Political Affairs and Federation Relations

The Political Affairs and Federation Relations division manages relationships with state and local chambers of commerce, trade associations and small businesses and has a membership presence in every state across the country.

We are focused on electing or re-electing pro-business candidates to Congress. That goal is supported by grassroots and lobbying programs to promote policy that positively affects businesses and the economy.

Recent Activity

Press ReleaseApr 14, 2021 - 1:45pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on Rep. Kevin Brady's Retirement

“America is a better place due to Congressman Kevin Brady’s service. Since his first day on the job, he has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of his constituents and all Americans. His leadership of the House Ways and Means Committee on a broad range of issues has created jobs, expanded our trade relationships, grown our economy, and made our country stronger. As a former Chamber executive, we will miss our close partnership with him. But we know well his upbeat, can-do spirit, and we look forward to working with him as he finishes his strong career.”

Above the FoldApr 02, 2021 - 1:45pm
U.S. Capitol Building at sunset

Unpacking the Filibuster

Without the filibuster we will likely see major rewrites of federal law every four to eight years.

Press ReleaseMar 18, 2021 - 4:30pm

U.S. Chamber Awards 11 Chambers of Commerce with Accreditation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at its board meeting last week, awarded the Accreditation designation to 11 chambers of commerce for their sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on their communities.

Press ReleaseMar 16, 2021 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber CEO: Filibuster Provides Needed ‘Time, Thoughtfulness, and Deliberation’ on National Issues

“Only in Washington could getting 60 out of 100 people to agree feel like an insurmountable obstacle. It’s disappointing that some lawmakers are reaching for a rule change to drive elected leaders into their partisan corners, rather than working to build consensus and encourage collaboration.

Press ReleaseMar 08, 2021 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber’s Statement on Senator Roy Blunt Retirement

“Senator Roy Blunt has long been a champion for free enterprise and economic growth. Throughout his career, he has served his nation and his home state of Missouri with honor and distinction. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce appreciates Sen. Blunt's partnership & looks forward to continuing our work together in 117th Congress.”

Issue BriefMar 05, 2021 - 3:45pm

MEMO: Political Support for Candidates in Light of Events of January 6th

Over the last two months, we have had the opportunity to engage with well over 100 Chamber members regarding PAC and political support for Members of Congress in light of the attack on the Capitol and the votes on decertification of the electoral votes of Arizona and Pennsylvania. After careful consideration, I write to share with you the approach the Chamber will be taking with respect to our PAC and political program...

Op EdMar 05, 2021 - 12:45pm

OPINION: No more temporary fixes to the Brent Spence Bridge

Union and business leaders don’t always share the same priorities or concerns. But both of us think about the Brent Spence Bridge every day. We wish we didn’t.By: Brent Cooper and Tim Donoghue

Letters to CongressMar 03, 2021 - 4:00pm

Coalition Letter on Extension of the Paycheck Protection Program Deadline

This Coalition letter was sent to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and the SenateCommittee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, on extending the application deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Press ReleaseJan 25, 2021 - 4:30pm

U.S. Chamber’s Statement on Senator Rob Portman’s Retirement Announcement

“For almost three decades, the U.S. Chamber has enjoyed a strong partnership with Senator Rob Portman. From Senator Portman's leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives to his tenure as the U.S. Trade Representative and White House Budget Director, Portman has been a steadfast champion for free enterprise and the business community. In the U.S. Senate, Portman played a crucial role in passing several meaningful pieces of legislation, most recently the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017, and the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act in 2016 among others..."

In the NewsJan 25, 2021 - 7:45am

THE GUARDIAN: Mitch McConnell 'plays the long game' to retain some power as it slips away

But for McConnell, the priority is the Senate as an institution. McConnell wants assurances from Democrats that the filibuster will be protected. “I think that it’s necessary and it protects both parties,” said Ashlee Rich Stephenson, the political director for the Chamber of Commerce. “And we’re supportive of that.”