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INHOFE, WYDEN PRAISE SENATE PASSAGE OF I-ACT

August 6, 2010

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), today praised last night’s unanimous Senate passage of the Improving Access to Clinical Trials (I-ACT) Act, a bill to allow patients with rare diseases to participate in clinical drug studies without losing their eligibility for public assistance (Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid).  “This bill provides potentially lifesaving treatments through clinical trials for those... Continue Reading »


NEW SENATE REPORT

August 6, 2010

Watch Inhofe YouTube Video Link to Senate Report Washington, D.C. - Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, released a report today titled, "Failure of Leadership: President Obama and the Flawed Federal Response to the BP Disaster." The report concludes that "President Obama and Administration officials failed in several instances to remove regulatory and bureaucratic impediments and to ensure that proper and... Continue Reading »


INHOFE INTRODUCES ZIMBABWE SANCTIONS REPEAL ACT

August 5, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced the Zimbabwe Sanctions Repeal Act of 2010.  This new legislation will lift U.S. economic sanctions originally imposed on the African nation of Zimbabwe in 2001, and restore the country’s economy and aide in the nation’s transition to democracy. In 2001, economic sanctions were imposed against Zimbabwe as a result of President Robert Mugabe’s... Continue Reading »


INHOFE REACTS TO KAGAN CONFIRMATION

August 5, 2010

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the first Senator to register his opposition to her nomination, today reacted to the 63-37 Senate confirmation of Elena Kagan to the United States Supreme Court.  “I am disappointed that the Senate confirmed Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court,” Inhofe said.  “I have been very clear from the very outset of her nomination why I opposed her.  Her disdain for our military, her views on civilian trials for... Continue Reading »


INHOFE HAILS THE PASSAGE OF HELP HAITI ACT

August 5, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the co-chair of the Congressional Adoption Caucus, today applauded the U.S. Senate passage of the Help Haitian Adoptees Immediately to Integrate Act of 2010 (HELP Haiti Act). Under the new legislation, which Inhofe introduced with U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Haitian orphans adopted by American families following the devastating earthquake will have much needed relief and legal... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SUPPORTS NATIONAL CELIAC DISEASE AWARENESS DAY

August 4, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after the U.S. Senate last night unanimously passed S. Res. 605, a resolution designating September 13, 2010 as “National Celiac Disease Awareness Day”:   “As an ongoing supporter for this cause, I am pleased that the U.S. Senate passed this resolution again this year. I applaud the efforts of both Members of Congress and the many organizations who continue to raise much needed... Continue Reading »


INHOFE APPLAUDS BOEING MOVE TO OKC

August 2, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today applauded the news that Boeing will relocate the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) and B-1 Program from Long Beach, California to Oklahoma City, bringing 550 new positions to the Oklahoma City area over the next two years.   “This is great news for the Oklahoma City area, our state’s economy, and for Tinker Air Force Base,” Inhofe... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: IRAQ STRATEGY MUST BE BASED ON GROUND CONDITIONS, NOT POLITICS

August 2, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today reacted to President Obama’s announcement about the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.  “President Obama played politics with our men and women in uniform when he worked to cut funding for troops in Iraq and when he repeatedly assailed the troop surge,” Inhofe said.  “Obama is playing politics again.  Claiming that he is fulfilling a... Continue Reading »


INHOFE DISAPPOINTED WITH AIR FORCE ANNOUNCEMENT ON ALTUS AFB

July 29, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today reacted with strong disappointment in the Air Force announcement that Beale Air Force Base in California is the preferred alternative basing option for the MC-12W.  Altus AFB was one of six candidate bases under consideration.  “I am surprised and extremely disappointed in the Air Force’s decision on this,” Inhofe said.  “I visit... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CALLS FOR SENATE HEARING ON INFORMATION SECURITY

July 28, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of two recent information leaks that threaten our national security and the well being of our soldiers, allies and coalition partners, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), has called for a hearing on intelligence and information security.  This past weekend, 92,000 pages of classified documents were released through the website, WikiLeaks.  Earlier this year, a video showing a U.S. military... Continue Reading »


SASC HEEDS INHOFE REQUEST ON START; ALLOWS TWO OPPOSED WITNESSES TO TESTIFY

July 27, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After weeks of stonewalling those opposed to the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) today heeded the request of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the committee, allowing two witnesses opposed to the treaty to testify.  After 16 hearings between the SASC and Senate Foreign Relations Committee that included 30 different witnesses, Drs. John Foster and Keith Payne today became the first and only two... Continue Reading »


INHOFE JOINS AMICUS BRIEF SUPPORTING ARIZ. IMMIGRATION LAW

July 26, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) recently signed an amicus brief compiled by the American Center for Law and Justice and the Federation for American Immigration Reform. The brief comes after the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona earlier this month. The brief addresses the importance of enforcing our nation’s immigration laws, especially in our nation’s border states, and reaffirms the precedent of allowing states to assist in... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RESPONDS TO NORTH KOREAN THREAT

July 22, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and senior Republican member of the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement after North Korean leader Kim Jong II threatened military action if the United States and South Korea did not stop military exercises or ban sanctions immediately:  “We have seen this type of saber rattling many... Continue Reading »


INHOFE HONORED AS DEFENDER OF ECONOMIC FREEDOM

July 22, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Club for Growth awarded U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) with a perfect voting record, naming him a Defender of Economic Freedom. This award is presented annually to Members of Congress who consistently hold a responsible pro-economic voting record.  “I am honored to receive the Defender of Economic Freedom Award by the Club for Growth,” said Inhofe. “During this trying economic time, we must end the bailouts, government take-overs, and... Continue Reading »


INHOFE INTRODUCES BILL TO IMPROVE CENTRAL OKLA. WATER SUPPLY

July 13, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an effort to meet the growing demands for water in central Oklahoma, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today introduced S.3573, the Lake Thunderbird Efficient Use Act of 2010.  The legislation builds on previous work during the 109th and 110th Congresses by both Inhofe and U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (OK-4) that authorized a feasibility study to augment water supplies of the Central Oklahoma Master... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CONDEMNS ATTACKS ON UGANDA

July 12, 2010

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, today made the following statement about yesterday’s terror attacks in Uganda that killed 64 people, including one American: “During this time of mourning, I send my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of these horrific attacks.  Having a deep personal connection with Uganda, my heart... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RECEIVES THE 2010 THOMAS JEFFERSON AWARD

July 9, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) recently received the 2010 Thomas Jefferson Award from the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA). The award is presented annually to Members of Congress who possess a strong voting record on issues critical to our nation’s economy and the foodservice distribution industry including reducing unnecessary government regulation and rebuilding our nation’s economy.   “I am honored to receive the 2010... Continue Reading »


INHOFE REJECTS TROOP WITHDRAWAL DATE SET BY WHITE HOUSE

June 29, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today participated in a SASC nomination hearing of U.S. Gen. David Petraeus to replace U.S. General Stanley McChrystal as the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces in Afghanistan. During the SASC hearing, Inhofe questioned Petraeus on President Obama’s withdrawal timeline from Afghanistan as well as training and combat status... Continue Reading »


INHOFE REMEMBERS U.S. SEN. BYRD

June 28, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after hearing the news that U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) passed away at age 92:      “As the longest serving member of the United States Senate, Robert Byrd possessed great compassion and leadership for the people of West Virginia. His dedicated service in the Senate combined with his mastery of the Constitution and the chamber’s rules and procedure will inevitably leave... Continue Reading »


INHOFE APPLAUDS SUPREME COURT SECOND AMENDMENT RULING

June 28, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding today in McDonald v. City of Chicago that the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms is fully applicable to all 50 states.  Inhofe said, “Today’s landmark decision by the Supreme Court builds on the Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller in 2008.  Today’s decision knowledgeably explained the history of the fundamental nature of... Continue Reading »