Members of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce saluted First District Rep. Tim Huelskamp Thursday, watching the congressman receive a “Spirit of Enterprise” award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
About 30 local Chamber members attended a half-hour ceremony at which John Gonzalez, from the U.S. Camber’s regional office in Dallas, presented Huelskamp with the award, which is given to congressional representatives judged to have supported the Chamber’s legislative agenda.
“Thank you for defending free enterprise,” Gonzalez told Huelskamp.
The congressman was in Manhattan for a brief time as part of a series of visits to communities within the district while Congress is in recess. He applauded growth within the community, which he said illustrates the value of free enterprise.
“You don’t have to be in town too long to see what’s possible,” Huelskamp said. He said getting the economy going is “fairly simple … it’s called free enterprise.”
The congressman used the occasion to criticize what he termed the approximately 1 percent “slow growth” rate in place during the Obama administration. “We’ve been used to 5 percent until the last five or six years,” he said.