Chamber of Commerce Quotes

It is unreasonable to assume that existing bureaucratic lassitude will be corrected by establishing another layer of bureaucracy.

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Lawrence Kraus, executive of the Consumer Affairs Committee of Chamber of Commerce, Testimony, Legislation and Military Operations Subcommittee of the House Government Operations Committee,Chamber of Commerce Presentations to Congress.
10/09/1973 | Full Details | Law(s): General: Consumer

Employers do not deliberately allow work conditions to exist which cause injury or illness. Safety is good business… The goal is to have meaningless standards eliminated and achieve a law which recognizes business efforts to provide safe work places and provides fair treatment for all.

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Chamber of Commerce newsletter, June, 1973.

And current enforcement procedures are penalty-oriented…. This does not square with notions of due process and fair play.

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Chamber of Commerce newsletter, June, 1973.

Everyone is affected by its [OSHA’s] pervasive coverage, orientation toward imposing penalties and its incredibly complex regulations and standards.…However, OSHA standards are complex and often require expert interpretation. For smaller businesses, the cost of deciphering which regulations apply to them and then determining if they conform can be excessive.

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Chamber of Commerce newsletter, June, 1973.

Welfare money in the pockets of strikers is money out of the hands of the truly needy. But the needy must still be provided for. How? By increasing taxes.

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Chamber of Commerce Newsletter. June, 1973.
06/01/1973 | Full Details | Law(s): General: Welfare

A strike is an economic struggle between employer and employee, testing to see who will succumb to the economic pinch first and seek settlement. But if one side is relieved of economic hardship by tax-supported subsidy programs, the struggle is undermined.

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Chamber of Commerce Newsletter. June, 1973.
06/01/1973 | Full Details | Law(s): General: Welfare

The Federal Government should not be in the business of supporting strikers. And employers should not be forced to pay for strikes against themselves.

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Chamber of Commerce Newsletter. June, 1973.
06/01/1973 | Full Details | Law(s): General: Welfare

Clean air, land and water are vital to all of us. But so are jobs, food, clothing and housing. We have to weigh the total impact on the environment along with the economic and social costs in order to clean up.

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Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Arch Booth, Chamber of Commerce Newsletter, May 1973.

Prior to the passage of this legislation [the OSH Act], certain special-interest groups (i.e. unions) testifying in support of punitive legislation attempted to describe American business management as irresponsible and unsympathetic to safety on the job….We continue to maintain that standard setting should be carried out by an independent board of experts who are not subject to the pressures of special-interest groups.

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Richard B. Berman, Chamber of Commerce, Testimony, the Select Subcommittee on Labor of the House Committee on Education and Labor.

One month [after the law took effect] a special edition of the Federal Register was published containing close to 250 pages of safety and health standards. Businessmen were given three months to familiarize themselves with these standards before the majority of them were to be effective.

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Richard B. Berman, Chamber of Commerce, Testimony, the Select Subcommittee on Labor of the House Committee on Education and Labor.

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