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Inhofe Warns Missile Defense Cancellation

September 19, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today added to his initial concerns about President Obama's cancellation of the third missile defense site.  Pointing to the fact that the site scheduled to be deployed in Poland and the Czech Republic would have more fully protected the United States from an eastern missile attack, Inhofe said the following: "For years, it... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, DeMINT, SESSIONS DECRY CANCELATION OF THIRD MISSILE DEFENSE SITE

September 17, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three U.S. Sens. today expressed outrage that the Obama Administration has cancelled a third missile defense site scheduled to be deployed in Poland and the Czech Republic:  “I have long viewed the deployment of a layered ballistic missile defense as an urgent priority, vital to the future of our country’s national security,” said U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Armed Services committee and a member of the... Continue Reading »


INHOFE WARNS EPA ACTION COULD

September 16, 2009

Washington, D.C.—Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, warned today that the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed revision to the ozone standard could have severe economic impacts on Oklahoma. If EPA follows through on its decision, at least nine counties in Oklahoma--Canadian, Cherokee, Comanche, Creek, Kay, Mayes, Oklahoma, Ottawa and Tulsa--will face severe restrictions on economic development. “I am proud... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, WYDEN, DODD and SHELBY

September 15, 2009

Washington, D.C. - In a bipartisan effort, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Chris Dodd (D- Conn.) and Richard Shelby (R- Ala.) today to introduce 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... Continue Reading »


INHOFE MARKS 8th ANNIVERSARY

September 11, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today marked the 8th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. "Today, along with all Americans and Oklahomans, we pause to remember the thousands of lives lost eight years ago at the hands of a group of fanatical terrorists determined to compromise freedom and jeopardize the American way of life," Inhofe said.... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RESOLUTION DESIGNATES

September 11, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Under unanimous consent, the U.S. Senate last night passed a resolution sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) designating September 13, 2009 as "National Celiac Disease Awareness Day". The designation is designed to help raise awareness about the disease. "There are many groups and organizations working to promote Celiac Disease awareness, and I applaud all their efforts," Inhofe said. "This terrible disease impacts an estimated 2.2 million... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RESPONDS TO

September 9, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) this evening made the following remarks in response to President Obama’s health care speech to Congress:   “The President’s proposal tonight outlined four major high-cost areas related to health insurance companies: a limit on individual out of pocket costs, mandates on prior condition coverage, no limits on what insurance companies are required to cover, and mandatory free coverage for routine check-ups. ... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RECEIVES FRC ACTION'S

September 8, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today received the “True Blue” Member of Congress award from FRC Action and Focus Action for unwavering commitment and consistent support in defense of the family.    “I am honored to receive the ‘True Blue’ award,” Inhofe said.  “I have been consistently pro-life and pro-family throughout my years in office, and I will continue to fight for these important... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: CIA INVESTIGATION COUNTERPRODUCTIVE

September 1, 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 investigation into past CIA interrogation practices:   “Earlier this year, President-elect Obama said he did not want his administration pursuing CIA agents to the point that ‘they’ve got to spend all their time looking over their shoulders.’  Apparently the... Continue Reading »


INHOFE ANNOUNCES NEW STAFFER TO REPRESENT NORTHWEST OKLAHOMA

September 1, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today announced the addition of a new staff member to his in-state staff.  A Cresent native, Cale Walker joins the office as Field Representative for the Northwest portion of the state.  He will office out of Enid, Okla. “I am pleased to announce the addition of Cale Walker to my Oklahoma staff," Inhofe said. "As a native of Northwest Oklahoma, Cale is familiar with the unique issues that the region... Continue Reading »


INHOFE COMMENTS ON PASSING OF SENATOR TED KENNEDY

August 26, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement regarding the passing of long-time U.S. Senator, Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.):   “Senator Ted Kennedy was a well respected member of the U.S. Senate whose presence will be missed.  While we were at opposite ends of the political spectrum, he was always a cordial statesman and colleague.  I recall many fond stories about the Senator that are a tribute to his charisma and personality that... Continue Reading »


INHOFE VOTES AGAINST CONFIRMATION OF SOTOMAYOR

August 6, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after voting against the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Judge Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed by a vote of 68 - 31. Inhofe was one of 29 U.S. Senators that voted against Sotomayor's nomination to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998. "I am very disappointed that the Senate chose to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor, especially... Continue Reading »


NEW INHOFE DIGITAL SHORT: DENIED BY DEMOCRATS

August 6, 2009

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate is about to take a month long recess without addressing an important national security issue.  While the Democrat lead Senate found time during the last week of business to deal with Cash for Clunkers, it failed to take any action to keep terrorist detainees out of the United States and the military-run detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GITMO) open.  A new digital short, S.370 - Denied by Democrats, released today by U.S. Sen. Jim... Continue Reading »


INHOFE ANNOUNCES $1.9 MILLION EDA GRANT FOR CLAREMORE RAILROAD CONSTRUCTION

August 5, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, announced today that the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded a $1.9 million grant for a regional railroad-based trans-modal facility in the North Business Park of Claremore, Oklahoma.  "I am pleased to announce today an Economic Development Administration grant of $1.9 million that will benefit Claremore and the... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SUPPORTS FUNDING FOR FLOOD PREVENTION

August 4, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted against an amendment that would eliminate funding for watershed and flood prevention for fiscal year 2010 from the Agriculture Appropriations Bill, H.R.2997. Under the Watershed program, 2,105 upstream flood control dams have been constructed in 121 watersheds in 64 counties across Oklahoma, providing benefits such as flood control, water supply, erosion control, recreation, wetlands, and wildlife habitat. The amendment,... Continue Reading »


DELEGATION QUESTIONS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT’S THREAT TO CUT FEDERAL FUNDING

July 28, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder seeking justification and clarification for a letter the Department of Justice (DOJ) sent to Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson threatening Oklahoma with a loss of federal funding if the state passed a constitutional amendment making English the official language of the state.    The original DOJ letter, characterized by delegation members as... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Responds to Attacks on Hydraulic Fracturing

July 27, 2009

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today delivered a floor speech highlighting the nation’s vast reserve of energy resources recoverable through hydraulic fracturing techniques. Inhofe praised the fracturing industry for its impressive job growth and flawless safety record. The 60 year old technique, which has been responsible for 7 billion barrels of oil and 600 trillion... Continue Reading »


SENATE APPROVES DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL

July 24, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last night, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a Senior Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted to support passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2010. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 87 to 7. Among a vast number of other provisions, the legislation authorized increased end strengths and funding for each of the services, as well as an increased Army end strength of 30,000 above 2010, 2011, and 2012... Continue Reading »


IN FIRST HEARING, INHOFE QUESTIONS CHINA AND JAPAN AMBASSADOR NOMINEES

July 23, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the newest member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Ranking Member of the East Asia Subcommittee, questioned Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. of Utah, nominated to be the Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, and John Roos, nominated to be the Ambassador to Japan.     “This is my first hearing and it is such an honor to be facing two people that I strongly supported long before... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CONTINUES SUPPORT FOR F-22

July 21, 2009

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following comments after the U.S. Senate voted 58 to 40 to remove $1.75 billion from the Defense Authorization bill for F-22s. Air Force officials have repeatedly stated that no less than 243 F-22s would be sufficient with a moderate level of risk. Accordingly, Inhofe has continued to express serious concerns with halting the production of the F-22s ever since Defense Secretary Robert Gates first announced his intentions... Continue Reading »