US Chamber of Commerce set to endorse 23 House freshman Democrats

US Chamber of Commerce set to endorse 23 House freshman Democrats
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is endorsing 23 House freshman Democrats this election cycle, according to a memo first obtained by The Hill. The pro-business advocacy group is also endorsing 29 freshman Republicans. 

The committee that voted on the endorsements reached an overwhelming majority consensus in favor of members on both sides of the aisle. The committee voted 75 percent in support of the full set of recommended freshmen for political endorsements, according to the memo.

Of the approved freshmen who received the most votes against them, the committee as a whole voted by almost five to one in favor of endorsing them.


“We do not comment on internal processes at the U.S. Chamber,” a spokesperson for the Chamber told The Hill.

The Chamber produces an online public scorecard for all members of Congress.

Twenty-three House freshmen received over 70 percent on their score cards, according to a review by The Hill.

Those members include Democratic Reps. Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamJoe Cunningham to enter race for South Carolina governor Republicans race for distance from 'America First Caucus' Lobbying world MORE (S.C.), Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerFive takeaways on the House's return to budget earmarks Lawmakers say companies need to play key role in sustainability On The Money: Weekly jobless claims fall to lowest level since lockdowns | Retail sales surge in March | Dow, S&P hit new records MORE (Va.), Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsDemocratic Kansas City, Mo., mayor eyes Senate run Is nonpartisan effectiveness still possible? Biden to meet with bipartisan lawmakers on infrastructure MORE (Kan.), Xochitl Torres Small (N.M.), Kendra HornKendra Suzanne HornWhy does Rep. Johnson oppose NASA's commercial human landing system? The US's investment in AI is lagging, we have a chance to double it What should Biden do with NASA and the Artemis Program? MORE (Okla.), Colin Allred (Texas), Andy Kim (N.J.), Antonio DelgadoAntonio Ramon DelgadoCuomo job approval drops 6 points amid nursing home controversy: poll Cuomo takes heat from all sides on nursing home scandal We lost in November — we're proud we didn't take corporate PAC money MORE (N.Y.), and Abby FinkenauerAbby Lea FinkenauerGOP hammers Democrats over Iowa Democrat's election challenge Chamber of Commerce slams GOP effort to challenge Biden's win Iowa losses underscore Democrats' struggles with attracting rural voters MORE (Iowa).

“The Chamber conducts its endorsements of incumbents based on the voting record the incumbent has and how often they voted on the Chamber’s priorities,” Neil Bradley, the Chamber's executive vice president and chief policy officer, told The Hill in an interview last week.

The Chamber keeps the committee member list internal but its makeup is of people from around the country. The vote concluded on Thursday.

The other Democratic endorsements are expected to go to Reps. Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaLawmakers roll out legislation to defend pipelines against cyber threats McAuliffe holds wide lead in Virginia gubernatorial primary: poll Lauren Underwood endorses Jennifer Carroll Foy in Virginia governors race MORE (Va.), Lizzie Fletcher (Texas), Haley StevensHaley Maria StevensFive takeaways on the House's return to budget earmarks Lawmakers emphasize need to bolster tech, education in workforce development Lawmakers say manufacturers are in better position to handle future pandemics MORE (Mich.), David TroneDavid John TroneBold leadership is necessary to curb violence against youth Chamber-endorsed Dems struggle on election night Bill to expand support for community addiction treatment passes House MORE (Md.), Cindy AxneCindy AxneOn The Money: Weekly jobless claims fall to 498K, hitting new post-lockdown low | House to advance appropriations bills in June, July Rural Democrats urge protections from tax increases for family farms Business groups target moderate Democrats on Biden tax plans MORE (Iowa), Angie Craig (Minn.), Dean PhillipsDean PhillipsMinnesota takes joy in beating New York for last House seat Bold leadership is necessary to curb violence against youth Democrat Rita Hart withdraws challenge in Iowa House race MORE (Minn.), Greg StantonGregory (Greg) John StantonThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Back to the future on immigration, Afghanistan, Iran Ambitious House lawmakers look for promotions Energy Department announces million toward carbon capture, industrial assessment centers MORE (Ariz.), Josh Harder (Calif.), TJ Cox (Calif.), Harley RoudaHarley Edwin RoudaRepublicans race for distance from 'America First Caucus' California was key factor in House GOP's 2020 success Here are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year MORE (Calif.), Susie LeeSuzanne (Susie) Kelley LeeMORE (Nev.), Ben McAdams (Utah) and Anthony Brindisi (N.Y.).