WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a Senior Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today was named a "Champion of National Defense" by one of the nation's leading national security policy organizations, the Center for Security Policy (CSP). The designation came as CSP released its National Security Scorecard which ranks Members of the US Congress based on their support for - or opposition to - policies that support and sustain US national defense. Senator Inhofe achieved a perfect 100% national security rating.
"I am pleased to be recognized by the Center for Security Policy for my commitment to national defense," Senator Inhofe said. "As a Senior Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I believe we must remain vigilant in the Global War on Terror and provide our Joint forces the capabilities it needs to persist in its struggle for liberty and democracy. Congress and this nation must remain committed to supporting our soldiers and ensure they are properly manned to be able to engage globally across the spectrum of conflict. We must also be committed to ensuring that when we send our troops into harm's way, they will have best training and equipment available."
"In producing the National Security Scorecard, the Center for Security Policy hopes to assist the American people in understanding the performance of their elected officials with respect to vital national security issues and to encourage greater accountability on the part of Senators and Members of Congress for their vote in this portfolio," said CSP President Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. "Today we face pernicious and sophisticated enemies who threaten our safety and seek destruction of our very way of life. Our National Security Scorecard shows that Senator Inhofe has a solid and consistent track record as a leader who supports legislation that will ensure that our nation remains strong and secure."
The CSP National Security Scorecard ranks Congressmen based on a composite score of 24 roll call votes and Senators based upon a composite score of 23 roll call votes that would positively or negatively impact our nation's security landscape.
Established in 1988, The Center for Security Policy, a non-profit, non-partisan national security organization, assists lawmakers, citizens, and the media to identify challenges and opportunities likely to affect American security, broadly defined, and to act promptly and creatively to ensure that they are the subject of focused national examination and effective action. CSP is guided in this effort by the time-tested philosophy of the late President Ronald Reagan called "Peace through strength": International Peace is most likely achieved- and as a result, we are most secure-when America is strong and engaged on behalf of freedom throughout the world.