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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Laments American Democracy at Work
Alan Tonelson
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
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Lamenting Congress's failure to pass an extension of Fast Track trade negotiating authority or an immigration bill allowing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's members to take advantage of cheap, immigrant labor (or hold labor costs down due to the oversupply produced by illegal immigrants), the Chamber took the following position:

"You know, when you come to immigration and trade -- I've sort of come to the point that I don't blame the politicians as much as I blame their constituents.”
–U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue, August 31, 2007

Source: “Remarks by Thomas Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Topic: The Chamber of Commerce’s Trade Priorities for This Fall,” Federal News Service, August 31, 2007

Alan Tonelson is a Research Fellow at the U.S. Business & Industry Educational Foundation and the author of The Race to the Bottom: Why a Worldwide Worker Surplus and Uncontrolled Free Trade are Sinking American Living Standards (Westview Press).