U.S. Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Rep. Joe Wilson with Spirit of Enterprise Award

Mar 15, 2016
Press Release
Award Honors Strong Record of Support for Business Community

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today honored Congressman Joe Wilson with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award, given in recognition of his support for pro-jobs, pro-growth policies in the first session of the 114th Congress.

This marks the 28th year that the U.S. Chamber has formally honored the accomplishments of this select group of members of Congress.

“We are pleased to recognize Congressman Wilson for engaging in pro-business policymaking that helps strengthen our nation’s spirit of enterprise,” said Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “The Spirit of Enterprise Award honors those members of Congress who are committed to ensuring that American businesses can continue to operate and succeed in a free enterprise system.” 

“I am grateful to receive the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today,” Wilson said. While Congress has made significant progress in creating jobs and expanding right to work laws, we must do more to reduce harmful regulatory burdens which destroy jobs. I look forward to continuing to fight for limited government and expanded freedom this year.”

The Chamber’s prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Award is given annually to members of Congress based on their votes on critical business legislation as 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. Congressman Wilson scored an 89%--the highest score of the South Carolina House delegation.

During the first session of the 114th Congress, the Chamber scored members on 14 Senate votes and 20 House votes, including votes reestablishing Trade Promotion Authority, reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, and lifting the crude oil export ban.  Also scored were votes in support of the first long-term transportation law in a decade and votes to make permanent tax provisions that would have regularly expired.

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.

Wilson receives award

Image: Congressman Wilson receives the Spirit of Enterprise from U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue.