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Food industry groups honor Rep. Bartlett

October 13, 2004

U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., is a 2004 recipient of the Food Distribution Industry's Thomas Jefferson Award.

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) presented the award at a Sept. 22 ceremony on Capitol Hill.

At the end of each Congress, FMI and IFDA present the award to senators and representatives who demonstrate their commitment to free enterprise through their votes on issues such as taxes, free trade, labor policy and other economic matters.

"Thomas Jefferson Award recipients are exemplary policymakers who keep the interests of consumers, the industry and the nation's economy foremost in mind," said FMI President and CEO Tim Hammonds.

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"Throughout the 108th Congress, Representative Bartlett cast crucial votes to stimulate economic growth, to strengthen family businesses and to promote prosperity for the American people."

Recipients of the award supported FMI and IFDA's position on at least 70 percent of 11 House votes deemed critical to the Jeffersonian ideals of free enterprise. The votes are listed on the Web sites of FMI (www.fmi.org) and IFDA (www.ifdaonline.org).

The program, introduced in 1992, was inspired by Thomas Jefferson, who in his third inaugural address said, "A wise and frugal government ... shall leave men ... free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."

The award itself is a custom-crafted replica of Jefferson standing in his Memorial, framed by his four pillars of prosperity: agriculture, manufacturing, commerce and navigation.

Pictured, from left, are Steve Smith of K-VA-T Food Stores Inc., and chairman of the Food Marketing Institute Public Affairs Committee; U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett; and Mark Allen, president and CEO, International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA).

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