Washington, D.C . – On Wednesday, Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Spirit of Enterprise Award” in recognition of his support of pro-growth, pro-jobs policies during the first session of the 113th Congress.
“Entrepreneurs are the engine our nation’s economy. They support our local communities, drive economic growth, and provide the jobs on which our families depend,” said Bucshon. “Job creators can only be successful if we protect our system of free enterprise that affords everyone the opportunity to make it through hard work and dedication.
“I’m proud to have a strong and consistent record of supporting policies that protect the free market and foster an economic climate that helps businesses be successful and entrepreneurs to lay their foundation.”
According to this year’s scorecard, Bucshon received an 85 percent rating with the Chamber in 2013 and has a cumulative rating of 95 percent for his tenure in Congress. Bucshon has received this recognition every year since being elected.
“2013 was challenging, but Congressman Bucshon 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 Bucshon 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.
During the first session of the 113th Congress, the Chamber scored members on 13 House votes, including those to delay enforcement of the employer mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act and approve the Keystone XL pipeline project. 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.