Our “How They Voted” report is helping CBIA members see what their state representatives and senators have done over the past two years to improve Connecticut’s economy and business climate.

Now, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has released a similar scorecard for members of Congress.

NAM looked at 35 key votes in the House and 27 in the Senate on issues impacting American manufacturers, from healthcare to labor unions to EPA regulations.  

Federal lawmakerswho voted with manufacturers 70% or more over the past two years are getting Awards for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence from NAM.

So how did Connecticut’s delegation do on votes of importance to manufacturers?  

Not very well. Highest scoring was Sen. Joe Lieberman, with a 50% pro-manufacturing score. Next were Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Jim Himes, both at 33%.

U.S. Reps. Joe Courtney (22%), John Larson (19%), Chris Murphy (17%) and Rosa DeLauro (14%) trailed considerably.

However, nearly 300 members of Congress did earn the NAM awards.

Many observers in Connecticut and throughout the U.S. believe that manufacturing has the potential to drive a robust economic recovery.

But they need help from Hartford and Washington D.C. to make that happen.

Like CBIA’s Connecticut-focused “How They Voted,” NAM’s new scorecard is an opportunity for voters to take a good look at the candidates and consider who will best represent them in the state and national capitals.