WASHINGTON, D.C – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today was awarded the “Spirit of Enterprise” Award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his support of pro-growth, pro-jobs policies during the first session of the 113th Congress.

My top priority in Congress is to give the private sector the tools needed for businesses large and small to grow and create good paying jobs.  I am honored by this recognition, but the real work of building our economy for the 21st century belongs to the entrepreneurs, innovators and hard-working middle class men and women who will be empowered by lower taxes, fewer regulations and less red tape,”  said Lance after the ceremony.  

“The year 2013 was challenging, but Congressman Lance 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 Lance who have demonstrated their commitment to supporting pro-growth policies in the 113th Congress.”

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The award is based on rankings the U.S. Chamber gives members of Congress for key votes on legislation that would promote economic growth.  Votes that were ranked for 2013 include:

  • Repealing the President's health care law ObamaCare which the Congressional Budget Office recently estimated will compromise 2.5 million jobs
  • Enacting an “all-of-the-above” national energy policy that includes the Keystone XL pipeline and other development that will bring down fuel prices on the consumer and create more American jobs while reducing our dependence on foreign energy
  • Passing a budget that balances

Jim Coyle, the President of the Gateway Regional Chamber, added that Lance understands the needs of New Jersey’s small businesses and job creators in the Garden State.

“It is no surprise to hear that Congressman Leonard Lance has been awarded the U.S. Chamber’s highest honor,” said Coyle. “Congressman Lance has listened to our concerns and effectively advocated in Washington on our behalf. We appreciate Congressman Lance is working to lower taxes and standing up against policies that would hurt New Jersey’s job-creating small businesses.”

The U.S. Chamber is the world’s largest business federation representing more than three million businesses of every size, sector and region.