s greatest economic resource, its workforce.
This committee analyzes and recommends policy on education and workforce development issues. Specifically, the committee is responsible for the development of policies concerning early childhood education, Pre-K - 12 education, postsecondary education, career and technical education, the public workforce development system, incumbent worker training, and lifelong learning. The committee guides the Chamber’s efforts to create sound policies to ensure that our members have access to an educated and skilled workforce.
The Emerging Issues program of the U.S. Chamber Foundation provides research and insight into the issues impacting the free enterprise system and the business community.
This committee develops Chamber policy recommendations on all employee benefit issues: health care, pension and retirement plans, and other employer-provided benefits, as well as public programs such as Social Security and Medicare. The committee oversees the Chamber's response to employee benefit legislation pending before all congressional committees of jurisdiction as well as regulatory initiatives before administrative agencies. The committee has a Retirement Plans Subcommittee, which works on those issues in more technical detail than the full committee.
This committee develops and maintains Chamber policy on all aspects of energy, clean air, and natural resources.
Chairman: Kathy Beckett, Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Staff Executive: Joseph Johnson, Executive Director, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The Environment & Agriculture Committee develops Chamber policy related to the environment, agriculture, chemicals and water.Chairman: Robert Agbede, President & CEO, Chester GroupStaff Executive: Ketih Holman, Policy Counsel, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs Division develops, implements, and advocates U.S. Chamber policy on issue areas of vital importance to the business community: environment, energy, natural resources, food safety, biotechnology, agriculture, technology, and regulatory processes.
The U.S. Chamber's Eurasia team provides the U.S. government, international finance institutions and other relevant bodies with a strategic U.S. business outlook vis-à-vis the emerging markets of the Caucasus, Central Asia, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, and Moldova.
The Chamber's Europe team champions a pro-business agenda across Europe and in Washington to expand commercial opportunities for members by advancing open and competitive markets, economic growth, and transatlantic cooperation.
The Chamber will defend America’s financial institutions and our capital markets from destructive attacks. We should be praising and perfecting our capital markets as a crown jewel of our economic system—not trying to tear them down.
The purpose of the U.S. Chamber Global Energy Institute is to unify energy stakeholders and policymakers behind a common strategy to ensure that America's supply of fuel and power is adequate, stable, and affordable, while protecting national security, and improving the environment.
The Global Initiative on Health and the Economy works to champion good health and good health care policies as vital to advancing economic growth and prosperity.
Global Initiatives exists to represent the U.S. Chamber of Commerce through reliable and effective engagement with multi-lateral institutions, governments, and international business coalitions. We advocate for our members’ interests through direct high-level dialogues with global economic bodies.
To meet the serious criminal and policy threats facing innovators, IP-based industries, and consumers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce created the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC), which is leading a worldwide effort against the assault on IP.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation (GRC) seeks to align trade, regulatory, and competition policy in support of open and competitive markets.
The Government Operations, Oversight & Consumers Affairs Committee develops Chamber policy related to regulatory process reform, regulatory review, and reducing the burden of federal rules.
Chairman: Harry C. Alford, President & CEO, National Black Chamber of Commerce
Staff Executive: Keith Holman, Senior Policy Counsel and Managing Director, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Hiring Our Heroes (HOH), a program of the U.S. Chamber Foundation, is a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment.
The mission of the Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) is to reduce excessive and frivolous litigation while restoring fairness and balance to the nation's civil justice system by promoting civil justice reform through legislative, political, judicial and educational activities at both the national and local levels.
Institute for Organization Management (IOM) is a professional development program designed for nonprofit management.
The U.S. Chamber’s International Affairs Division advocates for free enterprise, competitive markets, and rules-based trade and investment as the path to opportunity and prosperity for all. The Division’s staff of 70 regional and policy experts advances these principles before the U.S. and foreign governments as it works to shape trade and investment policies and help companies succeed in international markets.
The International Policy Committee (IPC) provides strategic guidance for the development of policy positions relating to international trade and investment.
The committee develops Chamber policy and programs on a wide range of labor and employment issues, including: employment nondiscrimination, minimum wage and wage-hour, occupational safety and health, immigration, labor-management relations, union corporate/strategic campaigns, workplace privacy, work-family issues and leave mandates, and emerging international labor policy issues.
The Labor, Immigration & Employee Benefits Division facilitates the use of two policy committees (Labor Relations Committee and Employee Benefits Committee) composed of Chamber members that formulate and analyze the Chamber's policy in the areas of labor law, immigration, pension and health care. The Division regularly interacts with Congressional staff, numerous Federal agencies and many national coalitions (some of which are chaired by the Chamber) to help define and shape national labor, immigration and employee benefit policy.
The U.S. Chamber-led Let’s Rebuild America (LRA) initiative is the Chamber’s response to America’s infrastructure challenge—keep up with what the business community demands or U.S. economic productivity and global competitiveness will suffer.
Chaired by Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue, LRA advocates for the need to maintain, modernize, and expand our nation’s infrastructure.
The U.S. Chamber's Middle East and Turkey Affairs program is the premiere business advocacy platform for strengthening the commercial relationships between the United States and Turkey, as well as the United States and the Middle East region.
The council is the U.S. Chamber’s policy committee focused exclusively on understanding the distinct challenges of mid-market companies and advocating for a business environment that allows them to compete, grow, and create jobs. The council serves as the primary platform for mid-market business leaders to provide input to formulate and advance a strong pro-business agenda.
American business has a multifaceted stake in a strong national defense and a homeland security policy that safeguards Americans while also protecting their mobility, their freedom and their way of life. If terrorism or the threat of it chokes off our ability to move people and goods in a global economy, we will pay a tremendous price in growth and prosperity.
The National Security Task Force is responsible for developing and advancing U.S. Chamber of Commerce policy related to cybersecurity, supply chain, customs and trade facilitation, public-private partnerships, and emergency preparedness. Chaired by former Pennsylvania Governor and first Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, the Task Force is composed of approximately 200 companies, associations, and state and local chambers that represent a broad spectrum of the American economy.
The Native American Enterprise Initiative seeks to build on the Chamber’s record of success and advocacy by focusing on the crucial economic issues confronting tribal business entities and Native American-owned enterprises.
The Political Affairs and Federation Relations division is responsible for the Chamber’s national political, grassroots, and election-related activities, including its advocacy and membership programs. Political Affairs and Federation Relations manages relationships with state and local chambers of commerce, trade associations and small businesses and has a membership presence in every state across the country. The division’s political program is focused on electing or re-electing pro-business candidates to Congress. That goal is supported by the grassroots and lobbying program to promote policy that positively affects businesses and the economy.
This Council provides a forum for Chamber members to identify, recommend, and develop policy priorities and proposals that simplify the government contracting process and facilitate greater private sector involvement in providing the public sector with goods and services.
This committee is comprised of Chamber members from across the country who represent businesses of all sizes, chambers, and associations. The primary goal of the committee is to oversee the Chamber's involvement in federal elections.
The council is the U.S. Chamber’s principal policy committee and action group representing the issues of concern to small business.
U.S. Chamber Small Business Nation is a community that was founded on the open exchange of information and ideas, while creating the opportunity for small businesses to speak with a unified voice.
The Small Business Policy team formulates small business policy and assists small business members in creating effective grassroots actions and strategies on legislative, regulatory and international initiatives.
The South Asia team promotes trade and investment opportunities for U.S. companies in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The Chamber's Southeast Asia team advocates for open markets, trade and investment opportunities, and a level playing field for American businesses to compete and prosper in Southeast Asia.
The committee analyzes and provides input on recommended policy on federal tax legislative initiatives.
The Telecommunications & E-Commerce Committee develops Chamber policy relating to telecommunications, the Internet and e-commerce, broadcasting and mass media, and data security and privacy.Chairman: Scott Anderson, General Manager, Great Western LodgingStaff Executive: Jordan Crenshaw, Assistant Counsel to Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber’s Trade Task Force is an interactive consultative mechanism for the advancement of Chamber policy on trade and investment.
This committee is the primary policy-originating body in the area of transportation infrastructure. The committee’s jurisdiction includes legislative and regulatory issues related to aviation, marine, and surface transportation, as well as clean water and drinking water infrastructure.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment. USCCF presents a broad range of programs that promote a greater understanding of economic and public affairs issues.
The U.S. Chamber Litigation Center fights for business at every level of the U.S. judicial system, on virtually every issue affecting business.
The U.S.-Cuba Business Council (USCBC) is the premier business advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening the economic and commercial relationship between the United States and Cuba.
The U.S.-UK Business Council is the premier Washington-based business advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening the commercial relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.
The U.S.-Mexico Economic Council (USMXECO) is the premier business advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening the economic and commercial relationship between the U.S. and Mexico.
U.S. Chamber and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation materials related to empowering women business leaders to achieve their personal and professional goals.
The Workforce Freedom Initiative is a grassroots mobilization and advocacy campaign of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to preserve democracy in the American workplace, restrain abusive union pension fund activism, and block the anti-competitive agenda advocated by many labor unions.