Congressional and Public Affairs

The Congressional and Public Affairs Division is the Chamber’s lobbying team with a footprint in Washington and across the country. We work to keep the House and Senate focused on the Chamber’s top priorities.

As the team’s fearless leader, Chamber Senior Vice President Jack Howard, likes to say, “Members of Congress can run but they cannot hide.”


Our powerhouse team consists of 11 DC-based lobbyists, who work in a satellite office steps from the Capitol, and a regional team of 17 that works directly with state and local chambers and member businesses from nine offices across the United States.

Recent Activity

Letters to CongressJul 31, 2020 - 11:00am

U.S. Chamber Letter on Unemployment Insurance

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress and to the President of the United States, on the unemployment insurance benefit.

Letters to CongressJul 30, 2020 - 3:30pm

Coalition Letter on Coronavirus Liability Protections

This Coalition letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress, on legislation related to liability protections for businesses relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

Letters to CongressJul 29, 2020 - 4:45pm

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Alert! Letter on Amendment 215 to H.R. 7617

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives opposing Amendment 215 to H.R. 7617, the “Defense, Commerce, Justice, Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Homeland Security, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2021.” This amendment, offered by Reps. Maxine Waters and Brad Sherman, would block the SEC's recent rule on proxy advisors.

Letters to CongressJul 29, 2020 - 9:15am

U.S. Chamber Letter on Childcare

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, on Chamber priorities for childcare legislation.

Press ReleaseJul 27, 2020 - 6:15pm

U.S. Chamber Calls on Congress to Provide Temporary and Targeted Coronavirus Relief, Adds ‘There Is No Time for the Traditional Washington Games’

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley today issued the following statement on the introduction of legislation in the Senate to advance the next package of coronavirus economic relief.

Letters to CongressJul 27, 2020 - 1:45pm

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Alert! on H.R. 7575, "Water Resources Development Act of 2020"

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, supporting H.R. 7575, the "Water Resources Development Act of 2020."

Letters to CongressJul 27, 2020 - 9:30am

Coalition Letter on H.R. 5084, the "Improving Corporate Governance through Diversity Act of 2019"

This Coalition letter was sent to the Members of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, supporting H.R. 5084, the "Improving Corporate Governance through Diversity Act of 2019."

Letters to CongressJul 23, 2020 - 10:45am

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Letter on Amendment 72 to H.R. 7608

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, opposing Amendment 72 to H.R. 7608, the "Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act." This Amendment would block implementation of reforms to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations.

Letters to CongressJul 20, 2020 - 1:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on H.R. 6395, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021""

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, on H.R. 6395, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021."

Letters to CongressJul 20, 2020 - 12:00pm

U.S. Chamber Key Vote to the House Letter on S. 3422, the "Great American Outdoors Act"

This Key Vote Alert! was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives on S. 3422, the "Great American Outdoors Act."