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What is Business Roundtable

Business Roundtable (BRT) is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote sound public policy and a thriving U.S. economy.

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Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote a thriving economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy.

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Open markets for international trade and investment are essential for supporting U.S. economic growth and jobs. Business Roundtable supports policies that promote U.S. trade and investment, and create a level playing field for U.S. companies competing in global markets.

Business Leaders Applaud Passage of Trade Adjustment Assistance Legislation

We are pleased members of the Senate today reauthorized the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, and urge the House to quickly pass the legislation. TAA is a useful program as a way to assure our workers that their skills and success are also a priority.

Business Roundtable Commends Senate Passage of TPA, Urges President to Sign

The Senate has voted to help complete strong trade agreements that open new markets for U.S. businesses, farmers and workers to compete in the global marketplace, support well-paying American jobs and deliver much-needed economic growth,” said Tom Linebarger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cummins Inc. and Chair of the Business Roundtable International Engagement Committee. “We urge the President to sign this legislation and for the Senate and House to pass Trade Adjustment Assistance legislation as soon as possible.

Engler: Stage Set for TPA Passage and Enactment

Today’s vote sets the stage for final passage of bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority legislation. This bill will help ensure U.S. negotiators bring back the strongest possible trade agreements for American business and workers.

Advancing Trade Legislation Enhances America’s Ability to Compete Around the World

Business Roundtable applauds House passage of bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation which is critical to negotiating the best possible trade agreements for the United States and opening up new markets for American-made products and services

Business Roundtable Statement on Trade Votes

“We applaud the House for passing bipartisan TPA legislation to ensure the United States can negotiate the best possible trade agreements for our U.S. businesses, farmers and workers. Trade agreements are key to opening new markets for American-made goods and services, supporting well-paying U.S. jobs and delivering much-needed economic growth.

“Additionally, the Roundtable has long supported Trade Adjustment Assistance, and we urge the House to resolve the current impasse so Trade Promotion Authority and Trade Adjustment Assistance can be signed into law.”

TPA: A Multiple Win for the U.S. Economy

Appearing on CNBC's Squawkbox this morning, Business Roundtable President John Engler cited numerous benefits of enacting Trade Promotion Authority, saying it will enable the Obama Administration to best possible trade agreement for America:

America’s Business Leaders: Vote for TPA-2015 & TAA

Business Roundtable, whose members lead companies with nearly 16 million employees collectively, is calling on members of the U.S. House of Representatives to support both the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015) and bipartisan Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) legislation.

Business Roundtable Letter Urging Support for Trade Adjustment Assistance Legislation

International Engagement Committee Chair and Cummins Inc. Chairman and CEO Thomas Linebarger Urges the House of Representatives to support and vote for the bipartisan
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) legislation.

CEO Economic Outlook Survey: Scaling Back Expectations

Business Roundtable released its Q2 CEOs Economic Outlook Survey today, revealing lowered expectations for sales, capital spending and employment for the rest of 2015. The CEOs also lowered their estimates for GDP for the year, down to 2.5 percent from the previous quarter's projection.

Senate Approval of TPA Is a Vote for Growth and Jobs

Business Roundtable applauds Senate approval of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015).


Committee Priorities

The United States and 11 other countries have completed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a modern trade agreement that creates new opportunities for American manufacturing and services businesses large and small to compete in a global economy. The TPP cuts over 18,000 foreign taxes on American-made products, leveling the playing field for U.S. exporters.

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As business leaders representing every sector of the economy, we know that trade — both exports and imports — and U.S. trade agreements help drive America’s economic growth, competitiveness and job creation. Currently, trade supports more than one in five American jobs. Exports account for nearly 14 percent of overall U.S. GDP, and since 2004, U.S. exports have grown faster than GDP.

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Competing in the Global Marketplace

Business Roundtable supports policies that help U.S. companies and workers increase their competitiveness in the global marketplace and ensure that U.S. and foreign markets remain open for trade and investment. 

With over 95 percent of the world’s population and 80 percent of the world’s purchasing power outside of the United States, Business Roundtable supports: (1) Actively pursuing strategic bilateral and regional negotiations, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP); (2) Actively pursuing plurilateral negotiations like the Trade in Services Agreement and an expanded WTO Information Technology Agreement; and (3) Vigorously enforcing U.S. rights under existing and future agreements.

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Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is a critical tool for advancing the U.S. trade agreements to support U.S. economic growth and jobs.

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Emerging Growth Markets

Tapping into the world’s emerging markets – like China and India – is one of the keys to U.S. economic growth and job creation. Business Roundtable encourages constructive engagement by: (1) targeting the elimination of market access barriers and discriminatory treatment of U.S. exporters and investments; and (2) enforcing U.S. rights under international trade and investment rules to ensure that U.S. companies and workers are not disadvantaged by discriminatory foreign government policies.

Promoting Trade

Business Roundtable supports: (1) reauthorizing the U.S. Export-Import Bank to help U.S. companies compete for sales abroad and support the U.S. jobs that depend on those sales; (2) continuing to implement reforms to outdated U.S. export controls; and (3) increasing international regulatory cooperation through initiatives such as the TPP and TTIP negotiations and the high-level U.S. regulatory working groups with Canada and Mexico.