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INHOFE OFFERS TWO AMENDMENTS TO FAA REAUTHORIZATION

February 2, 2011

Click here for video    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a pilot with over 10,000 flight hours and a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus, today offered two amendments to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill that is currently under consideration in the U.S. Senate. Non-Scheduled Air Carriers Crew Rest and Duty Time Amendment One amendment deals with flight crew rest and duty time for non-scheduled air carriers.  ... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRAISES SENATE RULE CHANGE THAT ENDS SECRET HOLDS

January 28, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Known for his reforms that brought the practice of the Discharge Petition in the House to an end, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised last night’s rule change that will end the Senate practice of “secret holds.”  “This issue is similar to the Discharge Petition that I worked so hard to reform while I was in the U.S. House," Inhofe said.  "This measure keeps intact the ability for a Senator to place a hold, but... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: WE NEED A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT NOW MORE THAN EVER

January 26, 2011

Watch Video   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading fiscal conservative, today joined 19 of his Senate colleagues in once again calling for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would reign in federal government spending.  “Way back in 1971, as a state senator in the Oklahoma legislature, I received a call from then-Senator Carl Curtis from Nebraska,” Inhofe said.  “He had been trying to get a Balanced Budget... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RESPONDS TO STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

January 25, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) tonight responded to President Obama’s second State of the Union address with the following statement:  “Tonight, we heard similar language regarding the deficit as his speech last year.  The President’s proposal is to freeze non-security discretionary spending at current levels for the next five years.  As I said last year, it is not fiscally responsible to increase spending as the President has done over... Continue Reading »


INHOFE COMMENDS PARTICIPANTS IN 2011 MARCH FOR LIFE

January 24, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a long-time pro-life advocate in the Senate, today praised the organizers and participants in the 2011 March for Life in the nation’s capital.  “Thank you to all those who rallied and marched on such a cold day in Washington,” Inhofe said.  “Every year, it is encouraging to see the thousands of Americans from all over the country who register their support for those who cannot speak for themselves –... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: SUCCESS AT LAST AT GITMO

January 20, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today responded to news that the Obama Administration is planning to reverse course on its previous ban on military tribunals.  He was one of the first members of Congress to visit the detention facilities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GITMO) nine years ago, and has been a lone voice in the Senate advocating to keep the facilities there open to try terrorist detainees using military tribunals.  “The news that the Obama... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, LUCAS RESPOND TO WEATHERFORD PLANT CLOSURE

January 19, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.-03) expressed great disappointment after Imation, Inc. announced they will close their plant operations in Weatherford, Oklahoma and relocate to Japan, costing just over 100 Oklahomans their jobs. Inhofe said, “At a time when more jobs are needed in Oklahoma and across the country, I am very disappointed to learn that Imation will close their facilities in Weatherford and cost over 100 Oklahomans their... Continue Reading »


INHOFE MOVES WASHINGTON OFFICE

January 18, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced today that his Washington, D.C. office has moved to a new location.  Previously located in room 453 of the Russell Senate Office Building, the new location of the office is room 205 of the Russell Senate Office Building.   “This new space provides better reception and meeting areas for visiting constituents,” Inhofe said.  “The new location enables easier access for those who come to visit the... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: MILITARY REQUIREMENTS MUST NOT BE SACRIFICED WHILE IMPROVING EFFICIENCY

January 6, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today voiced his support for Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ overall efficiency initiatives and investment in defense but remains concerned over the continuing defense cuts started in April 2009 when President Obama dealt his first blow to the future readiness of our military and national defense. “There is a real need for greater efficiency and wise stewardship... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: PROGRESS BEING MADE IN AFGHANISTAN

January 3, 2011

Click here for related video    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) returned from his New Year’s Congressional Delegation trip to Afghanistan describing the progress that he witnessed while spending time with troops on the ground.    “It was an honor to spend New Year’s day with the troops of the 2-45th... Continue Reading »


PHOTO: Inhofe Spends New Year's Eve in Kabul, Afghanistan

December 31, 2010

 WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), spent New Year’s Eve with the troops in Kabul, Afghanistan.    Attached he is pictured with Stillwater native Jamie Armstrong who serves as a Human Resources Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.  In the background is the make-shift ball that was dropped to celebrate the New Year.  Photo courtesy of the office of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe.  Continue Reading »


INHOFE: SENATE FAILS CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY WITH START RATIFICATION

December 22, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), today expressed great disappointment after the U.S. Senate ratified New START by vote of 71- 26. “The Senate failed in its Article 2, Section 2 Constitutional right to make Treaties, rubber stamping the New START treaty during the lame duck session of Congress,” said Inhofe. “Republican Senators have... Continue Reading »


SIMPLIFIED NDAA INCLUDES INHOFE'S SECOND AMENDMENT PROTECTION LANGUAGE

December 22, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today made the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of FY11: “I am disappointed that Congress did not have the opportunity to fully consider NDAA. Instead, Democrats have been far too concerned with advancing their liberal agenda like repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and new START. Now, days before... Continue Reading »


INHOFE DENOUNCES FCC'S DECISION

December 21, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement today after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to establish net neutrality rules for internet service providers:   “This is yet another example of the federal government over-regulating. I am disappointed with today’s unnecessary decision, which will have little, if any, positive impact for consumers. Instead, it will jeopardize billions of dollars of future investment into... Continue Reading »


NEW START VERIFICATION IS UNDERMINED

December 20, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), made the following statement after his amendment to increase the number of inspections on bases and former facilities in the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) was rejected by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 33-64: "It is unfortunate that this treaty is being rushed through the Senate during a lame... Continue Reading »


INHOFE DISAPPOINTED WITH REPEAL OF DADT

December 18, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today made the following statement after the Senate, in a rare Saturday session, voted 65-31 to repeal the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ (DADT) policy.  The vote came after the Senate cleared a major procedural hurdle 63-33, paving the way for final passage: “I am very disappointed with this vote to repeal DADT.  For the past... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, LUCAS ALARMED BY FEDERAL RESERVE IN PERKINS BANK MATTER

December 17, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.-3) today issued a joint letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke over what the two view as a distressing interpretation of Federal Reserve Regulation B concerning a bank in Perkins, Oklahoma. Federal Reserve action prompted the letter from Inhofe and Lucas when the two members were contacted by bank officials seeking assistance in dealing with the offensive interpretation that appears to be without... Continue Reading »


INHOFE DECLARES DOUBLE VICTORY FOR OKLAHOMA TAXPAYERS

December 17, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the heels of last night’s action in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranked the most conservative Senator by National Journal, today declared a double victory for Oklahoma taxpayers.  The two front victory came when the U.S. House passed the tax cut extension bill, and when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-N.V.) pulled consideration of the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, because he didn’t have the votes to pass... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY'S LATEST FAILURE

December 16, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today pointed to yesterday’s test failure of our nation’s missile defense system as further evidence that ramming the New START Treaty through the Senate during the lame duck session is a threat to our national security with the following statement:  “At the very same time that the Senate took... Continue Reading »


INHOFE OPPOSES OBTUSE OMNIBUS

December 16, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading opponent of the Democrat’s Omnibus spending bill, today outlined his reasons for that opposition. “Warning: do not confuse the tax extension bill with the omnibus spending bill,” Inhofe said.  “The tax bill that extends important tax cuts for individuals and employers is 94 percent good.  The other six percent is a small price to pay in order to keep taxes at their lower rates. Anyone who does... Continue Reading »