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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.

More Than Leaders. Leadership.

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.

About BRT

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.

Letter to the Senate urging a vote for the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015)

Business Roundtable strongly supports this bill, which will help secure solid results in ongoing U.S. trade negotiations. We hope it will be passed by the Senate before the Memorial Day recess.

Benefits of Trade & U.S. Trade Agreements

U.S. economic growth and job creation depend on expanding U.S. trade and investment opportunities so U.S. companies can sell more products and services to customers around the world.

BRT Letter Urges Reauthorization of U.S. Export-Import Bank

Such a long-term reauthorization is urgently needed to address growing uncertainty among U.S. companies, of all sizes, that rely on Ex-Im Bank to enable their exports.

CEO Economic Outlook Survey: Tempered Optimism; Now, Trade and Tax Reform

Business Roundtable today released its CEO Economic Outlook Survey for the first quarter of 2015, with BRT Chairman Randall Stephenson of AT&T briefing reporters via a conference call on the results. Shorthand version: The U.S. economy is trending upwards, but we could still do better, especially if Washington got busy enacting Trade Promotion Authority, business tax reform, infrastructure investment and smarter, less burdensome regulation.

Putting Data to Work

In today’s digital economy, businesses and manufacturers in every country – and in every sector – rely on data to operate, deliver, grow, innovate and prosper. Ensuring that international borders remain open to allow data to move easily between countries – so-called cross-border data flows – is key to connecting companies, both large and small, to their business units, trading partners, workers and customers. Furthermore, data flows are enabling new and innovative products and services that are driving economic growth and creating opportunities for businesses, governments and citizens.

From the World Economic Forum, ECB Easing and Much More

Things are looking up! Economically, that is.

Or so suggest interviews from Business Roundtable member CEOs attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The big news of the day is the European Central Bank's announcement of its quantitative easing plan, which CEOs comment on, as well as offering a wide range of insights, observations and some predictions on other issues.

Engler to Senate Finance: ‘Help America Reach Its Full Economic Potential’

In testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, BRT President stresses expanded trade and tax reform as ways to increase growth and hiring.

BRT President Engler Testifies at Senate Finance Committee on Tax Reform and Trade

Business Roundtable President John Engler testified today before the Senate Finance Committee hearing, "Jobs and a Healthy Economy."

BRT Testimony: For Growth and Jobs, Expanded Trade and Tax Reform

The following is the oral testimony of Business Roundtable President John Engler at the Jan. 22 hearing of the Senate Finance Committee, "Jobs and a Health Economy." For the full prepared testimony, click here.


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.