Collins is recognized for pro-business record
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today presented Congressman Chris Collins, R-NY-27, 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.
"It is an honor to be recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for my support of pro-business policies during my first year in Congress," Collins said. "As a member of the House Committee on Small Business, and having been a businessman and entrepreneur myself, I recognize how important it is to support legislation that encourages business creation and growth."
"2013 was challenging, but Congressman Collins worked to pass legislation and enact policies that will keep our country moving forward economically," said U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue. "The Spirit of Enterprise Award recognizes legislators like Congressman Collins 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. Members who supported the chamber's position on at least 70 percent of those votes qualify to receive the award. According to this year's scorecard, Collins received an 85 percent rating with the chamber in 2013.
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 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.