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INHOFE PRAISES AGREEMENT REACHED

July 28, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today praised the agreement reached by Senate and House conferees on the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act - A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The legislation has been filed in the House of Representatives and once passed will move to the Senate for consideration and approval. “I’m very pleased with the agreement we have reached with House conferees,... Continue Reading »


INHOFE WON’T ALLOW AMERICAN AIRLINES

July 20, 2005

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) yesterday introduced legislation aiming to increase fair competition between air carriers at Dallas Fort-Worth (DFW) airport while ensuring continued service to Oklahoma cities. Inhofe made the following statement regarding his True Competition Act (S. 1425): “We are not introducing this bill to oppose the status quo. There has been legislation introduced by Sen. Ensign (R-Nev.) that would open Love Field to nationwide long-haul... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT ON JUSTICE O’CONNOR RETIREMENT

July 1, 2005

WASHINGTON, DC---U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today issued the following statement on the retirement of Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. “Justice O’Connor represents the first of what I believe will ultimately be four retirements with Justice O’Connor being followed by Rehnquist, Stevens and Ginsburg, in that order. Justice O’Connor’s retirement brings into focus the huge significance of choosing a successor capable of... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SPEAKS OUT FOR CAFTA

July 1, 2005

WASHINGTON---U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, in remarks on the Senate floor announced his support for the Central American Free Trade Agreement. The Senate later passed the CAFTA treaty (S.1307) with a 54-45 vote. What follows are excerpts from the Senator’s remarks: “The only argument I have heard against this treaty from five conservative groups that I almost always agree with is that this is yet another... Continue Reading »


SENATE PASSES OVERDUE COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY BILL

June 29, 2005

WASHINGTON---U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today voted to approve the Senate’s version of a comprehensive energy plan for the nation. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (H.R. 6) passed the Senate this morning by an 85-12 vote. “We were able to work many provisions into this bill that will be very helpful to oil producing states like Oklahoma,” Inhofe said. “The deep gas provisions as well as the 100%... Continue Reading »


SENATE APPROVES INHOFE NATURAL HABITAT CONSERVATION LEGISLATION

June 28, 2005

WASHINGTON--Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, celebrates as his Partners for Fish and Wildlife Act (S. 260) gained unanimous Senate approval last night. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is the primary program within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delivering habitat improvement projects on private land through voluntary agreements with private landowners. Inhofe’s bill authorizes the program for the next five years... Continue Reading »


INHOFE NATURAL HABITAT CONSERVATION LEGISLATION ADVANCES

June 9, 2005

WASHINGTON--Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, celebrates as his Partners for Fish and Wildlife Act (S. 260) passed the Environment and Public Works Committee. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is the primary program within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delivering habitat improvement projects on private land through voluntary agreements with private landowners. Inhofe’s legislation would authorize the program for... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT ON SENATE JUDICIAL NOMINEE COMPROMISE

May 24, 2005

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) this morning released the following statement in response to last night’s compromise between U.S. Senate leaders: “Last night’s travesty of a compromise will have disastrous effects on our future generations. For the first time we have now legitimized a leadership-led filibuster against a judicial nominee. The damage from this compromise will be felt by the next generation because of a huge loophole in the compromise language,... Continue Reading »


INHOFE ANNOUNCES OKLAHOMA BRAC IMPLICATIONS

May 13, 2005

INHOFE ANNOUNCES OKLAHOMA BRAC IMPLICATIONS   WASHINGTON---U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), made the following statement in response to today’s BRAC list released from the Department of Defense:   “I am very pleased to announce that Oklahoma’s five major installations are safe and showing huge net gains in the state in numbers of both military and civilian positions. I think that Oklahoma will again go down as one of the states that has benefited the most from a... Continue Reading »


INHOFE TO VISIT STATE MILITARY COMMUNITIES

May 9, 2005

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today announced that he will visit all five of Oklahoma’s military installations during a statewide tour on Friday, May 13th. The statewide tour will coincide with the official announcement of military installations on the Pentagon’s Base Realignment And Closure (BRAC) Commission list. “I am confident that the BRAC Commission will recognize our very strong evidence as to why our Oklahoma bases should remain a... Continue Reading »


INHOFE BILL CREATES TAX CREDIT FOR

April 28, 2005

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced legislation to add “deep-gas” to the list of qualifying fuels eligible for an IRS tax credit for natural gas produced by onshore well from formations more than 15,000 feet deep. Sen. Inhofe’s Natural Gas Production Tax Credit Act (S. 926) was introduced earlier today. “Today President Bush reminded this nation that in order to preserve our national security and combat the high cost of energy we must continue to... Continue Reading »


Military Modernization/Proliferation Senate Floor

April 25, 2005

Mr. President, over the past three weeks I have given three speeches calling our attention to the rising threat that China is becoming to our national security. Today I will highlight the areas that most directly affect our national security: weapons proliferation and military modernization. These two aspects are interrelated and add an alarming dynamic to our complex relationship with China. It is a difficult situation, one in which information is our best resource. Five years ago Congress... Continue Reading »


INHOFE ANNOUNCES FIREFIGHTER GRANT FOR ENID, OKLAHOMA

April 20, 2005

WASHINGTON--U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced today that the Enid Fire Department will receive a $17,099 firefighter grant award from the U.S. Fire Administration. “This grant will help provide the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of Oklahoma firefighters and the Oklahomans they serve and protect,” Inhofe said. “This award will be used to increase the firefighting operations, fund fire fighter health and safety programs, acquire new... Continue Reading »


China’s Global Developments Senate Floor

April 20, 2005

Mr. President, today I will deliver my third speech in two weeks on the issue of China's increasing global influence. In these past speeches I addressed alarming trends such as China's proliferation problem, the distressing potential that the EU may drop their Arms embargo, and other events that have obvious impact on our national security. In 2000, Congress established the bipartisan U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission to collect and provide Congress with authoritative... Continue Reading »


INHOFE HONORS T. BOONE PICKENS

April 14, 2005

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), today introduced legislation honoring Thomas Boone Pickens in a proposed bill (S. 775) to name the Holdenville, Oklahoma Post Office in his name. The measure is cosponsored by Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and will now move to the Senate Government Affairs Committee for consideration. The Senator’s comments Senator Inhofe’s remarks from today’s introduction: “Thomas Boone Pickens, Jr. emulates the Oklahoma spirit of hard... Continue Reading »


China Trade and Economic issues Senate Floor

April 11, 2005

Mr. President, I rise to update you on a concerning issue of the deepest importance. In my recent China speech that I delivered this past Monday, I detailed how China is indeed a growing threat; when the fragmented pieces of current events and policies are glued together they form an alarming picture of the threat to our national security. I believe this threat is of the most serious order and until we address it, I will continue to draw America's attention to the issue. In 2000, Congress... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRESENTS RESOLUTION HONORING SERVICE OF INEZ SITTER

April 8, 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) presented Inez Sitter a copy of S.Res.423, a resolution passed on November 18, 2004 to honor her 60 years of service to the Choctaw Nation’s Jones Academy in Hartshorne, Oklahoma. Senator Inhofe read the resolution to Inez Sitter and members of her family in his Washington, D.C. office this week. “I was just ten years old when Mrs. Sitter first came to the Jones Academy. I am pleased to see the United States Senate recognize and... Continue Reading »


INHOFE DELIVERS FIRST OF FOUR SPEECHES ON CLIMATE CHANGE

April 7, 2005

WASHINGTON, DC - Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Environment & Public Works Committee delivered the first of four major speeches today on the issue of climate change. Inhofe, a prominent skeptic of the science behind global warming, plans to debunk what he calls the “four pillars of climate change alarmism.” The first speech today examined the 2001 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report summarizing the latest science of climate change, requested by the Bush... Continue Reading »


INHOFE AND ISTOOK INTRODUCE BILLS TO COMMEMORATE

April 5, 2005

WASHINGTON -- United States Senator James M. Inhofe (R-OK) and Congressman Ernest J. Istook (R-OK) introduced resolutions today in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate recognizing a "National Week of Hope" in commemoration of the 10-year anniversary of the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building. April 19th will mark the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City on April 19th, 1995 which killed 168 and injured 850. The resolutions... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: CHINA THREAT TO U.S. NATIONAL

April 5, 2005

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) cited specific threats China posses to U.S. National Security in an hour-long speech delivered on the Senate floor yesterday. Senator Inhofe’s floor speech was an update to previous speeches he has delivered on this topic and is the first of what will be a series of presentations intended to focus attention on the gathering threat America faces in China. Throughout his speech, Senator Inhofe references specific areas of concern including but... Continue Reading »