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

In the NewsOct 22, 2020 - 6:00pm

AP: GOP in ruby red Kansas stresses over costly Senate race

Ashlee Rich Stephenson, national political director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said Republicans are trying to avoid the risk that a close race could unexpectedly cost them a Senate seat. The chamber, which overwhelmingly supports Republicans, endorsed Marshall, having backed him in his first congressional race in 2016, when he ousted an incumbent in the primary.

In the NewsOct 22, 2020 - 2:15pm

KHTS RADIO: U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Endorses Congressman Mike Garcia

On Wednesday, Garcia was joined by Ashlee Rich Stephenson, vice president and national political director of Political Affairs and Federation Relations at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as business community leaders from across CA-25.

In the NewsOct 21, 2020 - 2:45pm

WISPOLITICS: U.S. Chamber Endorses Scott Fitzgerald for Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of Scott Fitzgerald (R) to represent Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District in this open-seat contest. The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Fitzgerald, in efforts to promote free enterprise and job-creating policies for businesses across all regions and sectors.

Press ReleaseOct 20, 2020 - 10:15am

U.S. Chamber Endorses Scott Fitzgerald (R) for Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of Scott Fitzgerald (R) to represent Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District in this open-seat contest. The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Fitzgerald, in efforts to promote free enterprise and job-creating policies for businesses across all regions and sectors.

In the NewsOct 20, 2020 - 9:00am

THE GAZETTE: Farm, business groups warn Iowa voters of threat of Green New Deal

The Green New Deal poses a threat of “massive government intervention” in how Iowa farmers produce food and energy in ways that could increase costs in agriculture and manufacturing and, ultimately, for consumers.

Press ReleaseOct 19, 2020 - 12:00pm

U.S. Chamber Endorses Mike Garcia (R) for California’s Twenty-Fifth Congressional District

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of Rep. Mike Garcia (R) to represent California’s Twenty-Fifth Congressional District. The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Garcia, in efforts to promote free enterprise and job-creating policies for businesses across all regions and sectors.

In the NewsOct 19, 2020 - 9:00am

MORNING SCORE: Nearly 28 million Americans have already voted

FIRST IN SCORE — ENDORSEMENT CORNER — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is backing Rep. Mike Garcia in his bid for a full term in CA-25.

Letters to CongressOct 15, 2020 - 12:15pm

Coalition Letter on Executive Order 13950

This Coalition letter on Executive Order 13950, "Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping," was sent to the President of the United States and to the Secretary of Labor.

Press ReleaseOct 15, 2020 - 9:00am

U.S. Chamber Endorses Pete Sessions (R) for Texas’ Seventeenth Congressional District

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of Pete Sessions (R) to represent Texas’ Seventeenth Congressional District. The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Sessions, in efforts to promote free enterprise and job-creating policies for businesses across all regions and sectors.

Press ReleaseOct 15, 2020 - 9:00am

U.S. Chamber Endorses Cliff Bentz (R) for Oregon’s Second Congressional District

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of Cliff Bentz (R) to represent Oregon’s Second Congressional District in this open seat contest. The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Bentz, in efforts to promote free enterprise and job-creating policies for businesses across all regions and sectors.