U.S. Chamber Recognizes 297 Members of Congress for Pro-Business Votes March 22, 2018BlogJessica Hemingway Spirit of Enterprise Award Recognizes Records of Support for Business Community >> How members of Louisiana’s U.S. delegation voted on key positions of the U.S. Chamber. WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today honored 249 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 48 members of the U.S. Senate with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award, given in recognition of their support for pro-growth policies in the first session of the 115th Congress. All but one of Louisiana’s U.S. Congressional delegation made the cut, supporting the Chamber’s position on at least 70 percent of those votes on the Chamber’s How They Voted scorecared qualify to receive the award. The votes were tallied based on votes on issues established as priorities by the Chamber’s board of directors, positions the Chamber communicates prior to votes. “It’s a good time to be doing business in America, thanks to a slate of legislative accomplishments that laid the groundwork for more job creation and economic growth,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “The efforts of these elected leaders to advance commonsense, growth-oriented legislation will help Main Street American businesses thrive. We commend these members of Congress for their commitment to promoting and protecting American free enterprise and economic prosperity.” The Chamber’s prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Award is given annually to members of Congress based on their votes on critical business legislation as outlined in the Chamber’s How They Voted scorecard. This is the 30th year that the U.S. Chamber has formally honored the accomplishments of this select group of members of Congress. During the first session of the 115th Congress, the Chamber scored members on seven Senate votes, including those on tax reform legislation and the confirmation of Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch; and 14 House votes, including votes on tax reform legislation, access to Medicare, and lawsuit abuse. Various votes in support of small businesses were also scored. 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.