Sullivan’s natural gas legislation draws opposition outside Congress


Taxpayer watchdog groups and some conservative organizations are lining up against a bill backed by T. Boone Pickens to boost the natural gas vehicle industry, protesting more government preferences in the energy sector.

Pressure from the outside groups may be having an effect: Four U.S. House members who were co-sponsoring the bill written by Oklahoma Reps. John Sullivan and Dan Boren withdrew their support in May.

But Sullivan, R-Tulsa, said he has added co-sponsors recently and that he mentioned the bill to President Barack Obama on Wednesday at a White House meeting with House Republicans. He said Obama told him, “Let’s get it done.”

“It’s the only energy bill in Congress that can pass the House and the Senate and be signed by the president,” Sullivan said.

The legislation, which now has 188 co-sponsors, would offer $5 billion in tax credits over five years to boost the production and sale of natural gas vehicles. Sullivan said some of the groups that oppose it now supported previous versions that were more expansive.

The conflict over the bill’s proposed tax credits comes at a time when many in Congress are calling for an overhaul of the tax code to eliminate the myriad special breaks and subsidies in favor of lower overall rates. Moreover, Republican lawmakers are focused on cutting deficits, and the bill’s tax credits would mean $1 billion less per year in revenue.

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