Sheryll Poe

Sheryll Poe is a former senior writer at the U.S. Chamber, who covered public policies affecting businesses including the three "T's" - transportation, trade and taxes.

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Big Move Secures Success for Family Locker Business DeBourgh Manufacturing

Everybody remembers his or her high school locker. The sound of hundreds of metal doors closing over the blare of the class bell. The metallic vessel that held your algebra books, unfinished assignments, and teenage hopes and dreams. There’s a very good chance that that locker was made by DeBourgh Manufacturing, a U.S. Chamber member since 1991.

In Case Your Missed It: Happening In and Around the Chamber

Congress Passes Ex-Im Extension, Heads Home to Campaign

Congress passed a bill to keep the government funded through December 11
and reauthorized the Export-Import Bank
through June 30, 2015. The U.S. Chamber
joined 11 other U.S. business organizations
urging House and Senate leaders to support the bank, whose charter was set to expire September 30, and called for long-term reauthorization.

How Channellock Has Stayed Innovative For 125 Years

For more than 125 years, Channellock Inc. has been a household name. It’s known for its American-made, high-quality hand tool with a distinctive blue handle and is used by everyone from do-it-yourselfers to professionals like electricians and plumbers.

Outrage: Robber Serves Pizza Parlor Victims a Slice of Lawsuit Abuse

You’ve already read about the pizza place offering delivery guys over $50,000 a year in North Dakota. Now, the Faces of Lawsuit Abuse website is highlighting another pizza-pie-in-the-sky cash endeavor. But this time, it involves a lawsuit of over $250,000 and an armed robber.

Say Yes to the Dress…Unless it’s a Counterfeit from China

Wedding season may be winding down and prom may be months away, but that isn’t stopping the senator from New Jersey from stepping up efforts to fight fake designer dresses.

Big Data Means Big Opportunities for Consumers, Businesses

A recent McKinsey report estimates that improved use of data could generate $3 trillion in additional value each year in seven industries.

A Tale of Two Wages: California Mall Straddles Minimum Wage Boundary

Westfield Valley Mall is what NPR’s Planet Money recently referred to as “A Mall Divided,” where workers on one side of the mall were being paid $2 less than the other side.

U.S. Chamber Experts Clobber Treasury’s Inversion Plan

It’s no secret the U.S. Chamber is not a fan of the Obama Administration’s new tax “guidances” aimed at stemming the recent trend of corporate inversions. But just in case some folks still haven’t heard two top Chamber officials took their message to major media outlets.

Jimmy Choo Struts Toward IPO While Protecting Its IP

Jimmy Choo announced plans to go public on the London Stock Exchange, but counterfeiters who might be thinking about profiting off the announcement should take a big stiletto step back.

The High Cost of Doing Nothing on Infrastructure Investment

To demonstrate to Washington policymakers the groundswell of public support for repairing, rebuilding, and revitalizing America’s aging transportation system, the U.S. Chamber has relaunched the FasterBetterSafer Campaign.

Make Sure You’re Heard. Register to Vote Today.

With 471 members of Congress -- including the entire House of Representatives – and governors in 36 states on the ballot this November, it is critical that all Americans make their voices heard, either on Election Day or by voting early.

New Report Shines Light on How CFPB Collects and Tracks Information

“The CFPB’s massive data collection effort is an unwarranted, unwelcome intrusion into the private financial lives of millions of Americans,” says Senate Banking Committee's Mike Crapo.

Outraged City Sues Man for Filing a Frivolous Lawsuit

The City of Greensburg, Pennsylvania is trying to recoup a bit of green back into city coffers after a federal lawsuit alleging police brutality was dismissed for lack of merit.

Federal Water Rule Would Mean a Less Happy 'Happy Hour'

America’s beer ingredient suppliers are hopping mad over a proposal to extend federal regulatory authority over bodies of water.

Tech, Business Groups to Congress: Don't Hit the 'Delete' Button on the Fourth Amendment

September 17 -- Constitution Day — is about celebrating the foundation of our democracy. However, one of our current freedoms, storage and access to electronic data, is being threatened.

EPA Extends Carbon Rule Comment Period

Bowing to pressure from governors, state regulators, business and labor groups, and 53 senators (among a slew of others), the EPA announced that it is extending by 45 days the public comment period for its carbon rule.

VIDEO: Ice Cream, Airplane Parts, and 200,000 More Reasons to Support Ex-Im

200,000 Reasons to Support Ex-Im Bank

Failure to reauthorize Ex-Im would put at risk the more than 200,000 American jobs at 3,400 companies that depend on Ex-Im to compete in global markets.

The U.S. is Losing on International Tax Competitiveness

There might be a few instances where it’s a good thing to come in last. But when it comes to having a competitive international tax code, you probably don’t want your country to be stuck somewhere on the bottom of the rankings.

VIDEO: Commerce Department Official Touts Trade

Stefan Selig, undersecretary for international trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce, talks about the outlook for a short-term extension for the Export-Import Bank and trade relationships with Asia and Europe. He speaks with Tom Keene and Adam Johnson on Bloomberg Television's "Surveillance."

Hold the Phone: CFPB Eyes Mobile Banking

Digital innovation continues to be a bright spot in the American economy—and particularly in the financial services industry. But it could easily be stifled by overly prescriptive rules or regulatory uncertainty.

Where the EPA’s Proposed Carbon Rule Meets Power Sector Realities

State regulators came to Washington D.C. to have their say on the EPA's proposed plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, and suffice it to say, a lot of them are not impressed with the rule.

No Vacation Nation: 40% of American Workers Won’t Use Paid Time Off

According to a new study released by the U.S. Travel Association’s Travel Effects, four in 10 American workers allow some of their paid vacation days to go unused and expire—even though 96% of workers claim to see the virtue in taking time off.

VIDEO: Is Washington Ignoring Small Business?

As FoxBusiness’ David Asmun notes, with the Obama Administration’s focus on Iraq, immigration and keeping the peace in Ferguson, Missouri, “there’s little talk of helping small business and they’re feeling left out of the discussion.”

Chamber's Donohue Calls for More Investment in South Africa

South Africa is a great place for American investment, but “we are only scratching the surface of both our commercial and strategic partnerships,” U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue told a packed room of U.S. and African business leaders.

U.S. Chamber’s Political Program Notches More Wins

At the beginning of 2014, the U.S. Chamber outlined a goal of engaging early and aggressively on behalf of pro-growth candidates for the House and Senate, measuring their positions on key economic issues, their ability to win, and their willingness to govern. The strategy appears to be working.

VIDEO: You Can't Imitate Authenticity: Carol's Daughter Founder Fought Trademark Infringements and Won

From Flea Market to Mass Market

Lisa Price talks about telling your story, the thing that’s drives a small business owner.

Ex-Im Helps Texas Manufacturer Fly High

Discussions about the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank have been front and center in the halls of Congress. On July 22, members of Congress and their staff got to hear directly from small businesses that utilize the Export-Import Bank to support jobs and economic growth in their companies.

USDA Cherry Seizure Program is the Pits

Cherry processor battling USDA restrictions in court

An administrative lawsuit is “pitting” a small Michigan farmer against the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the agency’s archaic regulation impacting tart cherries. I've got a sense of deja vu. Or should I say—deja fruit.

Wrigley Expansion Heads to Home Plate Despite Regulatory Delay

After a long and contentious fight, Chicago city commission unanimously approved a major expansion of Wrigley Field. Planned renovations include several more electronic signs and erecting a Jumbotron in the iconic home of the Chicago Cubs. The issue now goes to the City Council for final approval.

New York’s Governor Makes Big Moo-ves to Support Yogurt Industry

Governor Andrew Cuomo is unapologetic when it comes to his efforts to make New York the Yogurt Capital of the nation. “When government and the private sector work together, as we have done with New York’s dairy industry to eliminate barriers to growth, the result is positive economic activity that translates into jobs and new opportunities for New Yorkers.”

UK to US: Axe the Haggis Ban in Trade Agreement

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There are no shortages of stories on this blog hailing the potential benefits of a trade agreement between the U.S. and the European Union. It would boost exports. It would protect investors.

Denied: Small Business Loses Deal Over Ex-Im Uncertainty

The uncertainty over reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank has caused one California small business owner to lose out on a $57 million project in the Phillipines.

Recess Appointment Decision is 'a Victory for the Rule of Law'

The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a blow to presidential appointment power, ruling unanimously that President Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in 2011 were invalid.

INFOGRAPHIC: Good Roads Cost Money, Bad Roads Cost More

Drivers pay most of the taxes and fees that fund expansion and maintenance of our streets, highways and general transportation infrastructure. The national road network was constructed largely on the philosophy that users would pay. And, to an extent, they do.

Transportation Funding Talks Got You Down? There’s a Tool to Fix That.

Feel sorry for your poor Congressman. He or she is up on the Hill everyday trying to relay the critical importance of infrastructure investment. They’re spouting statistics, pointing at maps, shoving pictures of crumbling bridges in front of—shall we say, less-than-enthusiastic—colleagues.

Senators Propose to Tackle Transportation Investment Head-on

Do you remember 21 years ago? Cool Runnings debuted in theaters, Mariah Carey was at the top of the charts, and the price of gas was $1.12 per gallon. It was also the last time the federal gas tax was increased. That $0.184 per gallon doesn’t go as far as it used to, and American’s highways are paying the price.

Agencies Extend Public Comment Period on 'Waters of the U.S.' Rule Amidst Waves of Protest

A broad coalition of associations has strong words over what it calls “recent activities to federalize our nation’s waters and public and private lands” by two Obama Administration agencies.

VIDEO: Spirit Airlines Ben Baldanza Talks Airline Ticket Taxes and Yogi Berra

Spirit Airlines, Ben Baldanza at Aviation Summit, Wash., DC 4.3.14

We caught up with Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza and got his take on the opportunities and challenges facing the aviation industry, including consolidation, NextGen, and what Congress could do to make the skies more friendly for airlines.

5 States Facing a Skills Gap and What They’re Doing to Beat It

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce just released its fifth annual Enterprising States study, which evaluates states’ policies in five areas essential to jobs and growth: exports and international trade, entrepreneurship and innovation, business climate, talent pipeline, and infrastructure. This year’s study also delves into how states are dealing with the skills gap and what lawmakers are doing to tackle it.

Obama Agency Misuses Authority, Costs Taxpayers, Says Chamber Paper

A new paper by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce provides a startling look inside the enforcement and litigation strategies of the EEOC during the Obama Administration. And what the paper reveals is an agency which often advances questionable enforcement tactics and legal theories.

President Signs U.S. Chamber-Supported Water Resource Bill

For the first time in seven years, Congress and the president have put funding towards strategic investments in the nation’s ports and inland waterways, increasing American competitiveness and creating hundreds of thousands of high-paying U.S. jobs.

Business Groups Call for Action on Comprehensive Tax Reform

Business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, and the National Retail Federation are calling on Congress to work towards the goal of bipartisan comprehensive tax reform legislation that lowers the overall rate and boosts international competitiveness.

Is Congress About to Commit ‘Legislative Malfeasance?’

The Washington Post has an eye-opening (make that, an eye-bulging) editorial today on the dire straits of our federal Highway Trust Fund.

Is There an Alternative to the Gas Tax?

Chamber Executive Director of Congressional and Public Affairs Janet Kavinoky recently sat down to discuss infrastructure with Steve Anderson, Managing Director of InfrastructureUSA. The two talked about the need for a multi-year transportation bill, the future of passenger rail, and the funding of infrastructure improvements, including the gas tax.

Reality Star Says Detroit is Making a Comeback

There are few businesses tougher than pawnbroker. And there are few places tougher to run a business than Detroit. So when Detroit pawn shop owner Les Gold, star of truTV’s reality series "Hardcore Pawn" says his city is on the comeback, it certainly gives that assertion some credence.

Reduce Regulatory Hurdles and Watch Cities, Citizens Flourish

How can cities and local government provide more jobs, growth and opportunity for their citizens? By reducing regulatory burdens on small businesses, according to technologist, entrepreneur, urban analyst, and author Aaron Renn.

Former Governors Tackle Common Core Foes

Five former governors who have long supported Common Core standards in their states took on the program’s critics and came out in strong support of the voluntary standards during an event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Minnesota Baby Pillows Go Global, Thanks to Ex-Im

Some people think that the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) is providing “welfare” to companies who would be “just fine without it.” Opponents argue that the bank only benefits major multinational companies.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Ex-Im is vitally important to small- and medium-sized businesses that want to break into overseas markets. In fact, small- and medium-sized businesses, account for more than 85% of the bank’s transactions.

VIDEO: Dallas Federal Reserve Head Talks Regulations, Business Climate

The head of the Dallas Federal Reserve certainly seems to like the findings of a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Foundation.

Which City Has the Best Regulatory Environment for Business?

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has released a new study, “Enterprising Cities: Regulatory Climate Index 2014,” which serves as a barometer of the costs of doing business across the country and a guide to areas where reform is needed.

The Journey to Your Cart: Experts Talk Global Supply Chain

We’re all familiar with the Target quandary – you go in there for one thing and come out with a bunch of other stuff. But have you ever wondered how all those tempting goodies actually got to your local Target before they inadvertently ended up in your red shopping cart?

Lighting the Way on Trade

Increasingly, the Chamber is representing its members’ interests around the world, and has established a presence in critical global markets to extend its reach. From Beijing to Brussels, the Chamber is actively engaged in shaping the international business environment.

U.S. Chamber Calls for Comprehensive Tax Reform

Immediate action on some tax extenders is not a substitute for long-term comprehensive tax reforms, the U.S. Chamber wrote in a letter to House Ways and Means leadership.

Tanning Tax Is Not Burning Up Health Reform Coffers

A tanning tax meant to offset some of the expenses of Obamacare is not so hot after all.

The 10% federal sales tax on tanning salons has generated less than half the $200 million the government predicted it would, according to Politico:

Union Backs Away From Volkswagen Challenge

In an unexpected move, the UAW has withdrawn their objections filed with the National Labor Relations Board regarding February's vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

The UAW announcement came just one hour before a scheduled NLRB hearing on the UAW’s claim that politicians and outside groups had unfairly influenced the outcome of the union election. The announcement effectively terminates the NLRB review process.

Happy Tax Freedom Day, America!

Today, April 21, marks the first day of the year that we get to keep the money we’ve earned for ourselves instead of it going to pay federal, state, and local taxes. That means Americans have worked 111 days (since Jan. 1), just to pay for the government.

Baseball Enthusiast, Entrepreneur William Wrigley Jr. Gives Us a Lot to Chew On

A new book by columnist and author George Will on the history of Wrigley Field (“A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred”) did pique my interest. Not because of his proselytizing about the great American pastime. But rather, because of the man behind the field: William Wrigley Jr.

Unlocking the Power of P3s

An op-ed in last week’s The Los Angeles Daily News makes the case that the U.S. Chamber has been hammering home as well: investing in American infrastructure is a smart, important way to put people back to work and boost the economy.

Aviation Experts Mull the True Cost of Travel

Non-transparent taxes and fees, a slew of regulations, unstable energy prices, and the burdens of an outdated infrastructure system are masking the true costs of aviation from the general traveling public, according to leaders from the top American airlines.

8 Herb Kelleher Quotes That Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Business

One of the nation’s most successful (and fun) airlines Southwest turns 43 years old today. Here are eight of our favorite Herb Kelleher business wisdoms.

VIDEO: Chamber CEO on the Elephant in the Room

In his State of American Business speech, U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue challenged policymakers and the public to “stop ignoring what I call the elephant in the room—America’s unsustainable entitlement programs,” calling the programs and the resulting debt, “the most predictable crisis in American history.”

Health Care Solutions: Make it Transparent

It seems like such a simple concept: meaningful and transparent information about the quality and cost of health care.

And yet, health care pricing is a complete mystery.

Unlike buying a car, a house, or a computer, many American healthcare consumers and employers have little data to go on when shopping for the best value.

Everyone Weighs in on Keystone, Including Foreign Groups

The failure to approve construction of a critical portion of the Keystone XL pipeline has tarnished America’s image as a “can do” country open to investment, says Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy.

Former Official: There’s Room to Improve the U.S. Regulatory System

With the nation’s energy future hanging in the balance, now is the time to move ahead on the much-needed regulatory reforms, including streamlining the process for federal regulatory permits, according to former administration official and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, C. Boyden Gray.

From D.C. to Las Vegas: Chamber Expert on How to Advocate for Infrastructure

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Janet Kavinoky, the U.S. Chamber’s executive director, transportation & infrastructure, was at a construction conference in Las Vegas last week to speak on a panel highlighting the problems facing American infrastructure and what can be done to remedy the situation. 

Profiles of Change: Wegmans Puts Education to Work

Only 43.4% of high school seniors in Rochester, New York, public schools graduated in 2013. But a grocery store chain is working to brighten the future of the city's high school students.

The Not-So-Sweet Impact of a Minimum Wage Increase

U.S. Chamber Deputy Chief Economist J.D. Foster recently wrote how raising the minimum wage will result in lost jobs. But now it appears that raising the minimum wage could also increase the cost of cupcakes.

The $57 Million Shakedown of Buckyballs (VIDEO)

Crossposted from FreeEnterprise.com

Brace yourself. The video below is a bit longer than the usual video you see here on FreeEnterprise.com. But the premise of this story—as well as the long-term implications of this case—are so shocking, we just had to dig deeper into this unprecedented overreach of a federal agency.

Clamor for Surface Transportation Bill Grows Louder on the Hill

The speed or velocity with which a business can move goods from one place to another is one of the most critical factors in a company’s overall success.

So it’s no surprise that Caterpillar Inc. is a big supporter of infrastructure investment – after all Caterpillar is the leading manufacturer of construction equipment in the world.

Does Obamacare Impact Jobs?

Sometimes when people don’t like the truth, they deny its existence. Take note, Obamacare supporters.

In his recent State of American Business speech, U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue stated that,  “Employers are concerned about the negative impacts of Obamacare…Many firms are stopping new hires and cutting workers’ hours because of the law’s mandates.’’

Fast Food CEO Says It’s Easier to Open a Restaurant in Siberia Than California

Excessive government regulation is driving a well-known fast food franchise out of the United States.

CNBC notes:

Andy Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr., tells CNBC that, “we love the U.S. and continue to fight the good fight to open restaurants and create jobs, it's just that the government is making it hard for us to build those restaurants."

U.S. Chamber President Outlines 2014 Jobs, Growth, and Opportunity Agenda

The economy is getting stronger and should grow faster in 2014 than it did in 2013, but alongside the positive signs are big question marks surrounding trade policy, government spending, health care, and regulations, among other issues, that could act as a drag on the economy and job creation, according to U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue. During his annual State of American Business address to nearly 200 audience members and 100 members of the media, Donohue offered the Chamber’s policy prescriptions outlined in its 2014 Jobs, Growth, and Opportunity agenda.