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U.S. Chamber Western Region Executive Director Visits Greater Irvine Chamber with National-level Legislative Update

Friday, April 07, 2017

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Western Region Executive Director Jennings Imel, spoke to a group of Chamber members and guests and representatives from various government offices during the Greater Irvine Chamber’s April 6 Government Affairs meeting.

Providing an overview of the role the U.S. Chamber plays, Imel said as the world’s largest business advocacy organization, with hundreds of staff members, including a lobbying team on which Imel serves, the national organization coordinates with local chambers and businesses to address issues faced at the regional level in order to affect change made in Washington, D.C.

Reportedly, key areas the U.S. Chamber is engaged in and/or monitoring include the American Health Care Act, tax reform, regulatory reform, intellectual property of trade secrets, transportation, the border wall and immigration, and U.S. Chamber supported NAFTA.

Imel said the U.S. Chamber is concerned about new tariffs on Mexican and Canadian products and is working to “tackle difficult problems with Mexico and Canada,” in regard to trade and the potential denigration of NAFTA principals.

“If you want to make changes, as long as they’re just adjustments … that makes a lot of sense to us, but you start moving into the direction of tariffs, that’s bad news, particularly in California, Southern California,” Imel said of trade activities with our nearest international neighbors.

During a Q&A session, Imel responded to a question about the impact of minimum wage, by saying, “[Minimum wage] is a state issue in California; at the federal level there’s no interest in raising the minimum wage. There’s no movement seen at the federal level.”

To sign up for email updates on U.S. Chamber activity and related news, visit FriendsoftheUSChamber.com.

Monthly meetings presented by the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee provide members and guests with an opportunity to learn about activity that impacts business in the region. Meetings are free and no RSVP is required. Seating in limited.

For more information about the Greater Irvine Chamber’s Government Affairs, contact Whit Peterson at wpeterson@irvinechamber.com.

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