Six Kentucky lawmakers are among 239 senators and representatives recognized by the United States Chamber of Commerce for their role in supporting the business community.
The Chamber of Commerce presented Sen. Mitch McConnell, Sen. Jim Bunning, Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-1), Rep. Ron Lewis (KY-2), Rep. Geoff Davis (KY-4) and Rep. Harold Rogers (KY-5) with the Spirit of Enterprise Award for their support of pro-growth legislation during the first session of the 110th Congress.
“The business community depends on solid partnerships on Capitol Hill to help grow the economy and create new jobs for hardworking Americans,” said Tom Donohue, chamber president and CEO. “This award recognizes those lawmakers who have demonstrated leadership on important business issues such as trade, investment, and transportation.”
The chamber presents the award annually. Eligibility is based on how members of Congress vote on key business issues, which the chamber outlines in its annual 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 percent of those votes receive the Spirit of Enterprise Award.
The chamber key-voted 11 Senate and 20 House votes in 2007, including a trade promotion agreement with Peru, an extension of the Andean Trade Preference Act, an extension of the federal backstop for terrorism risk insurance, revisions to the rules governing direct foreign investment, and critical water resources legislation to facilitate commerce at the nation’s waterways and ports. This year, 201 representatives and 38 senators received the award.