Cline receives national award at local Chamber event

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Ben Cline-Chamber award

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LURAY, July 16 — Page County’s designee to the U.S. House of Representatives received a national honor at the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce‘s July 16th Business After Hours hosted by Shawnee Farms Estate.

Rep. Ben Cline (R-6th Dist.) received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of Enterprise Award” from local chamber president Mark Leach.

“On behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in D.C., and the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce, we would like to recognize you as a ‘friend of business,” Leach said during the event. “Not only for supporting pro-business legislation, but also his commitment to the bipartisan leadership and constructive governing necessary to move our country forward.

“This award recognizes a legislator’s commitment to supporting Pro-Business legislation, productive bi-partisan leadership, and constructive governing,” Leach continued. “Now more than ever the United States needs leaders who support pro-growth policies that strengthen our economy and help create good jobs for U.S. workers.”

The Botetourt County resident received the award a week ago at an outdoor event in Page County where social distancing was practiced. It was the first Business After Hours that the local chamber has hosted since February.

“I was pleasantly surprised on Tuesday to receive a call from the United States Chamber of Commerce to partner with them on presenting this award on their behalf,” local chamber president Gina Hilliard said last Thursday. “It seems we are one of the only Chambers, having an in-person gathering in Virginia this week.

“The reason we can do a Business After Hours today is because of the precautions Luray Caverns staff, Chamber staff, and the County has been taking to prevent the spread of the virus here in Page County,” Hilliard continued. “We encourage everyone to continue to adhere to the Governor’s guidelines and recommendations so we can hopefully get past this pandemic and back to a normal life soon.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation, representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations from across the country, including state and local chambers.

Since 1965, the U.S. Chamber has rated members of Congress based solely on the votes they cast for or against business priorities. But, last year, they pledged to heighten their focus and reward bipartisan leadership and constructive governing and have revised their legislative scorecard to celebrate members of Congress who have been a leader and are committed to bipartisanship. 

“In these uncertain times with daunting economic and social challenges facing our nation, it is imperative that leaders in Washington are focused on propelling American Businesses forward to create jobs and economic growth from California to Maine,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO, Thomas Donahue said in a prepared statement. “As we rebuild our economy, legislators must lead by pursuing bipartisan solutions that create jobs and promote a free enterprise system. I’m proud to recognize Congressman Ben Cline’s commitment to driving opportunity and prosperity in America’s workforce and on Main Streets across the nation.”

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