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U.S. Chamber honors Barton

The voice of Ellis County on Capitol Hill, U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, received an award Monday for what U.S. Chamber of Commerce representative John Gonzalez said was his continued support of national businesses through legislation.
Barton spoke at the Ennis Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon.
Barton was one of 260 lawmakers who were given the Spirit of Enterprise Award. Gonzalez said the award identifies those lawmakers that truly step up and demonstrate real leadership in making the U.S. a place where businesses can continue to grow and create jobs.
Eligibility for the award is based on how members of Congress vote on key business issues, which the chamber outlines in its yearly publication How They Voted. Those members of Congress who support the chamber’s position on at least 70 percent of those key votes receive the Spirit of Enterprise Award.
The U.S. Chamber key-voted eight Senate and 18 House votes in 2008, including the Ledbetter Act to eliminate the statute of limitations for pay discrimination lawsuits, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, a nuclear cooperation agreement with India, a bill ensuring the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund and the College Opportunity & Affordability Act to lower tuition costs and streamline the financial aid process.
At Monday’s luncheon, Barton spoke on topics ranging from world affairs and national health care to the environment.
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