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By Dustin Monke, The Dickinson Press
When you ask three members of Congress the same question about a proposed policy and every one of them laughs about it, you know it can’t be good.
That was the case when I interviewed members of the North Dakota Congressional delegation about President Barack Obama’s proposed $10.25 per barrel oil production tax in his 2016 spending budget.
Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer called the tax “dead on arrival.” Sen. John Hoeven, also a Republican, believes it would go so far as to threaten national security. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, said trying to impose this kind of tax on the oil industry right now was like kicking someone when they’re down.
All three of them agree it would mean thousands of lost jobs across the country.