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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 »


Inhofe Questions Top Intelligence Officials on National Security Threats

March 10, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today pressed Dennis Blair, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and Lieutenant General Michael D. Maples, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), on the status of threats to our national security. While Sen. Inhofe received assurances from both Directors that steps are being taken to mitigate threats to our national security, he remains concerned about our ability to... Continue Reading »


Senator Inhofe Welcomes Defense Contract Awarded to Choctaw Manufacturing

March 9, 2009

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Senior Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed news that Choctaw Manufacturing Development Corporation (CMDC) is being awarded a $61 million contract to replace the U.S. Marine Corps’ fleet of Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV) trailers. The order calls for a total of 724 trailers, comprised of cargo, water and general purpose variants to be built over the next several years.  Officials at CMDC estimate that the contract... Continue Reading »


Senate Reverses Course on U.N. Global Taxes

March 5, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) amendment (S.Amdt. 613) to the omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 1105) was voted on today in the Senate and failed by a vote to 43-51. Senator Inhofe’s amendment sought to reinstitute a long-standing policy of preventing the United Nations from using any U.S. funds from appropriations bill to pursue global tax schemes.  This provision has appeared in every annual appropriations bill since 1996, and this year marks the... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CO-SPONSORS VETERANS LEGISLATION

March 5, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) a Senior Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is a co-sponsor of legislation that will go a long way in support of our nation’s veterans. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), is a long overdue bi-partisan fix to the unfair Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) offset. “I am proud to join Sen. Nelson and my colleagues in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation,” Senator Inhofe said.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Honors Women in the Military

March 5, 2009

Link to Pictures from the Event      WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and co-chair of the Senate Army Caucus, today spoke at the Army’s Women’s History Month seminar recognizing the contributions of women in the Armed Forces. The following are Senator Inhofe’s remarks as prepared for delivery: "It’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to make a few remarks at this... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Proposes Amendments to Omnibus Bill

March 4, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, spoke on several amendments he plans to offer to the omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 1105). Senator Inhofe’s amendment (S.Amdt. 613) seeks to reinstitute a long-standing policy of preventing the United Nations from using any U.S. funds from appropriations bill to pursue global tax schemes.  This provision has appeared in every annual appropriations bill since... Continue Reading »


Senator Inhofe Floor Speech on GITMO

March 4, 2009

Mr. President, on January 22nd, President Obama passed an Executive Order to close the detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, or GTMO, within one year.  On February 2nd, I led a my third Congressional visit to GTMO since 9/11 Since then, several other Members of Congress, as well as the United States Attorney General Eric Holder made similar visits to Guantanamo Bay to assess the status and quality of the detainee facility that houses some of the world’s most dangerous and active... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Floor Speech on U.N. Global Taxes Amendment

March 4, 2009

In 1996, the UN Secretary General announced that the UN was interested in pursuing a global tax scheme. In response, Congress passed, and President Clinton signed into law, a policy rider in the Foreign Ops and State Dept appropriations bill that would prevent the UN from using any US funds to pursue global tax schemes.   The provision has appeared in every annual appropriations bill since 1996, for 13 years. This year marks the first time an annual appropriations bill WILL NOT... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Warns ‘Durbin Doctrine’ is New ‘Fairness Doctrine’

March 4, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday evening, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) issued a warning on the Senate Floor about the dangers of Democrats’ latest attempt to stifle Free Speech through their efforts to promote diversity in communication media ownership and promote Broadcast Localism.  Though the Senate last week passed legislation (S.Amdt.573) that prohibits the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reinstituting the fairness doctrine, it also approved an amendment by... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Warns Early Iraq Withdrawal Could Lead to Unnecessary Risks

February 27, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a Senior Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today made the following statement about President Obama's announcement to end Iraq war operations on August 31, 2010. "President Obama's aggressive timetable for early withdrawal from Iraq seems arbitrary and unnecessary," Senator Inhofe said. "Every American is proud to see the tremendous progress made by our men and women in the Armed Forces as Iraq becomes a more stable... Continue Reading »


Obama Budget: Washington Spending Spree To Continue at the Expense of American Families

February 26, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement Thursday regarding President Obama’s proposed $3.9 trillion budget:   “The American people know what we should do when times get tough,” Senator Inhofe said. “We should prudently examine every dollar we spend, spend those dollars modestly, and make sure small businesses, which create 80% of the jobs in this country, are not overly burdened so they can create more jobs. President... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Welcomes Senate Passage of Amendment that will Prohibit Reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine

February 26, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) hailed passage of Senate Amendment 573, offered by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) to the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009, which will prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reinstituting the Fairness Doctrine. The DeMint amendment was similar to legislation Senator Inhofe introduced this Congress, S.62, the Broadcaster Freedom Act. The amendment passed 87-11.  “Today’s vote was the first... Continue Reading »


Debate Breaks out on Senate Floor Over Fairness Doctrine

February 26, 2009

Mr. President, today I rise in support of my colleague from South Carolina's amendment number 573. Over the past few weeks, the Fairness Doctrine has received considerable attention.  A couple of my colleagues as well as a former president have recently called for the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, with the idea that government must "bring accountability to the airwaves." This legislation is very similar to S. 62, the Broadcaster Freedom Act, which I introduced earlier... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Responds to Holder's Remarks on Gitmo

February 25, 2009

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a Senior Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement in response to remarks made by Attorney General Eric Holder following his recent visit to GITMO on Monday. The remarks today, as reported by the Associated Press, are the first since Holder's return.   "I am not at all surprised to hear the Attorney General return with a glowing report about conditions at Gitmo," Senator Inhofe... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT’S JOINT ADDRESS TO CONGRESS

February 24, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement in response to President Obama's Joint Address to Congress tonight: "There are three things that were in President Obama's address that should not have come as a huge surprise to me.     "First, President Obama committed to the largest annual tax increase in the history of America, through the implementation of a cap-and-trade system. The range of the tax increase that would be... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Discusses Economic Priorities with Tulsa Business Leaders

February 24, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) was pleased to meet with members of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce during their annual trip to Washington, D.C.  During a presentation to the Chamber, Sen. Inhofe outlined priorities for the economy in several key areas including economic development investments, transportation, defense, and energy, all of which he says will help restore economic confidence without placing a burden on the taxpayers.   Sen. Inhofe... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Comments on New Pentagon Report On Gitmo

February 20, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a Senior Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement in response to a New York Times article on a new Pentagon report on Gitmo to be released over the weekend. "From the looks of what is being reported today in the New York Times, a new Pentagon report on Gitmo states exactly what I have been saying all along," Senator Inhofe said. "From my visits to Gitmo since 9/11, I know that the... Continue Reading »