Legislative Endorsements and Scorecard

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 11:45am

This letter was sent to the House and Senate noting the list of bills the Chamber is endorsing for and against this Congress, and explaining our new legislative scorecard.

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS:

Earlier this year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced a revision to our legislative scorecard. Beginning with this Congress, lawmakers will receive credit for cosponsoring Chamber-endorsed bills or refraining from cosponsoring bills the Chamber endorses against.

Our intent is to use this process to build momentum for the pro-business position on individual bills.

How you vote on legislation where the Chamber has communicated a position will continue to make up 80% of your score. The Chamber will continue to issue support and opposition letters, including key vote letters, on legislation important to the business community and our members.

The action you take by choosing to cosponsor, or not, the legislation the Chamber identifies will make up a 10% “Legislative Leadership” component of your overall grade.

The remaining 10% of your score will be assessed by the degree to which you cosponsor bipartisan legislation which is not anti-business.

Below is an initial list of bills the Chamber is endorsing for or against as part of the “Legislative Leadership” score. Over the course of the Congress, the Chamber will update this list, disseminate it to you, and maintain it on our website at USChamber.com/scorecard.

Sincerely,
Jack Howard  

 

The Chamber encourages you to cosponsor:
 

Senate:

1.    S. 146 – Move America Act
2.    S. 287 – Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act
3.    S.383 – Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies Act 
4.    S.172 – Health Insurance Tax Relief Act
5.    S. 471 – Litigation Funding Transparency Act
6.    S. 365 – Trade Security Act

House:

1.    H.R. 940 – Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act
2.    H.R.748 – Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019
3.    H.R. 1166 – Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies Act 
4.    H.R.1007 – Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act
5.    H.R. 1008 – Trade Security Act


The Chamber encourages you to refrain from cosponsoring:

Senate:

1.    S.Res.59 - A resolution recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal
2.    Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Bills (S. 62 and S. 99)
3.    Medicare for All / Medicare Buy-In (S. 470)

House:

1.    H.Res.109 - Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal
2.    H.R.764 - United States Reciprocal Trade Act
3.    Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Bills (H.R. 275 and H.R. 448)
4.    Medicare for All / Medicare Buy-In 

In addition to the bills above, examples of some of the bills we anticipate endorsing for cosponsorship upon their reintroduction in this Congress, include: 

Senate:

1.    S. 488 (115th) – JOBS ACT 3.0 
2.    S. 2392 (115th) – Cyber SAFETY Act 
3.    S. 1121 (115th) – College Transparency Act
4.    S.108 (115th) – Medical Device Access and Innovation Protection Act
5.    S.584 (115th) – Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act
6.    S.2526 (15th) – Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act
7.    S.540 (115th) – Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act
8.    S.1885 (115th) – AV START Act

House:

1.    H.R. 2434 (115th) – College Transparency Act
2.    H.R.5963 (115th) – Health Insurance Tax Relief Act
3.    H.R.184 (115th) – Protect Medical Innovation Act
4.    H.R.3945 (115th) – CASE Act
5.    H.R.33 (115th) – Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act
6.    H.R.1393 (115th) – Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act
7.    H.R. 4015 (115th) – Corporate Governance Reform and Transparency Act