Obama Delays Ozone Rule, Giving in to Regulatory Rollback Demanded By GOP

By: Friday September 2, 2011 9:30 am

The Obama Administration has decided to delay new ozone standards which the EPA had already written, claiming that “the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty” outweighs clean air. In a statement, the President writes that “I have requested that Administrator Jackson withdraw the draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards at this time,” [...]

Obama Pushes for Clean Highway Bill Extension

By: Wednesday August 31, 2011 7:30 am

The White House is getting an early jump on the House Republicans’ next potential hostage-taking event, and perhaps learning something in the process. In an event today, flanked by AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka, Chamber of Commerce COO David Chavern and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, President Obama will call for a clean extension of the Highway [...]

Republicans Not Enamored of Buffett’s Progressive Taxation Plea

By: Wednesday August 17, 2011 8:10 am

You’ll be shocked to know that Republicans didn’t think much of Warren Buffett’s appeal for tax fairness and a more progressive system. Republicans blasted back at Warren Buffett after the billionaire investor argued in a newspaper opinion piece that the mega-rich in the U.S. are “coddled” by the tax code. “For tax-raising advocates like Warren [...]

Chamber of Commerce Pressuring GOP Lawmakers on Debt Limit

By: Monday April 18, 2011 6:16 am

Here’s more fodder for why the debt limit will certainly be extended: the Chamber of Commerce is now involved. Financial industry executives, business leaders and Treasury Department officials are visiting the freshmen in their offices, briefing them in small groups and even cornering them at dinner parties. It’s all part of a behind-the-scenes campaign to [...]

House Republicans Deliver Nonsense Letter to Elizabeth Warren

By: Thursday March 31, 2011 8:39 am

So Spencer Bachus and Shelley Moore Capito are really upset with Elizabeth Warren. In a letter from the two leaders on the House Financial Services Committee, they demand that Warren correct her testimony to the committee from March 16. See, when asked about the mortgage servicer settlement and CFPB’s role in it, Warren said that [...]

Traditional Media Takes Notice of ChamberLeaks Scandal

By: Tuesday February 15, 2011 7:46 am

The traditional media has finally taken note of the campaign by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to enlist private security firms in a plan to smear their political enemies using dirty tricks. The Washington Post picks it up: A feud between a security contracting firm and a group of guerrilla computer hackers has spilled over [...]

Brad Friedman on ChamberLeaks: “We’re fighting against how our own tax dollars are being spent against us.”

By: Friday February 11, 2011 1:09 pm

If you’ve been following Marcy Wheeler, you know about the ChamberLeaks scandal which has erupted in the past 48 hours. According to hacked documents, a series of private security firms pitched a strategy to the US Chamber of Commerce to engage in smear campaigns against opponents of the Chamber’s work. The Chamber had several particular [...]

Corporations Disinterested in Investing in America

By: Tuesday February 8, 2011 12:19 pm

If you read President Obama’s speech to the Chamber of Commerce yesterday, you do see that he approaches them on his terms, with a call for them to basically support the agenda he’s put forward all along. He did stress that the benefits of a growing economy cannot aggregate at the top, with inequality rising. [...]

Obama Makes Nice with the Chamber of Commerce

By: Monday February 7, 2011 10:36 am

President Obama just wrapped up a lunchtime speech at the US Chamber of Commerce, and the effort at groveling and currying favor was probably laid on thicker than the butter on the bread rolls: President Obama on Monday pledged that his administration would be a strong partner with business in working to boost the American [...]

Republicans Seek Elimination of EPA Regulations on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By: Wednesday February 2, 2011 9:51 am

Fred Upton (R-MI), the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has released his bill which would block the EPA from implementing greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act. This bill will likely get a vote in the House when they return to session. Rep. Fred Upton (R. Mich.), chair of the House [...]

Labor, Chamber of Commerce Issue Joint Release Supporting Public Investment

By: Wednesday January 26, 2011 12:01 pm

While I don’t agree with the whole piece, Steven Pearlstein was right today on Republicans’ quick rejection of public investment of the kind that the President proposed in the State of the Union. But Republicans could find themselves alone on at least one plank of that investment strategy. In a rare joint statement, Rich Trumka [...]

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