U.S. Chamber gives Collins high marks

Staff Reports Posted 6 June 2018 at 7:28 am

Chris Collins

LANCASTER — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership on Monday honored Congressman Chris Collins, R-Clarence, with its annual “Spirit of Enterprise Award,” given in recognition of his support for pro-growth policies in the first session of the 115th Congress.

The Chamber’s “Spirit of Enterprise Award” is given annually to members of Congress based on their votes on critical business legislation as outlined in the Chamber’s How They Voted scorecard. Members who supported the Chamber’s position on at least 70 percent of those votes qualify to receive the award.

Collins was rated at 93 percent in support of Chamber priorities, based on 14 House votes. (With seven votes in the Senate that were identified as Chamber priorities, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer voted in favor 29 percent and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was at 14 percent, according to the scorecard.)

“It’s a good time to be doing business in America, thanks to a slate of legislative accomplishments that laid the groundwork for more economic growth and job creation,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “These efforts to advance commonsense, growth-oriented legislation will help Main Street American businesses thrive. We commend Congressman Collins for his commitment to promoting and protecting American free enterprise and economic prosperity.”

The award was presented June 4 at Sealing Devices in Lancaster, a member of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. Sealing Devices is one of the largest privately-held manufacturers of sealing products in North America.

“We know Chris is fighting for Buffalo Niagara employers every day in Washington. The Congressman understands what it’s like to an employer – not a common trait among members of Congress,” said Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, president & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. “His focus on federal policies aimed at lowering costs, encouraging investment and creating jobs is exactly what we need.”

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is a regional chamber of commerce and privately-funded economic development organization. Partnership members employ more than a quarter of a million people in the Buffalo Niagara region.

Collins is the representative for the 27th Congressional District, which includes Livingston, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties and parts of Erie, Monroe, Niagara and Ontario counties.

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