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 NewsJul 07, 2020 - 1:30pm

THE HILL: Chamber of Commerce endorses Cornyn for reelection

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its support for Sen. John Cornyn's (R-Texas) reelection on Tuesday as it steps up its efforts to help Republicans hold the Senate in November.

In the NewsJul 07, 2020 - 1:30pm

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: John Cornyn nabs early U.S. Chamber support as GOP aims to retain Senate

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, aiming to avert Democratic control of the Senate, threw its support to Texas Sen. John Cornyn on Tuesday.

Press ReleaseJul 07, 2020 - 8:15am

U.S. Chamber Endorses John Cornyn for U.S. Senate Representing Texas

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

Press ReleaseJul 06, 2020 - 9:00am

TEXAS TRIBUNE: No Texan running for U.S. House has ever spent more than Kathaleen Wall

Nehls is picking up key financial help from outside groups. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce political action committee donated $2,500 to his campaign and he’s picked up $5,000 each from the National Automobile Dealers Association and SEAL PAC, a Georgia-based conservative group led by retired Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill. Nehls has also received $1,000 from former U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio.

In the NewsJul 03, 2020 - 2:45pm

HUFFINGTON POST: A Democratic Money Blitz Is About To Swamp Susan Collins

Advertisements from a super PAC controlled by McConnell, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and from Collins’ campaign have all argued the veteran senator is using her seniority to limit Maine’s economic pain during the pandemic. In particular, they’ve emphasized Collins’ role in shaping the Paycheck Protection Program, which, while flawed, remains popular in the state and nationally.

In the NewsJul 02, 2020 - 1:30pm

ALABAMA REPORTER: U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorses Jerry Carl

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl in the race for Alabama’s 1st Congressional District. The U.S. Chamber said in a statement that it is proud to endorse Carl, in an effort to promote free enterprise and job-creating policies for businesses across all regions and sectors.

In the NewsJul 01, 2020 - 2:45pm

ALABAMA DAILY REPORTER: U.S. Chamber endorses Jerry Carl in AL-1

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today endorsed Jerry Carl in the race for Congress in Alabama’s 1st District. Carl, who currently serves as Mobile County Commissioner, is facing former State Sen. Bill Hightower in the GOP runoff for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne.

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.

In the NewsJun 30, 2020 - 1:30pm

NATIONAL JOURNAL: The four summer Senate primaries to watch

Kansas's GOP Senate primary: Republicans are furiously trying to prevent hard-line conservative Kris Kobach from winning the primary, fearing that he’d jeopardize their chances of holding what should be a safe Republican seat. Rep. Roger Marshall is the establishment favorite, winning support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the state’s leading antiabortion group, but he’s faced some struggles raising money and clearing the field of other Republican opponents.

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.