More than ever, we need leaders with the courage to pursue common ground and bold solutions to our nation's challenges.
We are proud to introduce the U.S. Chamber’s inaugural Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award and Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship, recognizing members of Congress who demonstrate the bipartisan leadership and constructive governing necessary to move our country forward.
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The Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award
Good public policy doesn’t just happen, it requires leaders committed to making it happen. In Congress, often the easiest part of the process is the vote on legislation. The work that occurs beforehand in refining proposals and building support is essential.
The new Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award recognizes members of Congress who demonstrate the leadership needed to advance policies that support American business.
Methodology: Since the start of the 116th Congress, the Chamber has urged members to cosponsor certain bills and refrain from cosponsoring others. This award is based on the number of times a member took the recommended actions. Members are ranked relative to the performance of all other members of their party, with the top ranked in both parties earning 100%. The 10 top scoring senators and 20 top scoring House representatives (apportioned by party) earn this award.
The Jefferson–Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship
America’s elected leaders should be men and women of conviction and principle who are also able to find common ground with those with whom they disagree. Since the days of Jefferson and Hamilton, America has benefitted from leaders who found ways to work together despite their differences.
The new Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship recognizes those members of Congress who in their actions have demonstrated a willingness to work across the aisle in support of common objectives.
Methodology: This award is based on the number of bills (excluding those formally opposed by the Chamber) a member cosponsors introduced by a Member of the opposite party. Members are ranked relative to the performance of all other members of their party, with the top ranked in both parties earning 100%. The 10 top scoring senators and 20 top scoring House representatives (apportioned by party) earn this award.
“Now more than ever, our nation needs elected leaders with the courage to pursue common ground and bold, bipartisan solutions to America’s greatest challenges.”
—Suzanne Clark, President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce