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Inhofe Leads on Halting GITMO Transfers to U.S.

May 19, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today introduced an amendment to the war supplemental to prohibit the use of funds to transfer detainees at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GITMO) to any facility in the United States or its territories, or build, modify, or enhance any facility in the United States or its territories for the purpose of housing any such detainee.  "Since President Obama made his... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Announces New Artillery Regiment Coming to Ft. Sill

May 18, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.  - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that the U.S. Army plans to activate the 4th Battalion, 3rd (4/3) Air Defense Artillery Regiment (Patriot) at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma as part of Army force-restructuring. As a result of the Base Re-Alignment and Closure (BRAC) decision in 2005, Fort Sill will host the Air Defense Artillery School that re-stationed from Fort Bliss, TX.   "Today's... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Still Awaiting Response from DoD on NLOS-C

May 14, 2009

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today restated his deep concern about the President’s proposed 2010 defense budget and future military readiness to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Admiral Michael G. Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Today, Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen testified on the President’s 2010 Budget that was delivered to Congress last... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Bi-Partisan Water Bill Advances to Senate Floor

May 14, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today welcomed Committee passage of a bill he cosponsored, S. 1005, the Water Infrastructure Financing Act. The bill passed out of Committee by a vote of 17 to 2.      “The overwhelming bi-partisan vote today for our water infrastructure bill shows that we have a good chance of passing it on the Senate Floor,” Senator Inhofe said. “Through... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Agrees With Obama Decision Not to Release Photos of Detainee Abuse

May 13, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today agreed with President Obama’s decision not to release photographs of detainee abuse that occurred several years ago.  The individuals in the photos have been investigated and punished under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, resulting in confinements, courts martial, discharges, and demotions, as well as other measures.   “President Obama made... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Co-Sponsors Legislation to Protect Military Voters

May 12, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the Second Ranking Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is a co-sponsor of the Military Voting Protection Act of 2009, S.1026, introduced today by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas). The legislation attempts to reduce delays in the current absentee voting process for our overseas troops by allowing the U.S. Postal Service to express-ship their completed absentee ballots to local election offices.  The bill amends the Uniformed... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Expresses Dismay Over President Obama’s Budget Proposal

May 7, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and a Senior Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, expressed dismay that President Obama continues to hail the spending ‘cuts’ in his budget, while the budget details released today indicate that the cuts are barely a fraction of the overall $3.6 trillion budget, and most come at the expense of important defense programs and weapons systems. The... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Decries Defense Budget Cuts

May 7, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today expressed disappointment in the significant defense cuts in President Obama’s budget.  The Appendix to his FY2010 budget shows President Obama’s total spending proposals on a line-by-line basis and includes $17 billion in cuts to 121 programs, a number less than half of 1% of Obama’s overall budget.  “I could not be more disappointed in the... Continue Reading »


Senator Inhofe Questions Commission’s Findings on the Strategic Posture of the United States

May 7, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today spoke with members of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States during an Armed Services Committee hearing. The Commission was created as a part of the Fiscal Year ’08 National Defense Authorization Act and is facilitated by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).  The final report, which was released yesterday, provides... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Co-Sponsors Legislation to Protect the American Flag

May 6, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is a co-sponsor of a joint resolution (S.J.Res.15) introduced today by Senator David Vitter (R-La.) that would allow Congress to protect the flag of the United States by preventing its desecration. The bill, SJ Res 15, would give Congress the power to overrule a 1989 Supreme Court decision that declared previous flag protection laws unconstitutional. Senators Inhofe and Vitter were... Continue Reading »


Senator Inhofe’s Amendment Improving Weapons Acquisition Unanimously Accepted by Senate

May 6, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today introduced an amendment (S.Amdt.1044) to the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act 2009 (S.454), which he has co-sponsored. His amendment was unanimously accepted by the Senate. Senator Inhofe’s amendment would require the Department of Defense (DoD) to report to Congress when an acquisition program is terminated due to ‘critical’ cost growth, a... Continue Reading »


Statement Upon Introduction of the English Language Unity Act of 2009

May 6, 2009

MR. INHOFE.  Mr. President, today I would like to introduce two pieces of legislation that I believe are of great importance to the unity of the American people—the National Language Act and the English Language Unity Act.   The National Language Act recognizes the practical reality of the role of English as our national language and makes English the national language of the United States government, a status in law it has not had before, and calls on government to preserve and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces English Language Legislation

May 6, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced the National Language Act of 2009, legislation that calls on the federal government to preserve and enhance the role of English as the national language. It clarifies that there is no entitlement to receive federal documents and services in languages other than English, unless required by statutory law, recognizing decades of unbroken court opinions that civil rights laws protecting against national origin... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement: Armed Services Committee Hearing on Piracy

May 5, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today welcomed to the committee the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Michèle A. Flournoy, USN Director for Strategic Plans and Policy Joint Chiefs of Staff, Vice Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Ambassador Stephen D. Mull.  During the hearing, at which he served as the Ranking Member,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Calls EPA's Endangerment Finding a ‘Ticking Time Bomb'

May 1, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator James Inhofe went to the Senate Floor today to speak about the Obama Administration's recent announcement of an endangerment finding for carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases. Senator Inhofe calls the decision a "ticking time bomb" that presents "policymakers with a false choice: Use an outdated, ill equipped and economically disastrous option under the Clean Air Act, or pick another bad option-cap-and-trade-that commits us to requirements... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Announces New Jobs Coming to Ft. Sill/Lawton Region

April 30, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.  - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a Senior Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today in a meeting with members of the Lawton/Ft. Sill Chamber of Commerce, announced that BAE Systems will continue moving forward on Phase II of the Paladin Integrated Module (PIM) in Elgin, Oklahoma. This news will mean continued development at the Ft. Sill Industrial Park, and is a great development for Lawton and Fort Sill. "I am pleased to announce today that BAE... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes Against Final Passage of “Reckless” Budget

April 29, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted against the conference report on the fiscal year 2010 budget (S. Con. Res. 13), after the House of Representatives approved it by a vote of 233-193 with no Republican support. Calling the budget "reckless," Senator Inhofe cited the trillions of dollars in new spending and taxes as his primary reasons for opposing the legislation. The Senate passed the legislation by a vote of 53-43. "The budget approved by the Democrats takes this... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes Against Sebelius for Secretary of Health and Human Services

April 28, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today voted against the nomination of Governor Kathleen Sebelius for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Sebelius was confirmed by a vote of 65 to 31. "I believe there is no mission more important than standing up for the sanctity of human life," Senator Inhofe said. "Therefore, I felt compelled to vote against the nomination of Kathleen Seblius for Secretary of Health and Human Services.  As Governor of Kansas... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Specter Decision to Switch Parties

April 28, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) issued the following statement in response to news today that U.S. Senator Arlen Specter announced his intention to switch parties to become a Democrat. "From what I understand, Senator Specter and his left-leaning positions would lose by 15 points in an upcoming Republican primary challenge," Senator Inhofe said. "Therefore, switching parties seems to have been done out of desperation and  finding a way - any way - to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Offers English Amendment to Fraud Bill

April 22, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), spoke on the Senate Floor to introduce a second degree amendment to Reid amendment 984 to S.386, the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009 (FERA), that would recognize the practical reality of the role of English as our national language, makes English the national language of the United States government, a status in law it has not had before, and calls on government to preserve and enhance the role of English as the national... Continue Reading »