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Golden anniversaries should be noted, and for 50 years the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued the How They Voted scorecard. But, more importantly, there is prestige tied to the report: the annual Spirit of Enterprise award.
The Chamber on Wednesday will honor 208 members of the House of Representatives and 40 members of the Senate with the award, given in recognition of their support of pro-growth, pro-jobs policies during the second session of the 113th Congress.
“For 50 years, through our How They Voted scorecard, the U.S. Chamber has been recognizing legislators from both sides of the aisle who have worked to pass legislation and enact policies that bolster our country’s economy, create jobs and keep our nation’s spirit of enterprise alive,” U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said. “The Spirit of Enterprise award honors those members of Congress who have recognized the need and shown a commitment to pro-growth policies in the second session of the 113th Congress.”
The award is given annually to members based on their votes on critical business legislation, and members who supported the Chamber’s position on at least 70% of those votes qualify.
During the second session of the 113th Congress, the Chamber scored members on eight Senate votes and 14 House votes, including terrorism risk insurance (TRIA), tax extenders, and the “CRomnibus.” Also scored were votes to ensure free speech, fund transportation and infrastructure, and to further U.S. energy independence.
Congratulations to those being honored today, and thank you for representing American businesses of all shapes and sizes.
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