4 Oklahoma congressmen vote against AIG bonus tax; Boren votes in favor

Mar 19, 2009
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All four House Republicans from Oklahoma voted against the bill today to levy a huge tax on the bonuses paid to employees of AIG and other firms that received bail-out money from taxpayers.

Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, voted for the bill, which passed a vote of 328-93.

Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, called the bill "a cynical, unconstitutional measure to retroactively intervene in a private sector contract between employee and employer while levying a huge, 90% tax on earnings made through bonuses. This legislation was poorly conceived, hastily introduced and fraught with problems."

Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, called the bill "yet another bailout — a political bailout for Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi and the majority party for their poor decisions to push massive federal spending plans through Congress without giving members time to read the legislation."

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