March 17, 2017

Today's News from the U.S. Chamber- 3/17/17

Wednesday, March 17, 2017

TV TIMEOUT — U.S. Chamber ads push Heitkamp, McCaskill on regulatory bill: Watch the Missouri and North Dakota ads.

Chamber of Commerce Chief’s Advice to Companies: Stay Engaged in Tax Debate
The Wall Street Journal 

The Wall Street Journal reports, “Tom Donohue has a message for companies wary about major tax-policy changes: Stay aboard. As Congress embarks on the biggest tax code changes in 31 years, companies should be prepared for a long ride, said Mr. Donohue, the president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. And, he said, when lawmakers cutting that final deal are looking around for money to make the bill add up, they might just hit the critics. ‘When this tax thing starts, you’ve got to get on the train,’ he said during a meeting with Wall Street Journal reporters and editors on Thursday.”

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Shutdown politics return to the Senate
The Hill 

The Hill reports, “Senators are firing the opening salvos in a new fight over funding the government. With President Trump releasing his first budget request Thursday, both parties are preemptively pointing fingers over who would be responsible if Congress misses a deadline in April to avoid a government shutdown.  Republicans say it’s up to Democrats to play ball, while Democrats counter that Republicans have to be willing to reject some of Trump's proposals.”

U.S. Jobless Claims Fell Last Week to 241,000
The Wall Street Journal 

The Wall Street Journal reports, “The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week and continued to hover at a low level consistent with a healthy U.S. labor market. Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S. economy, declined by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 241,000 in the week ended March 11, the Labor Department said Thursday. The decrease matched economists’ expectations, and claims for the prior week were left unrevised at 243,000.”

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