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Labrador Earns Top Award from U.S. Chamber of Commerce

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded Congressman Raúl Labrador (ID-01) with its annual “Spirit of Enterprise Award” at a ceremony Thursday morning for “his support of pro-jobs, pro-growth policies during the first session of the 112th Congress.”

“Over the past year, Congressman Labrador has worked to protect and advance the interests of America’s job creators,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber. “By supporting pro-growth policies, Congressman Labrador is helping unleash the power of free enterprise to put our economy back on track and put Americans back to work.”

The Chamber’s prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Award, in its 24th year, is given annually to members of Congress based on key business issues outlined in the Chamber publication How They Voted. Members who support the Chamber’s position on at least 70 percent of those votes qualify to receive the award. According to the scorecard, Congressman Labrador maintained a 94 percent rating with the Chamber this year and collectively holds a 94 percent ranking during his tenure in Congress.

“We must continue to vote to ease regulatory burdens, lower taxes and restrict the size and scope of government so that America’s businesses can help stabilize and grow our economy,” Labrador said. “I am proud to earn this distinction from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and I vow to cast every vote with America’s workers, risk-takers and job creators in the forefront of my mind,”

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. To view a complete list of the 2011 Spirit of Enterprise recipients, please visit