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INHOFE QUESTIONS NAVY OFFICIALS ON TRICARE, ALTERNATIVE FUELS, AFRICOM

March 16, 2012

Link to Video    WASHINGTON, D.C. – During yesterday’s Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearing, committee senior member U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) expressed his concerns with defense cuts and strategy under President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) proposed budget to top U.S. Navy officials.   Inhofe questioned Secretary of the Navy Raymond Mabus Jr. on increases to the enrollment fee of TRICARE, a health care program for our nation’s service... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement: Full Committee and Subcommittee hearing on Lessons from Fukushima One Year Later

March 15, 2012

Contact: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-2160               Opening Statement of Senator James M. Inhofe Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Full Committee and Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety joint hearing entitled, "Lessons from Fukushima One Year Later: NRC's Implementation of Recommendations... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: PASSAGE OF HIGHWAY BILL IN THE SENATE GREAT NEWS FOR OKLAHOMA

March 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), today applauded the passage of the Inhofe-Boxer highway bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP 21), which will create and maintain 45,000 jobs in Oklahoma and strengthen the state’s economy.    “I am pleased today that the Senate has passed an important bipartisan jobs bill that will have far-reaching benefits in... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: SENATE PASSES FARM TRUCK EXEMPTION MEASURE

March 13, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), today supported the Senate passage of Amendment No. 1814, a bi-partisan measure that exempts farm trucks from burdensome commercial vehicle regulations, offered by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.).  Inhofe and Merkley has been working on this legislation since March 2009.  Additionally, during this Congress, Inhofe, Reps. James Lankford (R-OK-5) and Dan... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SUPPORTS PROVISION TO INCREASE ENERGY PRODUCTION

March 13, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), today voted in favor of an amendment to the bi-partisan highway bill, S. 1813, offered by U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.). The Roberts amendment would aggressively address President Obama’s relentless war on fossil fuels by allowing increased domestic energy production.  It also approves the Keystone XL Pipeline and provides key tax cut extensions for... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Working to Move CNG Legislation Through Congress

March 13, 2012

Contact Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov 202-224-9797 Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov 202-224-2160  Inhofe Working to Move CNG Legislation Through Congress Time to Put Politically Motivated Amendments Aside and Focus on Legislation that Has a Real Opportunity Link to S.2174 Washington, D.C. - Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today voted against the Natural Gas Act amendment to the Boxer-Inhofe highway... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SUPPORTS EXTENSION OF SRS AND PILT PROGRAMS

March 8, 2012

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), today supported an amendment offered by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to extend the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) programs for an additional year. This amendment, which provides continued compensation to rural counties for local road improvements and schools, passed the U.S. Senate by a vote of 82-16. “Today, I am... Continue Reading »


INHOFE QUESTIONS PROPOSED ARMY CUTS AND INCREASES TO TRICARE

March 8, 2012

Link to Video     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today raised his concerns to Secretary of the Army John McHugh and U.S. Army General Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, about the reduction in funding for the U.S. Army under President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) proposed budget and the shift in the defense strategy of the nation.    Under a new strategy... Continue Reading »


Senate Democrats Reject Keystone Construction; Side with Obama Instead of Constituents

March 8, 2012

Contact: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-2160               Senate Democrats Reject Keystone Construction; Side with Obama Instead of Constituents Washington, D.C. - Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, said today that Senate Democrats sided with President Obama instead of... Continue Reading »


Democrats Reject Latest Bipartisan Attempt to Rein in Obama-EPA's Job-Killing Agenda

March 8, 2012

Contact: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-2160             Democrats Reject Latest Bipartisan Attempt to Rein in Obama-EPA's Job-Killing Agenda Washington, D.C. - Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, said today that despite their constant rhetoric that EPA needs to be reined in,... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: THIRD HERD CUTS DEVASTATING

March 6, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today reacted to news that the Air Force will eliminate the Tinker Air Force Base’s 3rd Combat Communications Group, also known as the Third Herd:  “While additional cuts from the Air Force were expected, completely doing away with the Third Herd at Tinker is extremely disappointing.  These devastating cuts are just another example of President... Continue Reading »


INHOFE TELLS ODOT BIPARTISAN HIGHWAY BILL MOVING FORWARD IN SENATE

March 5, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), welcomed the opportunity to speak to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) today to discuss the bi-partisan highway bill, S.1813 “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21), which is currently being considered in the United States Senate.     “I was pleased to attend the Oklahoma Department of... Continue Reading »


INHOFE ADDRESSES OKLAHOMA CITY CHAMBER ON AEROSPACE INDUSTRY

March 5, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today addressed the Oklahoma City Chamber on issues surrounding the state of the aerospace defense industry.  Inhofe was joined by Gen. Norton Schwartz, Chief of Staff of the Air Force; Maj. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, Commander of the OKC Air Logistics Center at Tinker AFB; and Gov. Mary Fallin. “This discussion could not have occurred at a more important time,” said... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Bill to Improve Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule

March 2, 2012

Contact: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-2160               Inhofe Introduces Bill to Improve Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule Link to Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2012 Washington, D.C. - Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today introduced the Lead... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PLEDGES SUPPORT, RESOURCES TO AFRICOM

March 2, 2012

Link to Video    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, during a Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearing, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) questioned U.S. Gen. Carter F. Ham, Commander of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), on the available force structure, current capabilities, and the ongoing operations in Africa to apprehend Joseph Kony and disarm the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).    “For over 20 years, Joseph Kony and his LRA have been responsible for... Continue Reading »


WATCH: Sec. Chu refuses to retract statement that the goal is to boost price of gas to levels in Europe

March 1, 2012

Contact: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-2160             Sec. Chu refuses to retract statement that the goal is to boost price of gas to levels in Europe Washington, D.C. - Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, said that Energy Secretary Steven Chu's testimony today before the House... Continue Reading »


INHOFE BACKS BLUNT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AMENDMENT

March 1, 2012

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading senate conservative, today voted in favor of the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act” amendment offered by U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).  The amendment and Blunt’s stand alone bill (S.1467) are designed to restore first amendment rights to religious organizations as it relates to the Obamacare regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would require employers to provide... Continue Reading »


INHOFE APPLAUDS RELEASE OF NGO WORKERS

March 1, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today recognized the interim Egyptian Military government for facilitating the release of the American NGO aid workers who had been prevented from leaving the country for weeks.  The Americans were part of a larger group of aid workers being charged by Egypt’s civilian authorities with using foreign aid... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Exposes Latest Obama-EPA Gas Tax Attempt

February 29, 2012

Contact: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-2160             Inhofe Exposes Latest Obama-EPA Gas Tax Attempt "As Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and a chief critic of the Obama-EPA's war on affordable energy, I demand that the agency fully explain its justification for this massive gas tax increase." Link to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: President Obama Punting on Greenhouse Gas Regulations to Save His Job

February 28, 2012

Contact: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-2160             Inhofe: President Obama Punting on Greenhouse Gas Regulations to Save His Job Washington, D.C. - Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today said that President Obama is putting off his Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)... Continue Reading »