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

Press ReleaseJul 01, 2020 - 9:15am

U.S. Chamber Endorses Jerry Carl for Alabama’s First Congressional District

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of Jerry Carl to represent Alabama’s First Congressional District. The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Jerry, in efforts to promote free enterprise and job-creating policies for businesses across all regions and sectors.

Press ReleaseJun 30, 2020 - 8:00am

U.S. Chamber Endorses Cindy Hyde-Smith for U.S. Senate Representing Mississippi

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of Cindy Hyde-Smith for the U.S. Senate representing Mississippi. The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Senator Hyde-Smith in efforts to promote free enterprise and job-creating policies for businesses across all regions and sectors.

Press ReleaseJun 29, 2020 - 9:15am

U.S. Chamber Endorses Ben Sasse for U.S. Senate Representing Nebraska

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of Ben Sasse for the U.S. Senate representing Nebraska. The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Senator Sasse in efforts to promote free enterprise and job-creating policies for businesses across all regions and sectors.

Press ReleaseJun 26, 2020 - 9:00am

U.S. Chamber Endorses Jim Inhofe for U.S. Senate Representing Oklahoma

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of sitting Senator and Senate Armed Services Jim Inhofe for the U.S. Senate representing Oklahoma. The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Senator Inhofe, in efforts to promote free enterprise and job-creating policies for businesses across all regions and sectors.

Press ReleaseJun 25, 2020 - 8:15am

U.S. Chamber Endorses Thom Tillis for U.S. Senate Representing North Carolina

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of sitting Senator Thom Tillis for the U.S. Senate representing North Carolina. The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Senator Tillis, in efforts to promote free enterprise and job-creating policies for businesses across all regions and sectors.

Press ReleaseJun 24, 2020 - 1:30pm

U.S. Chamber Endorses Former Rep. Cynthia Lummis for U.S. Senate Representing Wyoming

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of former U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis for the U.S. Senate representing Wyoming. The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Rep. Lummis in efforts to promote free enterprise and job-creating policies for businesses across all regions and sectors.

Letters to CongressJun 23, 2020 - 3:45pm

Coalition Letter on Policing Reform

This Coalition letter was sent with 100 signatories, on legislation related to policing reform.

Press ReleaseJun 23, 2020 - 9:15am

U.S. Chamber Endorses Rep. Roger Marshall for U.S. Senate Representing Kansas

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of current U.S. Representative Roger Marshall for the U.S. Senate representing Kansas. The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Rep. Marshall in efforts to promote free enterprise and job-creating policies for businesses across all regions and sectors.

Press ReleaseJun 22, 2020 - 9:15am

U.S. Chamber Endorses Bill Hagerty for U.S. Senate Representing Tennessee

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of former U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Bill Hagerty, for the U.S. Senate representing Tennessee. The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Ambassador Hagerty, in efforts to promote free enterprise and job-creating policies for businesses across all regions and sectors.

Press ReleaseJun 22, 2020 - 8:15am

U.S. Chamber Recognizes 259 Members of Congress with Spirit of Enterprise Award for Pro-Business Votes

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today honored 210 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 49 members of the U.S. Senate with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award, given in recognition of their support for pro-growth policies in the first session of the 116th Congress.