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 NewsAug 03, 2020 - 9:30am

U.S. Chamber Endorses Lee Zeldin for New York’s First Congressional District

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

In the NewsJul 31, 2020 - 4:30pm

MORNING SCORE: Dems move to keep primary, superdelegate reform for 2024

ENDORSEMENT CORNER — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is backing Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and presenting her with its Spirit of Enterprise award at an event in Webster, Iowa.

In the NewsJul 31, 2020 - 4:30pm

CNN: Trump tells associates on Air Force One he will not intervene in Kansas' US Senate GOP primary

President Donald Trump indicated to associates during a flight on Air Force One on Wednesday that he would not intervene in the US Senate Republican primary in Kansas despite the fears among top Republicans that the state could elect a nominee who will lose the seat and thus the Senate, according to three sources with knowledge of the conversation. ...

In the NewsJul 31, 2020 - 4:30pm

COLORADO SUN: Both Cory Gardner and John Hickenlooper claim credit for Colorado’s economy. But how much do they deserve?

For a decade before the coronavirus crisis, a wave of economic growth swept through the United States, and Colorado was at its crest.

In the NewsJul 31, 2020 - 4:30pm

THE HILL: Chamber of Commerce endorses Ernst for reelection

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Friday announced its support for Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) for reelection, adding her to the list of Republican Senate incumbents the powerful lobbying group is backing.

Press ReleaseJul 31, 2020 - 11:45am

U.S. Chamber Endorses Senator Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate Representing Iowa

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

In the NewsJul 30, 2020 - 4:30pm

NEW YORK TIMES: Republicans and White House at Odds Over Kansas Senate Race

As the Kansas Senate primary barrels to a close, tensions are rising between Senate Republicans and the White House over the potential nomination of Kris Kobach, who party officials fear would jeopardize the seat and further imperil their Senate majority.

In the NewsJul 27, 2020 - 4:30pm

NEW YORK TIMES: A Republican Panic Button

“There’s a long way to go. Trump’s numbers are obviously down, but they are going to come back,” said Scott Reed, the chief strategist for the United States Chamber of Commerce and a longtime G.O.P. strategist. “This will be a tight race at the end of the day.”

In the NewsJul 26, 2020 - 4:15pm

THE HILL: Trump has 100 days to turn things around

President Trump faces a steep climb to a second term with 100 days to go before the presidential election. 

In the NewsJul 25, 2020 - 4:30pm

NEW YORK TIMES: Trump’s Covid Failures Reshape Race and Lift Biden

“This presidential race is going to tighten,” said Scott Reed, who was the campaign manager for Bob Dole, the Republican senator who ran for president in 1996. “Stepien has brought a much-needed dose of discipline to the campaign and the results are clear — sharper press conferences, masks and booting the Florida national convention. The economy is maintaining strength, and now all that is needed is a vaccine to give the country hope and optimism about the future.”