US chamber honors Barletta with award
WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-11, with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award Wednesday in recognition of his "support of pro-growth, pro-jobs policies during the first session of the 113th Congress." This marks the third time Rep. Barletta has been honored with the award.
"2013 was challenging, but Congressman Barletta worked to pass legislation and enact policies that will keep our country moving forward economically," chamber president and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said. "The Spirit of Enterprise Award recognizes legislators like Congressman Barletta who have demonstrated their commitment to supporting pro-growth policies in the 113th Congress."
The 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, Barletta received a 92 percent rating with the chamber in 2013 and has a cumulative rating of 95 percent for his tenure in Congress.
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.