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U.S. Chamber Honors Kingston for Work on Economic Growth, Job Creation

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman receives "Spirit of Enterprise' award

As small business struggle across the nation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says they've got a friend in Washington. That's why the Chamber awarded area Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) with its "Spirit of Enterprise" award in recognition of his work toward policies that support economic growth and job creation.

"The Chamber applauds Congressman Kingston for supporting the private sector and job growth through these difficult times," said Tom Donahue, Chamber president and CEO. "The business community depends on solid partnerships on Capitol Hill to help grow the economy and create new jobs for hardworking Americans. This award recognizes those lawmakers who, like Congressman Kingston, have demonstrated leadership on important business issues. He has demonstrated great courage and we commend him."

The "Spirit of Enterprise" award is given annually to members of Congress based on rankings it gives for key job creation and economic votes. This is the twenty-second year that the U.S. Chamber has formally honored the accomplishments of this select group of members of Congress.

In accepting the award, Kingston blamed misguided economic policies that focus on government spending and intervention in the economy. A hallmark of that efforts' impact, Kingston noted, was last week's jobs report showing that nine in ten jobs created in May were temporary government employees who will soon themselves be added to the unemployment rolls.

"Ask any business on Main Street if the bailouts, stimulus or new government regulations are helping them "no'," said Kingston. "That's why I continue to work for targeted tax relief and regulatory certainty so the real job creators of our economy can do what they do best. By providing more certainty and getting government out of the way of job creation, we can get our economy working again and put Georgians back to work."


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