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November 17, 2006

      WASHINGTON, D.C. – In his latest effort to curtail careless federal spending, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced two bills intended to reduce the spending of tax dollars in Washington.  Inhofe’s “Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2006” (S.4062) proposes to ‘cap’ all federal discretionary, non-defense and non-trust fund spending at current year levels. Though Inhofe pushed this same initiative twice before in the form of... Continue Reading »


November 16, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today called on his colleagues to pass S.65 before Congress adjourns for the year. The legislation seeks to increase the mandatory retirement age for commercial airline pilots from age 60 to 65. “We must protect our most experienced pilots who are in danger of losing their jobs due to the current mandatory retirement age of 60,” Inhofe said. “Due to thorough physical and mental evaluations in place for all pilots, we... Continue Reading »


November 2, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today released the following statement having returned from an overseas trip to Afghanistan earlier this week. General Jim Jones, Supreme Allied Commander Europe who commands all NATO forces, hosted Senator Inhofe on this trip. Karen Tandy, Administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, also accompanied Inhofe. While in Afghanistan Inhofe met with U.S. and NATO soldiers at three Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs), Afghan President... Continue Reading »


October 31, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, (R-Okla.) today made the following statement: “The only thing more disgusting than Senator Kerry hurling insults at American troops yesterday is his unwillingness to take responsibility for those comments this afternoon. It is hyper-hypocritical of Sen. Kerry to accuse anyone of playing politics after a ‘performance’ like his today. The fact is Sen. Kerry owes American soldiers and their families an apology and his scoffing at... Continue Reading »


October 29, 2006

WASHINGTON---U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today heralded the $45.75 million in essential funding he secured for Oklahoma contractors and industries included in the Conference Report for the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2007 (HR.5631) . The Senate unanimously passed the measure this morning. “This bill is a tremendous victory for our soldiers and for the Oklahoma firms that provide their tools in the Global War on Terror,” Inhofe said. “We must... Continue Reading »

Hot & Cold Media Spin Cycle: A Challenge To

October 25, 2006

I am going to speak today about the most media-hyped environmental issue of all time, global warming. I have spoken more about global warming than any other politician in Washington today. My speech will be a bit different from the previous seven floor speeches, as I focus not only on the science, but on the media's coverage of climate change.  Global Warming -- just that term evokes many members in this chamber, the media, Hollywood elites and our pop culture to nod their heads and fret... Continue Reading »


October 3, 2006

Washington, D.C.-Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, hailed the President’s signing of the “Partners for Fish and Wildlife Act.” The Partners Program has been a successful voluntary partnership program that helps private landowners restore fish and wildlife habitat on their own lands. The Inhofe bill offers statutory authority for the Partners Program for the first time and provides additional funding and added stability for... Continue Reading »

National Firefighter Appreciation Day Senate Floor

September 29, 2006

   Mr. President, every year in the United States, over one million firefighters working with approximately thirty thousand fire departments risk their lives to protect our Nation. Nearly seventy-five percent of those firefighters are volunteers; they put their lives on the line and get almost nothing in return. Volunteer and paid firefighters alike are often forgotten until tragedy strikes and they valiantly come to the rescue. I think that it is regrettable that many of us fail... Continue Reading »

McGee Creek Title Transfer Statement Upon Introduction

September 29, 2006

              Mr. INHOFE.  Mr. President, today I introduce legislation to authorize the title transfer of the McGee Creek Reservoir dam and its associated facilities, which are located approximately 20 miles southeast of Atoka, Oklahoma.    My bill transfers title from the Bureau of Reclamation to the McGee Creek Authority.                The McGee Creek Authority is... Continue Reading »


September 28, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) along with Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) today introduced a bi-partisan resolution to establish “National Firefighter Appreciation Day” on October 10, 2006. The following are excerpts from Senator Inhofe’s statement upon introduction of the resolution. “ … Volunteer and paid firefighters alike are often forgotten until tragedy strikes and they valiantly come to the rescue. I think that it is regrettable... Continue Reading »


September 27, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced legislation to protect free speech rights in America’s churches and houses of worship. Recently the IRS has called into question the tax-exempt status of churches where church staff has woven politics into their sermons. The Senator’s legislation, known as the Religious Freedom Act of 2006 (S.3957), would guarantee the freedom of religious leaders to discuss political matters without the threat of an... Continue Reading »


September 26, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today received the 2006 “Hero of the Taxpayer Award” for his continued efforts to protect and support the taxpayers of Oklahoma and the nation. The award was sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, a Washington-based nonprofit organization dedicated to representing America’s taxpayer. “I wish to thank Americans for Tax Reform for this award. No other group in America needs more support and representation than the... Continue Reading »


September 26, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) received the Guardian of Seniors’ Rights Award on September 26, 2006 for his continued support of seniors’ rights during the 109th Congress. This Award is sponsored by the 60 Plus Association, a non-partisan seniors’ advocacy group focusing on free enterprise, limited government and less taxes. “I thank the 60 Plus Association for this award and for their dedication to free enterprise and limited... Continue Reading »


September 21, 2006

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today announced that he has passed legislation to award a Congressional Commemorative Medal to Code Talkers of the Choctaw, Comanche, and other tribes in recognition of their service during World Wars I and II. Senator Inhofe has worked tirelessly to gain cosponsors for the measure since first introducing the ‘Code Talkers Recognition Act’ in March of 2003. Inhofe today claimed victory when he passed the bill (S.1035) with an... Continue Reading »


September 20, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla) made the following statement today praising his 2006 nominee, Michael Nomura of Tulsa, for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s annual “Angel in Adoption Gala” occurring tonight in Washington, D.C. “Michael Nomura has dedicated his life to helping children find permanency and security in adoptive families. I know I speak for all Oklahomans when I say thank you for your service and congratulations on... Continue Reading »


September 15, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released the following statement in response to the Senate Armed Services Committee approval of legislation authored by Senators McCain (R-Ariz.), Warner (R-Va.) and Graham (R-S.C.) addressing the treatment of terrorists detainees: “Last week President Bush requested that Congress clearly define rules surrounding terrorist interrogations and the treatment of enemy combatants. Unfortunately, the legislation passed yesterday... Continue Reading »


September 12, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla) has introduced legislation to defend Americans’ right to own and enjoy private property without the threat of federally funded eminent domain seizures. Inhofe’s ‘Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2006’ (S. 3873) proposes that in any state receiving federal funds for economic development where a locality within that state exercises its power of eminent domain for economic development purposes, then that... Continue Reading »


September 11, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released the following statement commemorating the fifth anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. “Five years ago our nation was dealt a grievous blow. Today we mourn for those who lost their lives and we give prayers of strength for the loved ones they left behind. Americans met the daunting challenges of that day, and looking back we remember the many instances of selfless bravery that epitomize the... Continue Reading »

Eminent Domain Senate Floor Statement by

September 7, 2006

   Mr. President, Alexander Hamilton declared:    The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by moral power.    I believe, and I speak on behalf of the people of Oklahoma, in the right to own private property, and I believe in the right to enjoy it and not be... Continue Reading »


September 6, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla) along with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla) today introduced legislation (S.3845) to name the Commerce, Oklahoma Post Office, located at 301 Commerce Street, the “Mickey Mantle Post Office.” Mickey Mantle spent his childhood in Commerce before making his Major League debut with the New York Yankees in 1951. In offering the resolution, Senator Inhofe outlined Mantle’s inspiring career and its impact on his Oklahoma hometown. The... Continue Reading »