US Rep. Ron Kind receives US Chamber Bipartisanship Award
96% score earns Jefferson-Hamilton Bipartisanship Award
EAU CLAIRE - At a July 12 event at Chippewa Valley Technical College, Congressman Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) was recognized for earning a 96% score to receive the US Chamber of Commerce's Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship. Kind was one of 22 US House members to receive the recognition for his efforts to reach across the aisle during the past year.
Left to right: Scott Biederman, Eau Claire Chamber Board Chair; Congressman Ron Kind;
Ethan Hellier, US Chamber Congressional & Public Affairs Manager; Dave Minor, Eau Claire Chamber President
According to the US Chamber, the Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship recognizes those members of Congress who in their actions have demonstrated a willingness to work across the aisle in support of common objectives. The scoring is based on the number of bills -- except those formally opposed by the Chamber -- a member cosponsors introduced by a Member of the opposite party. Members are ranked relative to the performance of all other members of their party, with the top ranked in both parties earning 100%. This prestigious recognition is presented to the top Senators and Representatives from both parties.
In recognizing the Congressman, Eau Claire Chamber Board Chair Scott Biederman from VES Environmental Solutions thanked Kind for his efforts, and noted the value the Opportunity Zones legislation he sponsored has brought to locations in the Chippewa Valley. Ethan Hellier, Congressional and Public Affairs Manager for the US Chamber, said the award was developed to help foster more bipartisanship in Washington.
In accepting the recognition, Kind noted the value bipartisanship can bring to the productivity of Congress.
"When you respectfully listen to each other, you can create common ground and get more things done," said Kind, "The polarization and partisanship that have increased in recent years have not be healthy." He said areas like Opportunity Zones, a pro-active trade agenda, and the SECURE ACT to make it easier for small businesses to provide retirement plans are all examples of bipartisan efforts that can produce positive results.
Kind is also part of the centrist New Democrat Coalition, which he said is undertaking current efforts to address workforce challenges, like the need for childcare support and other measures to increase labor force participation and enhance productivity.
In response to questions, Kind was optimistic about passage of the bipartisan infrastructure proposal negotiated between the Biden Administration and a group of 22 bipartisan US Senators, which has also been endorsed by the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus and by the US Chamber.
The event was hosted by Chamber investor organization. Chippewa Valley Technical College, at its Business Education Center.
2021 Bipartisanship and Leadership Awards (US Chamber of Commerce)
Kind, parents advocate for child tax credit payments (Leader-Telegram $)
Photos: Courtesy of Chippewa Valley Technical College.
Posted by Scott Rogers, Vice President Governmental Affairs
Eau Claire Chamber
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