"In 1962, marking the 50th anniversary of the Chamber, President Kennedy said the founding of the Chamber in 1912 marked a turning in the relationship between government and business. This remains true to this day," McConnell said in his opening Senate floor remarks.

McConnell quoted President Reagan from the Chamber's 70th anniversary.

"When the Chamber turned 70, President Reagan joked, ‘I remember the day you started. And like good wine, you’ve grown better, not older.’ " McConnell said. "He then quipped, 'The membership of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States is the only thing that’s grown faster than the federal government — thank heaven!’ "

The Chamber represents the "backbone" of the U.S. economy, McConnell added.

"The free enterprise system is the backbone of the American economy and nobody embodies it more than the U.S. Chamber of Commerce," McConnell said. "So on the year marking the hundredth anniversary, I, along with my colleagues, want to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all the work you do to help business grow and create jobs."

Read the resolution (S.Res.482) here:

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