Over the last few decades the U.S. has experienced a steady decline in public companies. In fact, in 19 of the past 20 years, the number of public companies has dropped. The tragedy of this decline is that public companies have historically been a key source of growth, innovation, and job creation. The U.S. Chamber is committed to fighting for responsible corporate governance policies that encourage companies to stay public and benefit the long-term position of shareholders while opposing special interest activist agendas unrelated to the interests of a business or investors.