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    The Chamber in Silicon Valley: Looking for the Next Bill Gates?

    The Chamber of Commerce announced this week it is opening a second office in Silicon Valley. The Chamber is no doubt in the hunt to expand its membership base, but will it lobby for policies that encourage the next generation of garage discoveries and creative destruction—or lock in the market … More

    Wood on Dobbs: Little Guy Loses When Big Business Gets 'Cozy' with Government (VIDEO)

    Big business players such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are “getting very close and cozy with big government,” The Foundry’s Genevieve Wood said last night in an interview with Lou Dobbs of Fox Business News. The loser, she said, is “the little guy.” “You’ve got more big government and … More

    Is Common Core Really State-Led?

    One of the more hotly debated subjects in America right now is the subject of Common Core National Education standards. Videos of parents complaining to school boards have gone viral. To dispel the “Common Core misconceptions”, Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue had published Friday a letter to the editor … More

    Environmentalists Sue, Settle, and Apologize Later

    Environmental groups are the biggest abusers of a legal tactic known as “sue and settle,” according to a recent report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It works this way: An environmental advocacy group sues a federal agency—usually the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or Department of Interior—charging that the government … More

    Rule of Law Essential for Business

    In a globally competitive world, competition is key. Fundamental for competition is the rule of law, according to Myron Brilliant, Senior Vice President for International Affairs of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who spoke at a recent Heritage Foundation event. In his remarks, which elaborated on a chapter he contributed … More

    Senate Cybersecurity Report Twists the Facts, Falsely Claims the Support of Businesses

    Last week, the Senate Commerce Committee issued a report to their chairman, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D–WV), claiming that most businesses supported an approach to cybersecurity similar to his Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (CSA). After reading their report, however, one thing is absolutely clear—most businesses do not support Rockefeller’s approach and … More

    232 Business Leaders Urge Obama, Congress to Reform Entitlements

    A letter from 232 multi-industry organizations, in conjunction with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is calling on President Obama and Congress to restructure the nation’s entitlement programs and put them on a path toward financial sustainability. These organizations recognize that the country’s rising debt poses grave economic risks. In the … More

    City Council Election Decided by Five Voters After Fraud Investigation

    Can safeguards against voter fraud sway an election? In Vernon, California, it looks like they just did. In response to allegations by the area’s Chamber of Commerce that at least 30 percent of votes in a tight city council race were fraudulent, the city discarded six ballots on Tuesday – … More

    The U.S. Chamber of Tax Hikes

    Some national business leaders are outright opposing measures of fiscal responsibility. Fortunately, fiscal conservatives in Congress are fighting back. Case in point: reaction to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) Chairman John Mica’s (R–FL) proposed six-year reauthorization bill, which limits transportation spending to the federal fuel tax revenues flowing into … More

    What Transparency Looks Like to the Obama White House

    Things that are transparent: Saran Wrap, glass, water. Things that aren’t transparent: brick walls, mountains, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Or so it would seem, if you take a look at the CEQ’s response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request issued by the U.S. Chamber … More