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INHOFE: END IS NEAR FOR SECRET SENATE HOLDS

March 28, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today claimed partial victory in his twelve year battle to end the practice of obstructive ‘secret holds’ in the U.S. Senate. Currently any member of the United States Senate can anonymously and indefinitely obstruct the Senate’s consideration of nominations and legislation by placing a ‘secret hold’ on any bill or nominee. Inhofe’s amendment making Senators’ holds public (S.A. 2944) passed... Continue Reading »


Secret Holds Senate Floor Statement by

March 8, 2006

Mr. INHOFE. Mr. President, first, I was fascinated by the comment from the Senator from Connecticut that after a few years some of this stuff will make sense to us. I have only been here 20 years. I am a patient man; I will wait.   Let me put this in perspective, as far as my interest in this. Back in 1986 I was elected to the House of Representatives. There was a procedure that was used at that time called the discharge procedure whereby a person could discharge a bill out of the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement upon Introduction of an Amendment to Increase

March 8, 2006

Madam President, this amendment is very simple. I have always felt that the greatest single hypocrisy every year is when Members come up and vote to exempt Members of Congress from a cost-of-living increase. The hypocrisy comes in when all the press releases hit the home State and they talk about how great this is, saying they are great reformers and then, of course, it is defeated and they end up taking the increase anyway.   Basically, what this does is say if you vote in favor of an... Continue Reading »


Oklahoma Wildfires – FEMA Disaster Assistance Information

February 22, 2006

Individual Assistance (for individuals and households) –The counties of Canadian, Cotton, Garvin, Hughes, Lincoln, Logan, Mayes, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie, Seminole, Stephens, Bryan, Carter, Choctaw, Creek, McIntosh, Murray, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Osage, Payne, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Tulsa and Wagoner. Incident Period – November 27, 2005, and continuing. Includes: grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: RECENT PORT DEAL FURTHER

February 21, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement regarding the recent Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) approved management transfer of six major U.S. seaports to ‘Dubai Ports World’ of the United Arab Emirates. “Relinquishing management oversight of major U.S. seaports to any foreign company makes little sense when one considers the logical threat this could pose to our national security. The... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: JEROME HOLMES RECEIVES

February 14, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla) made the following statement after being notified that Jerome Holmes of Oklahoma City received President Bush’s nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Northern Oklahoma District. “We submitted Jerome Holmes’ name to the President for this position and I am delighted that the President has chosen to nominate him for the bench. Both Mr. Holmes’ distinguished record as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RESOLUTION EXPOSES

February 3, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today heralded the Senate’s unanimous passage of his resolution calling for action against the murderous but much ignored Northern Ugandan terrorist group, the ‘Lord’s Resistance Army.’ Inhofe’s Senate Resolution (S. Res. 366) received broad bipartisan support with 43 cosponsors. “The words in this resolution are long overdue, and are only the beginning. Thus far, the action of the United Nations... Continue Reading »


National Week of Prayer for Uganda Senate Floor

February 2, 2006

Mr. INHOFE. Mr. President, I want to speak about a matter of urgency and extreme concern to me that is going on right now in Uganda.   As my colleagues may know, I have spent much time in Africa, particularly in Uganda, talking with President Museveni.    The major issue that he and I discussed is the ongoing terrorist tragedy in his country. The Lord's Resistance Army, LRA, is a rebel paramilitary group formed in 1987 operating mainly in northern Uganda and southern... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RETURNS FROM IRAQ TRIP AFTER

December 19, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe just returned from his 10th trip to the Iraq/Afghanistan – CENTCOM Theater to visit troops fighting the Global War on Terror. Since hostilities began, Inhofe has been on the ground a total of six times in Iraq and once in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Djibouti, and aboard the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy in the Persian Gulf. According to a recent report, only three other Senators have been to Iraq as often as Inhofe. The Senator made the following... Continue Reading »


ENFORCE Act Senate Floor Statement by

December 16, 2005

Mr. INHOFE. Mr. President, yesterday I introduced S. 2117, which is a bill engaging our Nation to fight concerning our right to control entry. It is legislation that covers many aspects of the problem we are having on our very porous borders. One part of this is utilizing retired law enforcement officers. As many people know, national law enforcement officers have to retire at age 57. We learned of their availability after 9/11 when the Transportation Safety Administration and our office was... Continue Reading »


INHOFE DEFENDS CADETS’ RIGHT TO

November 9, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla) gained unanimous Senate approval for his amendment protecting the right to prayer at United States Military Academies. Senator Inhofe’s amendment (S.A. 2440) enjoyed wide cosponsorship and passed unanimously this afternoon by a 99-0 vote. “America is a nation steeped in religious tradition and throughout our history we have protected our soldier’s right to prayer,” Inhofe said. “The problem is now... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CLOSES IN ON MOMENTOUS

November 3, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe today claimed partial victory in the continued battle against rampant federal spending. Inhofe proposed a simple, one sentence amendment to the Budget Reconciliation Bill (S.1932) stating, “Beginning with Fiscal Year 2007 and thereafter, non-defense, non-trust-fund, discretionary spending shall not exceed the previous fiscal year’s levels … without a 2/3 vote.” Inhofe’s amendment was defeated by a (32-67) vote... Continue Reading »


INHOFE COMMENDS PRESIDENT BUSH’S

October 31, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator James M. Inhofe today issued the following statement regarding President George W. Bush’s nomination of Judge Samuel Alito for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. “I am pleased that President Bush has put forward a nomination we can all support, a high minded constructionist judge with an unprecedented amount of experience in the legal field. Judge Sam Alito has had a highly distinguished career as a judge and appears to meet the standard of... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CALLS FOR FOCUS ON LOCAL

October 21, 2005

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator James M. Inhofe today released the following statement in response to last night’s debate regarding the elimination of funding for various projects. “I have always objected to the idea of bureaucrats in Washington determining how local and state communities spend their tax dollars. “Let me be clear, neither of yesterday’s amendments opposed by Senator Coburn saves any money, nearly all of my colleagues agreed with me in recognizing... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SECURES VICTORY FOR FOSTER

October 21, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator James M. Inhofe today celebrated the passage of the Fair Access Foster Care Act of 2005 (S.1894). The bill allows all therapeutic foster care agencies to receive federal funding from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The bill passed unanimously in the Senate. “The federal government was arbitrarily discriminating against the for-profit business model that is used to benefit 62% of the therapeutic foster care children in... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT ON SUPREME

October 3, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C -- U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement regarding President George W. Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. “The United States Senate has recently demonstrated its commitment to fair and dignified confirmation proceedings and I hope that Harriet Miers’ nomination will receive the same treatment. Harriet Miers is an accomplished member of the legal community and I look forward to... Continue Reading »


INHOFE COMMENTS ON OKLAHOMA JUDGE JAMES H. PAYNE’S

September 29, 2005

WASHINGTON, DC – Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), made the following statement following President Bush’s nomination of James H. Payne to serve as a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. “Obviously Judge Payne is as imminently qualified now as when the Senate confirmed him in 2001 as an Oklahoma District Court Judge,” Inhofe said. “Today is an appropriate time for this nomination as we have witnessed the swearing in of this nation’s new... Continue Reading »


INHOFE INTRODUCES GAS PRICE ACT

September 26, 2005

WASHINGTON, DC – Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Environment & Public Works Committee, today introduced The Gas Petroleum Refiner Improvement & Community Empowerment Act (Gas PRICE ACT), which will provide incentives to build refineries at Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) sites through the Economic Development Administration (EDA), thus expanding refining capacity in the United States while creating job opportunities in areas where a military facility has... Continue Reading »


INHOFE AND FRIST TO EXAMINE

September 14, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C-- U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla) today announced that he will accompany Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn) this Friday to Hurricane Katrina affected areas to examine the storm’s impact as well as review the ongoing recovery effort. “As Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee I want to ensure that the federal agencies involved in the recovery effort have all the resources they need in order to continue saving lives and stabilizing... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT ON BRAC COMMISION VOTE

August 24, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe, (R-Okla) today made the following statement in response to the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) Commission's vote today regarding Fort Sill, Oklahoma. “I am pleased that today the BRAC Commission voted to support the Department of Defense recommendation for moving the Army Air Defense Artillery School to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The transfer of these air defense artillery units at Fort Bliss, Texas, to Fort Sill will create a... Continue Reading »