Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, was one of several Florida GOP lawmakers to receive the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of Enterprise” award. The award is based on rankings the Chamber gives members of Congress for key votes on issues established as priorities by the U.S. Chamber’s board of directors.
Members of Congress who support the U.S Chamber’s position on at least 70 percent of key votes receive the “Spirit of Enterprise” Award.
Buchanan received the same award last year, with a score of 88 percent.
Despite the fact that he is currently the subject of several investigations (by the House Ethics Committee, the Department of Justice and the IRS), Buchanan has yet to be shunned by fellow Republican lawmakers. Earlier this month, Buchanan joined House Speaker John Boehner for an exclusive fundraising event in Sarasota.
Buchanan was also among six Florida congressmen to host a March fundraiser in Washington for Rep. Connie Mack, a Florida Republican who is currently running for the U.S. Senate.
In December, Rep. Pete Sessions, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said he has “confidence” in Buchanan as the committee’s finance chairman, despite the ongoing investigations.