Latest United States Chamber of Commerce News

Businesses, watching economy, play it safe with hiring

Jun. 17, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners, their eye on the economy, are playing it even safer when it comes to hiring. A U.S. Chamber of Commerce-MetLife survey released last week found that 28% of small businesses plan to increase their staffs in the next year, down slightly from 29% in the first quarter....

While Trump wages trade war, Pence tries to ease GOP anxiety

Jun. 13, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

YORK, Pa. (AP) — A group of Pennsylvania manufacturers surrounded Mike Pence as he offered his standard greeting from President Donald Trump. The response was underwhelming. "When I told him I was in the Keystone State, I think he sounded just a little bit jealous," the vice president said to a few audible...

Businesses showing discontent with Trump's trade policies

Jun. 12, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's aggressive and wildly unpredictable use of tariffs is spooking American business groups, which have long formed a potent force in his Republican Party. Corporate America was blindsided last week when Trump threatened to impose crippling taxes on Mexican imports in...

Trump signals frustration with Fed's independent policies

Jun. 10, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump complained Monday that President Xi Jinping enjoys a major advantage in the U.S.-China trade war in that he controls China's central bank while Trump must deal with a Federal Reserve that is "very destructive to us." Trump made clear in an interview with CNBC his ...

Trump threatens tariffs if China's Xi doesn't meet with him

Jun. 10, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says if Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) doesn't meet with him at the upcoming Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, this month, additional tariffs will go into effect. But Trump says he expects Xi to attend. Trump made the threat during an interview...

Mexico seeks to neutralize Trump's tariff threat

Jun. 5, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mexico is going all out this week on the lobbying front. Top officials from the government, private sector and members of the country's Congress make up the largest Mexican delegation dispatched to Washington since President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office in December....

Trump's tariff plan shows the risks he's willing to take

May. 31, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Exasperated by reports of a flood of illegal border crossings, President Donald Trump summoned his top immigration advisers to demand action. Responding to his mounting concern, including his extreme threats to entirely close the U.S.-Mexico border, they prepared an alternative but...

The Latest: Business group may take legal action vs tariffs

May. 31, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Trump's decision to impose tariffs on all Mexican imports (all times local): 1:20 p.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it's looking into possible legal action to block President Donald Trump from imposing a 5% tariff on imports from Mexico if the nation doesn't...

Small businesses concerned about local infrastructure issues

May. 29, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The priorities that small business owners place on infrastructure improvements can depend on what industry they're in, but many are most concerned about the infrastructure in their area. That's the finding a survey released in March by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The survey, conducted in...