Press Release


Cuellar recognized as business community ally

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Washington, April 25, 2008 | Yolanda C. Urrabazo ((202) 225-1640) | comments

Washington – Recently, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented to Congressman Henry Cuellar the “Spirit of Enterprise” award for his support on key business legislation voted on during the 110th Congress, first session.  The award is presented to Members of Congress who have cast votes that help the economy grow and create new jobs.  Representatives’ ranking and legislation in focus are catalogued in the Chamber’s annual publication, How They Voted.

Based on 20 House votes that have a direct impact on business according to the Chamber, Cuellar received a cumulative score of 86. Key votes included a trade promotion agreement with Peru, an extension of the Andean Trade Preference Act, and extension of the federal backstop for terrorism risk insurance, revisions to the rules governing direct foreign investment, and critical water resources legislation to facilitate commerce at the nation’s waterways and ports.

“It is an honor to receive this award,” said Cuellar. “As a member of the House Committee on Small Business and representing the congressional district that contains one of the nation's largest volume trade ports, I take the issues facing business and our economy as a whole very seriously. The ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ award embodies the belief that trade, investment, transportation, development and education are key to a booming, prosperous nation, and my votes last session have clearly reflected that.”

“Representative Cuellar has proven to be an effective ally to the business community, supporting legislation that helps grow the economy and creates new jobs for hardworking Americans,” said Tom Donohue, Chamber President and CEO.  “The Chamber is grateful for Henry’s commitment to these important issues and is proud to present him with this award.”

Cuellar voted favorably on the following: Electricity Infrastructure (H.R. 2641); Punitive Energy Taxes (H.R. 2776); Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 3074); Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act conference report (H.R. 3074); Water Resources Development Act (H.R. 1495); Small Business Compliance (H.R. 2829); America COMPETES Act (H.R. 2272); Terrorism Risk Insurance Revision and Extension Act (H.R. 2761); FDA Amendments (H.R. 2900); Small Business tax Relief act (H.R. 976); Internet Tax (H.R. 3678); U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (H.R. 3688); Andean Trade Preference Act (H.R. 1830); International Investment Reform (H.R. 556).


Congressman Henry Cuellar is a member of the House Homeland Security, Small Business, and Agriculture Committees in the 110th Congress; accessibility to constituents, education, health care, economic development and national security are his priorities. Congressman Cuellar is also a Senior Whip.


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