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Despite Concerns Over Modernization, Inhofe Supports Army Budget

February 23, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today expressed support for the Army’s portion of the fiscal year 2011 (FY11) Budget Request, but remains concerned over failures to aggressively and expediently move forward with Army modernization and instead choosing to focus on “updating” or upgrading legacy Army... Continue Reading »


Sneak Peek Into New Senate Report on Climategate

February 23, 2010

Hello, I'm Senator Jim Inhofe, the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.  I want to give you a sneak-peek into a major new Senate report on my Committee's investigation into the scandal commonly known as Climategate. What emerges from our review of the emails and documents, which span a 13-year period from 1996 through November 2009, is much more than, as EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson put it, scientists who "lack interpersonal skills." Rather,... Continue Reading »


GOLDEN PLOW AWARD CONFERRED TO INHOFE DURING FARM BUREAU CEREMONY

February 16, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s annual Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City, Okla., U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) was presented with the American Farm Bureau Federation’s highest award, the Golden Plow award.  Inhofe was nominated for the award by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau for his work on critical agriculture and Farm Bureau issues.    “I am very honored to accept the Golden Plow award and to have this opportunity to... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: DEFENSE PORTION OF OBAMA BUDGET INSUFFICIENT

February 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 the defense portion of President Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2011 (FY11).   “Defending America is the number one constitutionally-mandated function of government,” Inhofe said.  “While there are good programs included in the President’s budget, the core defense budget will fall from 3.6 percent of GDP in FY11 to... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CO-SPONSORS RESOLUTION ON CHRISTMAS DAY BOMBER

February 2, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement regarding the Senate Resolution (S.Res.403) introduced yesterday expressing the sense of the Senate that Umar Farouk Adbulmutallab be tried by military tribunal rather than by a civilian court:   “Adbulmutallab attempted to blow up a transcontinental airliner, and though he was unsuccessful, this should not change the fact that he is an... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: PRESIDENT’S BUDGET SADDLES FUTURE GENERATIONS

February 1, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today responded to President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2011 proposed budget of $3.8 trillion released this morning: “Today’s budget released by President Obama proves how disingenuous the spending freeze he touted during the State of the Union address last week really was,” Inhofe said.  “The new budget includes billions in new spending, higher taxes, and continued deficit spending.  With twenty kids and... Continue Reading »


INHOFE VOTES AGAINST BERNANKE CONFIRMATION

January 28, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C – Citing a myriad of reasons, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted against Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s confirmation.  “On a variety of matters, Chairman Bernanke’s leadership has proven inadequate to continue leading the Federal Reserve,” Inhofe said.  “He failed to see the dangers lurking in the growing market for subprime mortgages, saying as recently as 2007 that they didn’t pose a threat to the broader... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Responds to Obama's State of the Union Address

January 27, 2010

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), gave the following response to President Obama’s State of the Union Speech:   “Tonight, as usual, President Obama was eloquent in the delivery of his State of the Union address.  Though he indicated that he understands the message voters are sending to Washington, overall, it seems doubtful that he does.  Americans have spoken and they don’t want Obama’s government-run... Continue Reading »


INHOFE WELCOMES NEW CHAMBER PRESIDENT

January 26, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) congratulated Fred Morgan, the new President and CEO of The State Chamber.    “The State Chamber’s mission is a very important one, especially in today’s economic environment,” said Inhofe. “Therefore, I am pleased that Fred Morgan has been chosen to head the organization as I am confident he will be a strong and able leader. Fred’s knowledge of the Oklahoma business community will... Continue Reading »


INHOFE COMMENDS RIGHT TO LIVE ADVOCATES

January 22, 2010

 WASHINGTON, D.C. - On the 37th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement today commending the efforts of advocacy groups such as March For Life and National Right to Life for promoting the pro-life message: “Each year on this date thousands descend upon Capitol Hill and the United States Supreme Court, spreading the message that all must honor and protect the sanctity of life,” said Inhofe. “Though... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CONGRATULATES OKLAHOMA’S FORTUNE 100 BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR

January 22, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) congratulated the Oklahoma based companies included in Fortune’s Annual list of the 100 Best Companies To Work For. The companies include Oklahoma City based companies Devon Energy, Chesapeake Energy, and American Fidelity Assurance, and Tulsa based company QuikTrip.   “I am extremely proud of these Oklahoma companies for recognizing the importance of their most valuable resources – their people,” Inhofe... Continue Reading »


INHOFE ENCOURAGES ASSISTANCE FOR HAITI ORPHANS

January 20, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, sent a letter on January 15 to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton requesting that the State Department consider the needs of the previously and newly orphaned children as a principal concern in the wake of the devastation in Haiti. “It is absolutely critical that we provide all the relief we can to the orphaned children of Haiti,” Inhofe said. “Those children that were... Continue Reading »


INHOFE OPPOSES DEMOCRAT HEALTH BILL

December 23, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today explained his opposition to Democrat-backed Reid Health Care bill.  After the Democrat Senate Leadership has jammed the bill through at the last minute, a vote on final passage is expected on Christmas Eve day.  "I am adamantly opposed to this $2.5 trillion government run health care system with its half a trillion dollar increase in taxes on Americans and nearly half a trillion dollars in cuts to Medicare to help pay for it,"... Continue Reading »


INHOFE VOTES FOR PASSAGE OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL

December 19, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, early Saturday morning voted for final passage of the Defense Appropriations bill (H.R. 3326).  “This legislation provides critical funding for the Department of Defense to include a 3.4 percent pay raise for our service men and women which is more than the President requested,” Inhofe said.  “It also increases benefits for service members and their... Continue Reading »


INHOFE HONORED WITH FARM BUREAU GOLDEN PLOW AWARD

December 16, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) has been honored by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) as the recipient of the organization’s highest award, the Golden Plow award.  Inhofe was nominated for the award by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau for his work on critical Farm Bureau issues.    “I believe that American farmers are the backbone of our nation – a diverse domestic supply of food and fiber is the foundation of our security, our... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: ORAL ROBERTS PUT TULSA ON THE MAP

December 15, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement regarding the passing of Rev. Oral Roberts: “I first remember personally meeting Oral Roberts when my father’s company purchased a 3-story building from Roberts in 1965.  Since that first meeting, my family and I have had a close relationship with Oral and his family. Oral Roberts put Tulsa on the map with his televangelism. I can remember from my time in the Army whenever anyone... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CALLS GITMO ANNOUNCEMENT UNNECESSARY NATIONAL SECURITY RISK

December 15, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today made the following statement regarding the Obama Administration’s announcement to transfer GITMO detainees to a prison facility 125 miles west of Chicago in Thomson, Ill.  “President Obama continues to demonstrate his obsession with closing GITMO to keep his campaign promise to his extreme left base.  While the treatment of detainees has been an issue at... Continue Reading »


INHOFE COMMENDS ADMINISTRATION ON AFGHANISTAN TIMELINE CLARIFICATION

December 8, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During today’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, commended General Stanley McChrystal and Obama administration officials for clarifying the President’s previously announced July 2011 exit date for troops in Afghanistan. Following the hearing, Inhofe said, “Clarification of the exit strategy is welcome news.  Based on what General McChrystal and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Welcomes Oklahoman Gene Whatley Before the EPW Committee

December 8, 2009

  Washington, D.C.—Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today welcomed Gene Whatley, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Rural Water Association before the EPW Committee. The Oklahoma Rural Water Association represents 458 member rural water districts and small community water systems, which serve over 800,000 people in rural Oklahoma. The majority of its members are small to very small systems, with the average system... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CALLS FOR SWIFT ACTION IN AMINATOU HAIDAR HUNGER STRIKE

December 8, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement about Ms. Aminatou Haidar’s month-long hunger strike in the Canary Islands airport in protest over her refusal to accept Moroccan identity upon her arrival at the airport in Laayone on November 13.       “The situation currently facing Ms. Aminatou Haidar is deeply disturbing,” Inhofe said.  “Her... Continue Reading »