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 How They Voted Scorecard released at the 2019 State of American Business Address

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 are revising 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.

Previously, a member’s annual How They Voted score solely reflected how consistently he or she voted with the Chamber’s position on legislation identified as important to the business community.

The Chamber will produce individual report cards for all members that will show how the member compares to the rest of the Congress, their party, and their delegation.

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 NewsMay 28, 2020 - 10:30am

DES MOINES REGISTER: 'Battle against the swamp': Steve King fighting for his political life in competitive primary

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which endorsed Feenstra this month, has aired or reserved more than $206,000 worth of advertising on broadcast and cable television in the Des Moines and Ames media market, according to Advertising Analytics, a company that tracks ad spending.

In the NewsMay 28, 2020 - 8:15am

ABC NEWS: Rep. Steve King faces his 'biggest threat' in upcoming GOP primary

State and national GOP groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Republican Jewish Coalition and National Right to Life have thrown their weight behind Randy Feenstra, a conservative state senator who has raised more money than King, and panned the veteran congressman as ineffective.

In the NewsMay 27, 2020 - 9:15am

NATIONAL JOURNAL: Primaries returning, with a vengeance

But since King lost his committee assignments last year, this election has shaped up differently. GOP state Sen. Randy Feenstra is hammering King over his ineffectiveness more than his intolerance. Republican leaders in the state, from Gov. Kim Reynolds to Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, have declined to endorse his reelection campaign. King is nearly out of campaign cash, while Feenstra is bringing in money and receiving support on the airwaves from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

In the NewsMay 27, 2020 - 8:15am

ROLL CALL: Iowa Rep. Steve King facing toughest primary yet

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has spent $200,000 on the race, noted in a recent ad that King was removed from the Agriculture Committee, which could be a problem for voters in the rural district.

In the NewsMay 27, 2020 - 7:15am

POLITICO: Steve King is on the ropes

“We’re not attacking him for personal reasons or anything,” said Scott Reed, a strategist for the chamber. "It’s about the job he’s doing for the people in the 4th district. He can only vote yea or nay on the floor and has no relevance in the committees.”

In the NewsMay 27, 2020 - 6:30am

NEW YORK TIMES: Despite Racist Remarks, Steve King Might Win Tuesday’s Iowa Primary

Mr. King’s closest rival, Randy Feenstra, has been endorsed by mainstream Republican-leaning groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Right to Life Committee. A state senator, Mr. Feenstra has raised far more money than Mr. King, reporting $415,000 in cash on hand in the latest reporting period, compared to Mr. King’s $26,000. An internal poll that Mr. Feenstra released on May 11 showed Mr. King leading the field with 39 percent, closely trailed by Mr. Feenstra at 36 percent, a gap within the margin of error.

In the NewsMay 23, 2020 - 10:30am

WSJ: Trump, Biden Place Opposing Bets on Voters’ View of Coronavirus

Scott Reed, the senior political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said that polls showing Americans giving Mr. Trump positive marks on economic issues signaled a potential advantage heading into the election. “That will be the most important issue in the fall,” Mr. Reed said.

In the NewsMay 23, 2020 - 9:30am

AP: Virus, economy, Trump and cash hamper GOP's bid for House

“For the Trump 30, anything Trump-related is in the danger zone,” said Scott Reed, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s senior political strategist.

In the NewsMay 22, 2020 - 10:00am

VICE NEWS: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which included King among its “spirit of enterprise” awardees just last year, voted unanimously to endorse Feenstra, and is spending heavily on TV ads that highlight his conservative bona fides and slam King’s inef

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which included King among its “spirit of enterprise” awardees just last year, voted unanimously to endorse Feenstra, and is spending heavily on TV ads that highlight his conservative bona fides and slam King’s ineffectiveness. National Right to Life is also backing Feenstra, in spite of King’s long and loud opposition to abortion rights.

In the NewsMay 21, 2020 - 9:30am

BLOOMBERG: Committee-Stripped Steve King Faces His Toughest Primary Yet

“Kicked off his committees, King couldn’t defend President Trump during impeachment or help Iowa farmers,” a Feenstra ad says. “It’s been rough for Iowa farmers, and when we’ve needed him most, Steve King has let us down,” a U.S. Chamber of Commerce ad says.