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Democrats' Gas Tax Out of Step With American Consumers-and the Facts

May 13, 2011

Contacts: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 David Lungren David_Lungren@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-5642 Democrats' Gas Tax Out of Step With American Consumers - and the Facts Bill Eliminates Percentage Depletion, Which the Big Five Don't Have Washington, D.C.-Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, released the following statement concerning a major flaw in the Democrats' legislation to increase gas taxes on... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Hearing Statement: Federal Efforts to Protect Public Health by Reducing Diesel Emissions

May 12, 2011

Contacts: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 David Lungren David_Lungren@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-5642   Opening Statement of Senator James M. Inhofe Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety hearing entitled, "Federal Efforts to Protect Public Health by Reducing Diesel Emissions." Thursday, May 12, 2011 2:30 pm Senator Carper, thank you for holding this hearing. Today's hearing... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CALLS OBAMA SPEECH ON IMMIGRATION NOTHING MORE THAN POLITICS

May 10, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senator against amnesty for illegal immigrants, today reacted to President Obama’s El Paso speech on immigration.    “Every American should know that President Obama’s speech on immigration today was nothing more than pure politics,” said Inhofe.  “If Obama was really serious about pushing his amnesty agenda, he would have done so in his first two years of office, when he enjoyed... Continue Reading »


A Real Gas Price Solution: Produce More American Energy, Overturn Obama EPAs Cap-and-Trade Agenda

May 10, 2011

Contacts: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 David Lungren David_Lungren@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-5642 A Real Gas Price Solution: Produce More American Energy, Overturn Obama EPA's Cap-and-Trade Agenda Passing Upton-Inhofe Will Unleash More Energy, Help Lower Gas Prices   Inhofe Floor Speech: Best Solution to High Gas Prices is Developing and Producing More American Energy Washington, D.C.-Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member on the Senate... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, COBURN, LUCAS REQUEST DETAILS FROM AIR FORCE ON FLIGHT TRAINING DECISION

May 10, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK-3) today pressed the U.S. Air Force for further details following their announcement of a preferred consolidation of the Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals’ (IFF) training units that would eliminate IFF at Vance Air Force Base (AFB) in Enid, Okla. and Laughlin AFB in Laughlin, Tex. In a letter to Michael Donley, Secretary of the U.S. Air... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: U.S. MUST ENCOURAGE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

May 9, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Citing a need to establish religious rights and freedoms in the Arab world, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), today, through a Dear Colleague letter, called on his colleagues in the U.S. Senate to support S. Res. 150, a resolution he introduced on April 14, 2011 that seeks to protect religious freedoms and rights, and advocates the repeal of existing blasphemy laws. “We must advocate for and protect freedom... Continue Reading »


INHOFE HONORS WORLD WAR II VETERANS AT MEMORIAL

May 4, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a U.S. Army veteran and senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today hosted World War II veterans from Oklahoma at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. OK State Rep. Gary Banz led 100 veterans and their families to the nation’s capital today on the Oklahoma Honor Flight. This is the third Oklahoma Honor Flight, which enables World War II veterans from across the nation to see the memorial. “It... Continue Reading »


INHOFE OPPOSES JUDICIAL NOMINATION OF JOHN J. MCCONNELL

May 4, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senate conservative, today made the following statement after opposing the nomination of John J. McConnell, of Rhode Island, to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island. His nomination was approved by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 63-33: “The nomination of John McConnell as United States District Judge for Rhode Island is irresponsible and reckless. As a lawyer, he embraced a theory of jurisprudence... Continue Reading »


INHOFE ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO APPLY FOR FOUR STAR DEBATE PROGRAM WITH GEN. TOMMY FRANKS

May 3, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today encouraged students from across the nation, interested in learning from today’s top policy experts, to apply for the Four Star Debate program at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) in Oklahoma City from July 10-15. Inhofe was the guest speaker at last year’s event and is a supporter of the leadership experience the program provides.   This year’s program will challenge students with the topic of whether the 50... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: WE REJOICE THAT THIS MONSTER IS DEAD, BUT WE MUST REMAIN VIGILANT

May 1, 2011

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Service Committee (SASC) and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFR), tonight reacted to the news that Al Qaeda head, Osama bin Laden, was killed by U.S. forces.  “For almost ten years, our men and women in uniform have faced hardships in the effort to capture or kill Osama bin Laden for of his role in the 9/11 attacks,” said Inhofe.  “I congratulate... Continue Reading »


EPA WATER PERMITTING GUIDANCE WIDELY EXTENDS FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY OVER WATER BODIES

April 27, 2011

Contacts: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 David Lungren David_Lungren@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-5642 EPA WATER PERMITTING GUIDANCE WIDELY EXTENDS FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY OVER WATER BODIES Inhofe Says Senate Vote Is Needed   Washington, D.C.—Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, issued the following statement in response to EPA’s release of permitting guidance covering jurisdictional... Continue Reading »


President Obama Creates Subsidy Distraction, Avoids Central Issue: Increasing American Energy Production

April 26, 2011

Contacts: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 David Lungren David_Lungren@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-5642 President Obama Creates Subsidy Distraction, Avoids Central Issue: Increasing American Energy Production Washington, D.C. - Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today responded to President Obama's letter to Congress asking for oil and gas tax increases. "With his letter to Congress today, President... Continue Reading »


Senators Say EPA Continues to Botch Lead-Based Paint Rule

April 18, 2011

Contacts: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 David Lungren David_Lungren@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-5642 Senators Say EPA Continues to Botch Lead-Based Paint Rule  Inhofe Wants Oversight Hearings to Ensure Public Health Goals Are Achieved   Link to Letter on Clearance Testing   Link to Letter on Commercial and Public Buildings   Link to Inhofe EPW Webpage on Lead Based Paint Rule Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, BOREN TO WORK FOR TORNADO DAMAGED AREA

April 15, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK-02) today pledged their assistance to the people of Atoka County, especially the town of Tushka, as they recover and rebuild from yesterday’s deadly tornado.  “Today, I will be assessing the damage left behind by yesterday’s tornado,” said Inhofe.  “Tornado season is always difficult, especially when there is a loss of life.  Our prayers are with those who have... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: CUTS ARE TOO SMALL

April 14, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted against the continuing resolution that funds the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 (FY11).  The measure passed the Senate by a vote of 81-19.  “Supporters of this bill tout the $38 billion in cuts as something to be excited about,” said Inhofe.  “But these cuts are clearly insufficient when you consider that our annual deficit is $1.65 trillion.  We are running a deficit of... Continue Reading »


Bill to Reduce Largest Environmental Paperwork Burden Passes Committee, Moves to Senate Floor

April 14, 2011

Contacts: Inhofe: Matt Dempsey (202) 224-9797 Thune: Kyle Downey (202) 228-5939 Cardin: Susan Sullam (202) 224-4524 Klobuchar: Joel Gross (202) 228-6317 Lautenberg: Caley Gray (202) 224-3224 Bill to Reduce Largest Environmental Paperwork Burden Passes Committee, Moves to Senate Floor WASHINGTON, D.C.— A bill to modernize the way the federal government and states track the shipment of hazardous waste, the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act (S.710), introduced by... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Welcomes Local Hearings on EPA's Rejection of Oklahoma Haze Plan

April 14, 2011

Contacts: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 David Lungren David_Lungren@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-5642 Inhofe Welcomes Local Hearings on EPA's Rejection of Oklahoma Haze Plan Proposes Legislative Fix, Will Consider Input Gathered from Hearings  Link to Discussion Draft   Washington, D.C.-Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today released draft legislation to address concerns raised by Oklahomans... Continue Reading »


INHOFE HOSTS 49th ANNUAL ALTUS QUAIL BREAKFAST

April 14, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today welcomed the men and women who serve at Altus Air Force Base and the surrounding community that support them at the 49th Annual Altus Quail Breakfast. Inhofe served as the host of today’s event that featured keynote speakers U.S. Gen. Norton Schwartz, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, and Erin Conaton, Under Secretary of the U.S. Air Force. “Once again,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Hearing Statement: Issues for Surface Transportation Authorization

April 14, 2011

Contacts: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 David Lungren David_Lungren@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-5642 Opening Statement of Senator James M. Inhofe Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Full Committee hearing entitled, "Issues for Surface Transportation Authorization."  Thursday, April 14, 2011 10:00 am   Link to Testimony from Gary Ridley, Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation    Watch:... Continue Reading »


EPW HEARING HIGHLIGHTS PROBLEMS WITH CORN ETHANOL MANDATE

April 13, 2011

Click Here To See More Pictures of Ethanol-Free Signs from Oklahoma Mentioned by Inhofe at Hearing   Watch: Inhofe Hearing Statement: Consumers Deserve Ethanol-Free Gasoline Choice at the Pump Watch: Inhofe Discusses Need for Ethanol-Free Gasoline At Senate Hearing Washington, D.C.-Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, welcomed today's EPW Committee hearing on federal ethanol policy, which was held at his... Continue Reading »