They urge Congress to pass a “reform bill that includes a U.S. visa system more attuned to economic policy objectives.”
The State Department estimates that the project would support 42,100 jobs.
The cost of complying with federal regulations is more than the economic output of Canada or Mexico.
They took seriously the President’s promise that" Nothing in this plan will require you to change your coverage or your doctor.”
A new report finds that over 500,000 jobs will be created by new investments in the chemicals and plastics industry.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the President's budget will raise taxes by nearly $1 trillion.
CBO’s updated numbers don’t mean that we can avoid tackling these large deficits.
The U.S. is in a position to become more self-reliant and still be able to export energy resources.
Members of Congress were told how the construction of the pipeline is a job creator.
The rule is a solution in search of a problem. States are much better suited to regulate hydraulic fracturing and have done an effective job.
The General Services Administration (GSA) admits to owing over 1,200 small business contractors $3,108,888.
Japanese and American leadership in the trade pact negotiations can “promote freedom, the rule of law, and democracy.”
We still need to reform entitlement programs to avoid a harsh fiscal crisis.
Anti-energy environmental groups threaten to launch a frivolous lawsuit against coal and railroad companies over coal dust blowing off trains.
The consensus of many economists is that the decline in labor force participation is mostly explained by business cycles.
The opportunity is here to reform our immigration system so it can improve future economic prospects.
48% of small business owners think the health care law “is going to be bad for their business."
Data shows that the high-skilled visa program helps fill a shortage of workers in STEM occupations.
It’s critical that we reform our immigration system to make it more in tune with the needs of our economy.
Educators join a growing chorus of people worried about the health care law’s implementation.
We need a regulatory environment that takes advantage of America’s energy abundance, not more federal rules.
Pennsylvania counties where hydraulic fracturing takes place have performed better economically than those with little or no such drilling.
These government-created, taxpayer-funded jobs are not what I had in mind for a jobs plan.
Added workers from comprehensive immigration reform would increase the size of the economy.
The horse represents innovation, risk-taking, and the jobs and economic growth that have come from that success.
Blame frustration with the law, its chaotic implementation, its inability to make health care more affordable, and the billions in new taxes to pay for it.
Formations below Montana and the Dakotas hold double the amount of oil and triple the amount of natural gas than was believed.
Governors are also worried about the implementation of the health care law.
At a break-out session at the America’s Small Business Summit, experts dished out advice about online and social media strategies.
If counted by itself, the U.S. manufacturing sector would be the world's tenth-largest economy.
A Nanos Research poll found that 75% of Americans support the pipeline.
Despite reports that they were holding back before Election Day, regulators made up for lost ground at the end of 2012.
It's 44.6% effective tax rate shows it's not undertaxed.
Thomas Farrell, Chairman, President, and CEO of Dominion Resources discussed the natural gas boom.
Treating intellectual property more like physical investments—factories, machines, trucks, etc.—will add about 3% to the economy.
Why are the number of part-time workers is still above pre-recession levels?
At the macroeconomic level, you get a larger and more prosperous economy.
More than 1,000 people stood in the snow to voice their opinion on the pipeline.
Congratulations! Today, you begin working for yourself and not the government.
The law's mandates and new taxes will lead to higher costs.
Immigration leads to positive job creation and improved incomes for U.S. citizens.
Bill would revamp the green card system and reform legal mechanisms for the future flow of workers into the U.S.
The law creates an incentive to hire part-time versus full-time workers.
The tax would keep companies from investing more on medical innovation.
A Gallup poll finds that 50% of Americans think their income taxes are too high.
Federal agencies would be required to provide timely notice of lawsuits and ensure that the public can comment on possible new regulations.
Hydraulic fracturing and other technologies have made vast energy resources available.
Pipeline supporters highlight the economic, energy security, and environmental arguments for the project.
Reducing barriers to transatlantic trade and investment about $1,000 in disposable income for every American family.
Small business owners are making it loud and clear that they want comprehensive tax reform.
Nuclear energy supplies one-fifth of America's electricity.
GDP per capita would increase $1,800 and the federal deficit would be reduced by $2.7 trillion.
Fixing Social Security's structural problems is the only path forward.
Thatcher possessed a powerful belief that a free people can accomplish great things.
Advanced manufacturing is the U.S. pipeline for new products and productivity-enhancing processes.
88,000 net new jobs were created in March.
Results are in from the U.S. Chamber’s Small Business Outlook Survey.
Congressman Chris Van Hollen's (D-MD) bill is filled with “special punishments” that would only apply to oil and gas companies.
There is widespread, bipartisan support for the pipeline. It's time to build it.
The Beehive State earned high grades for its ease of starting a business and it's good regulatory climate.
Shale oil, natural gas, and other energy sources are drawing foreign investment to American.
We need comprehensive tax and entitlements reform to boost the economy and counter our ever-rising national debt.
The H-1B cap has been reached every year since 2004, proving there’s consistently strong demand for high-skilled immigrant workers.
Countries in Asia and Europe need energy. If it’s not from America, it’ll be from somewhere else.
With a sound regulatory environment that eases public concerns about privacy and safety, the U.S. has a chance to be a leader in an innovative new industry.
Americans get hit with a double whammy: Higher insurance costs and higher taxes.
For 23 years an Illinois resident has been fighting the federal bureaucracy while attempting to comply with wetland regulations.
The law could see businesses of all sizes switch to staffing services to manage their workforces.
A free trade pact with one of America's top trading partners would spur economic growth.
Successful innovation and problem solving continue as our nation's capital is suck in gridlock.
Empowering consumers is a better solution than giving away “free” stuff paid for by higher taxes and mandates.
Adding $1 trillion in taxes is the opposite of making health care more affordable.
Here's an innovative, patient-centered approaches to advance real health care reform.
Businesses will be forced to raise prices on consumers, reduce payrolls, or move full-time workers to part-time status.
One pundit went off the deep end while another used common sense.
The economy isn’t growing fast enough to create enough jobs for those out of work.
"You can site [a nuclear reactor] where the power is needed."
Thousands of high-paying jobs and U.S. leadership in the medical device industry are at risk because of the medical device tax.
More regulations, one-size-fits-all health benefits standards, and taxes and on health insurance, drugs, and medical devices are causing insurance costs to rise.
An NFIB poll found that 85% want to “fundamentally revise the federal tax code," and 71% feel that tax reform “should result in lowering their overall tax burden.”
Good policy should support diversity and not attempt to drive a vital fuel source like coal from the market.
For nearly three decades, drug companies have poured billions of dollars into research to develop treatments to fight HIV.
Because of added complexity, the average time to process a permit to drill on federal land increased over 40% from 2006 to 2011.
U.S. crude oil production is at a 20-year high, and natural gas production set a record in 2012.
The time for study is over, and the administration should approve the pipeline's construction.
It’s time for President Obama to approve the pipeline so American can reap its job-creating and energy security benefits.
Former OMB Director, Peter Orzag, acknowledges that the medical liability system is a driver of increasing costs.
Fred Deluca told CNBC, "I just see a continuous increase in regulation."
Cuts to Medicare Advantage payment rates will cause millions of seniors to lose a valued choice.
The employer mandate presents a false choice for businesses: provide one-size-fits-all health care coverage at the expense of higher wages and other benefits; or potentially pay a penalty.
Nearly a decade of red tape has blocked America's first offshore wind farm. We're stopping ourselves from building things.
President Obama pledged not to sign a bill that added to the deficit.
How does an invention or a new idea in the U.S. get to market?
Washington is weakening the economy through a series of fiscal crises and unsustainable spending.
Shale energy development, both in the U.S. and globally, looks good.
There's one way for the administration to show it really wants to streamline federal permitting.
From improved shale development to carbon capture, energy advancements aren't stopping.
Remember that “If you like your plan, you can keep it” promise?
It’s not a good sign when the biggest news from the pipeline protest in Washington, DC was how many people showed up—or didn't show up.
Thank energy for the state's strong economy and low unemployment.
Will the President choose labor or environmentalists?
It took 63 days to respond to a request for a 60-day minimum public comment period.
New investments are being made and new jobs created from making all the stuff needed to get energy out of the ground.
These reforms would help small businesses continue to offer affordable health insurance to their employees.
Millions of dollars were wasted on making video games and keeping open empty bank accounts.
Now is the time to grab this opportunity to boost economic growth.
It would create jobs and improve energy security.
House and Senate members from both parties unite to repeal health care law tax.
Taxes went up by billions of dollars at the beginning of this year but the White House and Congressional Democrats want more.
The company behind the Keystone XL pipeline has proposed a pipeline to Canada's east coast.
With “Sue and Settle,” EPA and environmental groups created a tool to attack coal.
More than seven in 10 would vote for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants now living in the United States.
With higher costs, less-than-expected coverage, and a mountain of regulations, the law is a classic case of overpromising and underdelivering.
The board shouldn't thumb its nose at the court and ignore the confusion that is already happening.
Underinvestment cost American businesses $33 billion in 2010.
We need comprehensive immigration reform that applies to workers of all skill levels.
What commercials grabbed your attention during the game?
We’ll have to wait until at least June before there’s a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.
At this rate of job growth, we won't reach pre-recession employment levels until after 2025.
Industries need reliable supplies of minerals and would benefit from more domestic production.
Small businesses are especially vulnerable to federal regulations, and they know it.
Agencies often don't ask for public input in the first place, don't give the public a reasonable time to comment, and ignore them when they do.
Excessive regulations doesn’t only stop projects from being built, it also tells businesses to not bother with certain projects in the first place.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue spoke to CNN about our fiscal problems and expanded American energy production.
Manufacturers are finding opportunities to succeed in this challenging economy.
It would put U.S. negotiators in a strong negotiating position and get trade agreements through Congress.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled unanimously against the President's recess appointments.
A Wells Fargo/Gallup poll finds that 54% of small business owners think health care costs are hurting their businesses a lot.
This would “empower private investment” to drive innovation while also protecting the environment.
The pipeline offers far too many benefits to our country to stall this project any longer.
The documentary shows how hydraulic fracturing is helping local communities and powering America’s energy boom.
Will this pressure the President to reject the pipeline again?
Congress and the Administration must address fundamental spending cuts and entitlement reforms.
Construction and operation of the full length of the pipeline would directly create 20,000 jobs.
We must develop and attract the best talent.
Expanded trade, increased energy exports, more foreign investment, and tourism are growth opportunities.
In 2013, brace for more costly rules because of EPA, the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, and the health care law.
Producing more American energy can not only create jobs, and boost economic growth, but also pump new revenues into government coffers.
The federal government spends more on policing our borders than on the FBI, Secret Service, DEA, the U.S. Marshals Service, and BATF combined.
The fire hose of red ink has to be stopped, and investment must be unleashed to create jobs and boost the economy.
"It obscures comprehension, leaving many taxpayers unaware how their taxes are computed and what rate of tax they pay."
U.S. Remains at #10 on Economic Freedom Index
Exporting natural gas is good from economic, trade, and foreign policy perspectives.
The administration has to choose between jobs and energy security or satisfying anti-energy environmentalists.
Let the industry make investments in technology, infrastructure, and people and power job creation and economic growth.
EPA regulations continue play a key role in power plant closures.
The reading was the second-lowest since March 2010 and still at a recession level.
Rules covering energy, the environment, food, the financial sector, health care, labor, and other areas could cost at least $123.2 billion and impose 13.6 million hours in paperwork.
Recommendations include expanding energy production, improving workers' skills, and rebuilding our infrastructure.
A faster-growing economy will reduce unemployment, raise revenues to pay off debt, and improve the general welfare.
To get more people working, we need more economic growth.
Because of hydraulic fracturing, U.S. natural gas production will increase 44% by 2040, creating thousands of jobs.
Policy uncertainty lingers after Washington catches its breath from political tug-of-war.
Businesses only have one year left to prepare for the main chunks of the health care law to go into effect.
Tax and entitlement reforms along with a rapid expansion of American energy must go to the top of Washington's to-do list.
Four suggestions to maximize the job and economic benefits of energy.
A look back at some top business and economy stories.
Businesses plan to cut workers' hours and hire more part-time workers to avoid the employer mandate.
17.4 million new iOS and Android devices were activated on Christmas Day.
If nothing is done, all tax revenue will go to pay for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and interest on the national debt.
Yet the Keystone XL pipeline remains in regulatory limbo.
Nearly 80 percent of franchisees and franchisors said any income tax rate hike will affect their ability to grow their business and create jobs.
It’s no wonder companies are hesitant to hire and invest.
Here are a few ways to grow the economy to achieve the Federal Reserve's goal.
Liquefied natural gas exports “could provide a $47 billion boost to the economy by 2020."
109 years ago, Orville and Wilbur Wright operated the first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Because of the thousands of jobs at risk, a number of Senators asked the administration to delay the tax.
EPA’s regulatory thrust will block economic growth in parts of the country not able to meet the new air quality standard.
Because of politics, businesses won't have enough time to understand how they'll be affected by new health care law regulations.
Dr. Oz doesn't point out that the law will increase costs, cost jobs, and may push workers out of full-time jobs and into part-time employment.
Impending tax increases will slow hiring and stall business investment and expansion.
The National Intelligence Council's estimate depends on good policy decisions by the federal government.
Such an agreement would grow both the U.S. and E.U. economies.
Technology has and will continue to displace workers, but we can enjoy its benefits while managing its negative effects on workers.
It makes no sense to put up obstacles to hiring when unemployment is at 7.7%.
Washington needs to find a workable solution that avoids going over the fiscal cliff.
A Gallup survey found that 21% expect to cut jobs while 17% expected to add jobs in the next year.
Small business owners tell Washington that it would be devastating to go over the cliff.
The U.S. could benefit by selling liquefied natural gas to markets in Asia and Europe.
The House Small Business Committee gathered quotes from small business owners who will be hit with higher taxes if we go over the fiscal cliff.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals was challenged to figure out what it means for the Senate to be in recess.
America’s energy boom shows no signs of letting up.
The stalled progress of negotiations in Washington may be partly responsible.
Congressmen ask the Department of Health and Human Services to apply a rigorous, scientific approach to any study of hydraulic fracturing.
Foreign-born STEM workers complement—not replace—American workers and would create additional opportunities for U.S. workers.
A report challenges EPA's questionable methods to calculate the benefits of regulations.
Ignoring the reality of entitlements doesn’t get us any closer to reaching a solution.
Carbon Dioxide Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2 EOR) can continue increasing domestic energy production by producing more oil from existing wells.
The American workforce slowly becomes a nation of part-timers.
A new 2.3% tax on medical devices is set to hit one of America’s most innovative industries in January.
With the threat of a recession real, this rhetoric isn't helpful.
“A fiscal shock of that size would send the economy toppling back into recession,” said the Federal Reserve Chairman.
The last thing needed is a redundant set of rules from federal regulators that would halt the continued development of shale energy.
This puts him at odds even with former members of President Obama’s economic team.
The bakery union didn't heed the warnings from company officials or the Teamsters union that the company could be liquidated.
The free trade pact has opened greater opportunities for U.S. consumers, workers, and businesses.
Americans are denied their empty calories.
Encouraging business-creation may be an effective way to reduce poverty according to a new study.
New investment, new jobs, new government revenues could go away if the federal government blankets energy development with unnecessary regulations.
The election results indicate that there’s now a political argument for moving ahead.
Gallup finds that 82% of Americans think it’s either very important or extremely important that Washington avoid letting the economy go over the “fiscal cliff."
The NFIB index improved slightly, but 23% of respondents said they were uncertain "whether business conditions will be better or worse in six months."
The House of Representatives will vote on a bill to approve permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with Russia.
IMF concluded that the fiscal cliff is one of the biggest threats to the world economy.
The disconnect between the administration’s “All-of-the-Above” energy rhetoric and actual policy continues.
Two former EPA administrators hope the President’s second term means more rules and regulations to tie down energy use and its production.
The economy dominates the public's mind. They want the economy to grow faster and create more jobs.
Are new regulations set to hit the economy?
The last thing we want to do is discourage businesses from hiring full-time workers.
The director may have encountered something more powerful than the Force…the U.S. tax code.
The U.S. Chamber's Chief Economist puts the job numbers in context.
Rising health care costs and policy uncertainty worry middle market businesses.
In a Budget 101 video, David Wessel, of the Wall Street Journal, explains the “fiscal cliffs.”
Utility crews are working day and night in treacherous conditions up and down the East Coast to get the lights back on.
The energy sector is strong and with the right policies this boom will continue.
Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy talked to Fox Business about a new report on shale energy development.
The U.S. trails Singapore, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.
A burst of investment could occur if Congress and the administration come to an agreement after the election.
A once unimpressive type of rock is now generating millions of jobs with millions more to come.
Defense cuts when combined with the largest tax increase in U.S. history as part of the “fiscal cliff” could push the economy into a recession.
Price transparency can be a way toward a less confusing and less costly health care system.
There are a number of expensive regulations coming down the pipe.
Until recently no one tried to systematically measure policy uncertainty and its effects on the economy.
The United States is not producing enough science, technology, engineering, and math students, and it's hurting global competitiveness.
We must improve the skills of our human resources to take full advantage of our energy resources.
Raising taxes would stifle what little growth we have and could throw the economy into a recession.
Under our current tax system, there’s little incentive for companies to bring earnings earned overseas to the United States to invest and create jobs.
Seventy-five days remain until the largest tax increase in American history along with irresponsible automatic spending cuts hits the economy.
We still want to move ourselves as well as stuff. Trucks, trains, and ships transport food, cars, appliances, gadgets, and a host of other products from all over the world to stores and our front doors.
A survey finds that some companies are delaying hiring because of impending tax increases and spending cuts.
Washington must avoid the “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax increases and spending cuts set to happen in 2013.
North Dakota is producing over 700,000 barrels of oil daily. The region is creating jobs and improving America's energy security.
Despite the decline in the unemployment rate, there is plenty of evidence that both the U.S. and world economies remain weak.
Energy is playing a critical role in putting people back to work all over the country.
Two new surveys show continued small business worries due to Washington-generated uncertainty.
We need to reverse this trend to maintain America’s global competitiveness.
The administration is making rhetorical progress. Now, they need to make policy progress.
Economists warn that the economy will go into recession if we go over the "fiscal cliff."
From processing and moving fracturing sand to improving rail infrastructure shale energy is working.
Oil production on federal lands fell by 11% from 2010-2011.
Civilian employees, defense contractors, and suppliers (many small- and medium-size businesses) are left in the lurch.
Two new surveys - one of CEOs and the other of CFOs - reveal a poor economic outlook.
These projects show that with the effective use of taxpayer dollars, America’s infrastructure can be rebuilt to support a growing economy.
The unpopularity of regulatory red tape has shot upward in the last few years.
Here are three charts that should be memorized when talking about the threat of automatic tax increases on businesses.
Good policy produces good results, and we’re seeing that with increased tourism and business travel to the United States.
Who can better make the case for the free enterprise system than the men and women who are working daily to innovate, invest, and create jobs?
A true “All-of-the-Above” energy strategy has to include this abundant resource.
The IRS estimates how much time will be spent dealing with the health care laws rules.
Rising government spending financed by deficits and increased regulatory burdens account for the decline.
We’re seeing that economic uncertainty, much of it caused by policymakers, is holding back the economy.
The U.S. can tap into the business networks of this fast-growing region.
New companies are in an environment more hostile to entrepreneurial employment.
A week after the legally-required deadline, the White House released their plan about automatic budget cuts set to take effect on January 1, 2013.
The App Economy has shot off the starting line faster than Usain Bolt.
Administration regulators have known for a while that millions of Americans' health care plans would lose their grandfathered status.
The proposed rule is unnecessary, duplicative of state regulatory efforts, and will harm the job-creating energy industry.
How can we improve the talent already in the U.S. and make our country a more-inviting place for the world’s best workers?
Mike Rowe, host of "Dirty Jobs," worries about our negative view of jobs that require us to use our hands and muscles.
This delay only adds to the uncertainty surrounding the “fiscal cliff.”
The system is burdened with poor communication among health care providers, a lack of coordination, a focus on procedures instead of results, and little price transparency.
The unemployment rate is at 8.1%.
Words on a party platform have to translate into pro-growth energy policies.
The agency's proposed "particulate matter" standard doesn't adhere to the law and will be ineffective.
A shale energy boom is taking place despite the administration’s efforts.
The Washington Post's Robert Samuelson blames the law for making job creation harder and more expensive.
If Washington acts, businesses will have more certainty about the future and be more willing to invest and create jobs.
To improve innovation and global competitiveness we need better immigration policies.
Restoring the R&D tax credit should be a slam-dunk, pro-growth no-brainer for Congress.
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is being used at less than one-third of its capacity, and hydraulic fracturing techniques could get more oil out of the ground and fill the pipeline.
There are important lessons to be learned from Atul Gawande’s story about the Cheesecake Factory, but critics are justified in their concerns for creating an environment conducive customer-centric innovations.
Businesses of all sizes expect to take a hit if Washington doesn’t fix the automatic spending cuts set to hit in 2013.
Some tips and resources for businesses in the path of Isaac.
A new survey offers more evidence that policy uncertainty is playing a critical role in holding back economic growth and job creation.
A new report looks at the costs of federal regulations on the manufacturing sector.
An example of how the federal government often does too much and does it ineffectively.
The Wall Street Journal editorial page points to a report documenting the increases in American exports to China over the last decade.
Four examples of how shale energy's halo effect is creating jobs and improving the economy.
By examining previous studies and interviewing players in the electricity industry, GAO examined the effects of four EPA rules and found that the electricity industry could have trouble meeting deadlines for these rules.
In the Wall Street Journal, Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) found an interesting way to describe the regulatory environment.
According to a new report by Professor Robert Fairlie for the Partnership for a New American Economy, immigrant entrepreneurs will play a key role in the economy’s recovery.
90% of voters believe more domestic energy development will lead to more jobs, and more than 70% support more oil and natural gas development.
Michael Cox and Richard Alm remind us that economic freedom produces more prosperity than centralized government solutions.
Expect further oil and gas development in North Dakota and Texas.
If one agency can’t succeed in putting up road blocks to shale energy, another one makes an attempt.
The health care law and the fiscal cliff continue to worry businesses.
It's millions of dollars that won’t go into innovation, investment, or hiring. All to fund a health care law that won’t deliver on its promises.
The U.S. Census' illustrates U.S. business characteristics, the top industries, top trading partners, and even what Americans are buying online.
How The Cheesecake Factory approaches food could be the future of American health care.
Uncertainty will increase if Washington continues to dawdle. The result will be an economy that continues to crawl along, or worse we go into a recession.
Expanded horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have driven much of this growth.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the July 2012 jobs numbers.
The EU wants to slap a new carbon emissions tax on airlines that fly into their airspace.
The concerns of small business need to be heard when crafting new regulations.
This is real progress in making sure we don’t fall off the fiscal cliff--tax increases and automatic spending cuts set to go into effect in 2013.
The law adds over $1 trillion in taxes according to the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation.
Extending current tax rates and working towards comprehensive tax reform will reduce economic uncertainty, boost the economic recovery, and help make America’s tax system more globally competitive.
Protesters chose to scare the public rather than offer a fair look at how shale energy's benefits.
High unemployment and the lack of job creation is foremost on Americans’ minds, according to a Gallup poll.
Watch this story of hard work, sacrifice, and the challenges small business owners.
We’re in the middle of the second-worst recovery since World War II, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The bill would improve transparency, public involvement, and sound analysis in the regulatory process.
the two-year-old Dodd-Frank lacks adequate checks and sensible cost-benefit analysis of its rules.
In 2011, the oil and gas industry created nine percent of all new jobs.
Employers will pay more in penalties, and employees will pay more in both penalties and in higher taxes as their total compensation is shifted from health insurance to wages.
It would mean less hiring, investment, and economic growth.
There’s nothing to cheer about for businesses, the federal government, or workers.
In 2015, visitors to the National Museum of American History will learn about the epic history of American free enterprise.
Our leaders need to tell us what they will do to reduce burdens on businesses.
Demand for sand is creating jobs and wealth.
Raising taxes would result in 710,000 fewer jobs and a 1.8% reduction in wages.
The public doesn't support this kind of irresponsible leadership.
To boost growth, we will need as many smart, innovative entrepreneurs that we can get to create the next great new companies.
Out-of-control trial lawyers put big-money shakedowns of businesses ahead of the quest for justice.
New technology is allowing us to tap into North America’s enormous natural gas, oil, and coal resources.
We want to do things; we want to create; we want to help people; we crave happiness from earned success.
Two Reasons: Bureaucratic Red Tape and NIMBY.
When an investor's return on investment trumps seeking justice.
The effects of the law on economic growth and job creation could sway voters when they cast ballots in November.
The U.S. economy could be threatened if Washington doesn't avoid automatic tax increases and spending cuts.
Something thought-provoking for your holiday.
More than 160 million Americans will host a cookout or picnic.
A Partnership for a New American Economy study finds that foreign-born scientists and engineers are doing much to help the U.S. innovate and stay globally competitive.
The former EPA regional administrator joins forces with the environmental group to push an extreme anti-energy agenda.
“Sue and Settle, ” is a legal tactic that causes new rules and regulations to be written away from public scrutiny.
Samples of coverage, analysis, and reaction to today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care (PPACA).
The treaty will be in both the United States’ economic and national security interests.
Happy belated birthday to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
The only viable long-term solution though is for agencies to issue fewer economically significant rules.
HHS continues pouring money into something flawed and untested.
EPA rules that block coal, natural gas, nuclear, or alternatives from competing reduce energy security.
Innovative energy exploration plus sensible state regulations have made North Dakota the number two oil-producing state.
We need practical ideas from the real-world to create jobs, promote growth, and ease Americans’ worries instead of silly schemes.
Critics use the work of Harvard Professor John Coates in the shareholder voting process to try to limit corporate political spending.
Obamacare incentivizes employers to choose part-time over full-time employees.
With a “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax increases and spending cuts set for 2013, businesses are reevaluating their future investment and hiring plans.
Companies and governments need to call out indigenous innovation for the protectionism that it is.
The American Free Enterprise story continues attracting immigrant entrepreneurs to the United States.
U.S. Chamber President and CEO, Tom Donohue appeared on Fox Businesses to talk about the need for private sector job growth.
Tom Donohue talked about how important tax reform is to creating jobs and growing the economy.
The National Federation of Independent Business’ (NFIB) latest small business survey shows they may be encountering a skills gap.
The North Dakota oil boom continues to rely more on railroads to move oil out of the state.
Columnist George Will endorses the REINS Act.
Both Armendariz and the Sierra Club love to vilify oil and gas companies.
Plans aren't being made, investments aren't taking place, new employees aren't hired, and economic growth stalls.
The competition-improving portion of the law isn’t off to a good start.
The House of Representatives voted to repeal the 2.3% tax on medical device sales.
The free enterprise system has helped America create the greatest economy on earth – producing more jobs, opportunities, and prosperity than any other system ever devised.
When given the option of paying union dues or not, many Wisconsin public employees choose not to.
Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) spoke on the Senate floor, congratulating the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on its 100th anniversary.
EPA pays lip service to coal plants.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would unleash a swarm of lawsuits, stop businesses from adequately defending themselves, and give regulators the wrong tools to fight discrimination.
What do Steve Carell, Darth Vader, and the Sierra Club have in common?
Here’s a real-world example of a regulatory agency’s bad decision that could send a chilling effect across the country.
The U.S. economy created 69,000 new jobs in May.
Extremists hope to squash opportunities for continued energy exports.
A Canadian law firm is targeting high-skilled immigrants currently in the U.S.
There’s no telling what will be next in their war against energy.
It’s for many of the same reasons why we are struggling to build a stronger U.S. economy today.
Technology has made shale gas and oil economically competitive.
Businesses are putting off plans to invest and hire more workers until they know what their tax burden will be.
Finishing two days of historic Egyptian presidential elections makes for good time to look at investment prospects in Egypt and the region.
A 21-year veteran will join the band on tour this summer.
A first-of-its-kind study breaks out the economic benefits of IP on a state-by-state level.
Young workers can make businesses more innovative when it comes to technology, marketing, communications, and business strategy.
Positive Pocket's CEO and founder talked about what inspired her to go into business.
Facebook staff educated small business owners on how to use the company's tools to connect to customers.
Now, the consumer is part of the marketing game and businesses have to adjust.
American energy exports are a success story, it’d be nice if the administration would tell it.
The U.S. Chamber has five steps on how the U.S. can move its trade agenda forward.
It's shows a lack of understanding of how the oil and gas exploration process works.
The American Petroleum Institute released a report outlining what it wants to see from candidates running for President, Senate, and Congress.
While the world’s largest democracy has undergone dramatic growth since the early part of this century, that pace has diminished recently.
Obamacare creates perverse incentives and unintended consequences.
The President’s campaign now recognizes coal’s important role in America’s energy mix. EPA should listen and not try to regulate its use out of existence.
Will coal be removed from America's energy mix?
Hiring Our Heroes joined music, movies, and television stars in Los Angeles launch the Got Your 6 campaign.
The 787 Dreamliner embodies innovations both big and small.
Continued slow economic growth and job creation were the topics at the Quarterly Economic Roundtable Series.
Warren Buffett and Rich Trumka join a bipartisan chorus in support for the Keystone XL pipeline.
Former Labor Department Secretary Robert Reich may say “socialism isn’t the answer” but what he calls for isn't American free enterprise.
The anti-energy group pulls a bait-and-switch.
The economy would have to create almost one million jobs/month between now and September to return to pre-recession job levels.
Both the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal point out that EPA is out-of-control.
Uncertainty isn’t a cynical, straw man argument. Rather, it is a significant contributor to our slow economic recovery.
The administration’s war on coal means fewer sources of electricity.
Cutting through red tape and eliminating unjustified regulatory costs will help American companies better compete globally.
The report found that the companies could save $28.6 billion in 2014 if they stopped offering health care insurance and paid a penalty to the government.
America’s aerospace sector, dependent on exports, is needed to maintain a strong industrial base.
Over the next year, more than 400 jobs fairs will be held for veterans and military spouses.
EPA official, Al Armendariz, resigned after taking heat for comments that he said his office’s philosophy was to “crucify” oil and gas companies.
Al Armendariz compared his agency regulating oil and gas companies to Roman centurions crucifying villagers.
Listen to President John F. Kennedy speak about the importance of the free enterprise system and the U.S. Chamber in defending it.
If this is how they view oil and gas companies, I can only imagine what EPA thinks about coal.
Businesses are helping to move the world a little closer to wiping out a killer disease
Stalled projects mean lost job-creating opportunities. The RAPID Act would reduce these barriers.
The Senate has a chance to tell the NLRB that it’s favoritism toward labor unions has to stop.
One in two young college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed.
The "Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID)" Act would streamline the process for developers to obtain environmental permits and approvals.
Experts and opinion makers don’t think much of the administration going after oil speculators as a way to lower gas prices.
The President asked Congress to spend $52 million dollars to investigate oil speculators.
Our current tax code is a stress-inducing web that impedes economic growth and hurts America’s global competiveness.
The Buffett Rule isn’t about fairness, it isn’t about creating jobs, and it isn’t about reducing the deficit.
On that day, more than 80% of U.S. exports to Colombia will be duty free.
An “attack energy companies” attitude is consistent with an administration that thinks raising energy taxes makes sense.
Trade and energy will be in the mix at the Summit of the Americas.
Real fear should be aimed at a tax code that hurts job creation, stymies economic growth, and makes us less globally competitive … and is poised to get much worse.
We need comprehensive tax reform that is a set of simple, predictable rules that individuals and businesses can easily comprehend and comply with.
Because of its worldwide tax system, job-creating capital is kept away from the United States.
Other countries have been cutting their corporate tax rates to spur growth.
Instead of political games, we need serious, comprehensive tax reform.
The real take-away from Brian Beutler’s chart is the job-creating power of domestic energy development.
Instead of election-driven tax talk, we need comprehensive tax reform that lowers both individual and corporate tax rates to increase growth.
With the Panama Canal undergoing expansion and increasing U.S. exports, the need for modern ports to move goods is critical to the economy.
Momentum continues to build for a trade pact between the United States and the European Union.
Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 120,000 in March, well below expectations.
Both a labor union leader and the Wall Street Journal editorial page agree on something: EPA's proposed greenhouse gas rule is a job-killer.
Standard and Poor’s warned that there is the risk of a credit crisis if Congress doesn’t pass a long-term highway bill.
The U.S. Chamber, along with the National Federation for Independent Businesses, the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber Of Commerce, and the Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce held a Facebook Small Business Boost event in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
America is actually in worse shape now than we have been for most of the past forty years.
The department is touting a program that they've been trying to eliminate.
Workers and families who drive on the roads are waiting for some reduced stress on their pocketbooks and their schedules.
The United States corporate tax rate became the highest in the world, and that's no joke.
The hardest band in the world needs a roadie and only a veteran will do.
It’s been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad few weeks for EPA.
The on-going saga of the highway bill continued when Congress passed a 90-day extension that the President signed.
A bill that would raise taxes on oil and gas companies failed in the Senate again.
Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and former Congressman Vin Weber ask Congress to re-authorize the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) and expand its lending ability.
New York City job fair connects over 1,000 veterans and military spouses with over 100 employers.
EPA dropped a greenhouse gas rule that will cost jobs and hurt the reliability of the electricity grid.
Economists have been studying how this recovery differs from previous ones. What's needed is more economic growth.
Here is a series of posts pointing out the most significant promises broken to date by the health care law.
A reliable infrastructure is critical to helping American companies take advantage of new trade opportunities.
The health care law doesn't tackle a problem facing small businesses--rising health care costs.
By 2013, it’s estimated that as many as 69% of all employer plans and 80% of small businesses’ plans will lose their grandfathered status.
The President’s energy tour stopped in Cushing, Oklahoma.
Making sure the uninsured get meaningful health care is important, but using Medicaid as a means to do so is doomed to failure.
It’s not funny that job creation and improved energy security take a backseat.
If ERRP’s costs were incorrectly anticipated, what does that mean for the entire health care law?
A classic case of overpromising and underdelivering.
The Wall Street Journal laid out the long-term agenda of the anti-business left to coerce, browbeat, and embarrass businesses from taking part in the political process.
Free enterprise not only blesses those living under it with hope, prosperity, and opportunity, it offers the means to repair broken nations.
While American oil and gas production in total is rising, an Energy Information Agency (EIA) report released earlier this week finds that it's going in the opposite direction on federal and Indian lands.
The Export-Import Bank will run out of funding unless action is taken by May 31.
Looking for villains and pitting “us versus them” doesn’t make us more energy secure.
A new report from the Heritage Foundation finds that the federal government continues weighing down the economy with more regulations.
Energy Secretary Chu walked back from his 2008 comment about wanting gas prices to be as high as in Europe.
The administration's energy policy is as muddled as their defense of what they’ve been doing about gas prices.
Hiring Our Heroes held a jobs fair in Pittsburgh. They have held over 100 jobs fairs, and pledge to host 400 more in the program's second year.
A new report, Export Nation 2012, released by the Brookings Institution this week, is the latest study showing how much economic activity and jobs result from exporting American goods and services.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released February 2012's jobs numbers.
Remember a couple of weeks ago when Jay Carney created an alternate universe and told the White House press corps that “the President didn't turn down the Keystone pipeline”?
Bill supports "crowdfunding" and reduces regulations to help startups raise capital.
Business Roundtable released Taking Action for America.
For over a year, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has been on a crusade to ban caramel (technically called 4-MEI) used to color soft drinks.
Powering America educates the public about how nuclear power works, the safety precautions that go into producing it, and how important it is for our economy.
We end up with jobs lost and a less reliable electricity grid.
James Q. Wilson's study of humanity’s innate morality helps us understand how our free enterprise system benefits society.
Last week, the Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) dropped a hefty report about a host of duplicative programs costing the federal government billions of dollars.
The New York Times editorial page has no qualms regurgitating the administration's energy rhetoric.
In his essay, professor and media pundit, Jeff Jarvis argues that Johannes Gutenberg was the first tech entrepreneur.
Before there was the U.S. Chamber, local chambers of commerce advanced civic change.
Regulators and Congress should review rules to see if they're working, are still needed, and are the most-effective way to solve the problem.
Raising taxes will improve energy security?
More power plants will be shut down because of EPA rules.
Our country deserves a more serious, all-of-the-above approach on energy.
On the need for the U.S. to finish work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement currently being negotiated by nine Pacific Rim countries.
TransCanada announced today that it will go ahead and build a portion of the Keystone XL pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma to oil refineries in the Gulf Coast.
Six months after a federal raid, the company still hasn't been charged with any crimes and has yet to have its day in court.
If you have kids or you remember when you were one, you know that patience is a virtue.
Denigrating businesspeople and entrepreneurs and accusing them of not paying their “fair share” is class warfare rhetoric more fit for campaign commercials.
Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist of the Progressive Policy Institute, concluded in a study that the App Economy has created almost 500,000 jobs.
Defenders of the regulatory status quo can’t ignore persistently high unemployment.
Voters want regulatory reform.
Yes, the President did turn down the Keystone XL pipeline.
The administration has been getting "innovative" in measuring the benefits of new regulations.
U.S. Chamber staff crisscross the country educating Americans about the need to pass the highway bill.
Rule after rule after rule grips the economy, squeezing out its vitality.
The Justice Department needs to pull back and stick to the FCPA's original purpose in fighting international bribery.
Uncertainty surrounding regulations and NLRB recess appointments is stifling business.
Sen. John Thune (R-SD) urges the Senate to vote to repeal the CLASS Act.
While the economy sputters along, law firms are opening office in Washington, D.C.
By rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline we'll miss out on "a shovel-ready project" that would "immediately provide 20,000 jobs.
A view of the economy from a business-owning Senator.
With 43.9 percent of the unemployed out of work for 27 weeks or more, today’s America faces the unusual challenge of long-term unemployment.
"American corporations are consistently paying at the highest levels in the world, and that burden impacts their ability to compete both at home and abroad."
The Kauffman Foundation's latest survey of economics bloggers.
The administration went from issuing an offshore drilling moratorium in 2010 to bragging about offshore lease sales. What it’s not touting are long permitting delays.
These are the ads you'll be talking about on Monday.
While Facebook is an amazing story of risk-taking and entrepreneurship, it's also an opportunity to remind policy makers that the United States' capital markets aren't as robust and competitive as they could be.
Regulators are batting .271 on Dodd-Frank.
What’s needed is fundamental regulatory reform to tackle the right problems and find the best solutions.
Hiring Our Heroes is in New Orleans today for a job fair for veterans and their spouses at the Superdome.
The House of Representatives will vote to repeal the CLASS Program, a program even the administration admits can't work.
Businesses aren't sure what direction the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will go.
Saying something often enough doesn’t mean it’s true. Geithner’s comment runs smack-dab against what individual investors, economists, and small business owners are saying.
Also, a group of companies talked about the 13,000 jobs that will be created from construction of the pipeline.
While Washington dithers and misses out on thousands of jobs and increased energy security, Canada searches for more customers.
EPA's Utility MACT, A.K.A. the Blackout Rule, hit more power plants, costing more jobs.
U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue talked to CNN Money about the President's proposals in this week's State of the Union speech.
Manufacturers are taking it upon themselves to train a quality workforce.
Randy Johnson, the Chamber’s senior vice president of Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits talked to Fox Business Channel about keeping immigrant entrepreneurs in the U.S. to create jobs.
The administration's oil and gas exploration "blueprint" adds virtually no new production and takes years of potential energy off the table.
U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue talked to Fox Business Channel about what he took away from the President's State of the Union speech.
The investment website The Motley Fool asked its online community, “What’s holding the economy back?” Almost 70% said, “Uncertainty caused by Washington.”
The New York Times digs into why the iPhone isn’t manufactured in the United States. From their reporting we find one reason is that China has a source of skilled workers that could be put to work quickly.
The public doesn’t like where the economy is going, but doesn’t think more regulations are the answer.
America is missing out on needed infrastructure investment because Washington can't get its act together.
Robert Samuelson sure wasn't pleased with the President's decision to not issue a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, calling it "an act of insanity." I bet he won't be any happier after reading the news that North Dakota producers who planned on using the pipeline to move their oil to Gulf refiners will have to rely on more-costly rail.
Business, union, and political leaders from both parties spoke out strongly against President Obama's decision to not issue a permit.
In Nebraska, where the pipeline would pass through, small business owners are also dismayed at the decision.
Indiana Governor to take national stage.
Watch where the Chamber came from and how it will continue promoting American Free Enterprise.
The Chamber's 2012 agenda is about creating jobs and growing the economy. As Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue wrote on RealClearPolitics, even if it is an election year, it is imperative that a pro-growth agenda moves forward.
Trails Canada for the freest country in North America.
Hostess, the company behind the Twinkie, sadly, filed for bankruptcy, but it's part of a story of ingenuity and creativity in free enterprise to make life a little sweeter.
Las Vegas understands 95% of world's population lives outside the United States, so they're making it a goal to have 30% of their visitors come from outside the U.S.
A New Jersey pharmacy is being forced to pay $1.4 million because a teenager was permanently injured after overdosing on Xanax stolen by a former pharmacy employee.
The Chamber’s President and CEO, Tom Donohue appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box this morning, to preview next Thursday’s State of American Business Address.
The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg criticize President Obama's unprecedented appointments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Expanding America's energy options was the theme of American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Jack Gerard's State of American Energy speech.
On January 12, Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue will deliver the annual State of American Business Address where he will outline how the business community will engage Washington and educate voters on pro-growth policies to get Americans working.
America is getting a two-fer from the North Dakota energy boom.
2012, the Year of the Dragon, will have some notable milestones. It's also a special year for us.
2011 has been a challenging year. Though the economy is showing signs of improvement, it’s not growing fast enough or creating enough new jobs. Washington policymakers have missed numerous opportunities to enact policies that will spark new jobs and economic growth. Nevertheless, not all was lost in 2011 in the policymaking arena. There were a handful of significant legislative, regulatory, and legal victories for the nation’s job creators.
The Christmas shopping season ended with a roar that should please retailers and economy-watchers.
In light of an AP analysis of the Blackout Rule, A.K.A. Utility MACT, showing that across the country more than 32 power plants will be shut down, over 500 power plants will be "idled temporarily in the next few years," and 14.7 gigawatts of electricity generation will be taken offline, I've put
Hydraulic fracturing, a technique used for decades to safely extract energy out of the ground, has turned parts of the United States into boom towns with jobs created and businesses thriving.
The Wall Street Journal looked into a recent report on how hydraulic fracturing may have polluted groundw
Editor’s Note: This post by Sean Hackbarth, originally appeared in ChamberPost, the official blog of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
All Clark Griswold wanted was to add some Christmas cheer to his home. He spent days stringing thousands of lights up and down his house and jury-rigging extensio
New Commerce Secretary, John Bryson, spoke to the Chamber about helping American businesses grow and create jobs.
The conversation on regulatory reform continues today in the Wall Street Journal, where an editorial makes a strong case that the administration is perpetuating an environment where the number of costly regulations go up and businesses get wrapped in more red tape with the end result being a lackl
Egypt, at the forefront of the Arab Spring movement, is facing big challenges as it evolves to a more open political system. Egypt has been closely-connected strategically to the United States for decades, but closer economic ties between the two countries would benefit the Egyptian people and the and their budding democracy.
The Hill headlines fits perfectly: "Iraq is Open for Business." Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki visited the Chamber today to mark the transition from U.S. military engagement to economic engagement through commerce, trade, and investment.
Indian engineering graduate, Ashish Kumar, has been working for a New Jersey IT company since 2003 on a renewed H1B visa. Per-country caps have kept him waiting for years for a green card, and he was considering taking his engineering skills back home to India until the House of Representatives pa
Economist Mark Perry put together a chart showing how the percentage of net oil imports as a share of U.S. consumption has been decreasing since 2005.
In the Wall Street Journal, THE energy guru, Daniel Yergin, points out that one part of the explanation is decreased oil consumption, but anoth
The "Blackout Rule," A.K.A.Utility MACT, is the most expensive EPA rule in history. If enacted too soon, it threatens the U.S. energy supply, will cost jobs, and raise electricity rates. The Chamber is running this ad on network and cable television asking Americans to tell President Obama that
"All we are is dust in the wind..."
I've been humming a certain Kansas tune this afternoon, because the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1633, the "Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011." The bill will keep EPA from regulating farm dust like it's mercury or some other pollutant instea
This morning, the U.S. Senate failed to garner enough votes to advance the nomination of Richard Cordray to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The problem isn't with the man, it's with a bureau that's unaccountable to Congress and the American people.
In Politico today, David Hi
EPA is about to unveil the costliest rule in its history—and the Chamber is leading an effort to make sure the business community’s voice is heard. By December 16th, EPA is scheduled to release the Utility MACT rule, which could cause significant electricity reliability constraints that would h
The South Korea free trade agreement (FTA) is paying off. Shopfloor links to news that Toyota will export Camrys from their Kentucky plant to South Korea.
We already knew millions of American jobs are supported by trade. Now, add some more from a trade agreement that's not even two months old. It
Later today, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act. It would require Congress to pass and the President to sign any proposed regulation with a projected impact of over $100 million on the economy.
As Chamber Executiv
This Tax Foundation video illustrates how the United States is losing ground by not keeping up with corporate tax reform in other countries. As Caroline Harris has written, "An overly high corporate tax rate and a double tax on overseas income" make it harder for American companies to compete glob
This is from the "Strange Stuff You Learn on the Internet" file. Farmers, manufacturers, trucking companies, and airlines aren't the only one who use derivatives to lock in prices. Add Metallica to the list. Their manager uses the financial instruments to mitigate foreign currency risk and ensur
Polls, like the Chamber's Small Business Outlook Survey, show small business owners see policy uncertainty as an obstacle to greater job creation and more economic growth. This isn't just perception. When economists take a serious look at this, they indeed find a connection.
In their paper "Eco
Canada and the United States share a 5,525 mile border–the world's longest–and a close trading partnerships. Unfortunately, over the years, barriers have arisen to make it harder to travel and trade across the border, threatening economic growth and job creation.
In a jointly penned op-ed, Perr
A "derivative" sounds like a scary thing, a boogie-man that creeps out of the closet late at night and causes huge gyrations in financial markets. That's the horror story caricature of derivatives.
In the real world, businesses and farmers don't use derivatives for wild speculation. They use them
As the House votes today on H.R. 3010, "The Regulatory Accountability Act," Bill Kovacs, the Chamber’s Senior Vice President for Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs, explains why the legislation improves the regulatory process by making it more transparent, accountable, and open to public
This week, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on “The Regulatory Accountability Act” (RAA).
In a Daily Caller op-ed, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and one of the bill’s lead co-sponsors, describes the RAA as:
a bipartisan, bicameral bill that ensures
The on-going saga of CLASS, the unworkable long-term care program that is part of the 2010 health care reform law, continued yesterday when the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted 33-17 to repeal it. Three Democrats joined every Republican in a bipartisan vote.
The administration shuttered
Washington cleared three big hurdles on trade last month by passing the agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, but this shouldn’t offer the impression that the finish line is sight for our trade agenda, merely that the race is just beginning.
And I don't mean when it comes to soccer.
PriceWaterhouseCoopers along with the World Bank, and the International Finance Corp. released the Paying Taxes 2012 report ranking how easy it is to pay taxes across the globe.
The rankings are based on "the taxes and mandatory contributions that a medi
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday made for a promising start to the holiday shopping season. Gallup found shoppers spent an average of $98/day through the weekend, six dollars higher than last year.
I got a chance to talk to Tita Freeman of the National Retail Federation abo
"Time Warp" must be an earworm in Paul Krugman's head, because he's pushing for tax policies that died decades ago. His latest column on raising taxes wasn't "fake an alien invasion" bad, but it's a case of Krugman ignoring smart economics and history.
His argument for raising taxes on high-inc
In the video clip above, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson lays out what she perceives to be EPA's role in the economy. She told energyNow! [emphasis mine], "What EPA's role is to do is to level the playing field so that pollution costs are not exported to the population but rather companies have t
If you're not prepping for tomorrow's Thanksgiving dinner you're probably planning on how to get a good start on your Christmas shopping. Maybe you'll be shopping on Black Midnight or early on Black Friday to snag some deals.
While that's fine, don't forget to think local. There are some great,
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Former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, Peter Schaumber, talked to ABC News about how out-of-control the agency has become.
He said, “Something has to be done about the National Labor Relations Board, because unfortunately
Doug Pinkham, President of the Public Affairs Council, pulled out some interesting nuggets from their Public Affairs Pulse survey about how certain demographics view American business.
More than 60% of Americans have a favorable view of major companies, and 90% have a favorable view of small busi
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is one of those agencies that based on its name sounds warm and fuzzy like Consumer Reports or the Better Business Bureau.
The reality is the agency, created by the Dodd-Frank law, will be run by a single director who can be removed by the President only
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been in the news lately mostly for its attempt to drive work from Boeing's recently-opened South Carolina plant. But a more nefarious issue, having to do with ambush elections has been flying underneath the radar.
A recent Free Enterprise cover story
Last week, the Chamber’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) held its 12th annual Corporate Citizenship Awards to honor leading corporate citizens.
This year's winners are:
Best U.S. Business Neighbor: UnitedHealth Group for using their resources and technological expertise to fight Ame
Yesterday, Congressional Budget Office director, Douglas Elmendorf delivered sobering news to Senators that he expects slow economic growth and the unemployment rate to remain around 9% through 2012.
Glenn Hubbard, Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and former economic ad
Despite what Sen. Reid said on the Senate floor today that there isn't a "single shred of evidence" that regulations hurt the economy, former Democratic Senator and Governor of Indiana, Evan Bayh reminds us in an Evansville Courier Press op-ed this week that bad implementation of regulations do in
The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee voted today to repeal CLASS, the unworkable, long-term care program tucked into the 2010 health care bill. It moves to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee.
To coincide with the vote today, Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans release
The ad above the Chamber started running today in major national newspapers make plain and clear that Keystone XL is about JOBS. SECURITY. NOW.
There are two things we know will result from the delay in moving forward with the Keystone XL pipeline project: lost jobs and less energy security. Ye
The Supreme Court announced today they will take up the legal challenge to the health care law. [via memeorandum]:
The high court agreed to hear two major questions: whether the law's key provision is unconstitutional, and if so, whether the entire law, with its 450 sections, must be scrappe
Hiring Our Heroes, the Chamber's effort to help unemployed veterans and their spouses find jobs is making a difference. Kevin Schmiegel, Vice President for Veterans Affairs at the Chamber, gave Crain's Chicago Business some numbers:
In 24 total hiring fairs, we've connected 23,000 veterans and
Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, worries that the global economy "runs the risk of [a] downward spiral of uncertainty, financial instability and potential collapse of global demand" which could lead to a "lost decade." She urges that advanced economies enact pro-growth policies to prevent this
Small businesses continue to struggle to hire workers, according to two newly released surveys.
A survey [via Washington Whispers] by small and mid-sized business software supplier Sage North America found that over the next six months just 7% of small businesses surveyed expect to increase emplo
November 23 is the supercommittee's deadline for finding $1.2 trillion in deficit savings. Reports have members deadlocked on a plan with the shadow of automatic spending cuts hovering over them.
The Chamber's Executive Vice President for Government Affairs, Bruce Josten, talked with Reuters ab
The Senate is zeroing in on repealing the 3% Withholding Tax, H.R. 674. This is a bipartisan bill, has the support of the President, and is waiting for the Senate to act.
Repeal of the 3% Withholding Tax is part of Sen. Scott Brown’s (R-MA) jobs bill, which he outlined in Saturday’s Weekly Republ
The U.S. Chamber will host its quarterly economic briefing tomorrow morning to highlight the impact of policies on specific business sectors.
Dr. Martin Regalia, the Chamber’s chief economist, will lead a panel discussion on the state of the economy, the latest employment report, what’s happening
Add a new term to the holiday shopping season lexicon: "Black Midnight." A number of retailers will open on midnight after Thanksgiving giving shoppers a chance to burn off some of that turkey and mashed potatoes while checking a few things off their shopping lists.
Market research firm Lab42 sur
Jim Skinner, CEO of McDonald's, knows a little about creating jobs. His company has been growing its sales in a challenging economy and has continued to hire workers. In April, McDonald's hired 62,000 people in one day.
For Skinner, the biggest issue is job creation. What does he think should b
More U.S. imported oil should come from Canada. That’s what 79% of registered voters said in a poll conducted by Harris Interactive for the American Petroleum Institute.
The poll also found 80% said they thought the federal government policies should allow pipelines to transport Canadian oil in
World leaders, including President Obama, arrived in Cannes for the G20 summit where most of the discussions revolve around the European financial crisis. Myron Brillant, the Chamber's Senior Vice President for International Affairs, advises that an outcome from these talks should be the public
Occasionally, politicians let their guard down, tell us what they really think, and show how out of touch they can be. Take former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who told CNBC that she has no problem with the National Labor Relations Board shutting down the Boeing plant in South Carolina becaus
In Politico today, Bruce Josten, the Chamber's Executive Vice President for Government Affairs, joined Dan Danner, president and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business, Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation, and Dirk Van Dongen, president of the National
Events in Europe over the past months have made people even more skittish about the future.
Increasing American economic growth not only is needed to drive down the unacceptably high unemployment rate, improve our public finances, and restore optimism in our country, but as Stanford economics pro
There's been some debate lately about whether policy uncertainty is weighing down the economy and hampering job creation. Take some anecdotal evidence and combine it with what small business owners say worries them, and it's reasonable to assume that unease from federal government policies have
The movement to repeal CLASS, the long-term care insurance program that is part of the 2010 health care reform law, grew with a second Democrat joining the chorus of Republican voices who want to make the program disappear:
Rep. Jim Matheson (Utah) on Wednesday became the first Democrat to pub
For months, it's been thought that the State Department would make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline project by the end of the year. Now, there are reports that a decision may be delayed until next year.
As the administration continues to ponder, another political leader came out in favor of
Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, noted an important truth about regulations:
"Regulation prohibits real innovation, because the regulation essentially defines a path to follow," Mr. Schmidt said. This "by definition has a bias to the current outcome, because it's a path for the curr
Just because they have a Nobel Prize-winning economist writing for them doesn't mean the folks at the New York Times editorial page understand economics. Their editorial opposing a tax holiday on repatriated earnings is pretty weak stuff.
It boils down to this: Either we let hundreds of billions
Infrastructure improvement is driving the debate in Washington this week. Following Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue's appearance on This Week in which he discussed the jobs-generating impact of infrastructure investment, there's news that House Republicans are pitching their transportation b
Stacks of rules and regulations suffocate businesses and keep them from growing and creating jobs. Check out the Chamber's Senior Vice President, Communications and Strategy, Tom Collamore's op-ed in the Washington Post on why Congress needs to make regulatory reform a top job-creating priority:
Marine Corporal Megan Morse served in Iraq, was injured, and returned home looking for work. She is one of more than 2,600 veterans and military spouses who have found jobs through the Chamber's Hiring Our Heroes initiative.
This Saturday, Kevin Schmiegel, the Chamber's vice president of Vetera
The Chamber's Workforce Freedom Initiative started running an ad today in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Virginia to illustrate the economic damage caused by the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) regulatory overreach.
This Free Enterprise magazine feature story about this little-known but pow
The "Withholding Tax Relief Act of 2011," soon to be voted on in the Senate, would stop the government from collecting an interest-free loan from businesses doing work for federal, state, and local governments. Unless the withholding tax is repealed, on January 1, 2013, the IRS will begin taking 3
Richard Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, has been making it loud and clear that uncertainty from Washington is a leading driver of our stalled economy. In an interview with the AP, he talked about what Congress should be doing to boost growth and get people back to work:
In the video above from a recent Chamber event, former Democratic Indiana governor and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh told the audience, "This is not the time for adding to the burdens of the business community."
Yesterday, Sen. Bayh took that message to business leaders in Fresno, CA and talked about
Over the past few years, I've been a spoiled Wisconsin sports fan. The Wisconsin Badgers went to the Rose Bowl this year and are one of the top teams in college football. The Wisconsin Women's Hockey team won a national title. The Milwaukee Brewers had their best season ever and were two wins aw
Last week, CLASS was determined to be unworkable because of its unsustainable financial structure, declared by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to be a "budget gimmick," and supposedly shut down by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Full repeal of the program seems to be a good i
In today's Wall Street Journal, former Democratic Congressman Harold Ford sees the potential for job creation "all around us." Gas development in the Northeast, oil leases in Alaska, and oil tanker construction in Philadelphia show energy development as a promising area for growth. The problem is
Last week, I asked, "Does CLASS still exist?" We now have an answer.
Rebuilding America's roads, bridges, sewage systems, and other infrastructure isn't about throwing billions of dollars around and hoping good things happen. As Andrew Herrmann, president-elect of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), writes in an op-ed in Politico today, it's about inves
For American businesses like Quality Float Works, free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama means no longer being at a competitive disadvantage against German manufacturers in South Korea.
In a global economy, capital goes where it is welcome, where it feels protected, and where it has the best opportunity to earn a profit. For American worldwide companies, that place is not the United States because of its byzantine tax code.
$1.4 trillion in earnings is in the overseas accounts
It takes a lot to step away from the challenging and creative world of small business into the rough-and-tumble world of politics.
Sheryll Poe of Free Enterprise magazine sat down with freshmen Reps. Bobby Schilling (R-IL), Richard Hanna (R-NY), and Scott Tipton (R-CO) to find out what it's been
Giovanni Coratolo, the Chamber's vice president of Small Business Policy, talked to Fox News Channel about the results of the Chamber's latest Small Business Survey. He noted that almost nine out of ten small business owners think the economy is on the wrong track because of over-regulation, lack
Just like NBA fans wonder if their favorite teams will play this season, the Chamber's Small Business Survey for the third quarter of 2011 found that small businesses remain uncertain about the economy and are hesitant to hire.
A vast majority of respondents, 89%, believe the economy is on the
The votes on the pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama are expected to (finally!) take place this week. The Chamber and the business community continue to educate Congress and the public about the need to pass these agreements. The U.S. can't fall behind our g
The American Jobs Act, to be voted by on by the U.S. Senate, contains a new 5.6% surtax on incomes over $1 million that would hit "hundreds of thousands of small business owners and operators and almost half of all pass-through income." This legislation "would do harm to America’s business owners
Friday's jobs report showing the economy isn't producing enough jobs adds more pressure on Washington to push forward pro-growth policies. Progressive Economy's Ed Gresser suggests that one way to achieve growth is "to tap foreign demand through exports."
The pending free trade agreements (FTAs
Passing the pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama is not only about their job-creating potential. It's also about deepening relations with these three global partners. As President Obama's National Security Adviser, Tom Donilon writes in the Wall Street Jour
Yesterday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said hydraulic fracturing is "a necessary part of the future of natural gas." He went on to note that natural gas is "a very important domestic source of energy for us."
I'm glad that the secretary appreciates the role hydraulic fracturing has to play in
The federal government can be a strange place, but what is going on with the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act (CLASS) has me scratching my head.
Just like an assortment of mandates placed on employers and individuals, CLASS was tucked into the health care law.
On ChamberPost, we talk a lot about how regulations--existing and proposed--hurt job creation. By passing H.R. 2250, the “EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011,” and H.R. 2681, the “Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011,” the House of Representatives can do something this week to protect jobs.
Just like Major League Baseball's playoffs that started this weekend, the pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama are at a critical stage now that President Obama sent them to Congress for approval.
The President said:
The series of trade agreements I am
There are reports that the White House will finally send the pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama to Congress. Today, the President said there would be an announcement "in the next day or so."
This is good news that has been a long time coming--almost five y
We learned this week from a Kaiser Family Foundation survey that after several years of relatively modest premium increases, annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage increased to $15,073 this year, up 9% from last year.
Sadly, a 9% premium increase would sound pretty good to
Saratoga Springs, NY joins Grand Rapids, MI, and Traverse City, MI in the "lip dub" phenomenon.
The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce helped organize the production of the video and built a website as a way to attract talented workers to their county.
Right now, semiconductor maker, GlobalFo
If you take away oil imports--an issue all by itself--the free trade agreements (FTAs) the U.S. has with 17 countries accounts for a trade surplus.
When you hear opponents of the pending FTAs with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama worry about an increased trade deficit, show them this Third Way i
Charles Schwab, founder and CEO of the company bearing his name, wrote in the Wall Street Journal today about the need to support entrepreneurs who will lift the sluggish economy:
What's the potential power of the entrepreneur's simple leap of faith? The success of a single business has a sign
The first thing that popped into my head when I read Blair's post yesterday about the Kaiser study showing health insurance premiums continuing to increase (up by 9% since last year!) was The 5th Dimension singing "Up, Up, and Away."
Maybe I spend too much time on YouTube.
Anyway, one of the C
This morning at the U.S. Chamber, Michael Bloomberg - businessman, New York City Mayor, and co-chair of Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) – outlined his plan to reform America's high skilled immigration system to ensure that the United States remains a strong global innovator, compet
Today, President Obama announced his administration would give waivers from some parts of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law to states in exchange for having them adopt high academic standards, "link teacher evaluations to student performance and create an accountability system that reports the l
When it comes to energy, there's a lot we can learn from some of our global competitors.
Brazil isn't holding itself back. It's wasting no time developing recently discovered oil and natural gas offshore, as well as on land.
China continues to lock up new resources by negotiating deals all
Myron Brilliant, Chamber Senior Vice President for International Affairs, appeared on CNBC's Squawk Box this morning to talk about the pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, South Korea, and Panama. He noted that by not passing the FTAs American companies are losing market share to ot
If you play Madden NFL, FIFA, Battlefield, or The Sims, on your Xbox, PlayStation3, or computer, you play Electronic Arts games. But if you play The Sims Social on Facebook or Scrabble on your iPhone, EA also entertains you.
EA CEO John Riccitiello talked to CNBC's Jim Kramer about how his compan
If patience is a virtue, then those waiting for Washington to approve the pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama have been saints. But the need to grow our sluggish economy and create jobs has lifted the level of urgency.
There's bipartisan support for these t
The Calgary Herald previewed Tom Donohue’s recommendations for economic growth as part of today’s Global Business Forum in Banff, Canada. In an interview, Donohue called for a focus on energy as a way to create jobs in the U.S. “We need to strengthen our energy relationship with Canada,” Dono
There are those who think it'd be just fine to raise taxes on the "rich" and that the "rich" don't pay their "fair share." But it only shows that they need a refresher course in mathematics. In May, the Chamber's Chief Economist Dr. Martin Regalia looked at how income taxes are distributed and f
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sued the National Labor Relations Board to block a rule that will require businesses to post notices about employees’ rights to unionize. “This is nothing more than labor regulation run amok,” the Chamber’s Robin Conrad said, “The board’s new rule violates the First
Today, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) spoke to me about how the delay in passing the pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, South Korea, and Panama is causing America to fall behind its global competitors.
It doesn't take a genius to know that failing to pass the pending FTAs puts America
President Obama’s unveiling of his deficit reduction plan debuted a more combative phase of his presidency that will likely last up to the 2012 election, marked by his veto threat of any deficit plan that does not include tax increases. Republicans were quick to issue sharp criticism, calling h
Long before Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube became the “in” things to give your business a digital edge, there was the humble blog. One of the first low-cost publishing tools, the blog remains an important marketing and business development device with unique characteristics that make it a must-have on your business’ digital checklist. Here’s what a blog gives you:
Last week, Gallup found jobs and unemployment returned as the most-pressing concern for Americans. Floundering economic growth and slow job creation are on the public's mind. They're deeply displeased at the direction of the country, so it's imperative that our leaders in Washington take steps to
As part of its Regulation Nation series, Fox Business interviewed Bill Kovacs, U.S. Chamber senior vice president of Environment, Technology, and Regulatory Affairs. Kovacs talked about the ever-growing number of EPA regulations facing businesses and urged the administration the reform the permitt
The skeptics contend that the congressional debt supercommittee’s goal of hammering out a plan to cut at least $1.2 trillion off the national debt is as fruitless as finding buried treasure. But supercommittee members Sens. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Rob Portman (R-OH) say they intend to surprise the
President Obama will propose a new higher tax rate for millionaires—called the “Buffett Rule”—as part of his broad plan for long-term deficit reduction that he will outline today. Calling for $1.5 trillion in new revenue, the plan seeks to find more than $3 trillion in budget savings over a
Today, the House Small Business Committee launched Small Biz Open Mic as a forum for small business owner to speak directly to Congress about government policies affecting them.
Committee Chairman Rep. Sam Graves describes the site as a:
new media forum that encourages blog-type comments and
Here's an update to a post on Monday about Texas electricity producer, Luminant, having to slash 500 jobs because of EPA regulations. The PJ Tatler links to a letter from the company to EPA showing how they've tried to abide by the agency's rules.
In the same post, Bryan Preston also informs us t
Imagine standing inside a giant hourglass with sand falling down on you. Little by little the small pile grows bigger. A few grains fall on top of a few other grains. You don't notice the heap until it towers over you.
Our regulatory system is like that. At the beginning, a few well-meaning, co
Whether drawn to the United States by the white sandy beaches of Florida's Gulf Coast, the crisp air of the ski slopes in the Rockies, or the buzz of international commerce in Chicago or New York, foreign travelers to America support millions of U.S. businesses and workers. One of the six steps
At the launch of Our Time’s Buy Young initiative at the Chamber in July, Jill Donenfeld, founder of the home chef service The Culinistas (formerly The Dish's Dish), told her story of bootstrapping her company after graduating from college.
Remember playing softball and the pitcher tossed you a pitch that floated so perfectly towards you and looked like such a big target that you couldn't help but hit it over the fence?
When it comes to something that could create jobs, our leaders in Washington have a pitch coming at them that th
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been on a tear recently in tipping the scales to favor unions over employers.
To educate lawmakers and the public on the radical, pro-union agenda coming from the NLRB and the Department of Labor, the Chamber launched a radio ad campaign today in Fl
A job-killing EPA regulation is costing 500 Texans their jobs:
Texas energy company Luminant announced on Monday new burdensome Environmental Protection Agency regulations are forcing it to close several facilities, which will result in about 500 job losses.
The company will be idling — stop
The focus this week in Washington continues to be about getting Americans back to work. This morning, President Obama spoke in the Rose Garden about his jobs plan that he will send to Congress later today. Last night, The Daily Beast published an op-ed by President and CEO Tom Donohue on what the
The president’s jobs plan calls for tens of billions of dollars of additional investment in roads, rails, and airports and $10 billion in seed money for a new national infrastructure bank. We’re encouraged that the president recognizes the need to modernize the nation’s aging infrastructure. Inf
I'm distracted today. You see, the NFL starts its regular season tonight with my team, the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers hosting the New Orleans Saints. When "trade" pops in my mind today, I'm wondering who the Packers got from another team to beef up the depth to their offensi
Today, John Murphy, Vice President, International Affairs, and Tami Overby, Vice President for Asia, talked to reporters about the Chamber's push to get the pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama through Congress.
Murphy said the Chamber is taking nothing for grant
With everyone from the president, to Governor Romney, to top lawmakers, to the Chamber offering a jobs plan this week, the one constant idea seems to be support for passing the three pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama. To echo these calls, the Chamber i
When Chamber Chief Economist Martin Regalia isn't hosting economic briefings or offering cogent economic analysis, he's on Bloomberg Television talking about the Chamber's jobs plan and making the case for economic growth.
"When you don't grow at your long-run potential, you don't create jobs, do
Here's a quick history lesson. Calvin Coolidge, John Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan all have something in common besides being president. All three understood that lowering taxes spurs economic growth. Growth is exactly what's needed to put 14 million currently unemployed back to work.
While we wan
With recent weak economic numbers, Congress returning to Washington, and everyone--including the Chamber--focused on job creation, the timing was right for the Chamber's quarterly economic briefing.
Michael Gooch, Chairman and CEO of GFI Group, started off by noting that "certain proposed SEC a
This ad running this week in national newspapers including the Wall Street Journal and USA Today is part of the Chamber's nationwide print, online, and social media ad blitz to rally its members, grassroots supporters, and the public around six steps Washington can take to create millions of new j
Chamber Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Martin Regalia talked to CNBC about the Chamber's six step jobs plan and how the biggest bang for the buck can come from passing the pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama.
Check out this video of Chamber President and CEO, Tom Donohue outlining the six steps Congress and the President can do now to grow the economy and create jobs:
Then read Donohue's op-ed in today's Columbus Dispatch on the six "practical, private-sector ideas that can be quickly turned into ac
That was the number many Americans were talking about during the unofficial final weekend of summer, because that was the number of net jobs created in August.
Zero isn't so much a number as the absence of one. It's a void, a hole. Our economy is in a hole with millions of people unemplo
I don't know what got stuck in Bill Saporito's craw. Maybe the power to his home was still out due to Hurricane Irene. Maybe he’s frustrated that the Yankees are trailing the Red Sox in the standings. Or maybe he was just grouchy from the lack of coffee yesterday. For whatever the reason, he lashe
This year, unions cranked up their political voices in Madison, Wisconsin and other state capitals. But it looks like raising the volume only lowered their respect with public opinion.
Gallup found that 42% of Americans want unions to have less influence.
On Fox News, Tom Donohue talked to Neil Cavuto about the jobs plan the Chamber will send to Congress and the White House next week.
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com
Former Indiana governor and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh appeared on Fox Business saying new health care, environmental, and financial regulations in the pipeline make businesses unwilling to hire and invest.
Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com
Say Anything's Rob Port asks rhetorically, "H
Since we entered this economic slowdown, the Chamber has been committed to increasing economic growth and getting unemployed Americans back to work. At the annual Labor Day briefing, Chamber Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Dr. Martin Regalia and Senior Vice President for Labor, Immigr
Over the last few weeks, anti-energy protesters have marched to the White House with signs, sat down on the ground, and gotten themselves arrested (while recording their YouTube moments) to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline project. Movie actress Daryl Hannah took her turn yesterday in being led awa
On Saturday at the American Legion national convention in Minneapolis, the Chamber held a Hiring Our Heroes job fair for veterans and their spouses.
Over the next year, the Chamber will hold 100 jobs fairs to connect employers with 100,000 veterans and their spouses. Make sure you "like" Hiri
Earlier today, I noted that one of small business owner Mike Becci's worries is about EPA's new ozone regulations, which threaten to increase electricity prices for businesses and consumers. HotAir.com's Ed Morrissey (at about the three-minute mark) echoed that sentiment on Fox Business over the w
In a Richmond Times-Dispatch op-ed yesterday, Mike Bucci, president of K&M of VA Inc. expresses his frustration with Washington piling on costly regulations that hurt the ability of small businesses to create jobs:
These regulations often claim lofty goals or aspirations but are ungrounded in
Gerald McSwiggan, Senior Manager of the Business Civic Leadership Center's Disaster Assistance and Recovery Program, appeared on CNBC this morning to talk about how businesses can recover from Hurricane Irene.
Kitty Taylor at the BCLC Blog links to many resources to help businesses get back to
Here is some good news for improving America's energy security. Today, the State Department released its Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Keystone XL pipeline.
Matt Koch, vice president of The Institute for 21st Century Energy, called it an "important step in the approval process
Thursday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), for the first time in the agency's history, issued a rule requiring businesses to post notices explaining employees' rights to unionize.
OpenMarket.org's Ivan Osorio explains:
While the posting of a notice is hardly assured to send a flood
It looks like the SEC is suffering from a case of mission creep by going beyond regulating financial securities and sticking its nose in environmental regulation.
Despite missing deadlines and struggling to implement over 100 rules mandated under Dodd-Frank, the SEC has decided to create a new di
The President's review of unnecessary and outdated regulations is a "worthy effort," but Susan Dudley, director of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center, presents evidence that the administration is applying more pressure on the regulatory pedal. She writes,
Daniel Griswold at the Cato Institute finds the U.S. is on track to double exports by 2014 and posted this chart:
This is good news, but it’s also the easy part. U.S. exports collapsed in the 2008-2009 financial crisis, so the performance of the past 18 months looks especially good against that
I'm trying to decide how seriously I should take the New York Times editorial page. I'm mean, they pay a guy who thinks it would be good economic policy to fake an alien invasion.
Today, the editorial board comes out against the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring Canadian oil into the United
While attending the launch of Our Time’s Buy Young initiative at the Chamber last month, Aaron Harris, CEO and co-founder of Tutorspree, talked about his business' effort to connect high-quality tutors with parents.
[Via the Campaign for Free Enterprise]
Today, the Labor Department broke out July's job numbers by state further illustrating how weak our economy is.
As the Brookings Institution puts it, the economy is suffering from a jobs gap, which is the difference between the number of jobs the economy is currently creating and the number neede
Next month, President Obama will give a speech laying out his plan to get more Americans back to work. It has been reported that he'll mention "a broad package of tax cuts, construction work and help for the millions of Americans who have been unemployed for months." I hope he includes expanding
What's holding back businesses from investing, hiring workers, and growing the economy? Dallas Fed president and CEO Richard Fisher lays it on an environment of uncertainty [emphasis mine]:
Those with the capacity to hire American workers―small businesses as well as large, publicly traded or p
Earlier this week, the Institute for 21st Century Energy's Partnership to Fuel America visited Montana and South Dakota to talk about the benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline:
“The benefits to our economy are far-reaching and will have a positive impact on our hospitality, retail services an
Energy is the topic of this month's cover story for Free Enterprise magazine. Offshore, onshore, it's all covered. Here's a taste:
It’s a renaissance built on technological advances in energy exploration and extraction, continued advances in renewable energy and nuclear power, and an abundance
On Tuesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued its 8 millionth patent--"a visual prosthesis apparatus that enhances visual perception for people who have gone blind due to outer retinal degeneration."
The ideas that have been protected through the patent system have built industrie
Yesterday, in its letter to letter the debt "supercommittee," the Chamber strongly urged its members to overhaul the tax and code and reform entitlements. Today, let’s drill down on comprehensive tax reform.
National Chamber Foundation scholar, Nick Schulz offers why tax reform is important:
Paul Krugman: NY Times pundit, Nobel Prize-winning economist, and now sci-fi visionary. You know you've run out of ideas when you think faking an alien invasion could be a way to boost the economy.
Yes, Paul Krugman did indeed say this in a conversation with economist Kenneth Rogoff and CNN's Far
What's holding back businesses from creating jobs? CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder lists regulatory uncertainty (from EPA, NLRB, the health care law) and the threat of higher taxes.
[via Marathon Pundit]