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 ReleaseSep 23, 2020 - 3:15pm

U.S. Chamber Endorses Jason Lewis for U.S. Senate Representing Minnesota

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

Press ReleaseSep 23, 2020 - 8:00am

U.S. Chamber Endorses Maria Elvira Salazar for Florida’s Twenty-Seventh Congressional District

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of Maria Elvira Salazar to represent Florida’s Twenty-Seventh Congressional District. The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Salazar, in efforts to promote free enterprise and job-creating policies for businesses across all regions and sectors.

Press ReleaseSep 21, 2020 - 11:30am

U.S. Chamber Endorses Karen Handel for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District

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

Press ReleaseSep 18, 2020 - 10:30am

U.S. Chamber Endorses Martha McSally for U.S. Senate Representing Arizona

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

Press ReleaseSep 16, 2020 - 8:00am

U.S. Chamber Endorses Elise Stefanik for New York’s Twenty-First Congressional District

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

Press ReleaseSep 15, 2020 - 7:45am

U.S. Chamber Endorses Tom Kean Jr. for New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of Tom Kean Jr. to represent New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District. The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Tom Kean Jr., in efforts to promote free enterprise and job-creating policies for businesses across all regions and sectors.

Press ReleaseSep 14, 2020 - 10:45am

U.S. Chamber Endorses Young Kim for California’s 39th Congressional District

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of Young Kim to represent California’s 39th Congressional District. The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Young Kim, in efforts to promote free enterprise and job-creating policies for businesses across all regions and sectors.

Press ReleaseSep 10, 2020 - 11:15am

U.S. Chamber Endorses Shelley Moore Capito for U.S. Senate Representing West Virginia

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

Letters to CongressAug 18, 2020 - 12:00pm

Coalition Letter on the Executive Order Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations

This Coalition letter was sent to Congressional leadership and to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, on the President's Executive Order Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations.

In the NewsAug 14, 2020 - 10:00am

THE HILL: Chamber to launch ads defending embattled GOP senators

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will launch new advertising campaigns on behalf of Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) next week, the group’s first major foray into two battleground states at the heart of the fight for control of the Senate.