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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America's business community plays a critical role in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that safe and effective vacc...
04/01/2021
Nearly 400 Businesses Make Rally for Recovery Commitment to Help Defeat Pandemic

America's business community plays a critical role in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that safe and effective vaccines are available, every business must rally around a common goal: accelerate vaccinations, reopen safely, and defeat the pandemic.

Businesses across the nation have made it a priority to step up and lead the recovery amid their workforce and in their communities.

“We need a big and bold program to modernize our nation’s crumbling infrastructure and we applaud the Biden administrati...
03/31/2021
Coalition Letter on the Build by the Fourth of July Campaign

“We need a big and bold program to modernize our nation’s crumbling infrastructure and we applaud the Biden administration for making infrastructure a top priority. However, we believe the proposal is dangerously misguided when it comes to how to pay for infrastructure. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been vocal in urging the President and Congress to address infrastructure as their first priority after pandemic relief, even building a diverse coalition of over 300 organizations unified in calling for action by the Fourth of July.

This Coalition letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress, on the Chamber's and the Bipartisan Policy Center's joint campaign to "Build by the Fourth of July" and encourage the passage of infrastructure legislation.

To lead the Initiative, the Chamber has tapped the former Parliamentarian of the U.S. House of Representatives, Tom Wick...
03/29/2021
U.S. Chamber Announces State and Local Policy Initiative to Promote Effective State Policies

To lead the Initiative, the Chamber has tapped the former Parliamentarian of the U.S. House of Representatives, Tom Wickham. Tom's 25-year tenure in the House provides him with deep knowledge of a very broad set of issues and a strong track record of working with political leaders in both parties. He will join the U.S. Chamber as Senior Vice President for State and Local Policy.

“From data privacy to worker classification to discriminatory taxes to energy regulation, increasingly, policy issues of significant importance to the business community are migrating from statehouse to state house and from the federal government to state governments and vice-versa," said Tom Wick...

“The MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index published this week shows small business confidence growing...
03/18/2021
Small Business Index

“The MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index published this week shows small business confidence growing due to vaccine availability, but also indicates there’s a long road ahead for recovery and more help is needed. Six out of 10 small businesses surveyed believe it will take more than six-months to return to normal.

The current Small Business Index score is 55.9 (a slight increase of three points from 52.9 in Q4 2020).

Congratulations to our new CEO and President Suzanne Clark. We are proud to have a leader with your vision, experience, ...
03/11/2021
Business Will Lead the Next American Century

Congratulations to our new CEO and President Suzanne Clark. We are proud to have a leader with your vision, experience, and passion for American enterprise lead us into the future. We are ready to get to work and help American #biz drive our nation forward. #leadership #business https://bit.ly/3t2umnw

Coming out of the global pandemic, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to embrace and lead transformation

Thank you to U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar for having the courage to do the right thing and vote 'no' against the #PROa...
03/10/2021
U.S. Chamber CEO-Elect: PRO Act Would Harm Workers, Employers, and U.S. Economy

Thank you to U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar for having the courage to do the right thing and vote 'no' against the #PROact. You stood up for workers & employers in Texas and across the country. Read more about the Pro Act.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly opposes the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act, H.R. 842), which today passed the House of Representatives. The bill would force employees to pay union dues regardless of whether they support a union, threaten private ballots in union elections, and s...

The reality is that while talking about “fair share” may seem like a good soundbite to some politicians, in these recent...
03/03/2021
The “Fair Share” Fig Leaf

The reality is that while talking about “fair share” may seem like a good soundbite to some politicians, in these recent conversations, it’s simply a euphemism for raising taxes. And when the corporate tax rate is the tax you want to raise, the result is lower returns on investment for shareholders, lower wages and fewer jobs for workers, and higher prices for consumers.

Rather than raising taxes, we need to focus on policies that will drive our economic recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

Building on over a year of efforts to arm business leaders with the tools and resources they need to protect their emplo...
03/01/2021
U.S. Chamber Expands ‘Rally for Recovery’ Initiative as Part of Campaign to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

Building on over a year of efforts to arm business leaders with the tools and resources they need to protect their employees and recover from the pandemic, last week the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched the Rally for Recovery Commitment, asking employers to commit to taking three important steps to get the country back to health and American workers back to work:

• Encourage mask wearing and social distancing in the workplace.
• Reduce barriers to employee vaccinations.
• Communicate with your customers and communities about how to stop the spread of the virus.
#rallyforrecovery

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched the Rally for Recovery Commitment, asking employers to take 3 steps to stop the spread of coronavirus

The Biden administration’s trade team is inheriting a number of thorny, near-term challenges with broad implications for...
02/23/2021
Three Trade Imperatives for the Biden Administration

The Biden administration’s trade team is inheriting a number of thorny, near-term challenges with broad implications for American workers, farmers, and businesses. From the White House to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and across the cabinet, it will be important for officials to remain focused on the big picture including imperatives such as these.

The Biden administration’s trade team is inheriting a number of thorny, near-term challenges with broad implications for American workers, farmers, and businesses. From the White House to the Office…

For this week’s Path Forward U.S. Chamber President and CEO-Elect Suzanne Clark joined two renowned public health expert...
02/18/2021
The Path Forward: Same, Tested Methods Work Against New COVID Variants

For this week’s Path Forward U.S. Chamber President and CEO-Elect Suzanne Clark joined two renowned public health experts in a conversation about the coronavirus mutations that are raising concerns about our ability to fight back against COVID-19.
Dr. Sharon Peacock of the COVID-19 Genomics U.K. Consortium and Dr. Jonathan Li of Harvard Medical School explained why the virus is mutating, what the new variants that have been discovered mean for infection rates, and how we can ensure tests, therapeutics, and vaccines remain effective.

U.S. Chamber President and CEO-Elect Suzanne Clark joined two renowned public health experts in a conversation about coronavirus mutations.

As COVID-19 vaccine distribution ramps up, it’s critical for businesses of all sizes to educate workers and customers ab...
02/11/2021

As COVID-19 vaccine distribution ramps up, it’s critical for businesses of all sizes to educate workers and customers about the importance of the COVID-19 vaccination to our health and prosperity. Our economy will return strength when we return to health—and science and smart planning will get us there. Join us in sharing the informational resources below to help businesses and employees make informed decisions about vaccination when the time comes. #rallyforrecovery #vaccine

Questions about #COVID19 vaccines? We have you covered. Check out the new Vaccine Resources Center with state-specific #vaccine guidelines, strategy templates and communication resources. Check it out here: uschamber.com/vaccine #RallyForRecovery

Fairness and transparency are essential in regulatory policy to enable businesses to invest and grow. These attributes a...
02/10/2021
The Business Community Needs Regulatory Certainty Now More Than Ever

Fairness and transparency are essential in regulatory policy to enable businesses to invest and grow. These attributes are especially critical in a time of uncertainty when the economy is trying to recover. Unfortunately, the new administration is rolling back policy that now, more than ever, is needed to advance smart regulations and fair implementation that allows businesses to innovate and reopen with confidence.

The new administration is rolling back a policy of fairness and transparency.

Today, the Executive Committee of the Board proudly fulfilled that duty by appointing Suzanne Clark as the next presiden...
02/09/2021

Today, the Executive Committee of the Board proudly fulfilled that duty by appointing Suzanne Clark as the next president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, succeeding Tom Donohue after his 24 years of remarkable service. Suzanne will assume her new role on March 11, 2021, the date of our next Board meeting.

We are thrilled to announce that our president Suzanne Clark has been appointed the next CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, effective March 11. Clark succeeds Tom Donohue, who has led the organization for 24 years.

“Suzanne Clark's extensive experience combined with her ambitious vision and ongoing work to strengthen and transform the organization make her the resounding choice to lead the Chamber and the business community into the future,” our Board Chair said in an announcement today. “We are thrilled that the U.S. Chamber has yet another world-class CEO to serve the interests of our members and lead the American business community.”

Read the full release: https://www.uschamber.com/ceo-announcement

Need a coffee break? We’re partnering with @CompassCoffeeDC and local chambers to launch #CommonGrounds, where we bring ...
02/08/2021
Common Grounds: Spotlight on Infrastructure and Transportation

Need a coffee break? We’re partnering with @CompassCoffeeDC and local chambers to launch #CommonGrounds, where we bring one Republican and one Democrat together for a #bipartisan conversation about pressing policy topics. Grab your coffee and join us:

The U.S. Chamber is proud to partner on this event series with Compass Coffee, a fast-growing, proudly Washington DC-based coffee roaster founded by two Marines.

The current Administration has minced no words about its goals to increase taxes, including raising the 21% corporate ra...
01/27/2021
The Case for Preserving a Competitive Corporate Tax Rate

The current Administration has minced no words about its goals to increase taxes, including raising the 21% corporate rate to 28%. We worked for 31 years before finally achieving tax reform that, among other things, lowered the corporate tax rate to a level that made us not only competitive in the global economy, but made it attractive to do business here. It is imperative that we preserve this competitive rate, which was enacted to enable American businesses to compete successfully in the global economy, to attract foreign investment to the United States, to increase capital for investment, and to drive job creation in the United States.

There is bipartisan agreement that an economic downturn is not the time to raise taxes. Here's why.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced an important new campaign for 2021—“Build by the Fourth of Ju...
01/26/2021
Opportunities Abound to Build a Cleaner, Stronger Transportation System

Earlier this month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced an important new campaign for 2021—“Build by the Fourth of July,” which, as the name implies, calls on Congress to pass comprehensive infrastructure legislation into law by July 4th, 2021. This effort includes more than 220 organizations, including major voices from business, labor and environmental groups. We hope that this unified message will provide critical momentum to finally pass a historic infrastructure bill that the country sorely needs.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced an important new campaign for 2021—“Build by the Fourth of July,” which, as the name implies, calls on Congress to pass comprehensive i…

U.S. Chamber developed three State of American Business Policy Power Hours highlighting common-sense policy solutions fo...
01/21/2021
States Focus on Pro-Business Policies to Attract Companies, Talent

U.S. Chamber developed three State of American Business Policy Power Hours highlighting common-sense policy solutions for strengthening the recovery on the international, national, and state/local levels.
#RallyForRecovery

Check out our key takeaways from our Policy Power Hour: State Issues, National Impact on Jan. 15, 2021.

The U.S. Chamber’s top legislative priority is rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure. To that end, the U.S. Cham...
01/19/2021
Infrastructure and Workforce Development Are Key to Rebuilding America

The U.S. Chamber’s top legislative priority is rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure. To that end, the U.S. Chamber, the Bipartisan Policy Center, and more than 140 national and local organizations launched the “Build by the Fourth of July” campaign, urging newly elected and reelected members of Congress to enact a fiscally and environmentally responsible infrastructure package by July 4, 2021!

Check out the key takeaways from our Policy Power Hour: Spotlight on Washington on Jan. 14, 2021.

Check out the Chamber’s new initiative to build on our existing efforts to push for action on #infrastructure legislatio...
01/14/2021
Let's Rebuild America

Check out the Chamber’s new initiative to build on our existing efforts to push for action on #infrastructure legislation this year.

WE NEED CONGRESS TO ENACT A FISCALLY AND ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE THAT STIMULATES THE ECONOMY. It seems each Congress and every new Administration includes infrastructure as a top priority. Despite broad support from diverse coalitions, however, too often they fail to act.....

Please check out our "Business Is" video.#RallyforRecovery
01/13/2021
Business Is Rallying the Recovery

Please check out our "Business Is" video.
#RallyforRecovery

Over the past year, our country has been challenged in ways few could have planned for — or even imagined. From our public health to our economy to our polit...

Thirty-seven business leaders, ranging from healthcare to finance and energy to entertainment, shared where their indust...
01/11/2021
The 2021 State of American Business

Thirty-seven business leaders, ranging from healthcare to finance and energy to entertainment, shared where their industries are on the K-shaped recovery. Of the 37 responses, 19 (51%) say they are doing slightly or much worse than pre-pandemic, 15 (41%) slightly or much better, and three (8%) the same. These findings will be explored during the Chamber’s annual State of American Business program. Join us on Tuesday, January 12, as thousands of business leaders from across the country and around the world convene to explore the most important challenges and opportunities on the horizon in 2021.

The event will explore how a united business community can rally a divided nation around a widespread economic recovery, restore good governance, and rebuild our economy for the future.

Don’t miss the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 State of American Business event on Tuesday, January 12. At this year’s v...
01/06/2021

Don’t miss the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 State of American Business event on Tuesday, January 12. At this year’s virtual event, some of the nation’s top experts will discuss the road to recovery and explore the most important challenges and opportunities on the horizon for businesses in 2021. #rallyforrecovery

12/25/2020
Small businesses anticipate the worst of the pandemic is still ahead and half (50%) of small businesses see their operat...
12/15/2020
July 2020 Small Business Coronavirus Impact Poll

Small businesses anticipate the worst of the pandemic is still ahead and half (50%) of small businesses see their operations continuing for a year or less in the current business climate before having to permanently close according to a new poll taken October 30 – November 10 and released today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and MetLife.

Across the country, more small businesses report reopening and have cautious optimism about the future despite concerns about a resurgence of the coronavirus according to the latest MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Coronavirus Impact Poll.

Amid a pandemic that has taken nearly 1.5 million lives worldwide, there’s light at the end of the tunnel: The imminent ...
12/07/2020
How Trade, Immigration, and Global Supply Chains Will Defeat the Pandemic

Amid a pandemic that has taken nearly 1.5 million lives worldwide, there’s light at the end of the tunnel: The imminent introduction of two COVID-19 vaccines, with more in the pipeline. With government approval expected soon, the first people will receive the vaccines produced by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech and, separately, Moderna within weeks. A third vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, may not be far behind

Two COVID-19 vaccines were produced in record time—beating all but the most optimistic of forecasts. How? Read more.

The Path Forward event series is designed to help business and community leaders find the answers they need to execute a...
12/02/2020
The Path Forward: CDC Director Says Masks are Powerful Tool for Combating Virus

The Path Forward event series is designed to help business and community leaders find the answers they need to execute a responsible reopening strategy and plan for a post-pandemic world.

U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark and CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield discuss the state of the pandemic on Path Forward.

We’ve seen it in the dedication of frontline businesses and workers who have produced and delivered our food, stocked ou...
11/24/2020
This Thanksgiving, Let’s Celebrate the Goodness

We’ve seen it in the dedication of frontline businesses and workers who have produced and delivered our food, stocked our grocery store shelves, taught our children, cared for the sick and the elderly, and kept our lights on and our networks running. Because of their selfless and ceaseless work, daily life has continued through the ups and downs of the pandemic.

We can begin to dwell on the tremendous blessings that have risen up out of this challenging year.

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