Political Affairs and Federation Relations

The Political Affairs and Federation Relations division manages relationships with state and local chambers of commerce, trade associations and small businesses and has a membership presence in every state across the country.

We are focused on electing or re-electing pro-business candidates to Congress. That goal is supported by grassroots and lobbying programs to promote policy that positively affects businesses and the economy.

Chamber's 2019 How They Voted Scorecard Released

For more than 40 years, the How They Voted scorecard has been a critical component of the U.S. Chamber’s work.

Beginning with the current Congress, we revised our scorecard to more fully reward members of Congress for helping to advance pro-business policies while simultaneously encouraging members to reach the compromises necessary for effective governing.

The new scorecard is made up of three components:

 

1. Legislative Vote Score (80% of the total score)

This score functions like the current scorecard with one change: We now reserve the right to doubleweight votes so long as the decision to double-weight the vote is communicated to Capitol Hill in advance.

2. Legislative Leadership Score (10% of the total score)

This score is based on the number of Chamber-endorsed bills a member cosponsors and Chamber-opposed bills the member declines to cosponsor.

Example: If a Member co-sponsors 23 of 30 Chamber-endorsed bills and declines to sponsor all five Chamber opposed bills, her Legislative Leadership Score would be 80% (with the Chamber on 28 of 35 bills).

The Chamber will communicate to Capitol Hill its endorsement or opposition to bills and maintain a current list on USChamber.com.

3. Bipartisan Engagement Score (10% of total score)

This score is based on the share of bills (other than those formally opposed by the Chamber) cosponsored by the member that were introduced by members of the opposite party. This score is calculated relative to the member’s performance against all other members.

Example: If a Republican Member cosponsors 31 bills in total and 19 were introduced by Democrats, 62% of his cosponsored bills will be considered cross-party.

Recent Activity

ArticleJul 12, 2021 - 1:00pm
The American flag flies outside the U.S. Capitol.

Chamber Releases Complete Scorecard for 116th Congress

Members of Congress were rewarded for enactment of USMCA and pandemic relief.

EventJun 17, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
2021 Governing with Distinction Awards

Second Annual Leadership & Bipartisanship Awards

Join us for the U.S. Chamber’s Second Annual Leadership & Bipartisanship Awards on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 2 p.m. ET recognizing winners of the Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award and Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship.

ArticleMay 03, 2021 - 3:45pm
U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. with hazy clouds behind it.

The Facts About the Chamber’s Political Endorsements

The ideas and policies Members of Congress support are what matter, not their party designation. And we are watching.

Press ReleaseApr 19, 2021 - 12:45pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on Rep. Steve Stivers Retirement

"The U.S Chamber congratulates Congressman Steve Stivers on his new role as President and CEO of the Ohio Chamber. We know that Stivers will be a great champion of pro-business policies in his home state. For over a decade, he has served Ohio with distinction in the U.S. House of Representatives while working hand-in-hand with his home state's Chamber of Commerce. A true friend of business, Stivers has continually voted in favor of pro-growth policies and leaves Congress with a 95% lifetime score from the U.S. Chamber's scorecard. We look forward to a strong partnership and working closely together with him in his new role."

In the NewsApr 15, 2021 - 8:45am

REUTERS: U.S. Chamber backs Manchin, Sinema with campaign contributions

“The U.S. Chamber supports elected officials based on their position on issues important to the business community and their commitment to governing,” a Chamber spokesperson said. “This quarter we were pleased to support Republicans and Democrat members who have demonstrated a willingness to do the hard work of coming together and finding solutions to the problems facing our country.”

Press ReleaseApr 14, 2021 - 1:45pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on Rep. Kevin Brady's Retirement

“America is a better place due to Congressman Kevin Brady’s service. Since his first day on the job, he has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of his constituents and all Americans. His leadership of the House Ways and Means Committee on a broad range of issues has created jobs, expanded our trade relationships, grown our economy, and made our country stronger. As a former Chamber executive, we will miss our close partnership with him. But we know well his upbeat, can-do spirit, and we look forward to working with him as he finishes his strong career.”

Above the FoldApr 02, 2021 - 1:45pm
U.S. Capitol Building at sunset

Unpacking the Filibuster

Without the filibuster we will likely see major rewrites of federal law every four to eight years.

Press ReleaseMar 18, 2021 - 4:30pm

U.S. Chamber Awards 11 Chambers of Commerce with Accreditation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at its board meeting last week, awarded the Accreditation designation to 11 chambers of commerce for their sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on their communities.

Press ReleaseMar 16, 2021 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber CEO: Filibuster Provides Needed ‘Time, Thoughtfulness, and Deliberation’ on National Issues

“Only in Washington could getting 60 out of 100 people to agree feel like an insurmountable obstacle. It’s disappointing that some lawmakers are reaching for a rule change to drive elected leaders into their partisan corners, rather than working to build consensus and encourage collaboration.