It's no secret that Americans are generally displeased with Congress as a whole. Just 9% give Congress positive ratings for the overall job it is doing while 91% give it negative ratings, according to the results of a Harris Poll from earlier this month.
But that's not to say that there aren't plenty of individual members of Congress who are working hard to reduce taxes and regulations, expand trade, and otherwise create a more positive business environment. Today on Capitol Hill, U.S. Chamber honored 248 lawmakers with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award for their support of pro-growth legislation during the first session of the 112th Congress.
Eligibility for the award is based on how members of Congress vote on key business issues, which are outlined in the Chamber's 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% of those votes receive the award.
Senators were judged on 11 votes, the House 16, including repeal of the 2010 health care law, the 1099 reporting requirement, and 3% tax withholding from contractors. Also scored were votes for a surface transportation extension and the free trade agreements, including South Korea and Colombia.
Click here to view a complete list of the 2011 Spirit of Enterprise recipients.
See photos from the event.