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Inhofe Amendment to Require Transparency of TARP Money

April 22, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, announced today at a press conference with Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), David Vitter (R-Louisiana) and John Ensign (R-Nevada), his intention to introduce an amendment to S.386, the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009 (FERA), that would require TARP recipients to fully disclose any expenditures that are not essential to restoring their solvency. Link... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes Against Chris Hill for U.S. Ambassador to Iraq

April 21, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a Senior Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voted against the nomination of Christopher Hill to be the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq.  Prior to today’s vote, Senator Inhofe joined Senators John Ensign (R-Nev.), Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), and Christopher “Kit” Bond (R-Mo.) to send a letter to the President expressing these concerns. “While Christopher Hill does possess a long... Continue Reading »


Obama Defense Budget – "From Supremacy to Adequacy"

April 20, 2009

Mr. President, I come to the Senate Floor today to speak out of great concern that we are heading down a dangerous road leading to the gutting of our military and settling for ‘adequacy' versus ‘supremacy.' I first made my concerns known in a YouTube video posted from Afghanistan immediately following the announcement by the Obama administration. My concerns drew an interesting reaction from the left. Not only did they say I was wrong to say that there were proposed cuts to the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opposed to David Hamilton Nomination

April 20, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), spoke on the Senate Floor Monday and expressed his opposition to the nomination of  David Hamilton to sit on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mr. President, I am not particularly impressed with President Obama's judiciary and Department of Justice nominees.  Eric Holder, David Ogden, Dawn Johnsen, Elena Kagan, Thomas Perelli, all extreme liberals in their views on everything from the 2nd amendment to abortion... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds OG&E #1 National Ranking

April 17, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today applauded Oklahoma-based power company OG&E for being recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as providing the lowest price premium among more than 850 utilities nation wide for new customers who choose to purchase renewable power.   "OG&E continues as a leader in harnessing the enormous... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Says EPA Endangerment Finding Will Destroy Jobs, Harm Consumers

April 17, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said today that the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed endangerment finding will unleash a torrent of regulations that will destroy jobs, harm consumers, and extend the agency's reach into every corner of American life. Despite enormous expense and hardship for the American economy, these regulations will have virtually no effect on climate... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Responds to Obama Pledge to Support Gun Treaty

April 17, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement yesterday, in a meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderón, that he plans to urge the United States Senate to ratify the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (known by the acronym CIFTA). “The idea that American-manufactured... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Sends Letter to DHS Expressing Outrage over Controversial Report

April 16, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a Senior Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today joined Senators Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), David Vitter (R-La.), Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to send a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano expressing serious concerns about the release of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report entitled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and... Continue Reading »


INHOFE – BOREN - HENRY ANNOUNCE $25 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING FOR TAR CREEK

April 15, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Congressman Dan Boren (D-Okla.) and Governor Brad Henry today announced an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) $25 million in new funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for the Tar Creek Superfund site in Ottawa County, Oklahoma. The money will accelerate the hazardous waste clean-up already underway at the site. Senator Inhofe said,... Continue Reading »


Building Partnerships – Inhofe Returns From Africa

April 13, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a Senior Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, returned Monday, April 13, 2009 from a Congressional Delegation trip to Germany, Afghanistan, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Ghana.  He emphasized the continued progress being made throughout Africa in bringing unity and restoration to the continent.  While there are numerous challenges ahead including war, disease, food shortages, piracy,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Receives NTU “Taxpayers’ Friend Award”

April 9, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. –   U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) received the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” from the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) for his continued efforts to protect and support the taxpayers of Oklahoma and the nation. Senator Inhofe was one of only 48 members in both the House and the Senate to receive the NTU’s "Taxpayers’ Friend Award” this year.   “I am honored to receive this award,” Inhofe said. “As... Continue Reading »


Inhofe says Obama Defense Cuts will "Disarm America"

April 6, 2009

  Inhofe says Obama Defense Cuts will "Disarm America"   Responds in a YouTube Video from Afghanistan       Link to You Tube Video  WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a You Tube video today from Afghanistan, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, blasted an announcement by the Obama administration that they propose to make deep, wide-spread cuts to the military budget. The announcement comes as over 200,000 servicemen... Continue Reading »


OK Delegation United Against Defense Cuts

April 6, 2009

OK Delegation United Against Defense Cuts WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oklahoma's Congressional delegation said today they stand united against the administration’s proposed massive cuts to the defense budget and pledged to work together to ensure Congress does not allow them to take effect. Senator Jim Inhofe: a Senior Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee: “President Obama’s intention to gut our nation’s military will deal a powerful blow to our national and economic... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Gates Press Conference For Monday

April 3, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today commented on news reports that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will announce his plans for a sweeping overhaul of the defense budget on Monday. "With Secretary Gates set to unveil the Defense budget Monday, numerous rumors and press reports will be swirling about this weekend in anticipation of massive cuts to the Defense budget, including cuts to Future Combat System (FCS)... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Secures Victory for Veterans

April 3, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), a Senior Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said today that he is pleased that the Senate-passed budget resolution includes his veterans amendment, S.Amdt.742,  which provides for advance appropriations for medical care for the Department of Veterans Affairs for the Medical Services, Medical Administration, Medical Facilities, and Medical and Prosthetic Research accounts of the Veterans Health Administration. The provision... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Calls Senate-Passed Budget “Irresponsible”

April 3, 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, last night voted against Senate passage of the Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 13), which passed by a vote of 55-43. With the House also passing a budget last night, the budget now goes to a Conference between the House and the Senate, expected to occur when session resumes in two weeks. "At time when American... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Discusses Building Global Partnerships Program at Armed Services Hearing

April 2, 2009

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed to the committee Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy, Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander General David Petraeus and Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Commander Admiral Eric T. Olson, discussing with them U.S. operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  During the hearing, Gen. Petraeus, Sec. Flournoy and Admiral... Continue Reading »


OK Delegation Announces Altus AFB to Receive a Reserve Squadron

April 2, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined with other members of Oklahoma's Congressional delegation and Air Force leadership to welcome members from Altus' Chamber of Commerce and the Altus Military Affairs Committee for the 47th Annual Quail Breakfast in Washington, D.C.  During the breakfast, Senator Inhofe made an announcement of great importance to the community of Altus and the U.S. Air Force. Senator Jim Inhofe: "I would like to announce today, on behalf of the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Urges Support for Veterans Amendment

April 2, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a Senior Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today spoke in support of his amendment, 742, to provide an exception for advance appropriations to the Department of Veterans Affairs for the Medical Services, Medical Administration, Medical Facilities, and Medical and Prosthetic Research accounts of the Veterans Health Administration. Below are Senator Inhofe's Floor remarks from this morning.   Remarks as Prepared... Continue Reading »


Strong Bi-Partisan Majority Votes Down Climate Tax in Budget

April 1, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, joined a strong bi-partisan majority in voting to keep a devastating climate tax out of the budget. The Johanns amendment, number 735, to prohibit the use of budget reconciliation for cap-and-trade legislation, passed by a vote of 67-31. "I was pleased to join an overwhelming bi-partisan majority in opposing  the inclusion of reconciliation instructions in the budget... Continue Reading »