The United States Chamber of Commerce has presented Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) with its "Spirit of Enterprise" award for his support of policies which encourage job creation and economic growth. Smith has received this prestigious award for five consecutive years.
"Over the past year, Congressman Smith 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 Smith is helping unleash the power of free enterprise to put our economy back on track and put Americans back to work."
"Until government stops being an obstacle to job creation, our economic recovery will continue to underperform," said Smith. "It is vital public policy is focused on creating opportunity rather than mandating outcomes. While there is a lot of work left to do to strengthen our free enterprise system, I am committed to continuing the effort to rein in the out-of-control spending and regulations which are causing tremendous uncertainty for Nebraska's job creators."
The U.S. Chamber's award is given annually to Members of Congress based on their votes on key business development issues. The Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than three million businesses of every size, sector, and region. Smith and the U.S. Chamber have worked together on a range of issues including the recently passed free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea; repeal of the health care law's 1099 reporting requirement, and repeal of the onerous 3 percent withholding from government contractors.
Smith sits on the Committee on Ways and Means which enables him to serve Nebraskans through engagement on critical job creation issues including opening up new export markets and tax reform.