The United States Chamber of Commerce presented Rep. Ted Poe (TX-2) with its prestigious Spirit of Enterprise award for his strong support for a pro-economic growth legislative agenda in the first session of the 109th Congress. Congressman Poe was presented the award at the US Chamber of Commerce Awards Breakfast Wednesday, March 15, 2006.

Small Business is the cornerstone of our communities, said Poe. I believe the American workers are the best in the world. I am honored to be recognized by the United States Chamber of Commerce and applaud their continued dedication to growing our economy.

The Chamber awards the Spirit of Enterprise based on rankings it gives members of Congress for key business votes outlined in its annual publication, How They Voted. Rep. Poe scored 89 percent with the Chamber last year and has compiled an 89 percent cumulative ranking during his tenure in Congress.

Ted is a leader who has fought for legislation to spur job creation, increase productivity and keep our economy growing. said Thomas J. Donohue, Chamber President and CEO. Were proud to present him with this award on behalf of Americas businesses, both large and small.

The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation, representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector and region.

Congressman Poe is a member of the House Committee on Small Business. The Committee is charged with protecting Americas small businesses from the federal government and craft legislation designed to help Americas entrepreneurs.