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INHOFE DISAPPOINTED WITH COMMITTEE-PASSED HEALTH CARE BILL

October 13, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement about the Senate Finance Committee-passed Baucus Health Care bill:  “I am disappointed that the Senate Finance Committee today passed the Baucus plan largely on party lines,” Inhofe said.  “The Baucus bill, costing $829 billion, still leaves 25 million Americans uninsured, and is paid for by raising taxes and cutting Medicare and Medicaid.  The Co-op included in the bill is... Continue Reading »


DELEGATION REACTS TO ENGLISH AMENDMENT EXPLANATION FROM JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

October 9, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Oklahoma Congressional delegation today reacted to an explanation provided by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for a letter the department sent to the state of Oklahoma in April threatening to pull federal funds if the state passed its amendment making English the official language of the state.    This week, the Congressional delegation received the Justice Department’s response to an inquiry the delegation sent in July requesting... Continue Reading »


INHOFE HONORED AS TAXPAYER ADVOCATE

October 8, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) was honored as a “Taxpayer Hero” by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW). Senator Inhofe scored 83 percent according to CCAGW’s ratings for 2008. Since 1989, CCAGW has tracked roll call votes to separate the taxpayer advocates in Congress from those who favor wasteful programs and pork-barrel spending. “I am extremely honored to receive this award from CCAGW,” Inhofe said.... Continue Reading »


ON 8th ANNIVERSARY OF AFGHAN WAR INHOFE URGES INCREASED TROOPS AND RESOURCES

October 7, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following comments today regarding the 8th anniversary of sustained combat in Afghanistan:   “While today marks eight years of sustained combat in Afghanistan, it is important to reaffirm our commitment to victory there,” Inhofe said.  “At a time when the sacrifices of our American and allied forces in Afghanistan are increasing, we should give... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SUPPORTS PASSAGE OF FY2010 DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL

October 7, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, the U.S. Senate passed the FY2010 Defense Appropriations Bill (H.R. 3326) 97-3.  U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) voted in favor of the measure, but was disappointed in the cuts to several defense programs as well as the overall reduction in defense spending. “It is vital that we provide our men and women in uniform with the resources they need,” Inhofe said.  “This defense spending bill includes some key provisions for our military... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SEEKS ANSWERS ON PENTAGON MEDIA POLICY FOR GITMO

October 5, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following recent media reports that brought to light policy changes for the media covering Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Gitmo), U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today sent a letter to President Obama requesting clarification from the administration.  It appears that the administration has changed its media policy towards Gitmo in a way that prohibits members of the press visiting Gitmo from reporting on both the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Congratulates ‘Angels in Adoption’ Nominees

September 29, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, congratulates Duane and Cathy Shipman of Edmond, Okla. Inhofe nominated the Shipmans for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s annual “Angels in Adoption” award.   “It is a great honor to have Duane and Cathy Shipman in Washington to participate in this very important program,” Inhofe said. “I am proud to nominate such caring... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT ON PASSING OF HENRY BELLMON

September 29, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement regarding the death of former Oklahoma Governor and U.S. Sen. Henry Bellmon:    “I am saddened to hear of Henry Bellmon’s death today. Back when Bellmon first ran for office, my dad was one of his earliest supporters.  When he first won the governor’s race, he often credited my dad for his early support.  I have always thought that my dad supported Bellmon early on because... Continue Reading »


INHOFE JOINS NEW SENATE GENERAL AVIATION CAUCUS

September 28, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a pilot with over 10,000 flight hours, today joined the newly-formed Senate General Aviation Caucus.  The caucus, co-chaired by U.S. Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), is designed to better coordinate and highlight the priorities of the aviation community.  Upon joining the caucus, Inhofe said, “As a pilot and longtime friend of the general aviation community, I am extremely pleased by the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Warns Thousands of Oklahoma Jobs at Stake

September 28, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today warned that up to an estimated 1350 Oklahoma jobs are at stake as well as $40 million in projects if Congress fails to act on the highway rescission issue by the end of the fiscal year -- Wednesday, September 30, 2009. Senator Inhofe urged Congress to make passage of a highway extension with a rescission fix the number one priority when they return on Tuesday. If... Continue Reading »


INHOFE INTERIOR AMENDMENT INCENTIVIZES CHAT USAGE

September 25, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, last night included an amendment to the FY2010 Interior Appropriations bill that will benefit the sale of chat from the Tar Creek Superfund site.  “I am pleased that at the last minute, the Senate accepted my amendment that will help facilitate the sale of Quapaw-owned chat for usage in federally-funded road projects,” Inhofe said. ... Continue Reading »


MISSILE CANCELLATION MAKES AMERICA VULNERABLE FOR FIVE YEARS

September 24, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following today’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the cancelled missile defense site in Eastern Europe, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the committee stated, “Obama’s plan makes us more vulnerable.”  “Everyone agrees that Iran poses a threat to our nation’s security by developing nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them,” Inhofe continued.  “Everyone also agrees that we need to... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SIGNS LETTER SEEKING FEDERAL REVIEW OF ACORN

September 24, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) is seeking a federal review of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  Inhofe joined 19 other U.S. Senators in sending a letter to GAO Acting Comptroller General Gene Dodaro seeking the review.  “The recently released videos of ACORN conducting illegal activities are disturbing to say the least,” Inhofe said.  “Americans deserve to... Continue Reading »


INHOFE URGES OBAMA TO PROVIDE NECESSARY TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN

September 21, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voiced his support for Army General Stanley McChrystal, Commander of U.S. and Coalition forces in Afghanistan, and called for the Obama administration to support General McChrystal’s requests for additional resources. “In light of the early release of General McChrystal’s assessment on the War in Afghanistan, I strongly urge President Obama and his senior... Continue Reading »


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 »