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Democratic Debate

Maryland's former governor attempted to link two completely unrelated concepts during the debate in Des Moines.

J.D. Harrison

Securing our nation’s safety and ensuring its continued prosperity are very much interdependent.

J.D. Harrison
GOP Debate

The Fantasy Debate season opener turned into a shootout - and that bodes well for the American business community.

J.D. Harrison
Sean Hackbarth
Fantasy Debate

Our country has been swept away by both presidential politics and fantasy football fervor. So why not blend them together?

J.D. Harrison
Sean Hackbarth
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President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room at the White House with Secretary of State John Kerry.

While the administration played seven years of political football, the equivalent of 10 Keystone pipelines have been built.

Sean Hackbarth
President Barack Obama announces he rejected the Keystone XL pipeline.

"President Obama has put politics before the best interests of the country,” said U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue.

Sean Hackbarth
Construction of the Gulf Coast Project, part of the Keystone XL pipeline near Ada, Ok.

The State Department rejected TransCanada’s request to pause its review of the project.

Sean Hackbarth
Workers construct part of the Keystone XL pipeline in Atoka, Ok.

So many opportunities have been missed by keeping the project in bureaucratic limbo.

Sean Hackbarth
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GE electrical meter

10 states will see average electricity rate increases of at least 30% because of EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Sean Hackbarth
A coal-fired electric power plan in Datong, China.

Putting EPA's carbon regulations into a global perspective.

Sean Hackbarth
Power lines next to a power plant in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.

EPA's "Clean Power Plan" will mean job losses, higher electricity prices, and continued slow economic growth.

Sean Hackbarth
Scary Regulations

Small business owners don’t need haunted houses or horror movies. Washington gives them plenty of reasons to scream.

J.D. Harrison
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Congress is nearing the finish line on long-awaited (and much-needed) cybersecurity legislation.

J.D. Harrison

The Islamic State has started hacking the U.S.'s electricity grid. CISA can help us stay one step ahead.

J.D. Harrison

The Senate needs to send the president a good cyber bill this year; the business community should not be left alone to counter threats.

Ann M. Beauchesne
Cyber Hackers

President Obama's cyber treaty with China may be a step in the right direction - but it isn't enough.

J.D. Harrison
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Ditch next to a planted field.

On the same day 11 Senators voted against a bill to stop EPA’s water rule, they asked agencies to provide clarity.

Sean Hackbarth
A pond near Bartlett, Ill.

EPA’s regulatory overreach is so outrageous that hundreds of local government and business organizations back the bill.

Sean Hackbarth
Yellow water in the Animas River after EPA's Gold King Mine spill.

An Interior report finds the agency has "little appreciation for the engineering complexity."

Sean Hackbarth

If the agency had followed Congressional mandates, businesses might not be in this conundrum.

Sean Hackbarth
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Next steps: Learning more details and reviewing final text with our members.

Thomas J. Donohue

Negotiators are in Atlanta for what may be the final round of talks; the deal has the potential to be a game-changer.

John G. Murphy

Trade clearly is making a positive difference for American workers by providing good jobs, higher wages and new opportunities.

John G. Murphy

It’s ironic that today’s life-saving medicines often resemble modern miracles while the biopharmaceutical companies that create them draw the ire of activist groups. This drama is playing out again in the context of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

John G. Murphy
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Congress is on the cusp of tackling our transportation funding shortage and reauthorizing the Ex-Im Bank - all in one fell swoop.

J.D. Harrison

Our nation’s roads, bridges and highways are crumbling. Here - with a little help from emojis - is how to fix them.

J.D. Harrison

U.S. motorists lose $121 billion every year due to time stuck in congestion and traffic. A large chunk of that time will be wasted this weekend.

J.D. Harrison

Members of Congress this month are gathering feedback and direction from some of their constituents back home. Shouldn’t one of the voices they hear be yours?

J.D. Harrison
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Ex-Im Bank

Any additional delays in reviving Ex-Im would represent political and bureaucratic gamesmanship of the worst variety.

J.D. Harrison

After leaving exporters in a lurch for the past three months, lawmakers are (finally) inching closer to reviving Ex-Im.

J.D. Harrison

Since Ex-Im’s lapsed, we have chronicled the human cost as American businesses of all sizes have lost sales.

Myron Brilliant
Kusum Kavia at Combustion Associates, Inc

How many more days will pass (and how many more jobs will vanish) before Congress listens?

J.D. Harrison
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