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INHOFE HONORED WITH TAXPAYERS’ FRIEND AWARD

April 9, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. –   U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) received the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” from the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) for his continued efforts to protect and support the taxpayers of Oklahoma and the nation. At a time when Congress’s fiscal ratings dropped close to an all-time low, Sen. Inhofe was one of only 52 members in both the House and the Senate to receive the NTU’s "Taxpayers’ Friend Award” this... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT ON TESTIMONY OF GEN. PETRAEUS AND AMB. CROCKER

April 8, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today made the following statement about the testimony before the committee by General David Petraeus and Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker.   “I have been to Iraq nine times in the past five years, so I can say with some authority that the past year has seen significant improvement, both in the security and political situation,” Senator Inhofe said. “I... Continue Reading »


INHOFE MEETS WITH VETS FOR FREEDOM

April 8, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today participated in a press conference hosted by Vets for Freedom alongside Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and over 400 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  Inhofe also met with several Oklahoma veterans of the Global War on Terror.  The following are excerpts from Senator Inhofe’s speech as prepared for delivery:   “Veterans throughout the history of... Continue Reading »


INHOFE BILL TO REPEAL DAMAGING ENERGY PROVISION

April 7, 2008

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 legislation repealing section 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) signed into law in December 2007.  Section 526 prohibits federal agencies from contracting for nonconventional, or alternative, fuels that emit higher levels of greenhouse gas emissions than... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT ON FISCAL TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS

April 3, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement about the recommendations made by the Republican Fiscal Reform Working Group:   “The recommendations presented today by the Republican Fiscal Reform Working Group are reasonable proposals that I think most Members of Congress can agree will help bring about reform to a broken earmark system,” Senator Inhofe said. “In my years as an elected representative for the State of Oklahoma,... Continue Reading »


INHOFE DESIGNATES ‘NATIONAL CUSHING’S SYNDROME AWARENESS DAY’

April 3, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today announced the designation of April 8, 2008 as “National Cushing’s Syndrome Awareness Day.”  Inhofe’s resolution (S. Res. 498) creating the designation passed the Senate last night by unanimous consent.  Inhofe introduced this resolution to broaden public awareness and show his continued support for those suffering from this disease.   “Cushing’s syndrome often goes undiagnosed or... Continue Reading »


INHOFE MEETS WITH ALTUS MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN

April 2, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today met with Dr. Joe Leverett, recently appointed Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee for the city of Altus, and discussed issues affecting Altus Air Force Base and the surrounding community, including the acquisition of the KC-45A tanker training mission, the potential basing of an Aeromedical Formal Training Unit, possible construction of a Digital Airport Surveillance Radar building acquisition, and the proposed Sooner... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT ON AFRICOM LEGISLATION

April 2, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement about his legislation (S.Res.480) recognizing the strategic importance of the African continent and welcoming the establishment of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). Senator Inhofe returned on Monday from a weeklong trip through Africa (including visits in Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Zambia, Tanzania and Ethiopia) and Iraq, and met with Vice Admiral Robert Moeller, Deputy Commander for Military... Continue Reading »


INHOFE DISCUSSES AG ISSUES WITH OKLAHOMA FARMERS

April 2, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today spoke to the Oklahoma Farm Bureau about the current status of the Farm Bill and other issues of the day during their annual visit to Washington, D.C.   “Oklahoma’s agricultural community represents one of the most important sectors of our state’s livelihood. I had the opportunity today to discuss a variety of issues of importance to our Oklahoma agricultural community with the Oklahoma Farm... Continue Reading »


INHOFE MEETS WITH ARMY OFFICERS

April 1, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today met with General David McKiernan, nominated to be Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (ISAF) and Lieutenant General Ray Odierno, nominated to serve as Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, and discussed their upcoming confirmation hearing.   “Gen. McKiernan and Lt. Gen. Odierno are the finest that the Army has to offer, and I... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT ON IRAQ AND AFRICA TRIP

April 1, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, returned yesterday from Iraq where he met with Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin, Commander of Multi-National Corps - Iraq to be briefed on the current state of the War in Iraq, as well as Maj. Gen. Douglas Stone, Deputy Commander for Detainee Operations, to learn of improvements to the detainee system in Iraq. Sen. Inhofe, accompanied by Maj. Gen. Harry M. "Bud" Wyatt III, Adjutant... Continue Reading »


INHOFE HONORS TROOPS ON 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF WAR IN IRAQ

March 19, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement honoring our nation’s men and women in uniform on the 5th anniversary of the War in Iraq: “It is impossible to fully understand the sacrifice our troops overseas and their families here at home make on a daily basis as they fight to defend America’s freedom. All too often, their service and the service of all our veterans is overshadowed by partisan bickering and political... Continue Reading »


INHOFE COMMENTS ON BUDGET RESOLUTION

March 13, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statements regarding the Senate Budget Resolution (S.Con.Res.70):   “As our economy goes through a period of uncertainty, the family budget is becoming increasingly strained,” Inhofe said. “Prices for everyday goods are going up, food costs are sky rocketing, heating and electricity prices are rising, and the price of gas is breaking all-time records. The response to this should not be to add to that... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT ON EPA’S REVISED OZONE STANDARD

March 12, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment & Public Works Committee, today commented on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) revision of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone to .075 ppm.     “Today’s announcement by EPA will have a severe economic impact on Oklahoma and the nation for too little environmental gain” Senator Inhofe said. “Despite the fact that air pollution... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT ON PURCHASE OF GM PLANT

March 11, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement regarding today’s announcement by Oklahoma County about their plans to purchase the GM plant in Oklahoma City to be leased and used by Tinker Air Force Base.   “I welcome the announcement by Oklahoma County about the purchase of the GM plant in Oklahoma City for use by Tinker Air Force Base,” Inhofe said. “This proposal is an example of the close relationship between the community... Continue Reading »


INHOFE INTRODUCES HOSPICE LEGISLATION

March 6, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced the Preserving Access to Hospice (PATH) Act (S.2727), legislation to ensure America's terminally ill seniors have access to hospice care.  The bill provides relief for hospice providers impacted by the Medicare hospice cap by placing a moratorium on the collection and calculation of hospice cap overpayments for fiscal years 2006, 2007 and 2008. This gives Congress, Medicare, and hospice providers the necessary time... Continue Reading »


SENATE REPUBLICANS INTRODUCE PACKAGE OF IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT BILLS

March 5, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of last year’s failed immigration reform efforts, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and eleven other Republican Senators today introduced 15 specific enforcement bills, each designed to make important improvements to America’s immigration system.  Each bill in the package represents a specific step toward securing America’s borders, increasing enforcement at the workplace, or restoring law and order to our nation’s immigration... Continue Reading »


SENATORS FORM BORDER SECURITY AND ENFORCEMENT FIRST CAUCUS

March 5, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), David Vitter (R- Louisiana), Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), Elizabeth Dole (R-North Carolina), Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia), Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia), Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) and Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) announced the formation of the Border Security and Enforcement First Caucus. The U.S. illegal immigrant population is the highest it has ever been. One in 25 residents currently living in... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT ON KC-45A ANNOUNCEMENT

February 29, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after today’s announcement by the U.S. Air Force awarding the KC-X (now the KC-45A) tanker contract to Northrop Grumman.   “I welcome the announcement of the KC-45A contract award by the U.S. Air Force today, beginning the long-awaited process of replacing the KC-135 tanker.  By the time the KC-135 is completely replaced, the aircraft will be 80 years old.     “Altus and... Continue Reading »


INHOFE INTRODUCES BILL HONORING INDIAN CODE TALKERS OF WWI & WWII

February 29, 2008

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced legislation to award Congressional Commemorative Medals to the Code Talkers of the Choctaw, Comanche, and other tribes in recognition of their service during World Wars I and II. Senator Inhofe has worked to honor these heroes since first introducing the ‘Code Talkers Recognition Act’ in 2002.     “Code Talkers from these tribes are true American heroes whose accomplishments have for too long been... Continue Reading »