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.