U.S. Chamber President Takes Agenda for Jobs and Growth to Boston and St. Louis

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 7:00pm

In Speeches to Local and Regional Chambers, Donohue Highlights Need to Improve Regulations, Infrastructure, Education, Trade

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Following his recent address to business leaders at the Economic Club of Minnesota, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue will continue to outline the need to improve our nation’s regulatory process, modernize infrastructure, reform education, and expand trade during speeches this week to the South Shore Chamber of Commerce in Quincy, MA and the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Society.

“We need to recognize two things—the hole we’re digging ourselves out of is enormously deep and our recovery is still fragile. Any number of factors could take the wind right out its sails,” Donohue will tell hundreds of members of both chambers during visits on Thursday and Friday.

Donohue’s remarks come as the Chamber rolls out its Project No Project initiative in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. This study takes a state-by-state look at the economic impact and jobs that could be created if the regulatory red tape and permitting delays were removed from stalled energy projects in 49 states, including Massachusetts and Missouri. “The tsunami of new rules, regulations, and mandates emanating from Washington is without precedent,” Donohue will say. “It’s not just that the system is broken in Washington and that there are far too many unnecessary rules and regulations—it’s how these rules are implemented at the local level and how the system is so wide open to abuse.”

Donohue will also remind business leaders about the importance of an adequately funded and well-maintained infrastructure system to economic growth and job creation. “At the federal level, no sane person would argue that our infrastructure is in good shape,” he will say. “Civil engineers give our overall system an abysmal ‘D,’ even as our international competitors invest more and race ahead.”

Discussing an issue that gets fleeting attention in Washington, Donohue will call for business leaders to support an effort to “Build the best, most innovative, and most effective school systems in the world.” The Chamber supports the Obama administration’s $4 billion Race to the Top grant program which, as Donohue will say, is a, “Tremendous catalyst for greater innovation, accountability, and higher standards in American schools.”

“How we pursue policies is just as important as what policies we pursue,” Donohue will say. “We need to work with anyone who will work with us. Forget about party labels. Forget about differences in other areas. Forget about past slights, real or perceived. Now is the time to stand together.”

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.

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