Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) has been 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 second session of the 113th Congress. Lance was presented with the award before an address to the Hunterdon County Chamber’s Employer Legislative Committee Breakfast on May 27th.
“Job creation and economic opportunity for the middle-class are my top priorities in Congress. Families and taxpayers across the district I serve need a stronger economy and businesses large and small need tools from Washington to expand. I am honored by this recognition, but the heavy lifting of building our economy for the 21st century belongs to the entrepreneurs, innovators and hard-working men and women of America’s workforce who will be strengthened by lower taxes, fewer regulations and less red tape,” said Lance after the presentation.
“Throughout the past year the House passed many economic growth-related bills important to the business community. Much of this legislation died in the Senate as a result of intense partisan gridlock. The U.S. Chamber recognizes legislators from both sides of the aisle who have worked to pass legislation and enact policies that bolster our country’s economy, create jobs and keep our nation’s spirit of enterprise alive,” U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said. “The Spirit of Enterprise award honors those members of Congress like Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) who has recognized the need and shown a commitment to pro-growth policies in the second session of the 113th Congress.”
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 2014 include:
- House passage by H.R. 2641, the RAPID Act, which would have streamlined the process for developers, builders and designers to obtain approval for certain projects to create jobs.
- House passage of H.R. 4414, the Expatriate Health Coverage Clarification Act, which reserves the ability of America’s businesses to provide health care coverage to employees overseas.
- House passage of H.R. 4718, which would have provided an incentive for businesses to make new capital investments by making permanent 50% depreciation and the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) Credit.
- House passage of H.R. 5201, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act, which extended federal surface transportation programs and provided a short-term solution for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) shortfall.
- House passage of H.R. 4450, the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act, which would have strengthened the United State’s position in the global travel and tourism market by reauthorizing Brand USA, a public-private partnership that promotes international travel to the United States and at no cost to taxpayers.
- 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 the fact that 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 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.