WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Wednesday questioned Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey on the global security environment and the readiness of our military at the SASC hearing on the “Department of Defense’s authorization request for Fiscal Year 2016 and the Future Years Defense Program.”
During the hearing, Inhofe highlighted deficient readiness levels of the services, which as stated by Gen. Dempsey are “at the lower ragged edge of manageable risk in our ability to execute the defense strategy.” Sec. Carter agreed with Inhofe that our military is at increased risk due to the overall readiness of our force, occurring during a period of security challenges not experienced in our lifetime. Inhofe drove home the point that we cannot continue to cut the defense budget and put at further risk our nation’s military readiness.
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INHOFE:Now you said something that I think is more significant. You said even with the fiscal year '16 budget, the Army, Navy and Marine Corps won't reach their readiness goals until 2020, and the Air Force until 2023. Is that accurate?
CARTER: What's going on there is digging ourselves out of a hole of sequester in the past, particularly the 2013 budget, the year in which the shutdown occurred, and so forth. And the thing about readiness is that it's easy to have it fall off, but that it takes time to build it back.And I think what the chiefs were saying, absolutely accurately, is we lost a lot of readiness through the turmoil of the last few years. Even if we're given the opportunity, as we hope with this budget, to start building back, it's just in the nature, it's in the nature of training, that it takes a while to get that readiness back. So I do agree with them, yes.
On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, stood in support of Whitehouse Amendment #29 to legislation S.1, which read “climate change is real and is not a hoax.” Not only did he request to be a co-sponsor of the amendment, but he urged his party to vote for the amendment. The amendment passed 98-1.
“Climate change is real, and it is not a hoax. How arrogant is it for people to say that man can do something about changing the climate?”Inhofe asked.
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“The climate is changing, as it always has been changing, and always will, there’s archeological evidence of that, there’s biblical evidence of that, there’s historic evidence of that, it will always change,”Inhofe said.
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Inhofe went on to explain the term "climate change" and how modern climate change discussions focus on climate trends post-1900. In reality, climate change has occurred since the beginning of time. In the past 2000 years, there was the Medieval Warming Period followed immediately by the Little Ice Age. Both climate events are widely recognized in scientific literature, including National Academy of Science’s 2006 study. In 1975, Newsweek published an article titled “The Cooling World,” which argued that global temperatures were falling. We continue to see climate shifts, including a 17-year hiatus in global temperature increase (source: The Economist and Nature).
As the President seeks to address the far-left’s belief that man is driving the change in climate, Inhofe highlighted a NERA study that estimates the result of their efforts as it pertains to the proposed greenhouse gas regulation on new power plants. The study says the climate mandate would only reduce atmospheric CO2 concentrations by less than 1/2 of a percent, reduce global average temperature by less than 2/100th of a degree, and reduce the rise of sea levels by 1/100th of an inch – or the thickness of three sheets of paper. In the mean time, this same report says that such efforts by the Obama Administration will cost Americans $479 billion in compliance cost and double-digit increase in electricity costs across the nation over the next decade.
As Inhofe asked in his State of the Union response, why the pain for no gain?
Here are what others are saying about the Senate’s vote acknowledging climate change is real
FOX News' Monica Crowley: “Nicely played, Jim Inhofe”
Red State' Erick Erickson: “I agree with the Senate. The climate does change!”
POLITICO’s Black Hounshell: “Republicans really outsmarted Democrats on some key climate votes today.”
Radio pundit Jamie Dupree: “Inhofe outflanks Democrats on climate change on Senate floor and in committee. In the space of a few hours, the Republican that Democrats hate the most when it comes to climate change had both outfoxed them on the Senate floor and reminded the Obama Administration that a new Climate Sheriff was in town”
Michelle Malkin's Twitchy: “Senate Democrats reject logic in order to paint Inhofe as inconsistent on climate. Watch what the left does to the language. Conflating “climate change” with “man caused climate change” is the epitome of unscientific thinking—see also “stem cell research” vs “embryonic stem cell research” or “anti-immigration” vs anti-illegal immigration.” They treat objectively different concepts as if they were interchangeable. Scientifically speaking, there are only two possible reasons for this. They are either ignorant about the topics, or they are being intentionally deceptive. Either way, their credibility is lacking.”
The Blaze: "But Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) foiled the Democrats’ plot by openly declaring his support for the amendment, and even asking that he be made a cosponsor of the language. When he made that request, Democrats could be heard clapping and hooting in the Senate chamber. But the more important vote came soon after, when the Senate considered language from Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). His amendment says climate change is happening, and that it is “extremely likely that global increases in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and global temperatures are caused by human activities.
POLITICO: “Senate Republicans head-faked Democrats on climate change Wednesday, agreeing in a floor vote that the planet’s climate was changing, but blocking language that would have blamed human activity."
Washington Post: “Jim Inhofe flips the script on Democratic climate-change-is-a-hoax vote. When offered the chance to speak on the amendment, Inhofe -- did we detect a twinkle in his eye? -- explained his unexpected argument. The climate changes all the time, he said, citing both scientific and "Biblical evidence." There was a hoax: the idea that man was responsible. Such a position was "arrogant," in his formulation, the idea that people could affect the mechanisms that controlled the globe. With that distinction drawn -- the climate changes, and that change isn't a hoax, even if the role of humans is -- the vote was held.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today joined MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd to discuss the situation of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) being housed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. Inhofe highlighted President Obama’s deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) program as the driving factor behind the significant influx of UAC that crossed the border illegally in the past two years.
Inhofe called on President Obama to issue a forward and direct warning to those in Central America that the United States will not grant amnesty to those coming into the country illegally or tolerate dangerous child-trafficking. Inhofe said, "Until the President reverses this decision and makes some sort of comment [like] 'you don’t want to take the risk of crossing all the way through Mexico, risking your lives to come to this country – and when you come here you’ve got to obey the law or we are not going to let you in..' That would stop it. That would stop it, Chuck.”
In 2012, President Obama announced the DACA program, which allows certain illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children to request deferred prosecutorial action for a period of two years, which can be renewed. Those who qualify will be safe from deportation, eligible to obtain work authorization, and eligible to receive a social security number as well as a driver’s license in nearly every state. On Wednesday, Inhofe cosponsored legislation introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to expand President Obama’s DACA policy and from continuing to grant amnesty or process work permits for illegal immigrants.
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"HHS says we're not going to send them back,” said Inhofe. "So long as they have that assurance, more are coming in."
Currently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is housing up to 3,600 illegal immigrants on three military installations, including 1,200 at Ft. Sill in Lawton, Okla. Last Friday,Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel quietly agreed to allow HHS to extend and expand their contract to house UAC on military installations past the agreed upon October deadline and to house an addition 5,000 children on the installations.
"They're now saying that we can't close them down in October, they're going to have to stay until at least January,” said Inhofe about HHS recent request for DOD to house more UAC. "Well, you know, that is very disruptive on the mission that we are trying to carry out in our military. Our military has problems enough right now without taking on this burden. I'm going to be there to try to help them."
BY: Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon, July 15, 2014
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D., Nev.) refusal to permit a key defense bill from coming to a vote is endangering U.S. troops around the world and allowing terror groups to gain strength, according to Sen. Jim Inhofe (R., Okla.), who is spearheading a new campaign to expose Reid’s dangerous behavior.
The entire U.S. defense apparatus, as well as the U.S. military, depends on a key yearly spending bill known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a piece of legislation that outlines and funds the nation’s national security priorities.
The 2015 NDAA already passed the House, but has stalled in the Senate, where Reid has near absolute control over which bills receive a vote.
Inhofe, in a new video first provided to the Washington Free Beacon, outlines the danger posed by Reid’s obstruction and urges Americans to call the majority leader’s office and demand that the bill be voted on before Congress leaves town in August. If the current NDAA does not come to a vote before the end of the fiscal year, there will be a funding gap for national security priorities.
Inhofe’s campaign is a sign of mounting frustration with Reid, who has alienated GOP senators and others by refusing to allow important pieces of legislation to receive an up or down vote.
The NDAA also is Congress’ main mechanism to provide oversight over the Obama administration’s foreign policy, which in many cases has been run around Congress via unilateral executive orders.
“We’ve got a serious problem,” Inhofe warns in the video, which explains how a failure to pass the NDAA will negatively impact U.S. troops and national security interests across the globe.
The NDAA, among other things, provides funding to joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense projects, such as the Iron Dome, which has helped protect Israeli citizens from Hamas rockets bombarding the Jewish state.
Funding to reinforce and bolster these programs will not reach Israel in a timely fashion if Reid continues to prevent the NDAA from coming to a vote.
The NDAA additionally contains measures to stop Russian spy flights, boost the U.S. military presence to combat Iran, provide Congress with oversight authority over the Iran nuclear deal, and force the Treasury Department to sever financial ties with companies that support the Iranian regime, among many other things.
All of these security priorities are in jeopardy because of Reid, Inhofe said.
“We rely on our men and women in uniform to keep us safe,” the video states. “They should be able to rely on Congress.”
Inhofe told the Free Beacon that Reid’s refusal to bring the bill to a vote is interfering with Congress’ ability to conduct oversight.
“The NDAA ensures vital oversight of the president’s policies and ensures that our men and women in uniform are provided the equipment and training they need to defend the United States and return home safely to their loved ones,” said Inhofe, the ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), which drafted the NDAA.
“At a time when our men and women in uniform are being challenged by unparalleled threats around the world, they need our support more than ever. The NDAA must come to the floor now, before the August recess, so that we can debate these important issues and move quickly to conference,” Inhofe said. “We need to demonstrate to our military that their well-being is our priority and show the American people that the president’s national security policies will not go unchecked.”
Inhofe explains in the video that America’s credibility and security is on the line.
“In Iraq, al Qaeda-inspired terrorists have returned, contrary to the claims of some that al Qaeda is on the run,” he says. “It’s clear they’re operating in more countries and control more territory then ever before.”
“Iraq and Syria have become the largest terrorist safe haven in the world, serving as a breeding ground for the next generation of jihadists,” Inhofe states. “We’re empowering Russia and Iran to lead and become key influencers in the region. If anyone out there is naïve enough to think we can depend on Iran to help our situation there is sadly mistaken.”
Inhofe warned that the chaos caused by last year’s late passage of the bill would only repeat itself this time around.
“If there is anything that we should learn from this, it’s we don’t let happen this year what happened last yar” when Reid also held up the NDAA bill, he said. “Let the people know, and the kids know who are over there risking their lives, that we support that and will be putting together an NDAA bill.”
Reid has not communicated with top Republican senators why he is refusing to permit a vote on the NDAA.
Senior Senate insiders familiar with the debate say he could be protecting Democrats who are up for reelection from having to take tough votes on measures pertaining to Iran and other issues.
Now is not the time to play politics with America’s security, Inhofe said.
“There needs to be an open and honest debate about the rising threats to our national security and the future of our military,” he said. “We’ve entered a period of unprecedented instability where violent terrorist groups operate in more countries and control more territory than ever before and countries like China, Russia, and Iran increasingly dictate global events.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today shared stories on the Senate floor from Oklahomans who are suffering from President Obama’s broken promise of access to affordable healthcare under the Affordable Care Act.
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As prepared for delivery:
Mr. President, many Oklahomans have come to me with truly heartbreaking accounts of how Obamacare has impacted them. Their family budgets are taking the hardest hits, both directly with increases in premiums and deductibles and also indirectly by having their work days and week hours cut. In turn, they are also telling me their health care access or quality has not improved, and in some cases has even worsened.
Since the disastrous roll out last fall, my office has been flooded with stories from Oklahomans who found ObamaCare to be one massive broken promise from President Obama. These stories include a woman from Broken Arrow who reported a 20 percent increase in her monthly premiums. A father from Owasso, shared a story of his son and daughter, who serve as missionaries in Indonesia and their healthcare deductibles in the U.S. have more than doubled from $1200 per person to $2600 per person.
One teacher from Copan who teaches adjunct college classes, shared that not only did she have her work hours cut, but she is now paying $950 a month in premiums for health care, with a $6000 deductible. Another teacher from Sallisaw, shared that her deductible increased by $1,000 from last year.
A man from Noble told us that his company modified their health plans to match the ObamaCare requirements outlined by the Department of Health and Human Services. He said these changes cost him a 40 percent increase in his out of pocket expenses and premium costs.
One Tulsa man, with a family of five, who works for a small business shared with us that he is now paying over $4,000 more for insurance than what he paid just a year ago.
This November, a new open enrollment period will begin and at least one state, Virginia, has already reported an astounding 22 percent in increases to one of their insurers’ premium costs for 2015. While my state of Oklahoma has yet to release its numbers, I suspect, and fear, that we could follow.
I continue to oppose Obamacare, and will do everything I can to roll back its devastating effects and ensure that Oklahomans, and all Americans, have truly affordable health care that fits their personal needs in a fiscally responsible manner with the most choices available.