Small businesses aren’t the U.S. Chamber’s principal concern:
Today, “key” congressional votes according to the U.S. Chamber’s voter guides include voting in favor of anti-privacy bills such as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), unconstitutional gimmicks such as the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013, giant budget spending bills such as the Fiscal 2014 budget resolution ($700 billion deficit), and bills with both good and bad in them, such as the Innovation Act, a patent reform bill. CISPA was written by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), and the bill would essentially hand all private Internet information over to federal officials without a warrant. The No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 was a feel-good reaction to the budget crisis last year, but it blatantly violated the terms of the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning that “varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.”
The Chamber of Commerce has a broad range of policy recommendations that call for bigger and more expensive government when it suits its corporate benefactors. Those policies include advocacy for more government subsidies for corporate giants on alternative energies, such as the ill-fated Solyndra, Abound Solar, and A123 Systems. The Chamber’s Energy Works for US policy manual states:
…. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is perhaps the primary reason that the U.S. government now spends more than $100 billion annually on corporate welfare, according to researchers at the Cato Institute.
Not surprisingly, principled Tea Party congressmen who oppose corporate welfare, such as Justin Amash (Freedom Index average for 2013-14: 96 percent), scored lower on the Chamber of Commerce voting index for 2013; Amash, for instance, scored only 58 percent. Amash is in good company, as free market champion and former Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) occasionally scored lower on Chamber voting records than most Democrats. Amash — who succeeded Dr. Paul as the chairman of the House Liberty Caucus — found that the Chamber had endorsed his primary opponent as well.