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Chris Collins presented with the Spirit of Enterprise Award

HAMBURG — The United States Chamber of Commerce presented Congressman Chris Collins with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award, in recognition of his support of pro-growth, pro-jobs policies, during the first session of the 113th Congress, representatives said.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for my support of pro-business policies, during my first year in Congress,” Collins said.

“As a member of the House Committee on Small Business, and having been a businessman and entrepreneur myself, I recognize how important it is to support legislation that encourages business creation and growth.”

U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas Donohue said that “2013 was challenging, but Congressman Collins worked to pass legislation and enact policies that will keep our country moving forward economically.

“The Spirit of Enterprise Award recognizes legislators like Congressman Collins who have demonstrated their commitment to supporting pro-growth policies in the 113th Congress,” he added.

The Spirit of Enterprise Award is given annually to members of Congress, based on their votes on 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, Collins received an 85 percent rating with the chamber, last year.

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 broken 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.
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