Thursday, March 31, 2011

U. S. Chamber Honors Dan Boren

Congressman Dan Boren was honored Thursday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with the Spirit of Enterprise Award for his voting record during the second session of the 111th Congress.

“I represent a largely rural district where small businesses on Main Street are absolutely critical to the economic well-being of both the local economy and our citizens. Reducing the burden that government places on business is good for our economy, it’s good for workers and it’s good for the consumer,” Boren said.

“Some regulation is important to create a level playing field for businesses to compete, but overregulation hurts us all. My number one priority is helping create policy that provides job growth in eastern Oklahoma, and we have to work with business, not against it, to do that.”

With a cumulative career score of 90 percent, Boren is the highest ranked pro-business Democrat in the House of Representatives still serving in Congress. However, Boren’s score for the 2010 calendar year, or the second session of the 111th Congress, is a perfect 100 percent. The rating is based on 9 key votes in 2010 including those on the extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, opposition to the health care reform and financial services reform, as well as supporting legislation to promote science and math education – all issues vital to the future strength of Oklahoma’s economy.

The Chamber’s Spirit of Enterprise Award, in its 23rd year, is given annually to members of Congress based on rankings it gives for key business votes outlined in its yearly publication, How They Voted. Those Members who have support the Chamber’s position on at least 70 percent of those votes qualify to receive the award.

Boren has received the Spirit of Enterprise Award each year that he has been eligible.

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