Senator Lugar Presented with the U.S. Chamber's Annual Spirit of Enterprise Award

Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 8:00pm

Senator Lugar Presented with the U.S. Chamber's Annual Spirit of Enterprise Award
Indiana Lawmaker Recognized for Support of Key Business Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today honored Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) with the Spirit of Enterprise Award for his support of pro-growth legislation during the second session of the 110th Congress.

"Senator Lugar has demonstrated a strong commitment to fixing our economy and keeping America competitive in an ever-changing global market," said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "On behalf of businesses large and small, the Chamber is proud to present Senator Lugar with the Spirit of Enterprise Award."

Eligibility for the award is based on how members of Congress vote on key business issues, which the Chamber outlines in its yearly publication How They Voted. These designated "key votes" are recorded floor votes on issues established as priorities on which the Chamber communicates its position prior to the vote. Those members of Congress who support the Chamber's position on at least 70% of those votes receive the Spirit of Enterprise Award.

According to the scorecard, Senator Lugar maintained a perfect rating with the Chamber this year and collectively holds a 91% ranking during his tenure in Congress.

The Chamber key-voted 8 Senate and 18 House votes in 2008, including the Ledbetter Act to eliminate the statute of limitations for pay discrimination lawsuits, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, a nuclear cooperation agreement with India, a bill ensuring the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund, and the College Opportunity & Affordability Act to lower tuition costs and streamline the financial aid process.

To view a complete list of the 2008 Spirit of Enterprise recipients, please visit

The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses of every size, sector, and region.

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