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INHOFE EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER BURKE, WATSON NOMINATIONS

March 23, 2010

Washington, D.C.—During a Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearing today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the SASC, expressed concerns over the nomination of both Sharon E. Burke and Solomon B. Watson IV.    Following a personal meeting and the committee hearing on her nomination, Inhofe expressed concern over energy issues related to Burke, the Obama Administration’s nominee to be first ever director of the Pentagon’s Office of Operational... Continue Reading »


INHOFE JOINS EFFORT TO REPEAL OBAMACARE

March 23, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today joined with several other Republican Senators in introducing legislation to fully repeal the Democrats’ government health care takeover that President Obama signed into law Tuesday morning. The effort, led by U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), already has 11 other GOP members as co-sponsors.   “I stand with the majority of the American people in opposing the awful government takeover of our health care system,”... Continue Reading »


RECONCILIATION A "PAY-OFF" - NOT A "FIX-IT"

March 22, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U. S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today, in criticizing Democrats in the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, took issue with the supposed “fix it” measure known as Reconciliation.    “The Reconciliation measure that is coming to the Senate is a ‘pay-off’ bill – not a ‘fix-it’ bill,” Inhofe said.  “If the Senate adopts the Reconciliation... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Welcomes Oklahoma State Senator Bryce Marlatt Before EPW Committee

March 18, 2010

Watch/Read Inhofe Opening Statement from Hearing  Watch/Read Marlatt Testimony Before EPW Committee   Watch: Inhofe-Marlatt Discuss Oklahoma Transportation Needs Before EPW Committee   Full Committee Hearing: "Mobility and Congestion in Urban and Rural America"   WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, today was pleased to welcome Oklahoma State Senator Bryce Marlatt, (R-Woodward) before the... Continue Reading »


INHOFE FORCES SENATE VOTE ON FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

March 18, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), National Journal magazine’s top-ranked Senate Conservative, today posed a choice for the U.S. Senate:  support reducing the deficit by $1 trillion or support giving President Obama more money to spend on his liberal priorities.                      In forcing the Senate to vote on his Honest Expenditure Limitation Program... Continue Reading »


INHOFE WELCOMES SENATE PASSAGE OF LONG TERM HIGHWAY EXTENSION

March 17, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, today welcomed Senate passage of a long-term extension of the Federal Highway Program.  Through his leadership position on the EPW Committee, Senator Inhofe has made passage of an extension a top priority. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 68-29 and the bill now goes to the President for his signature.   "I am pleased that the Congress has finally passed a... Continue Reading »


INHOFE HAMMERS ON MISSILE DEFENSE AND GITMO

March 11, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today attended the SASC hearing with Gen. Victor Renuart, Jr. and Gen. Douglas Fraser to discuss national security matters including the condition of the United States missile defense system and the future consequences of closing Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Gitmo).    “I agree with Gen. Renuart that we must make missile defense a top priority to ensure our national... Continue Reading »


INHOFE - TAX EXTENDERS BILL NEEDS GREATER OFFSETS

March 10, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a recipient of the National Taxpayers Union “Friend of the Taxpayer” Award, today made the following statement about his vote against the Senate-passed Tax Extenders bill: “There are many good provisions in this bill that I support that would be beneficial to Oklahoma business, agriculture, energy production, and health care,” Inhofe said.  “Unfortunately, they only make up a small portion of the overall... Continue Reading »


INHOFE INTRODUCES HELP ACT TO ADDRESS FEDERAL SPENDING CRISIS

March 9, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Citing out-of-control deficit spending by the federal government, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced the Honest Expenditure Limitation Program (HELP) Act of 2010 to rein in government spending.  The act, co-sponsored by Sens. Burr (R-N.C.) and Barrasso (R-Wy.), would result in nearly $1 trillion in savings over a 10 year period. “If we do nothing to curtail skyrocketing government spending, or merely freeze it at artificially elevated levels for... Continue Reading »


The Honest Expenditure Limitation Program (HELP) Act of 2010

March 9, 2010

AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY: On February 1, 2010, President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2011 budget with a funding request of $3.8 trillion.  In it, he announced a three year freeze of discretionary spending for all non-security related agencies at FY2010 levels which amounts to a total spending level of $460 billion each year for those agencies.  Non-security spending is defined as all agencies except for Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF SUPPORTING COMMANDERS

March 9, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today during a SASC hearing to address issues related to U.S. European Command (EUCOM), U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), and Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) stressed the importance of supporting the commander’s priorities. Inhofe said, “Providing for our national security is my number one priority.  We must provide our military with adequate funding to develop new... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CRITICIZES NEW GITMO PROPOSAL

March 8, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today criticized the new proposal offered by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to close the terrorist prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Gitmo).   “Time and again, the American people have overwhelmingly made known their desire to keep terrorist detainees out of the United States,” Inhofe said.  “Unfortunately, President Obama and now Senator... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RECEIVES NATIONAL TAXPAYERS UNION "TAXPAYERS' FRIEND" AWARD

March 4, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For the fifth straight year, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) has received an “A” rating from the National Taxpayers Union (NTU).  In recognition for his outstanding pro-taxpayer voting record last year, the 362,000-member NTU, has announced that Inhofe is a recipient of the 2009 “Taxpayers’ Friend Award”.   “I am honored to again receive this award, and I will continue to fight for policies that allow taxpayers to keep more of... Continue Reading »


INHOFE EARNS VETERANS AWARD

March 3, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today met with the Disabled American Veterans where he was presented with the DAV Award.  The award recognized him as continually “going to bat for veterans” with regard to the issue of advance appropriations for veteran’s health care.   “I am very honored to accept the Disabled American Veterans award and to have this opportunity to discuss... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes for Short Term Extension of Federal Highway Program

March 2, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, today voted in favor of Senate passage of the short-term extension of the Federal Highway Program and issued the following statement:   "I am pleased that Congress finally got its act in order and passed a short-term extension of the Federal Highway Program," Inhofe said. "By passing the 30-day extension, we put Oklahomans and Americans back to work and ensured... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Urges Congress To Put Partisan Politics Aside To Get Highway Extension Passed ASAP

March 2, 2010

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today spoke on the Senate Floor urging Congress to pass an extentension of the Federal Highway Program. Through his leadership position, Inhofe has been sounding the alarm on Congressional inaction for months. Today he called on his colleagues to put partisan politics aside and pass a highway extension that will help get money back to the states. The ramifications... Continue Reading »


Oklahoma Hit Hard By Business As Usual in Washington

February 26, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, today said he is reaching out to his colleagues to quickly resolve a Washington DC dispute that will force the Federal Highway Department to shut down on Monday.   “Oklahomans are going to pay a huge price once again because of politics as usual in Washington,” Inhofe said. “Today Congress failed to prevent the Federal Highway Program from shutting... Continue Reading »


National Journal Rates Inhofe as Top Conservative for 2009

February 26, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Journal Magazine’s annual Congressional Vote Ratings for 2009 has identified U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) as the top Conservative member in the Senate.   In reporting their findings, National Journal said Inhofe was the “only senator with a perfect conservative score in 2009.”   “I strongly believe that the conservative principles of less government, lower taxes, greater individual freedom and responsibility, and a strong... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Coburn Honor Oklahoma's National Guard

February 26, 2010

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a Senior Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, MD (R-Okla.) this week introduced S.Res 420, a resolution honoring the Oklahoma National Guard.   “The Oklahoma National Guard has played a critical role in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Inhofe said.  “Here at home, they have had a busy winter helping Oklahomans stranded and struggling to survive some of the difficult... Continue Reading »


INHOFE INTRODUCES SMALL SYSTEMS DRINKING WATER LEGISLATION

February 25, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, together with Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), John Barrasso (R-WY), David Vitter (R-LA), and James Risch (R-ID), today introduced the Small System Drinking Water Act of 2010, a bill to assist water systems in Oklahoma and throughout the country in complying with Federal drinking water standards, and require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to utilize all of... Continue Reading »