January 15, 2009
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), issued the following statement after voting against S. 22, The Public Lands Bill.
"As we begin the new Congress, it's apparent that its business as usual for the Democratic majority and the so-called change coming from to DC is only in words, not action," Senator Inhofe said. The Democratic leadership refused to allow debate or amendments from Republicans on this 1,300 page bill. Let's hope that this kind of take it or leave it irresponsible behavior isn't a sign of things to come from the Democratic majority."
"The Public Lands Bill combines dozens of smaller bills that should have been considered separately, and most likely would have passed with overwhelming support. Unfortunately, there are other provisions in this massive bill that would hinder domestic energy production and place millions more acres under the jurisdiction of the United States government, costing taxpayers billions to maintain each year.
"I am pleased, however, that Oklahoma City will benefit from passage of this bill. This legislation includes a bill I have long worked with Congressman Fallin on to improve Oklahoma City drinking water. I am hopeful that after long last, we could finally get this bill done."