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Robert C. Byrd's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Business and Consumers

Business and Consumers

2010 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 50%
2009-2010 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 100%
2009-2010 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 42%
2009-2010 Independent Electrical Contractors - Positions 0%
2009-2010 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 27%
2009-2010 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 20%
2009-2010 National Retail Federation - Positions 0%
2009-2010 National Small Business Association - Positions (Senate Only) 0%
2009-2010 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 33%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 30%
2009 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 33%
2009 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 57%
2008 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 16%
2008 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 57%
2008 United States Chamber of Commerce - Lifetime Score 32%
2007-2008 American Council of Engineering Companies - Positions 50%
2007-2008 American Forest and Paper Association - Forest Products Advocacy Score 33%
2007-2008 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 0%
2007-2008 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 50%
2007-2008 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 16%
2007-2008 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 27%
2007-2008 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 64
2007-2008 National Restaurant Association - Positions on Restaurant Advocacy 28
2007-2008 National Retail Federation - Positions Retail Industry Advocacy 40%
2007-2008 National Small Business Association - Positions 50%
2007-2008 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 80%
2007-2008 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 30%
2007 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 7%
2007 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 0%
2007 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 40%
2006 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 9%
2006 National Association of Government Contractors - Positions 100%
2006 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 70%
2006 State PIRGs Working Together - Positions 64%
2006 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 25%
2006 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 64%
2005-2006 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 57%
2005-2006 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 37%
2005-2006 International Warehouse Logistics Association - Positions 50%
2005-2006 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 47%
2005-2006 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 67%
2005-2006 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 11%
2005-2006 National Restaurant Association - Positions 0%
2005-2006 National Retail Federation - Positions 17%
2005-2006 National Small Business Association - Positions 37%
2005-2006 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 0%
2005-2006 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions on Population Stabilization 77%
2005 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 42%
2005 International Sleep Products Association - Positions 50%
2005 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 41%
2005 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 17%
2005 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 26%
2005 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 44%
2004 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 53%
2004 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 7%
2004 State PIRGs Working Together - Positions 80%
2004 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 38%
2004 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 80%
2003-2004 American Forest and Paper Association - Positions 25%
2003-2004 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 20%
2003-2004 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 71%
2003-2004 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 13%
2003-2004 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 100%
2003-2004 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 23%
2003-2004 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 50%
2003-2004 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 0%
2003-2004 National Restaurant Association - Positions 14%
2003-2004 National Retail Federation - Positions 12%
2003-2004 National Small Business Association - Positions 0%
2003-2004 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 33%
2003-2004 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 82%
2003 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 17%
2003 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 13%
2003 Maryland Business for Responsive Government - Positions 15%
2003 National Association of Government Contractors - Positions 0%
2003 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 0%
2003 National Retail Federation - Positions 12%
2003 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 73%
2003 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 29%
2003 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 71%
2002 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 37%
2002 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 40%
2002 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 55%
2001-2002 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 44%
2001-2002 Associated General Contractors of America - Positions 16%
2001-2002 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 5%
2001-2002 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 0%
2001-2002 National Association of Manufacturers - Positions 19%
2001-2002 National Electrical Contractors Association - Positions 54%
2001-2002 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 13%
2001-2002 Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association - Positions 0%
2001-2002 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 77%
2001-2002 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 13%
2001 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 0%
2001 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 40%
2001 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 8%
2001 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 21%
2001 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 56%
2000 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 14%
2000 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 7%
2000 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 80%
2000 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 8%
2000 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 40%
1999-2006 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 67%
1999-2004 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - Positions 60%
1999-2000 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 22%
1999-2000 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 83%
1999-2000 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 47%
1999 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 20%
1999 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 11%
1999 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 75%
1999 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 47%
1999 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 62%
1998 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 14%
1998 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 90%
1998 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 10%
1998 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 44%
1997-1998 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 29%
1997-1998 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 83%
1997-1998 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 62%
1997 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 20%
1997 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 33%
1997 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 86%
1997 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 40%
1997 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 88%
1997 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 40%
1996 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 14%
1996 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 86%
1996 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 23%
1995-1996 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 10%
1995-1996 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 24%
1995-1996 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 90%
1995-1996 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 83%
1995 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 14%

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Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

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