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Kind Awarded Chamber's Spirit of Enterprise

March 26, 2009
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) today was recognized with the Spirit of Enterprise Award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for his strong support of businesses in western Wisconsin in the 110 th Congress.

“Western Wisconsin relies on local businesses to create local jobs and drive economic growth,” Rep. Kind said.  “With the economic downturn and the rising cost of everything from energy to health insurance, I’m very concerned that our businesses face obstacles in competing and growing in today’s economy.  That is why I have focused my work in Congress on policies that will help Wisconsin’s businesses make important investments to grow their companies, offer retirement savings options for both owners and employees, and provide affordable health coverage.”

The Chamber identified Spirit of Enterprise recipients by rating members of Congress according to their votes on 18 measures in the second session of the 110 th Congress, including bills to unfreeze the credit market, improve financial relief to students pursuing higher education, and invest in transportation.

“Last year in particular, Congress had to make some tough choices, and Rep. Kind clearly demonstrated his commitment to the economy and keeping America competitive in an ever-changing global market,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber. “The Chamber is proud to present Rep. Kind with the Spirit of Enterprise Award on behalf of businesses large and small.”

Rep. Kind was among just 16 Democrats from the House of Representatives to receive the award.