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INHOFE MEETS WITH MYANMAR PRESIDENT SEIN

January 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), during a Congressional Delegation tour of Asia, met with Myanmar President Sein.     “I appreciate the reforms President Sein is making in his country,” said Inhofe.  “I commend him and the people of Myanmar for taking these important steps toward a democratic future, and I will look for ways the U.S. can assist with those reforms.  I told President Sein that I believe U.S. companies,... Continue Reading »


INHOFE VISITS USS OKLAHOMA MEMORIAL AT PEARL HARBOR

January 9, 2013

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), incoming Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), while on his way to Asia stopped in Hawaii for briefings with the leadership of U.S. Pacific Command.  During the stop, he conducted a wreath-laying ceremony at the USS Oklahoma Memorial at Pearl Harbor. The memorial is dedicated to the 429 brave men who lost their lives aboard the battleship when it was sunk during the Pearl Harbor attacks on December 7, 1941. The... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRAISES ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE'S CANDIDACY FOR KC-46A TANKERS

January 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), incoming ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, today praised the U.S. Air Force announcement of the candidate bases to locate the Formal Training Unit (FTU) and the first Main Operating Base (MOB) for the new Boeing KC-46A tankers. Among the candidates is Altus Air Force Base (AFB) in Southwest Oklahoma, which is currently home to the 97th Air Mobility Wing, KC-135 air refueling tankers and C-17 transport aircrafts.  "The... Continue Reading »


INHOFE MEETS WITH PRESIDENT MA OF TAIWAN

January 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), co-chair of the Taiwan Caucus, today met with President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan to discuss free trade agreements (FTA) and the country’s expressed interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Sen. Inhofe is currently leading a Congressional delegation on a trip through Asia. “I am pleased that the United States granted visa waiver status to Taiwan this past October so that Taiwanese citizens can... Continue Reading »


INHOFE COMMENTS ON HAGEL & BRENNAN NOMINATIONS

January 7, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – While on an Asia Pacific Congressional Delegation tour of military capabilities and new strategic initiatives, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), incoming Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today commented on President Obama’s announced nominations of former Senator Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense and John Brennan to head the CIA.  Regarding Hagel’s nomination Inhofe said:  "I have worked with Secretary Panetta for many... Continue Reading »


INHOFE BECOMES LEAD REPUBLICAN ON SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE

January 4, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today was unanimously elected by Republican Senate Armed Services Committee members to be the panel’s new Ranking Member.  Inhofe will take over the position previously held by U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) who was term limited in the role.  “I appreciate the support of my colleagues, and I look forward to working closely with Chairman Levin and continuing the close bipartisanship that has existed between Levin and... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SUPPORTS DEAL TO AVOID FISCAL CLIFF

January 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senate conservative, joined a bi-partisan group of Senators in voting to avert a fiscal cliff and delay sequestration for two months. In a late night vote of 89-8, the deal permanently extends Bush tax cuts for a majority of Americans, prevents a death tax increase, and fixes the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT):  “While this deal to avoid the fiscal cliff is not perfect, Senate Democrats have caved to making permanent the Bush... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: NEW RUSSIAN LAW ANTI-AMERICANISM THAT HURTS CHILDREN

December 31, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, reacted to last Friday’s news that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a controversial law that bans Russian children being adopted by U.S. families.    The previous week, Inhofe and 15 Senate colleagues sent a letter to Putin dated December 21, 2012 encouraging Putin to veto the legislation.  Putin... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, COLE APPLAUD SENATE PASSAGE OF LAKE THUNDERBIRD EFFICIENT USE ACT

December 30, 2012

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK-4) today applauded the Senate passage of H.R. 3263, the Lake Thunderbird Efficient Use Act. This measure grants the Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District (COMC) authority to import and store non-project water into Lake Thunderbird in order to firm up municipal and industrial water supplies for cities including Norman, Midwest City, and Del City.  The Daily Oklahoman's recent story on the lake... Continue Reading »


INHOFE COMMENTS ON SCHWARZKOPF PASSING

December 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today commented on the passing of Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf:  "General Schwarzkopf will be most remembered for his commanding role during the first Gulf War that expelled Saddam Hussein's forces from Kuwait.  I will always remember the humility and candor of this American hero.  Our country has lost a true patriot, an expert tactician and strategist, a leader, and a... Continue Reading »


INHOFE ON LISA JACKSON STEPPING DOWN

December 27, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), made the following statement regarding the EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson stepping down:  "Lisa Jackson and I disagreed on many issues and regulations while she headed the EPA, however, I have always appreciated her receptivity to my concerns, her accessibility and her honesty.  She was one of the few at the EPA that was honest with me. She stated that... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: Boiler MACT Rule will cost industry billions of dollars, thousands of jobs

December 21, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, made the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) finalized new standards today for boilers and certain incinerators, also known as the Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (Boiler MACT) rule: “Last week it was the Soot Rule, today it’s Boiler MACT and Cement MACT,” said Inhofe. “It’s clear that... Continue Reading »


INHOFE REACTS TO EPA’S HYDRAULIC FRACTURING PROGRESS REPORT

December 21, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, made the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) hydraulic fracturing progress report released today: “Today’s release by EPA of its progress report on its study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water is more proof that the Administration is not in search of truth, but rather for justification to... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRAISES PASSAGE OF NDAA

December 21, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), praised the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013 (FY‘13). The final version of this bill marks the 51st consecutive NDAA and includes several legislative measures that were either authored or supported by Inhofe.  The House passed the bill on Thursday, and the Senate passed the bill today by... Continue Reading »


INHOFE GRILLS STATE DEPT OFFICIALS FOR ANSWERS ON BENGHAZI ATTACK AND WHITE HOUSE’S FAILURE TO CALL IT TERRORISM

December 20, 2012

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), today sought answers from Deputy Secretary for Management Thomas Nides and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Bill Burns on the State Department’s Accountability Review Board’s findings on the Benghazi attacks of September 11, 2012.  In his first question, Inhofe asked the witnesses how the report could conclude that no “immediate, specific tactical... Continue Reading »


INHOFE URGES SEC. CLINTON TO HALT DELIVERY OF F-16 FIGHTER JETS TO EGYPT

December 18, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Amidst current unrest in Egypt, 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), yesterday called on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to halt the planned delivery of 20 F-16 fighter jets to Egypt. Due to a FY’10 foreign aid appropriations bill concluded during the presidency of Hosni Mubarak, the United States is scheduled to deliver the first four F-16s to... Continue Reading »


INHOFE REFLECTS ON TIME SERVING WITH SEN. INOUYE

December 17, 2012

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii): "Today America lost a hero; Hawaii lost a faithful and loving Senator; and I lost a friend with the passing of Senator Daniel Inouye," said Inhofe. "As veterans and colleagues, we have shared a deep appreciation for our nation's military as well as for aviation. I never made a request of Sen. Inouye that was not granted, as he was always one... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: SUSAN RICE WITHDRAWAL DECISION IS BEST FOR THE COUNTRY

December 13, 2012

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of Senate Armed Services Committee and member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement upon learning Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn as a candidate for Secretary of State: “Ambassador Rice’s decision to remove her name from being considered for Secretary of State is best for the country,” said Inhofe. “Her involvement in misleading the public on the Benghazi attacks... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: NORTH KOREA MISSILE LAUNCH HIGHLIGHTS INTEL GAPS

December 12, 2012

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding North Korea’s launch of a three-stage, long-range missile:  “I strongly condemn North Korea’s successful test launch of a long-range missile, and the world should do the same,” said Inhofe.  “As I said back in April with their last failed launch, North Korea’s... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRAISES THE SENATE CONFIRMATION OF JOHN DOWDELL

December 11, 2012

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement praising the Senate confirmation of John Dowdell as the next U.S. district judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma. His nomination was approved by a vote of 95-0:  “I applaud the Senate’s confirmation today of John Dowdell as the next U.S. district judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma, which sits in my hometown of Tulsa,” said Inhofe. “Dowdell is... Continue Reading »