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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Unveils Two Awards to Bolster Bipartisanship and Responsible Governing

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Suzanne Clark and Chamber Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley today unveiled the Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award and the Jefferson – Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship, which recognize members of Congress who demonstrate the bipartisan leadership and constructive governing necessary to move our country forward. The announcement was made during the First Annual U.S. Chamber of Commerce Governing with Distinction Ceremony.

“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.”

 

“Last year, the U.S. Chamber pledged to heighten our focus and reward bipartisan leadership and constructive governing, and we are now making good on that promise today,” Clark added. 

 

The Jefferson–Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship 

America’s elected leaders should be men and women of conviction and principle who are also able to find common ground with those with whom they disagree. Since the days of Jefferson and Hamilton, America has benefitted from leaders who found ways to work together despite their differences. 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. 

 

This award is earned by the 10 top scoring senators and 20 top scoring members of Congress, apportioned by party. Rating 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. Similar to Leadership, the Bipartisanship component is calculated on a ranking relative to a Member’s performance compared to members of their own party. The top-ranked of both parties earn 100%.

 

Senate Winners

Sen. Susan M. Collins (R-ME) - 100%

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) - 100%

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) - 98%

Sen. Lisa A. Murkowski (R-AK) - 98%

Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) - 96%

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) - 96%

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) - 94%

Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) - 94%

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) - 92%

Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) - 91%

 

Click here for the full list of recipients.

 

House Winners 

Rep. Brian K. Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1) - 100%

Rep. Joshua Gottheimer (D-NJ-5) - 100%

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) - 99%

Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC-1) - 99%

Rep. Collin C. Peterson (D-MN-7) - 99%

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY-23) - 99%

Rep. Jefferson Van Drew (R-NJ-2) - 99%

Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY-2) - 98%

Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT-4) - 98%

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN-3) - 98%

Rep. Don Young (R-AK-1) - 98%

Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY-22) - 97%

Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-NY-19) - 97%

Rep. John Katko (R-NY-24) - 97%

Rep. Abigail Davis Spanberger (D-VA-7) - 97%

Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI-6) - 97%

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA-3) - 96%

Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI-3) - 96%

Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ-4) - 96%

Rep. David P. Joyce (R-OH-14) - 95%

 

Click here for the full list of recipients.

 

The Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award 

 

Good public policy doesn’t just happen, it requires leaders committed to making it happen. In Congress, often the easiest part of the process is the vote on legislation. The work that occurs beforehand in refining proposals and building support is essential. The Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award recognizes those members of Congress from both sides of the aisle who in their actions have demonstrated the leadership critical to advancing policies that support America’s free enterprise system. 

 

This award is earned by the 10 top scoring senators and 20 top scoring members of Congress, apportioned by party. Since the start of the 116th Congress, the Chamber has urged members to either cosponsor — or refrain from cosponsoring — specific bills important to advancing and maintaining the free enterprise system. The Leadership component measures the Members alignment with the Chamber on these proposals. Members are ranked relative to the performance of all other members of their party. The top ranked of both parties earn 100%.

 

Senate Winners

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) - 100%

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) - 100%

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) - 100%

Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) - 98%

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) - 96%

Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) - 96%

Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) - 96%

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) - 96%

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) - 96%

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) - 91%

 

Click here for the full list of recipients.

 

House Winners

Rep. Donald Bacon (R-NE-2) - 100%

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) - 100%

Rep. Theodore Budd (R-NC-13) - 99%

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK-4) - 99%

Rep. John R. Curtis (R-UT-3) - 99%

Rep. Brian K. Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1) - 99%

Rep. Henry Johnson (D-GA-4) - 99%

Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL-18) - 99%

Rep. Suzanne Lee (D-NV-3) - 99%

Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA-2) - 99%

Rep. Harley Rouda (D-CA-48) - 99%

Rep. Ross Spano (R-FL-15) - 99%

Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI-1) - 99%

Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO-2) - 99%

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN-2) - 99%

Rep. Gilbert Ray Cisneros (D-CA-39) - 98%

Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX-7) - 98%

Rep. Josh Harder (D-CA-10) - 98%

Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA-7) - 97%

Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY-22) - 97%

Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA-26) - 97%

Rep. TJ Cox (D-CA-21) - 97%

Rep. Kendra S. Horn (D-OK-5) - 97%

Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL-7) - 97%

 

Click here for the full list of recipients.

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