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Inhofe Amendments to Budget Offer Fiscally Responsible, Common-Sense Solutions

March 31, 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, today introduced four amendments to the budget resolution.    As the Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Inhofe has worked to highlight the importance in increasing domestic energy exploration and production. He introduced an amendment (S.Amdt.743) today to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Vows to Fight for FCS and NLOS-C

March 31, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced his continued commitment to fighting for the Future Combat System (FCS) Army Modernization. Recent media reports have indicated that President Obama’s sole budget cuts will be to the defense budget, particularly targeting FCS and its components, including the Non-Line of Sight Cannon (NLOS-C).   “With the Department of Defense getting closer to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Reaction to Obama Afghanistan Plan

March 27, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a Senior Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement regarding the President’s announcement this morning on his proposal on Afghanistan.   “I am pleased that President Obama listened to General McKiernan and commanders on the ground and I support the President’s plan to deploy an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan to continue to prosecute the War on Terror in... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Fights To Keep Military Strong

March 26, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a Senior Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke out on the need to modernize our military and voiced his opposition to major cuts to the defense budget.  Senator Inhofe attended two Senate committee hearings today, one with recently nominated Department of Defense (DoD) leaders and the other with military and land warfare policy advisors.  Senator Inhofe made the case for moving forward with the Future... Continue Reading »


Sen. Inhofe and Colleagues Advocate for Robust Defense Budget

March 25, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today joined Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) and other Senate colleagues to send a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates expressing serious concerns about the administration’s defense budget for fiscal year 2010 and beyond, which appears to considerably reduce overall defense spending.  The administration’s plan could potentially require the cancellation or delay... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Legislation to Halt Unspent AIG Money

March 24, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today spoke on the Senate Floor to introduce legislation (S.630) that would freeze that the remaining $30 billion of the initial $150 billion of taxpayer dollar steered to AIG by Congress and the Administration.    “Today, I am introducing legislation that will address the root of the problem, the $180 billion we’ve already given to AIG,” Senator Inhofe said. “It’s my understanding that the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Presses for Ballistic Missile Defense at Armed Services Hearing

March 24, 2009

    WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today highlighted the importance of missile defense during an Armed Services Hearing on the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) and U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM).  Senator Inhofe met with General John Craddock, Commander, U.S. European Command, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization Supreme Allied Commander Europe, on Monday in his Washington,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Legislation to Halt Unspent AIG Money

March 24, 2009

Last week Congress was consumed in expressing its justified outrage over the bonuses for AIG executives. The House passed a bill that would tax those bonuses at 90% to get the money back. The Senate may consider something similar this week, and I think it's the Senate's job to proceed carefully as we do so. Though I think all of us would support taking back the bonus payments, we need to give due consideration to the means by which we do this.  The Constitutionality of the House's version... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Calls on Senate to Vote on Allowing Gitmo Detainees to be released on American Soil

March 19, 2009

Read More: Inhofe on Gitmo  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a Senior Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, responded to remarks by Attorney General Eric Holder who said that detainees from Gitmo could be released into the United States. In February, Senator Inhofe introduced legislation (S.370) to prevent the detainees at Guantanamo from being relocated anywhere on American soil.   “Releasing detainees into the United States is the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Exposes Cap and Tax Scheme in Obama Budget

March 18, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, went to the Senate Floor this morning to expose the cap and trade tax scheme included in President Obama's budget. The following are excerpts of his Senate Floor speech: Over the next few weeks we will be debating the merits of an issue that I have spent nearly 10 years debating as a rank and file, former Chairman and now Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Exposes Cap and Tax Scheme in Obama Budget

March 18, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, went to the Senate Floor this morning to expose the cap and trade tax scheme included in President Obama’s budget.  The following are excerpts of his Senate Floor speech:   “The Administration’s decision to include cap and trade—and the revenues generated by it—in the budget forces my colleagues here in the Senate to no... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Vows to Fight for Continued Benefits for Veterans

March 18, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), responding to recent media reports, expressed his strong opposition to the Obama Administration’s consideration of a plan to make veterans pay for the treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance.    “Any consideration of making veterans use private insurance to pay for treatment of combat and service-related injuries is unconscionable,” Senator Inhofe said.  “It is a... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Blame Washington For AIG Bonuses

March 17, 2009

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today went to the Senate Floor to express his deep anger over the AIG bonuses being given out after the company received $180 billion in taxpayer dollars in the bailouts and place the blame where it belongs: on the 74 Senators who voted in favor of passing the $700 billion bailout last October. The following are excerpts of his speech:   “Should we be mad at the executives who are involved in... Continue Reading »


‘Consensus' Continues Freefall - Why Americans Are Growing More Skeptical

March 12, 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 on the latest global warming poll data and the continuing inconvenient science developments refuting man-made climate fears. See: Inhofe: ‘Consensus' Continues Freefall: Science and Scientists Challenge Man-Made Global Warming Fears & Inhofe Speech: "Gallup Poll: Record-High 41% of Americans Now Say Global Warming is... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Speech: 'Consensus' Continues Freefall: Science and Scientists Challenge Man-Made Global Warming Fears

March 12, 2009

Read more at www.epw.senate.gov     Climate realism continues to be on the march.   I will now report to you about the skeptical Heartland Institute’s International Conference on Climate Change in New York City this week.   As the most outspoken critic of man-made global warming alarmism in the United States Senate, I am pleased to see the world’s largest-ever gathering of global warming skeptics assemble in New York City to confront the issue,... Continue Reading »


Gallup Poll: Record-High 41% of Americans Now Say Global Warming is Exaggerated

March 12, 2009

I come to the floor today with breaking news in the man-made global warming debate: A new Gallup Poll has just been released. A "record-high 41% of Americans now say [global warming] is exaggerated!" This is the "highest level of public skepticism about mainstream reporting" in more than a decade, according to the March 11, 2009, Gallup survey.   You should never underestimate the intelligence of the American people. Sadly, that is exactly what the promoters of... Continue Reading »


Sen. Inhofe Votes Against Justice Department Nominees

March 12, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted against the nominations of David Ogden to be United States Deputy Attorney General and Thomas Perrelli to serve as Associate Attorney General.  Senator Inhofe expressed deep concerns with these Justice Department nominees, noting their strong support on issues ranging from taxpayer-funded abortions, to euthanasia, and representation of the pornography industry.  “President Obama’s nominee for the number... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Announces Opposition to Justice Department Nominees

March 11, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today expressed his strong opposition to the nomination of David Ogden to be United States Deputy Attorney General. In a speech on the Senate Floor, Sen. Inhofe outlined his opposition, noting that David Ogden has repeatedly represented the pornography industry and its interests, and supports using taxpayer money to fund abortions. The following are excerpts of Sen. Inhofe’s speech as prepared for delivery:  “Last year,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes Against Massive Omnibus Bill

March 10, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted against the $410 billion Omnibus Appropriations for FY09. The Senate voted 62 to 35 in favor of the bill, which will now go to the President for his signature.    “Once again, the Democratic Majority put forward a massive billion dollar spending bill and once again, I am proud to vote no and stand up for Oklahoman and American taxpayers,” Senator Inhofe said. “Each and every time, whether a... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Warns Broadcaster Licenses Could Be Revoked Under “Durbin Doctrine”

March 10, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), speaking on the Senate Floor against liberal attempts to regulate speech, warned that a new stealth attempt by Democrats could result in radio licenses being revoked.   “Enforcement procedures for breaches of localism and diversity promotion regulations as written in the ‘Durbin Doctrine’ could very well lead to licenses being revoked by the FCC,” Senator Inhofe said today on the Senate Floor. “The... Continue Reading »