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. 

Recent Activity

Above the FoldDec 29, 2014 - 9:00am

Standing Up for Free Speech in U.S. Politics: An Interview with Michael Barone

As a longtime observer of the American political scene, Michael Barone is a defender of the Constitution’s First Amendment as a guarantor of both press freedom and political freedom. As the veteran journalist puts it, he’s “been in the free speech business for many years.”

Above the FoldDec 15, 2014 - 9:00am

The Right to Risk and Be Rewarded

Failure can be a critical ingredient of success. We need to preserve a culture that allows people to try, fall on their faces, get back up, and try again. And when their risks pay off, that success should be rewarded.

Above the FoldDec 03, 2014 - 4:15pm
The U.S. Chamber's Tom Donohue defends free speech rights at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation event.

Why Free Enterprise Needs Free Speech

“We’re going to fight for everyone’s right to speak and even to voice controversial opinions without being tarred and feathered in the public square,” said the head of the U.S. Chamber.

EventDec 03, 2014 - 8:00am to 11:45am

Free Speech & Business

Above the FoldOct 01, 2014 - 1:45pm
Illustration of a caged bullhorn.

CPA-Zicklin Index is Really a Tool to Silence the Business Community

Organizations use tools like the index to attack companies for daring to speak out on public policy issues.

Press ReleaseSep 11, 2014 - 3:15pm

U.S. Chamber President Comments on Senate’s Attempt to Eliminate First Amendment Rights

‘Efforts to curb free speech rights have no place in America, much less on the floor of the United States Senate. The Udall Amendment should never see the light of day again,’ Says Donohue

Above the FoldSep 11, 2014 - 3:15pm
Pure Politics

Senate’s Attack on First Amendment Rights Fails

It’s alarming to see that so many Senators supported limiting the First Amendment for partisan political purposes.

Above the FoldSep 10, 2014 - 11:00am

Free Speech for All

Ahead of the Senate’s procedural vote on the so-called “Democracy for All” amendment, the U.S. Chamber sent a Key Vote Alert as well as a coalition letter to members of Congress.

LetterSep 09, 2014 - 5:15pm

Key Vote Letter on S.J. Res 19


LetterSep 09, 2014 - 5:15pm

Multi-Industry Letter on S.J. Res. 19

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE: We write to express our strong opposition to S.J. Res. 19, which would eliminate many of the free speech protections guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights.