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Financing America's Economic Growth

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.

Restarting the Growth Engine: A Plan to Reform America's Capital Markets


With this agenda for the next administration, we provide some answers and suggestions for the executive and legislative branches and regulatory agencies, both domestic and global.

While we do not expect to have all the answers, we think it is important to have a debate of ideas, instead of competing sound bites, so we can make 2017 the year of progress rather than another year of plodding along. 

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Financing Growth: The Impact of Financial Regulation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce surveyed more than 300 corporate finance professionals about their core financial services needs and the indirect regulatory impact of all the newly adopted financial regulations. 

What we heard was a particularly strong and growing concern for the ability of businesses to access credit and to manage cash flow and liquidity due to existing and pending regulations.

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Chamber CEO speaks at Nasdaq

On June 22, 2016, U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue spoke at Nasdaq in New York City on how the vilification of America's financial institutions are slowing the growth of the country's economy.

The Chamber is leading the fight on defending America's financial system and ensuring that Congress and the next president focus solely on a pro-growth agenda.

Read the full speech here.




Push Back

Preserving the Right to be Heard: Ensure there is an open and vigorous debate about how best to regulate financial markets by fighting bad choices and pushing back on those who seek to intimidate and suppress real debate.


Main Street Impact

Show the Impact, Starting at the Local Level: Document and communicate the cumulative impact of regulation, including the ability of companies small and large to access the financial services they need to grow their business and manage their financial risks.


Regulatory Reform: Federal Reserve

Advance Transparent Regulation, at the Federal Reserve and elsewhere: Ensure that the Federal Reserve lives up to the same standards of transparency and due process required of other regulators. Also, address conflicts and lack of coordination among the regulators and advance reform recommendations at the SEC, FSOC, and proxy advisory firms. On July 12, the Chamber released its Federal Reserve Reform Agenda, which recommended eight reforms the Federal Reserve could take to be more transparent and accountable in its regulation of America’s financial markets and the Main Street businesses that rely on it. You can read the full agenda here


Smart Regulation

Directly Engage on Regulations that Thwart Main Street Growth: Challenge policies that prevent businesses from obtaining credit or managing cash, such as, Basel III capital rules, stress tests, and the Volcker Rule. Other priorities include: incentive compensation, the Department of Labor’s fiduciary duty rule, and the CFPB’s arbitration rule.


Over Enforcement

Prevent the Use of Financial Services and Budgetary Slush Funds at the Federal and State Level: Fight punitive taxes and stop enforcement practices by multiple layers of federal, state, and international officials. Continue to push for SEC enforcement reforms including due process, preservation of jury trial, and right of removal.


Click here to join us on December 2 with the Naperville, Illinois Chamber of Commerce for a Capital & Financial Markets Workshop

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Recent Activity

TestimonySep 07, 2017 - 9:30am

Testimony by Tom Quaadman on Legislative Proposals for a More Efficient Federal Financial Regulatory Regime

Tom Quaadman's testimony to the House Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit during a hearing on legislative proposals for a more efficient federal financial regulatory regime.

Press ReleaseJul 25, 2017 - 5:30pm

U.S. Chamber Offers Recommendations to SEC on Shareholder Proposal Reform

Changes Would Help Protect Investors, Incentivize Businesses to Go Public, and Generate Economic Growth

TestimonyJul 18, 2017 - 8:45am

Tom Quaadman Testimony on the Cost of Being a Public Company in Light of Sarbanes-Oxley and the Federalization of Corporate Governance

Tom Quaadman's testimony to the House Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment on the cost of being a public company in light of Sarbanes-Oxley and the federalization of corporate governance.

LetterMay 01, 2017 - 5:30pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

This letter was sent to all members of the House Financial Services Committee in support of H.R. 10, the “Financial CHOICE Act of 2017.”

Press ReleaseMar 30, 2017 - 10:00am

U.S. Chamber Releases New Financial Services Survey of Small Business Executives

At Annual Summit, Calls for Regulators to Reform System to Foster Growth

TestimonyMar 22, 2017 - 11:00am

Tom Quaadman testimony for House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment hearing: "The JOBS Act at Five: Examining Its Impact and Ensuring the Competitiveness of the U.S. Capital Markets"

Tom Quaadman's testimony for House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment hearing: "The JOBS Act at Five: Examining Its Impact and Ensuring the Competitiveness of the U.S. Capital Markets"

Press ReleaseFeb 21, 2017 - 4:15pm

U.S. Chamber, Arkansas State Chamber, and Little Rock Regional Chamber Call for Capital Markets Reform

Roundtable with Local Lawmakers, Business Leaders Spotlights Financial Services Reform, Policy Changes to Spur Economic Growth

SpeechJan 27, 2017 - 10:00am

Restarting the Growth Engine: Reforming Capital Markets to Revitalize Our Economy

Remarks by Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Illinois Chamber of CommerceChicago, Ill. Introduction Good morning ladies and gentlemen. It’s wonderful to be here in Chicago among so many friends and business leaders.

EventJan 27, 2017 - 8:00am to 12:30pm

Financing America's Economic Growth Regional Event Series - Chicago

Tom Donohue will outline the U.S. Chamber's pro-growth agenda, which includes reforms necessary to achieve a well-regulated system that protects consumers, preserves consumer choice, promotes capital formation, and spurs innovation.

ArticleJan 12, 2017 - 4:45pm

Make Going (and Staying) Public Great Again: A Growth Priority for 2017

Policymakers need to address the drastic decline of public companies in the United States over the last two decades.