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Chamber, Business Groups Oppose Anti-Arbitration Proposals

Apr 30, 2008

 
A coalition of major industry groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are opposing recent legislative efforts to chip away at the arbitration system by injecting anti-arbitration provisions in more than 11 industry-specific bills.

The May 1 letter sent to members of Congress points to a recent study by the Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform, which found that 82% of those polled prefer arbitration to litigation as a means to settle disputes, and 71% of likely voters oppose efforts by Congress to remove arbitration agreements from consumer contracts.

Will Further Rate Cuts Spur Economic Growth?

Apr 30, 2008

 
May 6, 2008—As expected, the FOMC cut rates to 2% in an attempt to spur economic growth. The BEA released the first estimate for GDP on Wednesday, indicating higher-than-expected economic growth. While employers shed thousands of jobs in April, consumer confidence continued to decline. Last, as the ISM index remained unchanged in April, factory orders fell.

Disaster Help Desk Launched

Apr 30, 2008

 
The U.S. Chamber's Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) launched the National Disaster Help Desk for Business (888-MY-BIZ-HELP), a resource to enhance community economic recovery after a disaster.

"The Help Desk is designed to help businesses and local chambers recover from major disasters" says Stephen Jordan, BCLC executive director. "Our experts have years of experience working with local, state, and national authorities on these issues."

Energy Institute Starts Grassroots Effort Focused on Education, Solutions

Mar 31, 2008

 
Local chambers of commerce and business associations have an important role to play in the national energy debate, according to officials from the U.S. Chamber's Institute for 21st Century Energy.

During an April 29 conference call, Gen. Jim Jones (ret.) called on the 140 dial-in attendees to educate the public, Congress and other policymakers on "energy realities" and help the Institute form and implement a consensus comprehensive energy policy by 2030.

Recession?

Apr 30, 2008

Dr. Martin Regalia

It's been awhile since we have examined the current state of the economy, so we thought that it would be a good time to update the outlook.

Chamber Calls for Regulatory Relief

Apr 30, 2008

Businesses Burdened With Confusing Rules


The U.S. Chamber's Giovanni Coratolo (left) and Steve Lutes make the case for a simpler, fairer regulatory system.

Businesses are pinned down by unfair and antiquated federal regulations and excessive enforcement, according to testimony provided by the U.S. Chamber's small and medium-size business advocates.

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