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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 Tom Donohue speaking at Nasdaq

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.




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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.


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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.


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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


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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.


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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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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.

Friday, January 27, 2017 - 8:00am

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce host:

Capital & Financial Markets Workshop

December 2, 2016

Naperville, IL

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 11:30am

Halloween may be just around the corner, but corporate treasurers are more likely celebrating Dia de los Muertos – “Day of the Dead” – to honor prime money market funds (MMFs).   This two-day holiday, which begins November 1st, originated in Mexico to remember deceased loved ones.  Just like a deceased loved one, prime MMFs are now a ghost of wh

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 8:45am

This letter was sent to the members of the House Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit in advance of their hearing on examining legislative proposals to expand consumer access to mainstream banking services.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 8:30am