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

EventApr 04, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Spirit of Enterprise Awards

A reception honoring Members of Congress with the Chamber's 2018 Spirit of Enterprise Award, given in recognition of support for pro-growth policies in the second session of the 115th Congress.

ArticleMar 28, 2019 - 2:30pm
Spirit of Enterprise Award with U.S. Capitol in background

U.S. Chamber encouraging bipartisanship through changes to legislative scorecard

The Chamber has revamped our scorecard and for the first time, we are more fully rewarding Members for efforts that focus on bipartisanship.

EventMar 08, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Luncheon with Tax Staff and the Business Community

A luncheon with staffers from the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee and members of the business community.

ArticleMar 07, 2019 - 3:15pm

More action, less talk needed from Congress on Infrastructure

Congress needs to take our aging infrastructure seriously.

TestimonyMar 06, 2019 - 10:30am

Testimony by Thomas J. Donohue: "Our Nation’s Crumbling Infrastructure and the Need for Immediate Action”

Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, delivers oral testimony for the House Ways and Means Committee Hearing "Our Nation’s Crumbling Infrastructure and the Need for Immediate Action”

Letters to CongressMar 05, 2019 - 4:30pm

Key Vote Alert! - H.R. 1, "For the People Act of 2019."

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives opposing H.R. 1, "For the People Act of 2019."

Feb 26, 2019 - 12:00pm
The U.S. Capitol at sunrise.

Why You Should be Checking in with this New Congress

It’s easier for your voice to be heard once key decision makers know you and your story.

EventFeb 26, 2019 - 5:00am to 7:00am

Reception honoring the New Members of the House Ways and Means Committee

An evening reception at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hill office honoring the new Members of the House Ways and Means Committee.

TestimonyFeb 07, 2019 - 10:15am

Testimony on The Impact of Inaction on an Infrastructure Modernization Plan

Rich McArdle, president of UPS Freight provides testimony before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Issue BriefJan 07, 2019 - 2:00pm

Pulling Out All The Stops: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Long Road to Comprehensive Tax Reform

An issue brief on how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has helped pave the road to tax reform.