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INHOFE OPPOSES OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S INTRUSION AGAINST RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

February 7, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading social conservative in the Senate, today backed a second measure aimed at keeping the Obama administration’s abuse of power against religious institutions in check.  In October 2011, Inhofe backed the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011 (S.1467).  Today, Inhofe lent his support to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012 (S.2043).   “Once again, President Obama’s words and actions... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRAISES PASSAGE OF FAA BILL

February 6, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and certified flight instructor with more than 10,000 flight hours, today praised final passage of the House-Senate Conference Report for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011 (H.R. 658).  After twenty-three extensions that at times furloughed FAA employees in Oklahoma and around the nation, this will be the first FAA reauthorization since 2003.... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: CONTROVERSIAL RECESS APPOINTMENTS ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL

February 6, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and 38 of his Republican colleagues recently signed a letter of intent to file an amicus brief challenging the constitutionality of President Obama’s Jan. 4 recess appointments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Lawsuits against the appointments have been filed by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, the National Right to Work Committee, and the National Federation of... Continue Reading »


EPA IG AND EPA CONFIRM NEED FOR INCREASED TRANSPARENCY IN PERMITTING PROCESS

February 3, 2012

Contact: Matt Dempsey (202) 224-9797 Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov Katie Brown (202) 224-2160 Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov   EPA IG AND EPA CONFIRM NEED FOR INCREASED TRANSPARENCY IN PERMITTING PROCESS  Link to EPA OIG Report Link to November OIG Report  Washington, DC - Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, welcomed a follow-up report released today from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)... Continue Reading »


INHOFE WELCOMES EDMOND NATIVE TO CAPITOL HILL

February 3, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) welcomed fellow Oklahoman Katie Schlotthauer to Washington, D.C. Schlotthauer, appointed by Inhofe, will serve as a Senate Page during the Spring 2012 semester. “I am delighted to have such a talented and hardworking individual working on Capitol Hill,” said Inhofe. “The Senate Page Program holds the highest prestigious honor as Members of Congress select only the brightest youth to serve. Katie’s... Continue Reading »


INHOFE REJECTS OBAMA'S TRANSITION STRATEGY FOR AFGHANISTAN

February 2, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today reacted to the Obama administration’s announcement on the changing roles of our nation’s troops in Afghanistan.  Yesterday, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the United States expected to end combat operations in 2013 in Afghanistan and transition to a train and advise role through 2014. “President Obama’s decision is purely... Continue Reading »


Nader Out of Inhofe-Markey Global Warming Debate

February 2, 2012

Contact: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-2160             Nader Out of Inhofe-Markey Global Warming Debate Link to Today's Letter from Senator Inhofe to Mr. Nader Link to February 1, 2012 Letter from Nader to Inhofe Link to December 16, 2011 Letter from Inhofe to Nader Link to Tulsa World: Nader out of efforts to arrange Inhofe global warming... Continue Reading »


Boxer and Inhofe Highlight Urgent Need for Action on Transportation Bill

February 2, 2012

Contact: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 (EPW/Inhofe) Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-2160 (EPW/Inhofe) Mary Kerr 202-224-8832 (EPW/Boxer) Boxer and Inhofe Highlight Urgent Need for Action on Transportation Bill  Senate bill is making rapid progress toward floor consideration Washington, DC - Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), Ranking Member of the... Continue Reading »


OKLAHOMA DELEGATION REACTS TO AMERICAN AIRLINES RESTRUCTURING

February 1, 2012

  WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation today reacted to the restructuring announcement by American Airlines, the nation’s third largest airline.  The company, one of the largest employers in the state with nearly 7,000 in Tulsa, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November of last year.  Under the bankruptcy protected reorganization, American is seeking to cut roughly 13,000 jobs company wide as it tries to reduce labor costs by 20... Continue Reading »


Congressional Republicans Continue Oversight of EPA's Flawed Scientific Process

January 31, 2012

Contact: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-2160             Congressional Republicans Continue Oversight of EPA's Flawed Scientific Process Link to Letter Washington, D.C. - As part of an ongoing bicameral oversight investigation, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, joined Senator David... Continue Reading »


VIDEO: Inhofe Welcomes Congressional Action on Highway Bill

January 31, 2012

Contact: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-2160     VIDEO: Inhofe Welcomes Congressional Action on Highway Bill  Washington, D.C. - Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today in a YouTube address welcomed congressional action on the highway bill and urged the passage of highway legislation as soon as possible. Full... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Keystone Bill Introduction

January 30, 2012

Contact: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-2160             Inhofe Applauds Keystone Bill Introduction   Washington D.C. - Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, applauded bipartisan legislation that approves the Keystone XL pipeline through Congress under Article 1, Section 8 of... Continue Reading »


Obama-EPA Moving Quietly to Impose Gas Tax

January 27, 2012

Contact: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-2160             Obama-EPA Moving Quietly to Impose Gas Tax Washington, D.C. - Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, commented on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plan to propose a Tier 3 rule on vehicles in March and finalize it in... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: MILITARY CUTS NEGATIVELY IMPACT NATION, STATE

January 26, 2012

WASHINGTON---U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today expressed his strong opposition to the proposed Obama Administration defense cuts.  Inhofe is adamantly opposed to another Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round. “The President continues to gut our military and national defense as an offset to pay for his liberal domestic agenda,” said Inhofe  “Cuts or increases in military spending should be based on... Continue Reading »


Obama-EPA Destroying More Jobs in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland

January 26, 2012

Contacts: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-2160             Obama-EPA Destroying More Jobs in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland Washington D.C. - Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, said that FirstEnergy's announcement today that it will shut down six power plants in Ohio, Pennsylvania,... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SAYS NO TO OBAMA DEBT LIMIT INCREASE

January 26, 2012

Link to Video    WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a scheduled procedural vote today in the Senate, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading fiscal conservative, voted in favor of H.J. Res. 98, a resolution of disapproval on the latest request from President Obama to increase the debt limit by $1.2 trillion. Passage of H.J. Res. 98 would have prevented the debt limit increase.  Under Senate Democrat control, this measure failed with a vote of 44-52.   “Our $15 trillion... Continue Reading »


Statement of Senator Inhofe on his opposition to the proposed debt limit increase

January 26, 2012

(as prepared for delivery)  Mr. President, it was just one month ago that I came down to the Senate floor to encourage my fellow colleagues to approve a strong balanced budget amendment to the Constitution that would have brought true and permanent fiscal stability to our nation.  Senate Democrats, however, were unwilling to support the amendment because they did not like the idea of making it harder to raise taxes and spend money.  This is not a unique theme here in... Continue Reading »


Oklahoman: Oklahoma faces uphill battle in preventing endangered species listing, Sen. Jim Inhofe says

January 26, 2012

Posted by Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov   In Case You Missed It...          Oklahoman Oklahoma faces uphill battle in preventing endangered species listing, Sen. Jim Inhofe says Oklahoma officials met in Washington this week with the head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director about keeping the lesser prairie chicken off the list of protected species. BY CHRIS CASTEEL January 26, 2012 Link to Article WASHINGTON - The head of... Continue Reading »


OKLAHOMANS MEET WITH FWS DIRECTOR ON PRAIRIE CHICKEN ESA LISTING

January 25, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, warned today that the Obama Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) seems poised to go through with a proposed listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Director Ashe said that Oklahoma faces an 'uphill battle' to avoid a listing but that there are still steps the state can take potentially to avoid it. Inhofe's concerns follow a... Continue Reading »


Oklahomans Meet With FWS Director on Prairie Chicken ESA Listing

January 25, 2012

Contact: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-2160         Oklahomans Meet With FWS Director on Prairie Chicken ESA Listing FWS Director Ashe Tells Oklahoma Leaders They Face 'Uphill Battle' to Avoid Listing Meeting Tuesday in Senator Inhofe's Office with Key Oklahoma Leaders and FWS Director Dan Ashe Discussing Listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken Washington, D.C. -... Continue Reading »