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Upton Honored for Efforts to Spur Economic Growth and Create Jobs

U.S. Chamber of Commerce honors Upton with Spirit of Enterprise Award

Washington, DC, March 31, 2011 | Meghan Kolassa ((202) 225-3761)
The United States Chamber of Commerce has presented Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) with its prestigious “Spirit of Enterprise” award for his strong support for a pro-economic growth legislative agenda in the second session of the 111th Congress.  Among other things, Upton was recognized for his strong support of extending tax relief for working families and small businesses as well as for standing firmly against overreaching regulations and job-destroying mandates.

“The Chamber is honored to recognize Representative Upton for helping create an environment in which businesses can grow and create jobs,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber.  “He has shown great conviction by standing on the side of business, at a time when it matters most.  Today we honor him.”

The Chamber annually recognizes Members of Congress with the “Spirit of Enterprise” award based on rankings it gives for key business votes outlined in its annual publication, How They Voted.  Upton has compiled a 93 percent cumulative ranking with the Chamber during his tenure in Congress.

“Small businesses are on the front lines of our nation’s recovery, leading the way for local job creation and economic growth,” said Upton.  “Instead of burdening Michigan employers with overreaching regulations and costly new mandates, Congress must continue to focus on policies that encourage small businesses to expand and create jobs here at home.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation, representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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