On the Federal Front

Federal Issues Facing the South Carolina Business Community

FY 2016, more than 90 percent of the Ex-Im Bank's transactions—more than 2,600—directly supported American small businesses.

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The SC business community must advocate for issues at the federal level to ensure our state's business climate prospers and creates jobs.

Federal decisions impact our businesses every day. Through regulations, taxes, labor law, immigration reform, health care costs and more, South Carolina boasts one of the most powerful, effective and responsive congressional delegations working in Washington, D.C. today. To be truly effective, we must collectively communicate our business positions to our delegation. The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce works closely with these elected officials and their staffs, and our efforts don’t stop there. Our affiliations and partnerships go well beyond our congressional delegation. The South Carolina Chamber is your state advocate on the federal level and your link to matters in Congress.

South Carolina Chamber Supports: 

  • A modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • A fully-functional Export-Import Bank 
  • Ensuring that federal regulations are not overly burdensome to business with particular emphasis on the NLRB, EPA and OSHA
  • Support to maintain operations at the Savannah River Site and the Savannah River National Laboratory
  • Reforming immigration policy on border control, guest worker programs, e-Verify and legal pathways to citizenship
  • Move our country to energy independence
  • Reducing the federal deficit
  • Healthcare reform to lower costs and maximize effectiveness 

Federal Policy Letters

The SC Chamber weighs in on a variety of federal issues impacting the business community. To read the Chamber's recent federal policy letters, click here.

We are the state affiliate for the following national organizations:
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
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