Congressman Tim Scott (SC-01) today received the Thomas Jefferson Award and the Defender of Economic Freedom Award on Capitol Hill. The awards, presented by the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) and the Club for Growth, respectively, reflect Congressman Scott's commitment to pro-jobs, pro-growth policies.
"I made a commitment to the First District of South Carolina to stand up for conservative principles as we move our nation forward," Scott said. "I am honored to receive these awards today, and will continue to advocate for the free-market principles that have made our country great."
According to the IFDA, the Thomas Jefferson Award has "been presented at the end of each Congress to honor Members of Congress who have demonstrated their commitment to free enterprise by their voting records on issues such as taxes, free trade, labor policy, and other economic matters. The program also recognizes Senators and Members of Congress for their consistent support of specific industry priorities on issues ranging from the Employee Free Choice Act to permanent Death Tax Repeal. Award recipients have a 70 percent or better voting record on these key issues facing our industry."
The Club for Growth states that the Defender of Economic Freedom award, "is based on certain votes that the Club for Growth tracks on its scorecard. The study included a comprehensive examination of each lawmaker's record on pro-growth policies and computed an Economic Growth Score on a scale of 0 to 100. A score of 100 indicates the highest support for pro-growth policies. Those lawmakers scoring 90 or higher receive the Defender of Economic Freedom award."