Originally published September 4, 2013 at 04:58p.m., updated October 2, 2013 at 04:58p.m.
PASCO – U.S. Congressman Doc Hastings has received the “Spirit of Enterprise” award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The award, according to the Chamber, is for Hastings’ “strong support of free enterprise system.”
“In the face of high-stakes politics and difficult choices, Congressman Hastings provided America’s job creators with a strong voice in Congress,” Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Donohue said. “This award recognizes Congressman Hastings for consistently demonstrating his support for pro-growth policies.”
The annual award is given to congressmen and congresswomen who score at least 70 percent on pro-business votes, their importance decided by the Chamber, which represents more than 3 million American businesses and organizations.
Hastings, a Republican from Pasco, scored a 92 percent during the 112th session of Congress, and has a total score of 94 percent.
Christopher Guith, vice president for policy for the U.S. Chamber Institute for 21st Century Energy, presented Hastings with the award Aug. 28 at the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce “State of Congressional District” luncheon following Hastings’ keynote address.
“I’m pleased to accept this prestigious award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,” Hastings said. “As a long-time advocate for pro-growth policies, I firmly believe getting government out of the way and allowing businesses to innovate and create jobs is the best remedy to get our economy back on track.”
Hastings has served as chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources since 2011, and since then the committee has “played a major role in advancing increased production of American-made energy, to spur our economy and create new American jobs,” according to the Chamber.
In matters affecting Washingtonians directly, the committee also oversees irrigation projects in the Columbia Basin and Yakima, federal hydropower dams along the Snake and Columbia rivers, federal forests, the Bonneville Power Administration, national parks, firefighting on federal lands and fisheries management.