U.S. Rep. Tom Rice Receives Foodservice Distribution Industry’s Thomas Jefferson Award

Award Recognizes Commitment to Free Enterprise

WASHINGTON, DC —  U.S. Representative Tom Rice has been named as a recipient of the 2014 Thomas Jefferson Award by the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA). The award honors the legislator’s work to strengthen the free enterprise system. During each Congress, IFDA presents the Thomas Jefferson Award to Senators and Members of Congress who demonstrate their commitment to increasing economic opportunity and reducing government regulation. The Award is based on voting records during the 113th Congress on issues critical to the growth of the foodservice distribution industry and our nation’s overall economy.

“Representative Rice has taken positive votes on legislation to support job growth, the private sector and free market principles. The Thomas Jefferson Award is the foodservice distribution industry’s way of recognizing and thanking legislators who are committed to the Jeffersonian vision of a strong free enterprise system with limited government involvement in the economy,” said IFDA President and CEO Mark S. Allen. “Our member companies are pleased to have this opportunity to recognize the work that Representative Rice and all of the Thomas Jefferson Award recipients are doing in Washington to enact policies that will return our nation to prosperity.”

Recipients of the award supported IFDA’s position on at least 70 percent of 6 House votes deemed critical to the foodservice distribution industry. These included votes on the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (HR 367) which requires Congress to approve all new major regulations and the Authority for Mandate Delay Act (HR 2667) to postpone the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act. The complete list of votes can be found on the IFDA web site at www.ifdaonline.org/TJ-Awards.

The program, introduced in 1992, was inspired by Thomas Jefferson, who in his first inaugural address said, “A wise and frugal government … shall leave men … free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”

The award itself is a custom-crafted replica of Jefferson standing in his Memorial, framed by his four pillars of prosperity: agriculture, manufacturing, commerce, and navigation.

Press Release By International Foodservice Distributors, May 9, 2014.

Contact: Chris Caldwell

The International Foodservice Distributors Association works to help foodservice distributors succeed. Whether you are having dinner at your favorite restaurant with family and friends or grabbing breakfast on the go — the food you eat away from home was delivered by a foodservice distributor. IFDA members deliver to professional kitchens across America, and around the world. Our members include broadline, systems, and specialty foodservice distributors that supply food and related products to restaurants, colleges and universities, hospitals and care facilities, hotels and resorts, and other foodservice operations. Our members operate more than 800 distribution facilities and deliver approximately 122 million cases of food each day to customers.
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