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Inhofe Floor Remarks On Increasing America Energy Supply

July 24, 2008

Mr. President, I would like to draw the Senate's attention to an editorial in today's Wall Street Journal.  It says, "Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and other liberal leaders on Capitol Hill are gripped by a cold-sweat terror.  If they permit a vote on offshore drilling, they know they will lose..."  The editorial goes on to point to what the Democrats plan of action is for this problem - cut off debate.  We have been in session this week and held one vote.  We are... Continue Reading »


INHOFE DELIVERS SENATE FLOOR SPEECH ON THE NEED TO INCREASE AMERICAN ENERGY PRODUCTION

July 23, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC - Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, delivered a speech on the Senate Floor last night discussing America's energy policy. Through his leadership position on the EPW Committee, Senator Inhofe has been working with his colleagues to find ways to bring down rising energy costs by increasing American energy production. Last week, Senator Inhofe introduced the "Drive America on Natural Gas Act" as well as a... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Welcomes Senate Debate on Bringing Down Energy Prices

July 22, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC - Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today voted in favor of the motion to proceed to S. 3268, the Energy Speculation Bill, with the understanding that Senators will be allowed to offer and debate amendments to the bill. Through his leadership position on the EPW Committee, Senator Inhofe has been working with his colleagues to find ways to bring down rising energy costs. Last week, Senator Inhofe introduced the "Drive... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Discusses Issues Important to Oklahoma Air Force Installations

July 22, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today welcomed the opportunity to discuss issues important to America’s national security and the State of Oklahoma during a hearing on the nominations of future Air Force leadership. Michael Donley, nominated to be Secretary of the Air Force, General Norton Schwartz, nominated to be Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and General Duncan McNabb, nominated to be commander of U.S.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Drive America on Natural Gas Act

July 17, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC - Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today introduced the Drive America on Natural Gas Act to promote the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vehicles.  Inhofe also introduced the American Affordable Fuels Act to relieve pain at the pump.  "As Americans continue to suffer from high gas prices, we need to take advantage of our abundant domestic supply of natural gas for use as a... Continue Reading »


Federal Assistance Coming to Farmers and Ranchers Suffering from Drought in NW Oklahoma

July 17, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla) today welcomed Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer’s announcement of an agricultural disaster designation for Cimarron, Texas, Beaver, Harper, Woodward, Ellis, Roger Mills, Dewey and Woods counties in Northwestern Oklahoma.  Senator Inhofe, Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer in support of an agriculture disaster designation on July 3,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Coburn, Lucas Blast Environmental Groups For Blocking Critical Oklahoma Drought Assistance

July 16, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, together with Senator Tom Coburn and Congressman Frank Lucas expressed outrage today over a temporary restraining order granted by Judge John Coughenour of the Western District of Washington Federal Court in Seattle on Tuesday July 8th, 2008, at the request of National Wildlife Federation and seven state affiliates. The decision blocked the release of some... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Common Sense Legislation to Help Oklahoma Farmers

July 16, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced common sense legislation to address a problem faced by a number of farmers in Oklahoma and around the country when they drive their goods across state lines. Currently, just by driving between two states that do not have a reciprocity agreement for farm truck weights, like Oklahoma and Kansas, these farmers are exceeding an unnecessarily low federal weight definition for commercial motor vehicles and are being ticketed... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on PEPFAR Legislation

July 16, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement after voting against passage of the “Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008,” (PEPFAR) legislation.    “The PEPFAR program, which initially sent $20 Billion to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa, has been vastly successful,” Senator Inhofe said. ... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Common Sense Legislation to Help Oklahoma Farmers

July 16, 2008

Read the Press Release Today, I introduce a bill that addresses a problem faced by a number of farmers in my state of Oklahoma and around the country when they drive their goods across state lines. Even though these farmers' trucks are within the weight limits set by their home states and the states to which they are traveling, they are triggering an arbitrary federal weight regulation when they cross state lines in their farm vehicles. As a result, they are being ticketed and generally... Continue Reading »


SENATE VOTES TO OVERRIDE BUSH VETO ON MEDICARE

July 15, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today commented on the Senate vote to override President Bush's veto of the Medicare bill. Since 2002, Congress has acted annually to prevent reimbursement cuts, ensuring that physicians continue to get reimbursement for treating Medicare patients.  Each time, Senator Inhofe has voted to prevent cuts to physician reimbursements. Further, as a member of the Senate Rural Health Caucus, Senator Inhofe has long worked to ensure Oklahomans and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises OG&E Announcement on Increasing Wind Energy Production

July 15, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the announcement by Oklahoma-based power company OG&E Energy Corp. of its plans to form a joint venture, Horizon Transmission LLC, which will build high voltage transmission lines for the expansion of wind-generated energy in western Oklahoma.   “OG&E is an industry leader in harnessing the enormous potential of wind energy and I applaud their innovative efforts to continue expanding America’s... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Bill to Reauthorize the Economic Development Administration

July 15, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC – Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today introduced a bill to reauthorize the Economic Development Administration (EDA). EDA works with partners in local communities to create wealth and minimize poverty by promoting favorable business environments to attract private investment and encourage long-term economic growth. Senator Inhofe’s bill includes many of the program administration improvements proposed by the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Co-Sponsors Resolution Rejecting Zimbabwe’s Manipulated Election Results

July 15, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today praised Senate passage of a bipartisan resolution (S.Res.611) condemning the election process by which the authoritarian and corrupt leader of Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe, retained power. Senator Inhofe, a strong proponent of promoting peace and stability in Africa and co-sponsor of the resolution, previously addressed the political crisis in Zimbabwe in a June 26, 2008... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Bush for Lifting Executive Order on Offshore Resources

July 14, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC - Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today praised President Bush for lifting the executive ban on offshore drilling. "President Bush is to be commended for taking a critical step to ensure increased domestic energy supply for America," Senator Inhofe said. "Democrats in Congress must stop blocking America's access to the resources on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). With gas prices continuing to skyrocket,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on the Passing of Tony Snow

July 14, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today made the following statement on the passing of former Tony Snow, former White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush. "I was deeply saddened to hear of Tony Snow's death this weekend after a tough battle with cancer. Tony was at the forefront of conservative politics and was one of its greatest messengers; his work in the White House epitomized that of a public servant. I have had the good fortune to work with... Continue Reading »


Highway Trust Fund Fix Approved by Appropriations Committee

July 10, 2008

Also See Senator Inhofe's June 18, 2008 Op/Ed in Oklahoma’s The Journal Record - See: A fix for the highway bill is a top priority WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, applauded the Senate Appropriations Committee for voting to restore the $8 billion to the Highway Trust Fund ("HTF") that was lost in 1998. The highway fix has been a top priority for Senator Inhofe who recently joined Senator... Continue Reading »


INHOFE ANNOUNCES HUD DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR OKLAHOMA

July 10, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) is pleased to announce today that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will speed federal disaster assistance to 24 Oklahoma counties affected by recent severe weather. The assistance, which becomes eligible following a presidential disaster declaration, provides housing support to families forced from their homes as a result of the severe weather.   “The impact of severe weather has been truly devastating... Continue Reading »


EPW Hearing Focuses on Challenges, Opportunities of the Renewable Fuels Standard

July 10, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today welcomed the opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities in developing a reasonable Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The Environment and Public Works Committee has exclusive jurisdiction over transportation fuels, including renewable fuels.  As Chairman of the EPW Committee, Senator Inhofe co-authored the Reliable Fuels Act, which was ultimately... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRAISES SENATE CONFIRMATION OF PETRAEUS AND ODIERNO

July 10, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today praised the overwhelming votes confirming the nominations of General David Petraeus to become Commander of United States Central Command, and Lieutenant General Ray Odierno, who will replace General Petraeus as Commander of Multi-National Force – Iraq.    “I am pleased with today’s overwhelming Senate vote affirming the confirmations of General... Continue Reading »