In front of a gathering of local chamber members, Congressman Rick Renzi received an award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for his pro-business voting record.
Dick Castner from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented Renzi with the U.S. Chamber's Spirit of Enterprise Award.
Castner said there are some members of Congress who will promise one thing, but after being elected fail to follow through when voting.
The award is presented to members of Congress whose overall record during the 109th Congressional session is 70 percent in favor of pro-economic growth bills.
Castner said that of the 27 bills it tracked that have impacts on businesses, Renzi voted in support of business 25 times, or 93 percent of the time.
"He clearly gets it. He absolutely deserves this award," Castner said at a Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce meeting held at the Gila Community College.
Renzi explained his thinking behind the two times he voted against business interests.
He said, it may be important that there is a guest worker program in place, but there must first be border security.
He also talked about the nuclear test that North Korea claimed it conducted, saying the explosion was sub-nuclear.
Renzi also told the chamber members that he drafted a bill on Tuesday that would take away Rep. Mark Foley's pension for sending inappropriate e-mail messages to pages.
Currently, there is only one way a legislator or congressman can lose his or her pension and that is bribery.
"I want to put in place some checks and balances," Renzi said.
The congressman thanked the chamber for the award and recognition, adding he remembered what it was like when he owned and operated a small business.
"America is at a crossroads," he said.
He talked about the "death tax" where 45 percent of a person's inheritance would be sent to the government if Democrats were in office.
"We've got some real choices to make Nov. 7," he said. "It is all about politics."
In a question and answer session, Renzi fielded questions about employers who hire illegal immigrants, school funding and the national forests.
He said the people he meets in rural Arizona are the backbone of the state because they pull themselves up when times are bad.
"It's your tax dollars that go to Washington," he said. "None of the projects I have been (bringing) back to rural Arizona are pork."
He asked the chamber to examine what he has accomplished while he has been a member of Congress.
"God bless you as we move forward in these final days," he said.