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Six Oklahoma Legislators Receive "Spirit of Enterprise Award"

April 14, 2008

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) last week received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of Enterprise Award” for his support of pro-growth legislation during the 110th Congress. Accepting the award, Inhofe said:

I am honored to receive the ‘Spirit of Enterprise Award’ from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This organization provides an invaluable service to businesses nationwide. I will continue to fight for legislation that helps grow our nation’s economy, keeping America’s businesses the most competitive in the world.

Dan Boren, the only Democrat in the entire House of Representatives to receive the award, said:

I am honored to receive this award. The small business community, energy industry, and other manufacturers are an integral part of Oklahoma’s economy. I am committed to doing everything I can in Congress to help them grow our economy and create additional jobs in Oklahoma.

Tom Donohue, Chamber president and CEO, stated:

Senator Inhofe has proven to be an effective ally to the business community, supporting legislation that helps grow the economy and creates new jobs for hardworking Americans. The Chamber is grateful for Jim’s commitment to these important issues and is proud to present him with this award.


Representative Boren has proven to be an effective ally to the business community, supporting legislation that helps grow the economy and creates new jobs for hardworking Americans. The Chamber is grateful for Dan’s commitment to these important issues and is proud to present him with this award.

The Oklahomans who were honored were:

  • Sen. James Inhofe
  • Rep. John A. Sullivan (OK-1)
  • Rep. Dan Boren (OK-2)
  • Rep. Frank D. Lucas (OK-3)
  • Rep. Tom Cole (OK-4)
  • Rep. Mary Fallin (OK-5)

The U.S. Chamber is the world’s largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses of every size, sector, and region. A complete list of the 2007 Spirit of Enterprise recipients is here.

Tribes to the Feds: Yeah, we know you’re ‘sorry’…

March 17, 2008

The Indian Healthcare Bill, called “morally bankrupt” by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), because of what he views as more empty promises to Native Americans, has passed the Senate, and is now in the House. It includes an official apology to the Native Americans, authored by Sam Brownback (R-KS) and supported by Representative Dan Boren (D-OK).

Tribal members wonder if it, too, will be full of empty promises, according to News from Indian Country:

Jim Gray, Osage Nation principal chief, said he was surprised but glad Boren championed the effort.

“After the broken treaties and broken promises over all these years, I certainly didn’t expect to see that in my lifetime,” Gray said.

A Tulsa attorney who specializes in Indian law, Michael McBride, agreed the measure was overdue, but he wondered about current factors that may have prompted the official apology.

“I just hope that the United States would do more to rectify prior injustices, like appropriations to address the mismanagement of trust funds, that would go a long way towards making the apology have real substance,” he said.

Dan Boren Promotes ‘National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week’

February 13, 2008

The week of February 11th-15th has been designated, “National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week.” US Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK) tells the Muskogee Phoenix:

At long last, it’s a new day for America’s veterans. For years the Department of Veterans Affairs’ budgets have barely, if at all, kept up with inflation. This year Congress has kept its promise to honor veterans with substantial budget increases.

On his Washington website, Boren writes:

At 155 VA hospitals all across our nation, there are veterans everyday who face the physical and mental wounds of combat long after their military service is complete. We can never fully repay our debt of gratitude to them, but we have a moral obligation to thank and support them with our words and our deeds.

If you live near a VA hospital or clinic, take the time this week to visit and say “thank you” to our veterans. Those two simple words can make a big difference in the lives of those who have done so much for us.

If you don’t live near a VA hospital or clinic, then call someone you know who has served in uniform and thank them for their service. If you’re traveling through an airport and see a young serviceman or woman departing for training or combat, walk a few steps and let these veterans of tomorrow know you are grateful for their service. A few steps and a few words can go a long way.

Rep. Boren a "Bush Dog?"

August 22, 2007

“I’m hearing more and more frequently a sense of rage with the Democratic leadership in Congress. From failing to stop the war to expanding Bush’s wiretapping authority, the swing vote of conservative Democrats in the House are forming an effective conservative majority that is enabling Bush to govern as he wishes.”

“Bush’s Dogs”

Jason Altmire, PA-04
John Barrow, GA-12
Melissa Bean, IL-18
Dan Boren, OK-02
Leonard Boswell, IA-03
Alan Boyd, FL-02
Chris Carney, PA-10
Ben Chandler, KY-06
Jim Cooper, TN-05
Jim Costa, CA-20
Bud Cramer, AL-05
Henry Cuellar, TX-28
Lamar Davis, TN-04
Joe Donnelly, IN-02
Chet Edwards, TX-17
Brad Ellsworth, IN-08
Bob Etheridge, NC-02
Bart Gordon, TN-06
Stephanie Herseth, SD
Baron Hill, IN-09
Nick Lampson, TX-22
Dan Lipinski, IL-03
Jim Marshall, GA-08
Jim Matheson, UT-02
Mike McIntyre, NC-07
Charlie Melancon, LA-03
Colin Peterson, MN-07
Earl Pomeroy, ND
Ciro Rodriguez, TX-23
Mike Ross, AR-04
John Salazar, CO-03
Heath Shuler, NC-11
Vic Snyder, AR-02
Zack Space, OH-18
John Tanner, TN-08
Gene Taylor, MS-04
Tim Walz, MN-01
Charlie Wilson, OH-06

Read more…

Boren Votes Against Veto Override

May 3, 2007

By James Beaty
Senior Editor

U.S. District 2 Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, joined Republicans and a handful of other Democrats in voting against an attempt to override President George W. Bush’s veto of legislation setting timetables for U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq.

The House voted 222-203 to override Bush’s veto — 62 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed.

Boren had previously voted against Bush’s plan for a troop surge in Iraq — but he had also later voted against the original Democratic war funding bill which set the timetables for troop withdrawals from the war-torn nation.

Referring to his vote on Wednesday against overriding the veto, Boren said “This doesn’t mean I support what the president’s doing.

“We can’t micromanage the war from Congress,” Boren said. Read more…

Sen. Inhofe Judged Most Conservative; Rep. Boren Most Liberal in National Journal Rankings

March 6, 2007

Among Oklahoma’s congressional delegation, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe was judged the most conservative, and U.S. Rep. Dan Boren the most liberal. However Boren, the state’s lone Democratic representative, was ranked the most conservative Democratic member of the House of Representatives (with a slightly higher composite conservative score than liberal score). Boren’s voting record also rated more conservative than 11 GOP members for 2006.

In the U.S. Senate, Jim Inhofe was ranked eighth most conservative, with a composite conservative score of 89.3. Tom Coburn was ranked eighteenth most conservative, with a composite conservative score of 78.8. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) was ranked the senate’s most liberal member, with a composite conservative score of 4.8. Durbin was followed closely by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who garnered a composite conservative score of 5.

Among Oklahoma’s House members, Tulsa Congressman John Sullivan was ranked the state’s most conservative congressman and 27th most conservative member of the House, with a composite conservative score of 87.7. As for the rest of the Oklahoma House delegation, here’s how they lined up, from conservative to liberal: Sullivan, Ernest Istook (38th most conservative, composite conservative score of 86.3); Frank Lucas (42nd most conservative, composite conservative score of 85.3), Tom Cole (96th most conservative, composite conservative score of 78.7); and Dan Boren (219th most conservative, composite conservative score of 50.8).

The rankings are based on 103 House votes and 82 Senate votes in 2006, on economic, social and foreign policy. The composite conservative score means that the member voted more conservative than that percentage of his or her colleagues. A score of 85 on the conservative scale, for example, means that the senator was more conservative than 85% of his or her Senate colleagues on key votes during 2006.

For a full breakdown of the 2006 ratings and an analysis of the votes used as criteria, please click here.

Dan Boren– Republican in Semi-Democratic Clothing

March 6, 2007

From the “Down With Tyranny” Blog:

Yesterday Dem4evr posted a diary at Daily Kos about Oklahoma Congressman Dan Boren, appealing to progressives to mount a primary against the reactionary Democratic rep, Oklahoma’s last.

A quick blog search shows me that DWT has over a dozen mentions of Boren, although no stories on him. All the mentions concern his status as one of the 2 or 3 most reactionary Democrats in the House, someone as likely to vote with Republicans on substantive matters as with Democrats. The latest on DWT– and the cause of Dem4evr’s diary– concerned how Boren was only one of two Democrats, along with Mississippi Republicrat Gene Taylor, to vote against a worker’s right to join a union last week, a position so inherently un-American and vile that even 13 Republicans joined the House Democrats to beat back the Republican opposition.

As Dem4evr points out, there may be virtually no difference between the way Taylor and Boren come down on the issues– they are, respectively, the #1 and #2 most reactionary Democrats in the House– but that there is a significant difference in the nature of the districts that the two men represent. Taylor has been elected in a solid Republican seat. MS-04 has a +16 Republican rating on the Cook Partisan Voting Index. Taylor’s constituents, while returning him to office with massive majorities (75% in 2002, 64% in 2004, 80% in 2006), gave Bush 65% in 2000 and then liked what they saw so much that they gave him 68% in 2004.

Boren’s district (OK-02), the poor, mostly rural eastern third of Oklahoma (including Muskogee), is a traditional Democratic district that has been trending Republican in national elections. It is considered a competitive district that leans Republican, although Brad Henry carried every single county in the district when he ran for governor in 2002 and two years later Brad Carson carried every county in the district except two when he ran for Senate. Gore and Kerry did better in OK-02 than in any of Oklahoma’s other congressional districts, with Bush getting 52% in 2000 and 59% in 2004. Boren was first elected in 2004 with 66% of the vote and in November he was re-elected with 73% against Republican wingnut Patrick Miller. Read more…