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February 25, 2009     

U.S. Chamber Pledges to Work with Commerce Secretary to Jumpstart
Economy, Promote Trade

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J.
Donohue issued the following statement today on President Barack
Obama’s selection of former Washington Governor Gary Locke to serve
as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce:

“The U.S. Chamber welcomes the selection of Gary Locke as Commerce
Secretary and shares his commitment to reviving our economy and
creating jobs in America.

“Today's economic challenges are unprecedented but Locke is well
prepared in at least three ways to address them: he understands the
importance of trade, he has the political skills to get things done, and he
has proven experience as an executive. There’s little doubt that this
nominee to head Commerce is ready to hit the ground running.

“The Chamber has already worked extensively with the administration
and Congress to pass the stimulus bill. The business community must
continue to remain part of a successful and sustainable economic
recovery. We’re ready to get to work with Governor Locke on solutions
to this recession that will create jobs, restore economic growth, and
ensure that America’s businesses and workers can compete around the

The U.S. Chamber is the world’s largest business federation representing
more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector,
and region.