Jobs Summit - An Open Message to the President
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To the President of the United States:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants to extend our enthusiastic support for this week’s White House jobs summit. This can be a positive first step toward the creation of the 20 million new jobs that our American Free Enterprise. Dream Big. campaign has called for.
At this moment, nothing is more important than putting Americans back to work and restoring broadly enjoyed economic prosperity. As your administration plans the best path forward, we hope that you will consider this job-creating agenda:
Double U.S. Exports in Five Years -- We must extend our reach to the 95% of potential customers of American goods and services that live beyond our borders by breaking down protectionist barriers that block Americans from accessing markets.
Unleash Private and Public Infrastructure Investment -- We must ensure that people, goods, information, energy, and water flow efficiently by encouraging both public and private sector investments, streamlining rules, and removing legislative impediments to effective action.
Reform Credit Markets -- We urgently need to find ways to ensure that businesses, especially small enterprises, have access to the credit they need to expand and create jobs.
Restore Fiscal Responsibility -- We must restrain the growth of government and take major steps to reduce projected deficits.
Advance a Pro-Growth, Pro-Jobs Tax Agenda -- We must begin retooling the tax code to reward achievement, encourage investment, and compete globally while rejecting major tax increases that could damage new job creation.
Reduce Lawsuit Abuse -- We must strive for a legal system that affords justice to genuine victims without undermining our ability to create American jobs.
Better Educate and Train Americans for 21st Century Jobs -- We must change the way we train our teachers, strengthen standards and accountability in the classroom, and encourage a spirit of innovation throughout our education system.
The American business community, driven by the pro-growth initiatives listed above, can lead the nation into a sustained period of job creation and economic growth. We look forward to working with you to answer America’s jobs challenge, and we commend you for your leadership.