Pryor said, “he was honored to receive the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the Chamber and appreciative of the working relationship he has built with the Chamber of Commerce and its Arkansas membership.” His work to promote transportation funding, the JOBS Act, tax relief in the Senate were considered for his nomination.
“The Chamber has helped hundreds of Arkansas businesses succeed through their legislative advocacy, training and outreach programs. I value their input and appreciate working with them,” Pryor said. “I am honored to be recognized for this award, and I look forward to my continued partnership with Chamber members to bring good paying jobs and economic opportunities to Arkansas.”
“It is critical to have members of Congress fighting for American business and their employees at this time of economic expansion and opportunity,” said Donohue. “Mark Pryor is a leader who has voted time and again to create jobs, improve our domestic security, and promote economic expansion.”
“We have appreciated Sen. Pryor’s willingness to listen to the concerns of Arkansas businesses, large and small,” said Ron Russell, president and chief executive officer of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas. “Twice he has set up meetings in our Little Rock office with members of the business community to talk over issues that affect them. We value Sen. Pryor’s relationship with State Chamber/AIA members and congratulate him for receiving this distinguished recognition from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.”
The Chamber of Commerce gives out the award to Senators and Congressmen who show a strong pro-business record, voting in support of the Chamber’s position on at least 70 percent of their key priorities. For the second session of the 108th Congress, the Chamber presented awards to 17 Senators, including only 5 Democratic members.