KFAQ – The Pat Campbell Morning Show
Sen. Inhofe talked with Pat Campbell Tuesday morning from the hospital about his surgery, recovery, and quick return to Washington.
The Oklahoman – Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe says he feels ‘great’ after surgery
Sen. Inhofe spoke with Chris Casteel of the Oklahoman Monday after his successful procedure.
FOX23 Tulsa – Inhofe recovering from bypass surgery
Sen. Inhofe talked with FOX23 news anchor Michelle Linn on Tuesday for the 5 o’clock evening news about his surgery and the importance of routine checkups.
KOTV News on 6 – Sen. Jim Inhofe recovering following surgery
Sen. Inhofe talked with NewsOn6 on Tuesday after being released from the hospital about how he had no warning signs of his heart condition. He encouraged even the healthiest of individuals to receive routine checkups.
Reuters – Oklahoma Sen. Inhofe Recovering at home after heart surgery
Sen. Inhofe was released just four days after heart surgery to continue his recovery from home and is expected to return in a few weeks to Washington.
Defense News – SASC Ranking Member ‘Fully Engaged’ After Heart Surgery
“In the statement his office released Monday morning, Inhofe was feisty as ever, urging his fellow lawmakers to strike a deal to reopen the federal government.”
HotAir.com – Inhofe feels ‘great’ after emergency heart surgery
“Thankfully, we’ll have the Senator around for awhile, after doctors performed an emergency quadruple bypass Friday – and at 78, that’s no joke. Inhofe says he ‘feels great’…”
Friday the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure to fund the government without funding ObamaCare. I have urged Senate Majority Leader to take up this legislation as soon as possible in the Senate. Now is our opportunity to deal with ObamaCare, and I stand with Oklahomans who are saying this law must go.
I have received thousands of phones calls, letters, and emails from you expressing great concerns with the President's burdensome health care law. I share your concerns. ObamaCare is already having grave impacts on individuals, small businesses, and the future of our country. Oklahoma's Attorney General Scott Pruitt is leading Oklahoma in efforts to dismantle the law on the basis of taxes, and I continue to pursue every effort in the Senate to prevent this disastrous law from fully being implemented.
Despite the Administration's promises, ObamaCare is not improving our health care system nor is it bringing down costs. Rather, ObamaCare imposes roughly $500 billion in new taxes on individuals and businesses, cuts Medicare funding by $523 billion, and represents an unprecedented expansion of the federal government's control over health care. As ObamaCare is being implemented, it has given us a disturbing glimpse of our country's future. This law is already encroaching upon Americans' religious liberties, diminishing full-time job opportunities, and adding to our already skyrocketing federal debt. ObamaCare must be repealed.
The President's recent actions show recognition that this law is a bad deal for Americans. The President has signed 14 bills into law that have amended, repealed or changed portions of ObamaCare. Independent of Congress, he has also delayed implementation of five of its key provisions.
Since 2010, I have cosponsored bills, filed amicus briefs, and sent letters to help in efforts to put a stop to ObamaCare. This summer, I joined my colleagues Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in notifying Majority Leader Harry Reid that we will not support any spending bills in the Senate which further fund ObamaCare. The Senate is now considering a funding bill to keep the government operating after Oct. 1, and I remain firm in my promise that I will not support any proposal that funds this disastrous health care law.
In the event that my colleagues and I are unable to delay or repeal ObamaCare during this current budget battle, I have signed on to an effort to stop taxpayer subsidies for Members of Congress and their staffs in ObamaCare's insurance exchanges. I have also joined an effort to block labor unions from receiving a special carve out that they requested after admitting the law would hamper their members' access to quality care. Additionally, I have cosponsored the Trust But Verity Act that would ensure the personal, private information of Americans who are enrolled in the health care exchanges is secured with proper privacy and data security safeguards.
We have a difficult battle ahead of us, but I stand alongside the many in Congress, across America, and in Oklahoma that will not let this rest until proper action is taken.
Sen. Jim Inhofe joined Bill Bennett on Morning in America today to discuss President Obama’s national address seeking public support for military action in Syria. Inhofe continued to outline his opposition to the current plans for a military strike stating that the President still failed to address a long-term strategy for the region or the proper funding, equipment and capabilities to defend the United States and our allies should a strike escalate into a larger contingency.
You can listen to the segment by clicking here.
Sen. Jim Inhofe at an EPW nomination hearing yesterday questioned the nominees Kenneth Kopocis to be Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), James Jones to be Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention of the EPA, and Avi Garbow to be General Counsel for the EPA about the issue of "sue and settle." All three committed on the record to have an open door policy with industry groups in respect to “sue and settle” discussions.
See Video Here: http://bit.ly/1aHaTeq
Inhofe has led the charge to expose the Administration's pattern of choosing to use “sue and settle” tactics to implement backdoor regulations without the direction of Congress. One recent example includes the involvement of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) in two closed-door settlement agreements in 2011 with the Center for Biological Diversity and the Wild Earth Guardians. The agreements led to a commitment to make final listing determinations for more than 250 species by 2016, including the lesser prairie chicken. In May 2012, Inhofe, then-ranking member of the EPW committee, joined Sen. Sessions in sending a letter to FWS requesting documents related to the settlement agreement. Two more letters have since been issued by Inhofe and his colleagues, one in February 2013 and another in June 2013, with no response from FWS to date.
Senator Inhofe: “I have a question for all three of you having to do with the Sue and Settle issue. It’s really been concerning to me. But I was encouraged that the agency recently allowed the National Association of Manufacturers to be at least somewhat involved in a recent lawsuit involving the development of the new Ozone standard. The question would be for all three of you and if you’d like you can go ahead and answer it for the record but be really definitive. Will you commit to engaging with industry groups that will be affected by settlement agreements with Non-Governmental Organizations before those agreements have been entered into? If you’d like to give me a short answer now that’s fine, if not, for the record would be fine.”
Mr. Avi Garbow – If I may Senator with respect to your question, I will commit to have, if confirmed, an open door and to respond to any requests to meet and…
Senator Inhofe: Okay, that’s a good answer. Anybody else agree with that?
Mr. Kenneth Kopocis: I would say that that has been my track record. I’ve always been willing to listen to anybody’s point of view and that would certainly continue if I were confirmed.
Senator Inhofe: I appreciate that very much.
Mr. James Jones: The same answer applies to myself, thank you sir
Senator Inhofe: Very good, thank you very much Madam Chairman.
Should the Senate confirm these nominees, Sen. Inhofe stands ready to hold them accountable to their promise.
Sen. Jim Inhofe today at an EPW nomination hearing questioned Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Senior Advisor Kenneth Kopocis, who has been nominated to be Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water, on the issue of hydraulic fracturing. Kopocis admitted on the record that he has no knowledge of hydraulic fracturing contaminating groundwater.
Sen. Inhofe: “Are you aware of any documented cases of groundwater contamination being definitely caused by hydraulic fracturing?”
Mr. Kenneth Kopocis: “No I am not.”
See Video Here: http://bit.ly/11cgIh3
The EPA has tried unsuccessfully three different times in the last four years to link hydraulic fracturing to local groundwater contamination, most recently ending its politicized investigation into a project near Pavillion, Wyoming. Despite repeated and biased attempts, EPA officials continue to admit - there is not a single case linking the two. In May 2011, former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that she was “not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water…”
Inhofe has been a watchdog for the past several years of the Obama Administration and EPA's attempt to implement federal regulation on hydraulic fracturing. On June 26, Inhofe introduced the Fracturing Regulations are Effective in State Hands (FRESH) Act of 2013 (S.1234) with 18 original cosponsors. The legislation would clarify that states have the sole authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing on all land within the boundaries of the state. Companies with hydraulic fracturing operations on federal lands would still be required to comply with the applicable state laws and regulations affecting the process.
Inhofe's opening statement for the hearing can be viewed here: [http://bit.ly/13Bd2qe]
Inhofe's full time of questioning the nominees can also be viewed here: [http://bit.ly/14E7eOF]