U.S. Chamber of Commerce Honors Reed with Spirit of Enterprise Award
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today presented Tom Reed with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award in recognition of his support of pro-growth, pro-jobs policies during the first session of the 113th Congress.
“Pro-jobs policies that support small businesses are what will ultimately rebuild our state and nation’s economy,” Reed said. “That’s why our focus remains on job creation bills like our Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI) that put private-sector businesses and academia in touch to create the jobs of today and tomorrow. Getting government out of the way by cutting red tape, lowering taxes and reducing Washington’s spending and debt is a fair way to care for our job creators. I’m looking forward to working with our local chambers to coordinate efforts on the ground to make it easier for small businesses and entrepreneurs to do their jobs.”
“2013 was challenging, but Congressman Reed worked to pass legislation and enact policies that will keep our country moving forward economically,” U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said. “The Spirit of Enterprise Award recognizes legislators like Congressman Reed who have demonstrated their commitment to supporting pro-growth policies in the 113th Congress.”
The Chamber’s prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Award is given annually to members of Congress based on their votes on critical business legislation outlined in the Chamber publication, How They Voted. Reed has a cumulative rating of 96 percent for his tenure in Congress.
During the first session of the 113th Congress, the Chamber scored members on eight Senate votes and 13 House votes, including those to reopen the federal government and raise the national debt ceiling, reform the nation’s broken immigration system, delay enforcement of the employer mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act, and ease approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Also scored were votes on a number of other issues including trade, transportation, legal reform, and the budget.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.