U.S. Chamber honors local congressman

Published 8:16 pm Thursday, March 13, 2014

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-4th) with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award in recognition of his support of policies beneficial to the business community during the first session of the 113th Congress.

“2013 was challenging, but Congressman Forbes 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 Forbes who have demonstrated their commitment to supporting pro-growth policies in the 113th Congress.”

“Fighting for small businesses is among my highest priorities as I serve the 4th District in the House,” Forbes said. “Real job growth requires real solutions, which means fostering an economic environment that enables American entrepreneurs and small businesses to do what they do best: innovate, create jobs, grow the economy, and push our nation forward.”

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The Chamber’s Spirit of Enterprise Award is awarded annually to members of Congress based on their votes on critical business legislation outlined in the Chamber publication, “How They Voted.”

During the first session of the 113th Congress, these votes included those to raise the national debt ceiling, 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.

Members whose records reflect a strong commitment to free enterprise and economic growth, and support the Chamber’s position on at least 70 percent of the key votes are eligible to receive the award. Congressman Forbes has a cumulative rating of 88 percent during his tenure in Congress.