Lending his voice to a familiar Republican attack on the Obama administration’s regulatory agenda, he referred to “an explosion of regulations” to drive home the point that “there are more regulations in the pipeline than exist.”
He called for “significant” regulatory and legal reforms and said that a union-tilted National Labor Relations Board, the Dodd-Frank financial reform law and new regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency would add up to a “big drag on our economy.”
Chamber critics, including Public Citizen, ChamberWatch and other liberal groups, held a conference call on the eve of Donohue’s address to berate the organization for advancing the interests of a few powerful corporations instead of what the Occupy Wall Street movement has dubbed “the 99 percent.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.