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March 31, 2009

Inhofe Amendments to Budget Offer Fiscally Responsible, Common-Sense Solutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today introduced four amendments to the budget resolution.


As the Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Inhofe has worked to highlight the importance in increasing domestic energy exploration and production. He introduced an amendment (S.Amdt.743) today to amend the deficit-neutral reserve fund for clean energy to include legislation that would increase domestic energy exploration and production. He also introduced an amendment (S.Amdt.745) to create a point of order against bills that would decrease domestic energy exploration or production. 


“America is far too dependent upon foreign powers for our sources of oil,” Senator Inhofe said. “We must work to increase domestic energy production by expanding development and refining of oil, increasing exploration and production of natural gas, continuing development and innovative uses of coal and clean coal technologies, developing renewable sources of energy such as wind and cellulosic biofuels, and further developing nuclear energy. It is important that this budget reflects the priorities of increasing our nation’s domestic production across the board.”


Another amendment Senator Inhofe has proposed to the budget (S.Amdt.742) would provide for advance appropriations for medical care for the Department of Veterans Affairs for the Medical Services, Medical Administration, Medical Facilities, and Medical and Prosthetic Research accounts of the Veterans Health Administration. The American Legion today expressed strong support for Senator Inhofe’s amendment.


“As a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and an Army veteran myself, I have consistently sought the best compensation and care for America’s soldiers and veterans through fiscally sound measures that preserve the heritage of the U.S. Armed Forces,” Senator Inhofe said.  “My amendment provides advance appropriations for medical care for veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs.  We need to ensure that we are providing the best care for those men and women in uniform and veterans who have selflessly served to make our nation the strong and free country it is today.”


Senator Inhofe introduced an amendment (S.Amdt.744) to provide a deficit-neutral reserve fund for the maintenance of on-going detainee operations at the Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GITMO).


“I have lead the fight against closing the important resource we have at GITMO,” Senator Inhofe said. “As the U.S. engages in the War on Terror, the capture of terrorists is inevitable and they must be held somewhere. The detainee complex at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is the only complex in the world that can safely and humanely hold individuals that pose a high security risk to the US.  My amendment would ensure that GITMO continues to be adequately funded as it remains an important resource in the Global War on Terror.”


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