U.S. Chamber Rallies Business Associations Around Key Priorities

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 10:45am

Business Must Press for Action on Pro-Growth Policies, Government Reform, and Protection of Fundamental Rights, Says Donohue

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The business community must rally behind pro-growth policies, government reform, and protection of fundamental rights, U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue told a group of the nation’s leading business associations this morning at a meeting in California.

“The American people want a government that does its business competently,” said Donohue. “They want an economy that gives them, and especially their children, an opportunity to do more than just tread water, but really swim ahead. And they are crying out for leadership from all sectors that puts the country first. Business can’t do it all, but as leaders of the great business and industry associations of the nation, we can and should set a bold example.”

In addition to supporting pro-growth policies that would capitalize on America’s energy abundance, spur investment in infrastructure, conclude agreements that would open the world to American goods and products, and make sensible changes to immigration, taxes, and entitlements, Donohue said business must press to reform government itself, particularly the way it creates and implements regulations and issues permits.

“The administration knows the clock is ticking,” said Donohue. “They are trying to ram through as many regulations as they can and to hell with the process, checks-and-balances, and the will of Congress and the American people. We believe we can help fix our system by restoring accountability, transparency, public participation, and efficiency—and fixing the permitting system so we can start building things again in this country.”

Donohue decried attacks on the right to free speech, due process, and to take a risk and be rewarded for it. He cited efforts by business opponents, elected leaders, and other to freeze out the voice of business in policy debates and politics. He sounded a warning about the erosion of due process when companies are legally extorted by government agencies that threaten their business with ruin if they don’t pay up. And he noted a number of examples where prominent public officials openly denigrate success and the businesses and capital formation system that help create it.

“These fundamental rights are critical to the success and prosperity of our free enterprise economy, and they explain who we are as a people and a country. If we don’t stand up for them, who will?” asked Donohue.

Donohue warned that achieving these goals won’t be easy. “We still have divided government,” said Donohue. “And we have a lame duck president who appears to want to go it alone and not work with Congress, but work around it. But we need to do our part for the country.”

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.