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

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 5:45pm

‘To play political games with our Constitutional protections is dangerous,’ says Donohue

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today after the Senate Judiciary Committee’s party-line vote on a constitutional amendment to eliminate fundamental First Amendment rights:

“We are clearly in an era when political adversaries don’t just want to win elections—they want to drive opponents out of the political process and the public debate. To play political games with our Constitutional protections is dangerous.

“Do the Senators who voted for this amendment think they know better how to protect Americans’ free speech rights than the founding fathers or the U.S. Supreme Court? Here’s a newsflash—they don’t.” 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.