WASHINGTON, D.C.—In his annual State of American Business address, U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said that the state of American business is improving, but the outlook is uncertain. Donohue outlined steps the Chamber will take in the coming year to create jobs, stimulate the economy, and secure our nation’s economic future. This includes advancing agendas focused on economic growth and government reform, as well as working to protect fundamental rights.
“In 2015, we are asking the nation’s leaders to rally around a common bipartisan cause—and that cause is stronger and deeper economic growth in order to create jobs and expand opportunities for all Americans,” Donohue said. “This is no time to be complacent. We’ve had a few good quarters of economic growth. But we’re not out of the woods. That’s why our elected leaders, divided as they may be, must work together to put jobs, growth, and opportunity first.”
Donohue revealed a growth agenda that will capitalize on our nation’s potential in trade, energy, technology and infrastructure, as well as a government reform agenda that eases uncertainty and supports growth by improving our immigration system, the regulatory process, the tax code, entitlement programs, the legal system, and our public schools.
To ensure the long-term success of our nation’s economy, Donohue said that in 2015 the Chamber will be dedicated to protecting the fundamental American rights of free speech, due process, and participation in free enterprise. He shared that real economic populism lies not with the unbridled growth of the central government and a state-run economy, but with the America system of free enterprise.
“Whether they reside on Main Street or even on Wall Street, businesses are not the enemy. They are a big part of the solution to the challenges we face as a nation and a people,” Donohue said. “American free enterprise is the economic populism we need and must support. It has built the most successful economy in history and built it from the bottom up. We must reject trickle-down government and support, expand, and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and make sure it thrives—not just in business but in every field of endeavor in our society.”
To view Donohue’s speech visit: https://www.uschamber.com/event/state-american-business-2015
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