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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.

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.

To Compete, the Export-Import Bank is a Critical Tool

Outstanding interview on CNBC Tuesday with Dave Cote, Chairman and CEO of Honeywell and chairman of BRT's Energy and Environment Committee. Yes, reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank is critical for maintaining U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace.

President's Export Council Calls for TPA, Renewed Ex-Im Bank

The President's Export Council today reaffirmed its call for an aggressive agenda to expand trade, urging President Obama to work with Congress for quick action on Trade Promotion Authority and reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

As TPP Trade Talks Advance, Case Builds for Trade Promotion Authority

Two op-eds this week tie negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership with the need for Congress to pass legislation that gives the President Trade Promotion Authority.

Bloomberg View, "Give Obama a Stronger Hand to Play":

Leaders Stress U.S.-European Union Trade Agreement as a Trade Priority

When President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel spoke with reporters at the White House Friday, the Ukrainian crisis naturally dominated the news. Still, the two leaders did make time to talk about the U.S.-EU negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, forcefully expressing their support for completing the agreement.

U.S. and European Business Leaders Urge Stepped-Up Action on an Ambitious ‘Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’ Agreement

As U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet today in Washington, D.C., Business Roundtable (BRT) President John Engler and European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) Secretary General Brian Ager issued the following joint statement.

Business Roundtable Launches Blitz During World Trade Month

Washington – Business Roundtable, representing CEOs of leading U.S. companies from every sector of the economy, today announced a monthlong blitz to emphasize the benefits of trade and the importance of pending U.S. trade opportunities to supporting U.S. growth and jobs.

With President's Asia Trip, Trade Again at the Forefront

President Obama's trip to Asia (schedule) will highlight the importance of global trade, especially the negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Rightfully so.

Massachusetts’s Economy Benefits from International Trade and Investment

Business Roundtable, representing CEOs of leading U.S. companies from every sector of the economy, welcomed U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman’s visit to Boston today to discuss the importance of international trade and investment to the local economy.

Trade Print Ad in the Boston Globe

928,000 Jobs in Massachusetts Depend on Trade

Congress should pass Trade Promotion Authority to help support more jobs and growth in Massachusetts.

BRT President John Engler Speech at the International Economic Forum of the Americas

Remarks as prepared for delivery by John Engler, President of the Business Roundtable at the Palm Beach Strategic Forum in Palm Beach, Florida, April 8, 2014. The forum is sponsored by The International Economic Forum of the Americas


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.