U.S. Chamber Honors Rice with Spirit of Enterprise Award

South Carolina Lawmaker Recognized for Pro-Business Record

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today presented U.S. Congressman Tom Rice of South Carolina with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award in recognition of his support of pro-growth, pro-jobs policies during the first session of the 113th Congress.

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

“My number one priority in Congress is, and always will be, jobs,” said Congressman Rice.  “I am honored to receive the Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Enterprise Award, and look forward to advancing policies that grow our economy and create economic opportunities for South Carolinians and families nationwide.”

The Chamber’s prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Award is given annually to members of Congress based on their votes on critical business legislation outlined in the Chamber publication, How They Voted. Members who supported the Chamber’s position on at least 70% of those votes qualify to receive the award. According to this year’s scorecard, Rice received an 85% rating with the Chamber in 2013.

During the first session of the 113th Congress, the Chamber scored members on eight Senate votes and 13 House votes, including those to reopen the federal government and raise the national debt ceiling, reform the nation’s broken immigration system, delay enforcement of the employer mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act, and ease approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Also scored were votes on a number of other issues including trade, transportation, legal reform, and the budget.

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.