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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.

New Jet Engine Plant a Model for Succeeding in Global Economy

Today’s announcement that GE Aviation is going to build a jet-engine assembly plant in Lafayette, Ind., is not just good news for the local community, it also provides some valuable lessons about what it takes to compete and win in today’s highly competitive global marketplace.

Education, a global presence and strong export tools make a critical difference.

BRT Letter Urging Congress to Pass IMF Quota & Governance Reforms

On behalf of the over 200 chief executive officers who are members of the Business Roundtable, I urge the Senate and House to promptly pass important International Monetary Fund (IMF) quota and governance reforms.

How U.S. and Canada Can Become More Competitive

Business Roundtable had the opportunity this week to hear from Michael E. Porter, a Harvard Business School professor and the  leading authority on competitiveness, studying, among numerous aspects, how countries compare to one another in creating an economically competitive environment. Along with his colleague Jan Rivkin, Porter has been releasing reports on U.S.

What Do Americans Think about U.S. Trade Agreements?

82% support the U.S. negotiating trade agreements to open markets and ensure fair and enforceable trade

78% support passing trade promotion authority to help put in place trade agreements

85% support pending trade negotiations with Asian-Pacific and European countries

Congress should update & pass TPA.

Letter to House Committee on Financial Services Supporting the Reauthorization of Ex-Im Bank

The undersigned associations view the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im), with its mission to provide competitive financing in order to create or sustain U.S. jobs, as one of the most important tools available to promote economic growth through exports.

Letter to Senate Banking Committee Supporting the Reauthorization of Ex-Im Bank

The undersigned associations view the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im), with its mission to provide competitive financing in order to create or sustain U.S. jobs, as one of the most important tools we have to promote economic growth through exports.

CEO Survey: Economy Grows, But More Action Needed

The economy is making progress, the latest Business Roundtable CEO Economic Outlook Survey indicates, but the expected 2.4 percent GDP growth falls short of what America's capable of. 

BRT Chairman Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO of AT&T, Inc., discussed results of the survey in a media conference call this morning. He argued that a full recovery should reach at least 4 percent GDP growth.

Bottom Line: New Poll Shows Vast Majority of Americans Support Trade Agreements

According to a new poll released by Business Roundtable today, the vast majority – more than 80 percent of Americans – support the United States negotiating trade agreements to expand market access for U.S. goods and services around the globe.

Poll Results on Trade Agreements and Trade Promotion Authority

A new poll of 1,000 registered voters shows the vast majority – more than 80 percent of Americans across party lines – support the United States negotiating trade agreements to expand market access for U.S. goods and services around the globe.

New Poll Shows Vast Majority of Americans Support Trade Agreements

According to a new poll commissioned by Business Roundtable, the vast majority – more than 80 percent of Americans – support the United States negotiating trade agreements to expand market access for U.S. goods and services around the globe.

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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.