The Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas (ABC Carolinas) presented members of Congress with the “Champion of the Merit Shop” Eagle Award during the association’s national legislative conference in Washington DC in June.
ABC Carolinas says the awards are given to legislators with an 80 percent or better voting record on ABC’s key issues during the previous session of Congress.
ABC Carolinas says it sent more than 35 members to participate in two legislative briefings (NC/SC), ABC National’s Free Enterprise Alliance (FEA) reception, and a “Carolinas’ Legislative Breakfast” with U.S. Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr.
“The Carolinas are fortunate to be represented by a number of members of Congress who are true champions of the merit shop philosophy and the free enterprise system,” said Carolinas chapter president and CEO Doug Carlson. “Our champions believe in open and fair competition and are supportive of small, family-owned businesses which make up the majority of our members,” said Chris Bullard, the group’s director of government affairs.
Receiving the Eagle Award from North Carolina this year were senators Burr and Tillis, and congressional representatives Virginia Foxx, Mark Walker, Mark Meadows, Richard Hudson, Patrick McHenry, Robert Pittenger, Walter Jones, David Rouzer, Ted Budd and George Holding.
Receiving the Eagle Award from South Carolina this year were senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, and representatives Joe Wilson, Mark Sanford, Tom Rice, Trey Gowdy and Jeff Duncan.
ABC Carolinas participants included: W.M. Jordan Company, David Allen Company, Anderson Jones PLLC, Protégé Mechanical, CWS of the Triad, TileSetters of Raleigh, Omega Construction, Fred Adams Paving, Brasfield and Gorrie, Choate Construction, BB&T, Watson Electrical, Sears Contract, Inc, Miles McClellan, Smith Terry & Johnson Construction Law, and Brodie Contracting.