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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers received the Spirit of Enterprise Award from U.S. Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his support of pro-growth, pro-jobs policies during the first session of the 113th Congress.

"Our small businesses keep 55% of the nation employed, ensuring thousands of people across Kentucky have the ability to pay their bills and keep food on the table," said Rogers. "I applaud the U.S. Chamber for bringing employers and community leaders together with a unified voice for policies and legislation that impact the daily lives of millions of Americans every year."

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.

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

According to this year’s scorecard, Rogers received an 85% rating with the Chamber in 2013 and has a cumulative rating of 86% for his tenure in Congress.

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. 
Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit or follow Rogers on Twitter  and Facebook.