Policy Perspectives

America faces great challenges that we will meet only by working together. With a new Administration and Congress come new opportunities for cooperation and progress. The CEOs of Business Roundtable stand ready to work with policymakers on both sides of the aisle on urgent and comprehensive action to defeat COVID-19 and to ensure a safe and strong economic recovery. 

Americans continue to face unparalleled dual public health and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic. In addition to the tragic human toll from the outbreak, its economic disruption continues to affect millions of American workers, families and employers. Getting America back on its feet requires urgent and comprehensive action and maintaining an environment that enables economic recovery.

Representing leaders of large companies that collectively employ over 19 million people and that support many more Americans through their supplier and customer networks, Business Roundtable supports policies to promote the health and safety of American workers and consumers and to support a safe U.S. economic reopening and recovery.

Business Roundtable CEOs will continue to work closely with policymakers at all levels of government to defeat COVID-19, create American jobs and restore U.S. economic growth and competitiveness.  

We believe the Biden Administration and Congress can support long-term economic growth and create more opportunity for all Americans by:

  • Defeating COVID-19
  • Investing in our nation’s infrastructure
  • Modernizing the U.S. immigration system
  • Improving worker training and education
  • Maintaining a competitive tax environment that enables economic recovery
  • Ensuring American companies and workers are able to grow through exports and trade on a level playing field around the world
  • Making meaningful progress on big issues like climate change and racial equity and justice, including policing reform

DEFEATING COVID-19, RESTORING JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

Working with the new Administration and Congress, Business Roundtable will continue to push for a strong and swift public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic and for policies that strengthen the economy, create jobs and increase economic opportunity for all Americans.

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MODERNIZING OUR NATION’S INFRASTRUCTURE

Business Roundtable supports investment in U.S. infrastructure – including highways, waterways and broadband – to create a stronger and more equitable economic foundation for all Americans.

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IMPROVING WORKER TRAINING AND EDUCATION

Millions of Americans need better pathways to gainful, sustained employment. Business Roundtable CEOs support federal investments in training and education programs that expand job opportunities in high-demand careers, including through community college programs.

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MAINTAINING A COMPETITIVE TAX ENVIRONMENT

America’s businesses and workers have a tax system that helps them compete and win. It is making a meaningful difference for American workers, families and communities – which is why it should be preserved.

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MODERNIZING THE U.S. IMMIGRATION SYSTEM

Immigrants make invaluable contributions to American communities and the U.S. economy. Business Roundtable CEOs support modernizing the U.S. immigration system to ensure that immigration policy supports the U.S. economy, reflects our values and keeps Americans safe.

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PROMOTING FREE AND FAIR TRADE

Trade supports over 40 million American jobs. Business Roundtable works to strengthen the U.S. economy through opening markets, advocating for rules-based trade and enhancing supply chain resilience.

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ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS IMPACTS

Addressing climate change demands a robust, coordinated effort with a sound policy portfolio. Business Roundtable CEOs support a price on carbon to unleash innovation and keep our economy strong.

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ADVANCING RACIAL EQUITY AND JUSTICE

The events of 2020 have illustrated how far we still have to go to ensure that every person can fully realize opportunity and justice in America. CEOs have focused their efforts on addressing the economic opportunity gap, including disparities in access to good jobs, financial resources and quality education and healthcare.

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