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INHOFE APPLAUDS FWS DECISION TO GRANT EXTENSION ON LESSER PRAIRIE CHICKEN LISTING

March 4, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), applauds U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) decision to grant a 60-day extension on the comment period to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species upon the submission of a range-wide conservation plan. "The Fish and Wildlife Service and Director Dan Ashe have remained attentive and engaged as my colleagues and I have worked with them to find a balance on... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRAISES BIPARTISAN VOTE ON SEQUESTRATION FLEXIBILITY BILL, WILL WORK ACROSS THE AISLE FOR SOLUTION

February 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today after  S.16, a bill he co-sponsored with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to grant flexibility to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for FY'13 sequestration cuts, received a bipartisan vote in the U.S. Senate. The Senate voted not to proceed to the bill by 38 to 62. "I applaud my Democratic colleagues who stepped across the aisle today to... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT'S VETO THREAT ON SEQUESTRATION FLEXIBILITY BILL

February 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement today in response to the president's Statement of Administrations Policy on S.16:  "It's clear the president is concerned about the bill Sen. Toomey and I have introduced, because he knows this is the bipartisan solution that places the onus on him to mitigate the devastating impacts of sequestration cuts he set into motion this year. We're likely to see party-line votes today on the two sequestration... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRAISES PARTNERS FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE FOR ENCOURAGING RESPONSIBLE LANDOWNERSHIP

February 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) received an appreciation award from the Partners for Fish and Wildlife for his leadership in promoting private lands stewardship of America’s natural resources.  The Partners for Fish and Wildlife program, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has been a successful voluntary partnership program that helps private landowners restore fish and wildlife habitats on their own lands.    "I am proud to have authored... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, TOOMEY INTRODUCE BILL TO GRANT FLEXIBILITY FOR FY'13 SEQUESTRATION CUTS

February 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today introduced a bill to grant flexibility to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the full $85 billion in sequestration cuts for the rest of fiscal year 2013. The bill also grants the Department of Defense (DoD) transfer authority during the Continuing Resolution. The legislation binds the president to Congressional spending limits passed by... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: HAGELS FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS MUST BE TO AVERT DEFENSE CUTS

February 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted against the confirmation of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense. Hagel was confirmed in the Senate today by a 58-41 vote. “I continue to have serious concerns about the ability of Senator Hagel to lead the Department of Defense during this consequential time for our nation’s security,” Inhofe said. “His long record of... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRAISES THE SENATE CONFIRMATION OF HON. ROBERT BACHARACH

February 25, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement praising the Senate confirmation of Honorable Robert Bacharach of Oklahoma to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. His nomination was approved by a vote of 93-0:   “Judge Bacharach has distinguished himself throughout his education and career as a competent legal scholar and is well qualified to serve on the federal appellate court,” said Inhofe. “His multiple years of... Continue Reading »


BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS SEND LETTER URGING DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO SUPPORT NERA STUDY ON EXPORTING LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS

February 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, along with EPW ranking member David Vitter (R-La.), Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), and Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) today sent a letter to the Secretary of Department of Energy (DOE) Steven Chu offering a rebuttal to filed comments expressing concerns about the conclusions of the NERA Economic Consulting Report to determine whether... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, SENATORS REQUEST EXTENSION ON LISTING THE LESSER PRAIRIE CHICKEN AS THREATENED SPECIES

February 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and five Senators today sent a letter to the Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Daniel Ashe requesting a 60-day extension of the comment solicitation period and a six-month extension of any final decisions on the proposal by the Fish & Wildlife Service to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a threatened species. Senators on the letter include... Continue Reading »


INHOFE OPENING STATEMENT AT NOMINATION HEARING FOR CENTCOM AND AFRICOM

February 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement today at a nomination hearing for General Lloyd J. Austin, III, to be commander of United States Central Command, and General David M. Rodriguez to be commander of United States Africa Command. “Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  I join you in welcoming our witnesses and thank them for their continued willingness to serve.  General Austin and General... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: SENATE VOTE CLEAR INDICATION OF SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT HAGEL AS NEXT SEC DEF

February 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after a Senate vote on cloture for the nomination of Chuck Hagel to Secretary of Defense failed 40 to 58: “Today’s vote in the Senate is a clear indication that there are serious concerns about Sen. Hagel being our next Secretary of Defense,” said Inhofe. “I knew from the onset I would oppose Sen. Hagel’s nomination and have... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, SENATE REPUBLICANS INTRODUCE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT

February 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senate fiscal conservative, joined Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and all 43 other Senate Republicans Wednesday to introduce S. J. Res 7, a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “Once again I am pleased to join my Republican colleagues to offer a common-sense Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution of the United States,” Inhofe said. “Our nation is in the throes of a terrible fiscal... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RESPONDS TO STATE OF THE UNION

February 12, 2013

To watch the video of the Sen. inhofe's response to the State of the Union, please click here. “Hi, I’m United States Senator Jim Inhofe from Oklahoma. “Tonight we heard President Obama emphasize the importance of building and supporting a strong American middle class, one that gives opportunity for all to achieve the American dream. Tonight, Ms. Susan Bumgarner, an exceptional teacher from my state of Oklahoma, from Norman, Oklahoma, sat in a seat of honor with the First... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RECOGNIZED FOR STRONG SUPPORT OF FAMILY VALUES

February 12, 2013

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) was awarded the “True Blue” award from the Family Research Council (FRC). The award honors Members of Congress who have exhibited extraordinary leadership and commitment to the defense of family, faith and freedom, according to FRC Action’s scorecard covering the votes of the Second Session of the 112th Congress. Recipients of the “True Blue” Award voted consistently for pro-life and pro-family issues. “I am honored to receive... Continue Reading »


INHOFE OPENING STATEMENT FOR SASC HEARING ON THE IMPACTS OF SEQUESTRATION AND CONTINUING RESOLUTION

February 12, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) made the following statement during an oversight hearing on the impacts of sequestration and/or a full-year continuing resolution on the Department of Defense. “Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I thank our distinguished witnesses for joining us this morning—and for their many years of service to our nation. “There are 16 days remaining between today and March 1st.... Continue Reading »


INHOFE COMMENTS ON PENTAGONS SAME-SEX BENEFIT EXPANSION

February 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement in response to the Department of Defense (DOD)’s announcement on expanding service member benefits to same-sex domestic partners: “Once again, the president is eroding our military's apolitical stance and forcing conformity onto the rest of society by pushing his liberal social agenda through the Department of Defense," said... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: BENGHAZI HEARING CONFIRMS WHITE HOUSE COVER-UP

February 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement in response to Thursday’s committee hearing on the Department of Defense’s response to the attacks on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya: "Sec. Panetta and Gen. Dempsey admitted during the hearing what many of us have known all along: it was immediately apparent to the Obama administration that the deadly assault on our Benghazi annex... Continue Reading »


INHOFE COSPONSORS BILLS TO REPEAL EXCESSIVE BURDENS OF OBAMACARE

February 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla), a leading Senate conservative, cosponsored seven new pieces of legislation to repeal the excessive burdens of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). “Since ObamaCare was quickly pushed through Congress two years ago, health care premiums have risen, taxes have increased, and more people have become dependent on an inefficient government system,” Inhofe said.“It is no surprise that the... Continue Reading »


REPUBLICANS ANNOUNCE SEQUESTRATION DELAY BILL

February 7, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today cosponsored the Down Payment to Protect National Security Act of 2013 offered by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). Companion legislation has been offered in the U.S. House by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-CA). The legislation would pay for the first year of sequestration by requiring a government-wide reduction in the number of federal... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRESSES EPA FOR ACCURATE, REVISED SO2 GUIDELINES

February 7, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works (EPW), sent a letter to Administrator Lisa Jackson asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revise the proposed worst case scenario modeling guidelines of the 1-hour Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). “We have manufacturing and industrial facilities throughout Oklahoma that will be forced to abide by new EPA rules... Continue Reading »