WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, Mar. 12, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented U.S. Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-TX) with its annual “Spirit of Enterprise Award” in recognition of his support of pro-growth, pro-jobs policies during the first session of the 113th Congress.

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

“2013 was challenging, but Congressman Farenthold worked to pass legislation and enact policies that will keep our country moving forward economically,” U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said.

According to this year’s scorecard, Farenthold received a 77% rating with the Chamber in 2013 and has a cumulative rating of 87% for his tenure in Congress.

During the first session of the 113th Congress, the Chamber scored members on eight Senate votes and 13 House votes, including those to reopen the federal government and raise the national debt ceiling, reform the nation’s broken immigration system, delay enforcement of the employer mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act, and ease approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Also scored were votes on a number of other issues including trade, transportation, legal reform, and the budget.

“The Spirit of Enterprise Award recognizes legislators like Congressman Farenthold who have demonstrated their commitment to supporting pro-growth policies in the 113th Congress," Donohue said.