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The Business Roundtable fourth quarter 2014 CEO Economic Outlook Index ‒ which provides a picture of the future direction of the U.S. economy based upon CEOs’ plans for sales, capital spending and hiring ‒ declined moderately from the third quarter, with capital spending declining the most.

CEOs were also asked to identify the two most significant factors holding back increased U.S. investment spending. In response, CEOs said that U.S. tax policy and regulatory issues are limiting U.S. investment spending.

Business Roundtable President John Engler's oral testimony at the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing regarding "FAA Reauthorization: Issues in Modernizing and Operating the Nation’s Airspace."

November 15, 2014

As America’s economy climbs back from the deepest recession in more than half a century, it faces a new challenge: Businesses cannot find enough employees with the right knowledge, skills and training to fill critical jobs. This “skills gap” is a major reason the U.S. economy has not reached its full potential predicted before the recession.1 Moreover, the problem likely will persist unless significant policy changes occur.

I am writing on behalf of the Business Roundtable to express my strong disappointment with the efforts of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to take actions against large employers who are complying with the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

During the final weeks of the 113th Congress, America’s business leaders urge Congress and the Administration to work together to fund government operations, extend expired tax provisions, and pass updated Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Doing so will help generate the investment, growth, and jobs our entire economy needs.

Next to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, employers are the largest purchasing block of health care in the world.
Creative interplay between employers and government has accelerated many innovations, including quality measurement, Medicare Advantage, transparency and payment reform.

When it comes to the benefits provided to employees and their families, employers want better health, better care and better value.
Dow is focused on optimizing the health of its employees and their families, human performance and long-term value.

In February 2010, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued for public comment Draft National Environmental Policy Act Guidance on Consideration of the Effects of Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions (draft guidance). The draft guidance explains how federal agencies should analyze the environmental impacts of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change when they assess the environmental impacts of proposed actions under National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Business Roundtable appreciates the opportunity to participate in the annual process that Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) uses to formulate its proxy voting policies, and we welcome the ability to comment on one of the changes that ISS is considering for 2015 on its policy relating to independent chair shareholder proposals. The changes ostensibly incorporate additional flexibility into the process that ISS will use in deciding whether to support these proposals by adding to the list of factors that ISS considers and providing for the evaluation of “all of the factors in a holistic manner.” However, we believe ISS should exercise considerable restraint in substituting its judgment on how a public company board structures itself over the judgment of the Board that is in a far better position to make these judgments. Also unlike ISS, the Board has fiduciary duties in connection with making these judgments.

Business Roundtable filed an Amicus Brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Chevron v. Steven Donziger.

Business Roundtable response to Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen.

Congress, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the national securities markets recently adopted reforms to strengthen shareholder-director communications and enhance related disclosures. The business community strongly supports these reforms, and corporations have explored new ways to implement them. To assist in this effort, Business Roundtable has developed five guidelines to serve as best practices for shareholder-director communications.