What does the U. S. Chamber of Commerce stand for?

The national mouthpiece for corporate welfare has thrown a complete tantrum over the Senate vote to talk about health care reform. The heat is on Arkansas Senators Pryor and Lincoln. This item came in today’s mail and I find it quite enlightening.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has spent millions of dollars in Arkansas over the past week attacking some Members of Congress for their vote in favor of comprehensive health insurance reform.

As a public service, Americans United for Change in Arkansas offers the viewing public a sampling of other positions the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has taken recently.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce positions:

Business should not have to give workers time off if they have swine flu. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce opposes a bill proposing paid sick leave for workers who contract flu-like symptoms even in light of this year’s H1N1 epidemic. 11/03/09]

Defense Contractors Have the Right to Rape Their Employees And Get Away With It. Sen. Al Franken offered a successful amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that would withhold defense contracts to companies who prevent victims from filing lawsuits against sexual assault and harassment. The Politico noted that the Chamber of Commerce lobbied against the amendment. [Politico, 10/7/09]

Employers should be able to pay women less than men for doing the same job. The Chamber of Commerce lobbied against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which nullified an anti-labor 2007 Supreme Court decision by giving workers more time to file pay discrimination lawsuits. [Chamber, 1/14/09]

Chemicals which cause miscarriages, genital defects, and other reproductive health risks should not be banned from toys: The Chamber of Commerce aggressively lobbied against a ban on phthalates when Congress was debating the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act in 2008. The chemical gained notoriety when it was reported that Chinese toys sold in the U.S. contained it. [CAP, 7/21/09; OMB Watch, 12/2/08]

There should be no regulation Of Wall Street to prevent another financial collapse. The Chamber of Commerce has been one of the organizations leading the charge against the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency. The CFPA would set standards for traditional mortgages, restrict mortgages with hidden fees, enforce laws aimed at restricting banks from arbitrarily raising interest rates, and examine the practices of lenders and financial firms with risky products. [New York Times, 7/30/09; WonkRoom, 10/3/09]

There should be no minimum wage at all. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has argued that market forces alone should set wage scales. The Chamber has argued that living wage standards “put the interest of employees above all other considerations.” The Chamber lobbied against the latest increase in the minimum wage. [Fox News, 12/22/06; Quigley, p 132]


About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

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