Nov 14, 2016 - 9:00am

Americans Can Unify Around Economic Growth

President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

With a divisive and downright strange campaign finally behind us, President-elect Donald Trump and all the candidates who won their elections must now look ahead to the important work of governing. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce congratulates the winners and stands ready to work with the new administration and Congress to address the pressing issues facing our nation and the business community.

As our country turns the page, it is important for our newly elected officials to focus on economic growth. America’s growth rate this year is struggling to reach 2%, and we have not had a year of 3% growth in nearly a decade. As a result, many Americans face persistently low wages, dwindling opportunity, and the feeling that they have been left behind by the economic changes of recent years. Broad-based growth will lead to a rising tide that can truly lift all boats. 

To strengthen our economy, America needs an agenda of pro-growth policies—and the Chamber is prepared to advance such an agenda. We will work with the new government on helping companies large and small sell products and services around the world; developing all types of American energy so that we can create millions of jobs and reduce reliance on foreign sources; and rebuilding infrastructure so that people and goods can move freely and safely about the country.

Our agenda also includes modernizing our regulatory system so that the rules governing businesses are fair and transparent; reforming our nation’s broken tax, immigration, and legal systems; and advancing our country’s leadership in technology through reforms that unleash innovation and entrepreneurship. Finally, a pro-growth agenda must include saving entitlement programs, reducing the national debt, and restoring fiscal responsibility in Washington.

With pro-business majorities in both the House and the Senate, we have the opportunity to make progress on these and many other pro-growth priorities. The Chamber will continue to stand with leaders of any party to advance common interests and stand up to leaders of any party when we disagree. We will vigorously promote the reforms necessary to get our nation back on the path to prosperity.  

Americans have just lived through a bitter campaign that exposed deep divisions in our nation. But if anything can unite us, it’s a stronger economy that expands opportunity for everyone. The Chamber and its members are eager to help our newly elected leaders rally our country around a mission we believe every American can support— driving growth, creating jobs, and lifting incomes for all.

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Thomas J. Donohue
President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Thomas J. Donohue is president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.