April 29, 1985
U.S. President Ronald Reagan Congratulates the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
“Ladies and gentlemen of the United States Chamber of Commerce, it's an honor to join you for your annual meeting. No organization has done more to foster the spirit of enterprise in America. And you have my heartfelt thanks for your support as our administration has worked to push back government and restore to our country its rightful economic freedom and vigor. Van Smith, as chairman you deserve a particular note of thanks. It's been hard work, I know, but your time and skill have been deeply appreciated."
“There's another person here today who gives this annual meeting special meaning, and this is the 10th anniversary of his leadership. And in that time, I know, he's transformed this organization into not just a dynamic voice in America but one of the premier voices for economic freedom throughout the world. He and the chamber's board of directors have brought about a revolutionary change in the effectiveness of the federation. So, Dick Lesher, president of the U.S. Chamber, would you mind standing up so I can personally [applause]. Congratulations. Congratulations, and I'm glad now that all of us had a chance to salute you.”
November 9, 1989
Berlin Wall is Torn Down
August 2, 1990
First Gulf War Begins
April 15, 1994
U.S. Chamber Weighs in on Creation of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
The members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have seen the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) firsthand as it has generated new opportunities for workers, farmers, consumers, and businesses. As President Obama considers the path forward for the U.S. economic partnership with our North American neighbors, NAFTA should continue to play the foundational role it has for the past 15 years.