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U.S. Chamber honors Barrow, Chambliss
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Capitol Hill, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Savannah) and U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga) with the annual Spirit of Enterprise Award for their pro-business voting records during the second session of the 111th Congress.

“The Chamber is honored to recognize (Rep. Barrow and Sen. Chambliss) for helping create an environment in which businesses can grow and create jobs,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber. “(They have) shown great conviction by standing on the side of business, at a time when it matters most.”

The Chamber’s prestigious Spirit of Enterprise award, in its 23rd year, has been given annually to Members of Congress based on key business votes outlined in the Chamber’s yearly publication, How They Voted. Those Members of Congress who support the Chamber’s position on at least 70 percent of those votes qualify to receive the award.

According to the scorecard, Barrow maintained a 75 percent rating with the Chamber this year and collectively holds a 72 percent ranking during his tenure in Congress.

The Chamber scored Congress on 11 Senate and nine House votes in 2010, including passage of a tax rate extension, health care reform, financial services reform, and legislation to promote science and math education.

According to the scorecard, Chambliss maintained a 100 percent rating with the Chamber this year, and collectively holds a 91 percent ranking during his tenure in Congress.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for voting in a pro-business manner,” said Chambliss. “As the Senate moves forward on legislation to get our economy on back on track, I will continue to strongly advocate for measures that allow businesses to thrive, and that spur job growth and stability within our economy.”

To view a complete list of the 2010 Spirit of Enterprise recipients, visit

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.