U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Southwest & South Central Region

U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Southwest & South Central Region The Southwest & South Central Regional Office of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce oversees the congressional & public affairs for 8 states: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

As the voice of business, the Chamber’s core purpose is to fight for free enterprise before Congress, the White House, regulatory agencies, the courts, the court of public opinion, and governments around the world. The mission of the Southwest & South Central Regional Office is to develop and maintain the region’s legislative, political and grassroots resources for the achievement of the U.S. Chamber’s public policy goals.

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Millions of Americans voted either on Election Day or earlier, despite an ongoing pandemic. As election officials work t...
11/13/2020
Quick Take: 3 Election Takeaways

Millions of Americans voted either on Election Day or earlier, despite an ongoing pandemic. As election officials work to ensure every ballot is counted and final results are determined here.

Americans strongly want effective government, and the Chamber will lead on pandemic relief and rebuilding our infrastructure.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce calls on Congress to pass additional pandemic relief during the forthcoming lame-duck sessi...
11/10/2020
U.S. Chamber Calls on Congress to Pass Additional Pandemic Relief by Year’s End

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce calls on Congress to pass additional pandemic relief during the forthcoming lame-duck session to assist American businesses and workers.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today called on Congress to pass additional pandemic relief during the forthcoming lame-duck session to assist American businesses and workers.“We h…

During this difficult time, we can all help our local businesses stay alive by shopping small as often as we can. Try a ...
11/08/2020

During this difficult time, we can all help our local businesses stay alive by shopping small as often as we can. Try a new restaurant, shop at a #SmallBiz retailer, and find unique holiday gifts from local artisans. #ShopSmallEveryday Learn more: https://bddy.me/3p2z3N3

If last night’s election shows anything, it’s that the American democratic process is alive and well. There was historic...
11/04/2020
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

If last night’s election shows anything, it’s that the American democratic process is alive and well. There was historically high turnout with many voting ahead of time. By one estimate, more than 160 million people voted in this presidential election, some 67% of the voting-eligible population—the highest rate since 1900.
It’s no surprise then, that the votes are still being tallied in many of the races where we endorsed candidates, but we are on track for a very strong slate of pro-business lawmakers committed to responsible governing in the next Congress—on both sides of the aisle.

From shipping to staffing, the Chamber and its partners have the tools to save your business money and the solutions to help you run it more efficiently. Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today to start saving.

Of the many precedent-shattering aspects of this remarkable election year, massive voter turnout is one of the most stri...
11/02/2020
This Election, Americans are Demanding Action. Here’s Where to Start on Day One.

Of the many precedent-shattering aspects of this remarkable election year, massive voter turnout is one of the most striking. Ahead of Election Day, more than 80 million Americans have voted absentee or early, which is equivalent to 59.5% of total voter turnout in 2016. What do we make of this?

Our President Suzanne Clark outlines the U.S. Chamber’s post-election plan and examines how the next government can break through gridlock.

Over seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, it feels like it will never end. But we have learned much since the pandem...
10/30/2020
How to Keep America Safe and Open

Over seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, it feels like it will never end. But we have learned much since the pandemic began in the spring. We can stop the spread, limit deaths and suffering, and prevent job-crushing lockdowns. Those were the key takeaways from the U.S. Chamber event, No Crystal Ball: Keeping America Safe & Open. “We have a choice,” said Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer at the U.S. Chamber. “This can be either a light switch or a dial. A light switch was catastrophic for small businesses and families all across this country in the spring. And if we use the dial approach—if we use masks, if we help people get flu shots—we can avoid the catastrophic outcomes again.”

We can stop the spread, limit deaths and suffering, and prevent job-crushing lockdowns.

Albert Einstein famously said, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” W...
10/30/2020
States Shouldn’t Follow Failed FTT Proposals

Albert Einstein famously said, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” While that would certainly be the case in physics, the same can be said as policymakers consider a financial transaction tax (FTT) that would harm Mr. and Mrs. 401K. As we have seen many times before, the pattern is similar: An FTT is instituted, various tax rates are imposed and then reduced, and the tax is finally eliminated. Whether it is Sweden, Germany, Japan, or numerous other countries, FTTs damage the retirement community, investors, businesses and economies.

In the wake of an economic crisis, now is not the time for FTTs.

More than 60 million Americans are expected to vote by mail this year, nearly double the number who voted by mail four y...
10/26/2020

More than 60 million Americans are expected to vote by mail this year, nearly double the number who voted by mail four years ago. We must prepare to be patient #ElectionFacts www.uschamber.com/electionfacts

The need to modernize America’s infrastructure is well documented. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gives ...
10/26/2020
Rebuilding Our Vital Infrastructure Requires Congressional Leadership

The need to modernize America’s infrastructure is well documented. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gives the nation’s infrastructure a D+, and the state of Pennsylvania is only slightly better with a C-. Meanwhile, American businesses lose $170 billion in productivity annually due to inadequate infrastructure.

Our EVP calls on congress to pass much needed infrastructure legislation to rebuild our crumbling roads and bridges.

When it comes to an endorsement for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, what the U.S. Chamber wants for America...
10/22/2020
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

When it comes to an endorsement for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, what the U.S. Chamber wants for America’s employers—all any litigant should rightly ask for of any court, of any judge—is to be given a fair shot. Judge Barrett would treat all parties before her fairly.

From shipping to staffing, the Chamber and its partners have the tools to save your business money and the solutions to help you run it more efficiently. Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today to start saving.

Today is National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day! Thank you to all of the local chambers working hard to sup...
10/21/2020

Today is National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day! Thank you to all of the local chambers working hard to support and strengthen business communities across the nation. Join us in celebrating your local chamber! #ChamberStrong

Every day more data, applications, and computing power—almost everything we do digitally—is moving to the Cloud. With so...
10/21/2020
As the Cloud Grows, So Does the Focus on Its Security

Every day more data, applications, and computing power—almost everything we do digitally—is moving to the Cloud. With so much of our digital life dependent on Cloud computing, its security is no longer a side issue, but a top priority. To delve deeper into this issue, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Cyber, Intelligence, and Supply Chain Security Division hosted a discussion today on Cloud cybersecurity as part of its Now+Next webinar series.

Movement to the cloud is gathering pace. Here's what you need to know.

As the election nears, efforts to revamp the nation’s healthcare system by expanding government-run insurance are intens...
10/20/2020
More Government Sponsored Healthcare is Not the Answer

As the election nears, efforts to revamp the nation’s healthcare system by expanding government-run insurance are intensifying. Recent Democratic proposals would lower the eligibility age for Medicare and create a public option in the exchange marketplace. This would significantly alter the existing healthcare landscape by increasing the government’s fiscal responsibility, influence, and control over healthcare. It is important that policymakers, and those affected by the policy changes, fully understand the far-reaching adverse consequences of these proposals.

Increasing government control over health insurance will have adverse effects on Americans.

The economic fallout from the pandemic has led to an uneven recovery, in which certain sectors do well, while others str...
10/15/2020
How IPOs Would Help A Broad Economic Recovery

The economic fallout from the pandemic has led to an uneven recovery, in which certain sectors do well, while others struggle. Technology and goods-producing companies look poised to thrive as their products and services adapt. Other segments of the economy like brick-and-mortar retailers and the entertainment and hospitality industries will not recover as quickly as other industries, impacting the daily life of millions of Americans.

IPOs could be the answer to the challenges presented by the uneven, K-Shaped economic recovery from COVID-19.

"Diversity drives innovation, not the other way around," said U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark at the Global Innovat...
10/14/2020
Fostering Inclusion in the Innovation Economy Drives American Competitiveness

"Diversity drives innovation, not the other way around," said U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark at the Global Innovation Policy Center's Equality of Opportunity in the Innovation Economy event on October 1. "Differing perspectives lead to differing ideas, and robust debate and discussion leads to more innovation and important breakthroughs." Making the innovation economy more inclusive isn't just the right thing to do; it's also good business, and America's competitiveness depends on it.

"Diversity drives innovation, not the other way around," said U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark at the GlobalInnovation Policy Center'sEquality of Opportunity in the Innovation Economyevent on Octo…

In preparation for Election Day, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a Vote For Jobs resource center with state-spe...
10/13/2020
Vote For Jobs Social Media Toolkit

In preparation for Election Day, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a Vote For Jobs resource center with state-specific guidelines on voter registration, early and absentee voting, and polling locations. Below, you’ll find a sharable graphics for your state. We encourage you to share these assets with your networks on social media, websites, and other channels.
#voteforjobs

In preparation for Election Day, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a Vote For Jobs resource center with state-specific guidelines onvoter registration, early and absentee voting, and polling lo…

This latest piece continues Suzanne’s thought leadership and commentary on the intersection of business and government a...
10/07/2020

This latest piece continues Suzanne’s thought leadership and commentary on the intersection of business and government and how the private sector is driving solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing our country.

"Gridlock is not an option for business, and it shouldn’t be an option for the elected officials who run our government."

Must read: Our President Suzanne Clark challenges us all to help rebuild a governing center — before it’s too late: https://www.dialogueproject.study/perspectives/suzanne-p-clark #CommitToDialogue

Congratulations to Mike Neal, President/CEO, #tulsaregionalchamber and his team for being named chamber of the year! Cha...
10/07/2020
Tulsa Regional Chamber - Tulsa Regional Chamber named National Chamber of the Year

Congratulations to Mike Neal, President/CEO, #tulsaregionalchamber and his team for being named chamber of the year! Chamber partners support the local business community that creating jobs and economic growth. Thank you for your partnership and everything you do to create jobs and economic growth in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the nation!

For the fourth time in 15 years, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) has honored the Tulsa Regional Chamber as its National Chamber of the Year. The award recognizes chambers that demonstrate excellence in operations, member services and community leadership.

Election Day is only 29 days away. Have you prepared your members to #VoteForJobs? Now is the time to encourage your mem...
10/05/2020
Vote for Jobs

Election Day is only 29 days away. Have you prepared your members to #VoteForJobs? Now is the time to encourage your members to visit VoteForJobs.com to check your state's requirements to vote early or by absentee to help get out the vote to support pro-business candidates in your community and the important work they do in Washington, D.C.
#voteforjobs

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly encourages you to learn more about the candidates in each race and the issues at hand. But most importantly, we hope you will use the tools on this website to reg…

Throughout history, criminals have exploited national emergencies for financial or illicit gain. As the COVID-19 pandemi...
10/01/2020
The Evolution of Cybersecurity Threats During COVID-19 and What You Can Do About It

Throughout history, criminals have exploited national emergencies for financial or illicit gain. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, the risk for cyber-enabled fraud exploded in unparalleled scale and scope. Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and FICO released a Special Report on Cybersecure Remote Working During COVID-19, spotlighting the evolution of cybersecurity threats during the coronavirus pandemic and providing expert insight as to how businesses can enhance their cybersecurity.

We break down the latest FICO cyber report findings.

For 180 million American workers and their families who depend on personalized coverage for their health and financial s...
09/30/2020
ERISA Preemption: A Vital Protection for Health Coverage

For 180 million American workers and their families who depend on personalized coverage for their health and financial security, the Employee Retirement Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) is the cornerstone of their insurance. When Congress passed ERISA more than four decades ago, policymakers included a broad and robust express preemption clause to protect against inconsistent state laws and ensure uniform, equitable and affordable benefits regardless of where Americans live or work.

Our health policy and litigation experts explain why ERISA safeguards are essential.

Our nation’s small businesses — the engine that powers so much of America’s economy — have been hit particularly hard by...
09/28/2020
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Our nation’s small businesses — the engine that powers so much of America’s economy — have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic and the corresponding economic repercussions. Only a very small number of those who received initial PPP funds expect to be able to maintain current payrolls without additional government assistance, and many believe the pandemic’s impacts will continue to reverberate for at least another six months to a year, if not longer.

From shipping to staffing, the Chamber and its partners have the tools to save your business money and the solutions to help you run it more efficiently. Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today to start saving.

Momentum for potentially historic climate and energy innovation legislation appears to be growing on Capitol Hill, and t...
09/24/2020
With Momentum Building, Historic Climate Change Progress is Possible in 2020

Momentum for potentially historic climate and energy innovation legislation appears to be growing on Capitol Hill, and the Chamber is proud to be part of a diverse coalition working to make it happen.

Now is the time to invest in climate-friendly technology and infrastructure that will create jobs and improve the environment.

The Chamber shares Europe’s goals of advancing its digital economy. But we’re concerned when policymakers describe Europ...
09/23/2020
Transatlantic Trade: Time to Pull the Rusty Nails

The Chamber shares Europe’s goals of advancing its digital economy. But we’re concerned when policymakers describe Europe’s digital ambitions as striving for “technological sovereignty;” and we caution against an approach that places Europe on a path that advances national champions by discriminating against foreign firms, including American ones.
We encourage the EU instead to pursue a policy of “technological resilience” that emphasizes cooperation with like-minded international partners and the private sector on measures that promote traditional European and American values and principles such as support for open markets, respect for the rule of law, and encouraging data flows while protecting privacy.

We explain how the U.S. and EU can build stronger ties by working collaboratively on a broad agenda for transatlantic trade.

A majority of America’s small businesses rank the economy as one of the top two issues influencing who they will vote fo...
09/22/2020
Most Small Businesses Say the Economy Is Their Top Election Issue

A majority of America’s small businesses rank the economy as one of the top two issues influencing who they will vote for this fall according to data from the Q3 2020 MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index (Index). The survey of 1,000 small business owners—conducted between August 21 and 27 of this year—also indicates that they continue to view the economy as predominately negative.

We break down the results of our latest Small Business Index with MetLife.

Lifting up all Americans and ensuring equal opportunity for all is a critical mission for the business community. To dev...
09/21/2020
Chamber’s Clark: Racial Equality is ‘Essential’ to U.S. Competitiveness

Lifting up all Americans and ensuring equal opportunity for all is a critical mission for the business community. To develop real, sustainable solutions to close race-based opportunity gaps, the U.S. Chamber launched the Equality of Opportunity Initiative earlier this year.

Lifting up all Americans and ensuring equal opportunity for all is a critical mission for the business community.On Monday atThe Future of Business and Educationevent put on by the U.S. Chamber, Chamb…

Congress and the administration deserve credit for their swift action early on to support American businesses and worker...
09/17/2020
The Cost of Inaction is Too Great: Congress Must Pass A Phase 4 Coronavirus Relief Package

Congress and the administration deserve credit for their swift action early on to support American businesses and workers amid the coronavirus pandemic, but a lot is still riding on the passage of a Phase 4 economic relief package.
#CostOfInaction

Congress needs to pass a Phase 4 coronavirus relief package now to help these 7 groups and industries hit hard by COVID-19.

Tomorrow, the House Energy & Commerce Committee will hold an oversight hearing of the Federal Communications Commission ...
09/16/2020
The FCC’s Impressive Broadband Resume and Steps Congress Can Take to Connect All Americans

Tomorrow, the House Energy & Commerce Committee will hold an oversight hearing of the Federal Communications Commission and its work to deploy essential broadband access across the country. The current Commission led by Chairman Ajit Pai has enacted policies that have turned the tide of declining investment during the previous administration. Private investment in America’s broadband networks have enabled it to lead the world in network capacity despite the massive shift to online work, school, and commerce. According to a Gallup survey, the number of Americans telecommuting doubled from 31 percent in March 2020 to 62 percent in April.

The FCC can only do so much to bridge the digital divide. Congress must act now to provide solutions for America's broadband crisis.

Trade and investment are fundamental to this discussion. More and more American companies are entering the Qatari market...
09/15/2020
The U.S.-Qatar Trade Relationship: A Case for Optimism

Trade and investment are fundamental to this discussion. More and more American companies are entering the Qatari market and U.S.-Qatar trade grows exponentially every year. The U.S. is Qatar’s largest foreign direct investor with a total of $110.6 billion in FDI, and the U.S. is the largest single source of exports to Qatar at $6.5 billion in 2019. More than 850 U.S. companies now operate in Qatar in a variety of key industries, and there was over $9.4 billion in trade between the two countries in 2019, a growth of over 100% since 2017. This year, companies continue to grow their investments despite global uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Qatar Business Program held its 3rd annual Strategic Dialogue this week. Read the key takeaways here.

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