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Smith receives 'Spirit of Enterprise' Award

Special to the Courier

The United States Chamber of Commerce honored Congressman Lamar Smith on Thursday, March 29, with its annual "Spirit of Enterprise" award for his support of pro-jobs, pro-growth policies during the first session of the 112th Congress.

"Whether it's cutting red tape and reducing burdensome regulations on businesses, or simplifying our tax code, I believe Congress should support policies that encourage the private sector to invest and grow."

Smith said. "I will continue to sponsor and support legislation to expand our economy and create jobs for American workers."

Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the United States Chamber of Commerce, praised Congressman Smith for his efforts on behalf of American workers and businesses.

"Over the past year, Congressman Smith has worked to protect and advance the interests of America's job creators. By supporting pro-growth policies, Congressman Smith is helping unleash the power of free enterprise to put our economy back on track and put Americans back to work," Donohue
As chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Smith has sponsored bills to help spur the economy, grow businesses and create jobs for American workers. He sponsored the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, a bill that reduces frivolous litigation and ensures faster approval of better patents. The America Invents Act has been described as "the most-significant bipartisan, jobs creation law to be enacted this Congress."

Last year, the House of Representatives approved three Judiciary Committee bills to help reduce the burden of unnecessary regulations on small businesses and the economy. Smith sponsored the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act (HR 527) and the Regulatory Accountability Act (HR 3010), which require federal agencies to identify and reduce the costs of regulations on small businesses.

In addition, he is a primary cosponsor of the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (HR 10), which requires Congress to consider regulations that have an economic impact of $100 million or more before they can be imposed on the American people.

Smith maintained a 100 percent rating with the Chamber of Commerce this year and holds a lifetime 93 percent rating during his tenure in Congress.

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Last week, US Congressman Lamar Smith received the "Spirit of Enterprise" award from Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the United States Chamber of Commerce.