Free Speech

There are some freedoms that define the American dream and bring vitality to a productive, innovative, and prosperous free enterprise system. Those freedoms include the right to speak, the right to due process, and the right to take a risk and be rewarded, not vilified, for your success.

These rights are the building blocks of our free society and our free enterprise system. And when they come under attack, the Chamber responds. 

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Our Position

Threats to the fundamental rights of American citizens and businesses take many forms:

  • Legislation and regulations designed to threaten the political engagement of business groups and others.
     
  • Outrageous fines being legally extorted from companies by prosecutorial agencies in violation of due process.
     
  • Abusive efforts by agencies like the IRS to single out and punish organizations that have a different view of what is right for our country.
     
  • And, a disturbing lack of respect for other voices and viewpoints. 
     

The Chamber believes we have a responsibility to preserve, protect, and defend the rights and freedoms that make this the greatest country on earth.

The Chamber is fighting to ensure that all Americans have the right to petition our government without fear, intimidation, or undue regulation. We're fighting for due process under the law, free of abusive tactics by federal and state agencies and prosecutors who have the entire resources of the government amassed behind them. We're fighting for everyone's right to speak and even to voice controversial opinions without being tarred and feathered in the public square. And we're fighting to preserve the spirit of enterprise in America that begins with the right to risk, to fail, to try again, and to succeed. 

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Op Ed

By Thomas J. Donohue 

When not attacking each other's character, our presidential candidates are slugging it out over several very contentious public policy issues, from trade and taxes to immigration and energy development. These are incredibly important matters to the future of our economy and our country. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce should know because we're right in the middle of most of them.

Monday, September 12, 2016 (All day)
Above the Fold

Over the Fourth of July holiday, Americans gathered to celebrate the freedoms that make the United States the envy of the world. But in our current political environment, it’s not enough to celebrate our freedoms — we must also protect them.

Monday, July 11, 2016 - 9:00am
Letter

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 5053, the “Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act.”

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 9:45am
Letter

This Key Vote Alert! letter supporting H.R. 2029, as amended by the House with the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016,” and the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015,” was sent to all Members of the United States Senate.

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 5:30pm
Letter

This Key Vote Alert! letter supporting the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016,” and several policy provisions within it, was sent to all Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 9:00am