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.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.