US Chamber announces Bipartisanship Awards, scorecard-based Spirit of Enterprise Awards
Rep. Ron Kind
Award: Jefferson-Hamilton Bipartisanship
Recognizes those members of Congress who in their actions have demonstrated a willingness to work across the aisle in support of common objectives.
(Overall Annual Score 63%, Legislative 56%, Leadership 94%, Bipartisanship 96%)
Sen. Ron Johnson
Award: Spirit of Enterprise Award
Recognized for his voting record supporting policies that strengthen our economy and provide good jobs for American workers.
(Overall Annual Score 77%, Legislative 89%, Leadership 21%, Bipartisanship 40%)
Sen Tammy Baldwin
(Overall Annual Score 50%, Legislative 50%, Leadership 51%, Bipartisanship 53%)
Since 1965, the US Chamber of Commerce has rated senators and members of Congress based on the votes they have cast for or against business priorities. Beginning with the 2019 legislative year, it also included measures of Leadership and Bipartisanship in its congressional scorecard. In introducing the new categories, the Chamber emphasized the importance of "recognizing members of Congress who demonstrate the bipartisan leadership and constructive governing necessary to move our country forward."
Among the elected individuals who represent the Eau Claire area in Washington, US Rep. Ron Kind (D-3rd) was one of 20 members of the US House who were awarded the new Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship, and US Sen. Ron Johnson was awarded the Spirit of Enterprise Award for his voting record and overall annual score above 70%.
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See below for more details about these awards and the records of Rep. Kind and Sens. Baldwin and Johnson...
Rep. Ron Kind receives US Chamber Jefferson-Hamilton Bipartisanship Award
US Rep. Ron Kind (D-3) was one of 20 members of the US House and 10 members of the US Senate to receive the .Jefferson–Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship. The award recognizes those members of Congress who in their actions have demonstrated a willingness to work across the aisle in support of common objectives.
“I’m honored to receive the Jefferson – Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship. Throughout our nation’s history, we are at our best when we act together, and now more than ever, we need to revitalize that spirit,” said Kind. “I will continue to seek out common ground to tackle the critical issues facing all Americans.”
“Now more than ever, our nation needs elected leaders with the courage to pursue common ground and bold, bipartisan solutions to America’s greatest challenges,” said U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark. “These awards honor the deserving members of Congress that are forging common-sense sense solutions, working across the aisle, to enact lasting and meaningful reforms. In the days ahead, Congress must work together and support our nation’s free enterprise principles that will help bring our economy back to strength and put our people back to work.”
Rep. Kind is a member of the Ways and Means Committee, the most powerful – and the oldest – committee in the House of Representatives. It has jurisdiction over tax measures, the management of public debt, trade and tariff laws, Social Security, Medicare, pensions, and many other economic growth measures.
Methodology: This award is based on the number of bills (excluding 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%. The 10 top scoring senators and 20 top scoring House representatives (apportioned by party) earn this award.
All US Chamber Scores
Rep. Kind received an overall Annual Score of 63%. Others: Legislative 56%, Leadership 94%, Bipartisanship 96%.
Ron Kind full score information
Senator Johnson receives US Chamber Spirit of Enterprise Award
US Sen. Ron Johnson was awarded the Spirit of Enterprise Award for his voting record and overall annual score above 70%.
“In these uncertain times with daunting economic and social challenges facing our nation, it is imperative that leaders in Washington are focused on propelling American businesses forward to create jobs and economic growth from California to Maine,” said Thomas J. Donohue, CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “As we rebuild our economy, legislators must lead by pursuing bipartisan solutions that create jobs and promote a free enterprise system. I’m proud to recognize these 259 Members of Congress for their commitment to driving opportunity and prosperity in America’s workforce and on Main Streets across the nation.”
All US Chamber scores
Senator Johnson received an overall Annual Score of 77%. Others: Legislative 89%, Leadership 21%, Bipartisanship 40%.
Ron Johnson full score information
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.