The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently honored members of Congress (252 in the House; 48 Senators) for their pro-jobs, pro-growth stances with the annual Spirit of Enterprise Award.
“In the face of high-stakes politics and difficult choices, legislators from both parties provided America’s job creators with a strong voice in Congress,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber. “This award recognizes these men and women for consistently demonstrating their support for pro-growth policies.”
The Chamber’s prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Award, in its 25th year, is given annually to members of Congress based on key business issues outlined in the Chamber publication How They Voted. Members who support the Chamber’s position on at least 70% of those votes qualify to receive the award.
The Chamber scored Congress on 8 Senate and 12 House votes in 2012, including reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the establishment of Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with Russia, and the reauthorization of surface transportation legislation. Also scored were votes to repeal onerous provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, improve the process by which regulations are promulgated, and better secure the United States from cyber threats.
Sen. Dan Coats
Sen. Richard G. Lugar
Rep. Joseph Donnelly (IN-2)
Rep. Marlin A. Stutzman (IN-3)
Rep. Todd Rokita (IN-4)
Rep. Dan Burton (IN-5)
Rep. Mike Pence (IN-6)
Rep. Larry Bucshon (IN -8)
Rep. Todd Young (IN-9)
Sen. Richard Lugar and Reps. Steve Buyer, Dan Burton and Mike Pence were recently presented with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise award for their support of American businesses during the last session. Here is a list of the recipients. Lugar’s office reports:
Lugar scored a perfect 100 percent from the Chambers his votes against President Obama’s health care financial regulation legislation, in addition to his votes to extend Middle Class tax breaks.
The Chamber has given Lugar the award for his pro-jobs creating votes every year since Lugar began serving Indiana in the Senate in 1977. During that time Lugar has a cumulative voting score of 91 percent on hundreds of votes to promote economic development.
“The Chamber applauds Senator Lugar for supporting the private sector and job growth through these difficult times,” said Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “He has demonstrated great courage and we commend him.”
The Spirit of Enterprise Award “recognizes those lawmakers who have demonstrated leadership on important business issues” according to the Chamber.
Lugar has received additional pro-business and taxpayer awards including the Taxpayer Hero Award from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, and the Watchdog of the Treasury. Lugar has consistently been named “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) for a 100 percent voting record on behalf of America’s small-business owners during the 111th Congress. Lugar has been named a “Guardian of Small Business” 16 of the last 17 Congresses.
Mark Esper at the U.S. Chamber (to which we have no affiliation — but many similar objectives, btw) recently offered a blog post about hosting a luncheon for Mary Coughlan, Ireland’s Minister for Enterprise, Trade, and Employment. What’s interesting is not only the work Ireland is doing to enhance its business community, but also how strongly the country’s economy is linked to Americans:
During her remarks, Ms. Coughlan noted that 45% of all FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) into Ireland comes from the U.S. This should come as no surprise, she added, since Ireland offers a highly pro-business environment: flexible workforce, low taxes, and limited bureaucracy, to name a few things. Ms. Coughlan commented that the government of Ireland is working on all necessary fronts to maintain this pro-business momentum, including an enhanced focus on the need to sustain employment by investing in science, technology and innovation.
In addition, she spoke of recent economic reforms that Ireland has taken in light of the current global financial crisis. These include pursuing smarter regulations, expanding government investment in infrastructure and education, and creating a clearer and simpler tax system. Ms. Coughlan’s comments, as I noted during the luncheon, aligned with the business priorities that espoused here at the U.S. Chamber.
Our own Rebecca Patrick also penned an interesting BizVoice story in 2007 about Ireland’s business-related efforts that will offer more background.
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