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Senators Re-Introduce the Life at Conception Act

January 29, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – In an attempt to protect the unborn by resolving the question of when life begins, U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe, (R-Okla.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Mel Martinez (R-Fla.), John Thune (R-S.D.), David Vitter (R-La.), and George Voinovich (R-Ohio), have re-introduced the Life at Conception Act, legislation that declares that life begins at conception and the unborn to be “persons”... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Alarmed About Low Levels of Infrastructure Funding in Stimulus Bills

January 29, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, commented today on the insufficient infrastructure funding in both the House and Senate Stimulus bills. Senator Inhofe also released a letter he sent last week with EPW Chairman Boxer and committee members Sen. Baucus and Sen. Voinovich to Senate Appropriators stressing the importance of robust infrastructure funding.     "Whenever I hear people talk... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Presses Gates on FCS and Military Priorities

January 27, 2009

Link to YouTube Video of Inhofe Questioning Gates WASHINGTON, D.C.  - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today pressed Defense Secretary Robert Gates at an Armed Services hearing for a commitment to the Army's modernization program, the Future Combat System (FCS), and other military and national security priorities. One component of FCS, the Non- Line of Sight Cannon (NLOS-C), is being integrated outside of Fort Sill in Elgin, OK.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Disappointed in President’s Reversal of Mexico City Policy on Taxpayer Funded Abortions

January 26, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement about President Obama’s reversal on Friday of the Mexico City Policy that opposes U.S. funding for international organizations that promote or perform abortions.   “Legalized abortion robs this nation of vast potential and it destroys some of our nation’s most cherished values: family, responsibility, and commitment,” Senator Inhofe said. “Our government has both a moral... Continue Reading »


Senator Inhofe Opposes Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary

January 26, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today expressed concern and intends to vote against President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner. The following are excerpts of Senator Inhofe’s Senate Floor speech.     “I do not believe Mr. Geithner has been entirely candid about his tax issues and he has been less than forthcoming about all the facts,” Senator Inhofe said.  “For example, Mr.... Continue Reading »


INHOFE-BOREN–FALLIN–COLE –SULLIVAN -LUCAS SAY NO TO TERRORISTS COMING TO OKLAHOMA

January 23, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a Senior Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.), a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), and Rep John Sullivan (R-Okla.) joined together today in an united front to express outrage at President Obama’s decision to shut down Guantanamo Bay, possibly leading to terrorists coming to... Continue Reading »


INHOFE/BOREN WELCOME EPA HUD COOPERATION ON TAR CREEK

January 23, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.), a Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, today welcomed developments within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Housing and Urban Development Administration (HUD) working to immediately address the concerns of Governor Henry and Senator Inhofe regarding news that children were moving back into the Tar Creek area. Senator... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Voices Support for Balanced Approach to Workplace Discrimination

January 22, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement expressing support for the Title VII Fairness Act (S.166), legislation that ensures greater fairness and balance in employee discrimination lawsuits, while voicing opposition to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act passed by a vote of 61 to 36.  “The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is the wrong approach to handling such an important issue as workplace... Continue Reading »


Welcome Bill Bennett Listeners!

January 22, 2009

Posted by Matt Dempsey matt_dempsey@inhofe.senate.gov Bill Bennett listeners - welcome to Senator Inhofe's website! Senator Inhofe was a guest this morning on Bill Bennett's Morning in America. Included below are links to speeches and articles mentioned by Senator Inhofe during this morning's interview. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Matt Dempsey at matt_dempsey@inhofe.senate.gov Keep up to date with Senator Inhofe's work in the Senate: Inhofe Weekly Round-up - Inhofe weekly... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Confirm Clinton as Secretary of State

January 21, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement after voting to confirm Sen. Hillary Clinton as the U.S. Secretary of State.  “Today in voting to confirm Senator Clinton as Secretary of State, I voted for someone who is well qualified and someone I know I can work with on a range of issues,” Senator Inhofe said. “To be certain, there are many areas where Senator Clinton and I disagree. However, I appreciate her recognition of... Continue Reading »


INHOFE/BOREN RE-INTRODUCE MARGINAL WELL PRODUCTION PRESERVATION AND ENHANCEMENT ACT

January 21, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today introduced with Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.), a Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, the Marginal Well Production Preservation and Enhancement Act.  This bipartisan and bicameral bill ensures that the nation’s policies recognize and reflect the economic importance of marginal well production. The average marginal well produces less than 2.2 barrels of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Beneficial Energy Legislation

January 21, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced two pieces of legislation important to America’s energy independence. Senator Inhofe re-introduced his legislation to repeal Section 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and was joined by Senator Coburn as a co-sponsor. Senator Inhofe also introduced legislation to accelerate the phase-in for the domestic manufacturing deduction and allow domestic oil and gas companies to take advantage of this... Continue Reading »


Inhofe/Boren/Coburn Introduce Important Tax Legislation for Oklahoma

January 21, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), joined by Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) in the Senate and Congressman Dan Boren (D-Okla.) in the House of Representatives, today introduced two pieces of tax legislation vital to Oklahoma’s economy.  Their first bill would eliminate the net income limitation on percentage depletion allowance for marginal wells.  Senator Inhofe, along with Senator Coburn, also introduced a second tax bill that would permanently extend... Continue Reading »


INHOFE VOTES AGAINST MASSIVE BAILOUT AGAIN

January 15, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today voted against releasing the second $350 billion of the $700 billion bailout. Senator Inhofe has led the effort to block access to the remaining $350 billion in bailout funds. Together with Senators Vitter, Bunning, DeMint, Barasso, and Sessions, Senator Inhofe has introduced the disapproval resolution, pursuant to Section 115 of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, passage of which would be a crucial step towards doing the right... Continue Reading »


Public Lands Vote Shows Business As Usual In Washington

January 15, 2009

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), issued the following statement after voting against S. 22, The Public Lands Bill. "As we begin the new Congress, it's apparent that its business as usual for the Democratic majority and the so-called change coming from to DC is only in words, not action," Senator Inhofe said. The Democratic leadership refused to allow debate or amendments from Republicans on this 1,300 page bill.  Let's hope that this kind of take it or leave... Continue Reading »


The Invisible Legacy of President George W. Bush

January 14, 2009

When President George W. Bush was inaugurated in 2001, he was already behind the power curve when it came to the war on terror. As the 9/11 Commission confirmed, the United States was not on a wartime footing with Al Qaeda even though they were at war with us.  While our country took its peace dividend, our enemies continued to train, plot, test us, and plan.  International terrorism took the forefront as Bin Laden began his war against freedom. Afghanistan was used as a training... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises President’s ‘Invisible Legacy’

January 14, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As President Bush prepares to make his final address to the nation as the President of the United States, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) took to the Senate Floor today to highlight some of President Bush’s ‘invisible legacy’, saying, “The bottom line is, because of President Bush there has not been another successful attack on this country since 9/11.”  Senator Inhofe underscored the President’s success at securing our nation... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Secures Commitment on Tar Creek With Obama Nominee for EPA

January 14, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today highlighted top priorities for Oklahoma during consideration of the nomination of Lisa Jackson to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Nancy Sutley for Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. Among the top issues Senator Inhofe underscored during the hearing were providing for our nation’s highway and waterway infrastructure, as... Continue Reading »


INHOFE ANGERED BY PRESIDENT’S DECISION TO SPEND SECOND $350 BILLION BAILOUT INSTALLMENT

January 12, 2009

Link to Jim's Journal Blog Post on Bailout  WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today took to the Senate Floor and expressed deep disappointment and anger over the President’s intention to request the second $350 billion installment of the $700 billion Wall Street bailout.  The following are excerpts of Senator Inhofe’s Floor Speech:  “It’s been reported that the administration is set to request the second $350 billion sometime... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Public Lands Bill

January 11, 2009

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), issued the following statement after voting against the motion to proceed to S. 22, The Public Lands Bill.   "As the new Congress gets underway, it is abundantly clear little has changed in Washington," Senator Inhofe said. "Despite promises to the contrary, the Democratic majority continues to push big spending bills and play partisan politics. Meanwhile, it is the American public who continues to pay the... Continue Reading »