Nov 04, 2016 - 9:00am

Vote for Jobs and Growth

Advisor and Former Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

After a long and strange campaign, Election Day is finally decision time for the American people—and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Anyone who cares about the future of our country and the strength of our economy must get to the polls to vote.

What’s at stake? Just about everything. Our leadership in the global economy, the future of our trading system, the size and scope of our government, and the balance of the Supreme Court will all be impacted by tomorrow’s vote. And so will the answers to key questions about our economic future. Will we keep hobbling along at 1%–2% growth rates while incomes stagnate?  Will our leaders double down on Obamacare and Dodd-Frank? Will the regulatory behemoth continue to grow unabated? Will we see more tax increases, government spending, and expanded entitlement programs?  

These high stakes don’t hinge on the presidential race alone. Pro-business majorities in the House and the Senate can stop the policies that harm our economy and advance those that strengthen it regardless of who wins the White House. That’s why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce got involved in key congressional races nearly a year and a half ago—the earliest we’ve ever engaged in an election cycle. 

We are now heading into Election Day with a solid fighting chance to preserve a pro-business majority in Congress that will help advance economic growth and job creation. But first we need business voters to turn out at the polls. Anyone looking for information on where or how to cast a ballot should visit, an online toolkit the Chamber launched to educate and organize voters.  Many companies, chambers, and associations have customized it to encourage their employees and members to vote.

We have worked to help voters understand that the interests of business are the interests of every American. When a pro-growth agenda succeeds, it creates jobs, lifts incomes, strengthens Main Street businesses that support our local communities, and drives innovations that solve problems and improve lives. Every American has the potential to be a business voter, because we all benefit when businesses grow, produce, and hire.

The business community will keep advancing our country’s interests and our pro-growth message in this election up until the last possible minute. And the hard work won’t end there. After the wild ride of this campaign season ends, the important work of governing will begin. The Chamber is prepared to lead and put forward a positive agenda for growth no matter who wins on Election Day.

Visit and watch the Chamber’s new video here. Additionally, you can read my commentary about the Chamber’s initiative here.

About the Author

About the Author

Thomas J. Donohue
Advisor and Former Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Thomas J. Donohue is advisor and former chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.