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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 has strong concerns about the potential business disruption, significant breadth of impact, and adverse consequences caused by the proposed regulations. Because of these concerns, and the immediate effect of the new rules, I urge Congress to require the Treasury Department to take three immediate actions: (1) extend the comment period by at least 90 days (to October 5, 2016); (2) change the effective date; and (3) provide a thorough and complete economic analysis prior to considering finalizing the regulations.

The pro-growth agenda laid out by the Speaker presents an opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to create policies that help more individuals realize the American dream. Too many people still find themselves out of work or in a place that does not enable them to maintain a high quality of life.

Business Roundtable has long advocated for increased supervision of proxy advisory firms by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Business Roundtable also supports efforts to ensure that investment advisers are exercising appropriate oversight over the proxy advisory firms they retain, consistent with their fiduciary duties as registered investment advisers.

The proposed guidance, which overturns long-standing tax principles and well-established case law and regulations, will significantly increase the cost of doing business in the United States, and create further obstacles to much needed investment, job creation and economic growth.

Business Roundtable’s interest in CbC reporting stems from the fact that the information requested in these reports includes sensitive competitive business information. Safeguarding the confidentiality of this information is key, which the Treasury’s proposed CbC reporting regulations recognize by providing the same confidentiality protection to CbC reports as to other tax return information.

Business Roundtable believes that investors are entitled to the information necessary to make effective investment and voting decisions to advance a company’s long-term interests. Directors serve a vital role in overseeing a company’s business and management, and information relating to directors’ outside compensation arrangements is important to investors. Accordingly, we join NASDAQ’s call for enhanced transparency on this subject.

Increasing the ability of American businesses and their U.S. workers to compete in foreign markets provides immediate benefits to the U.S. economy.

Business Roundtable supports NASDAQ’s efforts to require disclosure of third-party compensation for directors and director nominees.

For the fourth quarter in a row, CEO expectations on the economy remain mixed, indicating an economy performing below its potential, according to the Business Roundtable first quarter 2016 CEO Economic Outlook Survey, released today.

The following joint statement was submitted to the Senate Judiciary CommitteeSubcommittee on Immigration and National Interest, for a Feb. 25, 2016 hearing, "The Impact of High-Skilled Immigration on U.S. Workers."

For more than 80 years, income tax treaties have played a critical role in fostering U.S. bilateral trade and investment and protecting U.S. businesses, large and small, from double taxation of the income they earn from selling goods and services in foreign markets.

The Impact of Trade on U.S. & State Level Employment

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