In response to a question, Boren said he is working with Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., to tone down her bill to regulate hydraulic fracturing of oil- and gas-bearing formations. The legislation was introduced to protect water supplies from contamination, but Boren said the procedure is already safe.
"If you shut down fracking, you shut down the industry,” Boren said.
Tax credit in danger
Also in response to a question, Boren hinted that renewal of the Indian Land Tax Credit program, a popular tax incentive in Oklahoma, could encounter some opposition.
The renewal has to have the support of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel of New York, and though Rangel has gone along with the request the last two years, Boren said it is difficult for him to ask for too many favors when he votes against the party leadership on key issues.
"I want you all to think about the predicament I’m in sometime,” Boren said. "(Rangel) is asking me to vote for a lot of tax bills, and I’m saying no on a lot of stuff.”
We have to be very careful. The current health insurance plan that’s been released, in my opinion, will only exacerbate the problem.”
U.S. Rep. Dan Boren