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.

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“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 CunninghamKate Schroder in Ohio among Democratic challengers squelching GOP hopes for the House Warning signs flash for Lindsey Graham in South Carolina Trump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report MORE (S.C.), Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerCentrist Democrats got their COVID bill, now they want a vote Vulnerable Democrats tell Pelosi COVID-19 compromise 'essential' Trump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report MORE (Va.), Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsTrump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report Races heat up for House leadership posts GOP leader says he doesn't want Chamber's endorsement: 'They have sold out' MORE (Kan.), Xochitl Torres Small (N.M.), Kendra HornKendra Suzanne HornWomen of color flex political might Kate Schroder in Ohio among Democratic challengers squelching GOP hopes for the House GOP women's group rolls out six-figure campaign for Ernst MORE (Okla.), Colin Allred (Texas), Andy Kim (N.J.), Antonio DelgadoAntonio Ramon DelgadoGOP leader says he doesn't want Chamber's endorsement: 'They have sold out' US Chamber of Commerce set to endorse 23 House freshman Democrats Democrats go big on diversity with new House recruits MORE (N.Y.), and Abby FinkenauerAbby Lea FinkenauerCentrist Democrats got their COVID bill, now they want a vote Trump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report House Democrats' campaign arm reserves .6M in ads in competitive districts 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.

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