America was built by Dreamers. At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, it is part of our mission to promote prosperity and economic growth through the defense of the free enterprise system. A key component of the free enterprise system is the freedom of individuals to pursue their own path going as far as their talents and hard work will take them. To withdraw the right of these individuals to study and work and to deport them to countries they do not know is contrary to fundamental American principles and the best interests of America.
Congress must find a solution or the American economy and our communities will feel the loss.
Congress is the only branch of government that has the authority to truly solve this vexing problem. They have the opportunity to address this issue by passing legislation that provides Dreamers with permanent relief from deportation. Congress must find a solution or the American economy and our communities will feel the loss.
Ending DACA would be a nightmare for Dreamers. A nightmare for businesses. A nightmare for America’s economy.
Listen to a Dreamer’s testimony
On November 15, 2017, the Chamber hosted a press conference convening IBM, FWD.us, and an American Dreamer with our message to urge Congress to protect the hundreds of thousands of people who have become integral part of our community and economy. Watch the press conference below to hear more about what DACA means to the American economy.
The government shutdown has thrown America’s political divide into sharp relief. But even in polarized times, both sides can agree—our immigration system is broken and in desperate need of reform. On this small sliver of common ground, Congress must come together on a bipartisan solution to keep our nation secure and our economy strong.
2018 was a standout year for business. Tax reform and regulatory relief drove stronger growth in the economy than we’ve seen in over a decade. Job creation shattered expectations, wages continued to climb steadily, and unemployment dipped to record lows.
Every year, U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue outlines the top challenges facing the business community and lays out the U.S. Chamber’s policy priorities for the year.
This live blog will help put the speech in context. Along with bits of the speech, I'll drop in links to related stories as well as social media reactions in real time.
As Prepared for Delivery
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. We’re so glad you joined us for our 20th State of American Business.
As we traditionally do, I’ll start by giving the Chamber’s assessment of the economic conditions.
TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: