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INHOFE SAYS INTELLIGENCE REFORM BILL OVERLOOKS MAJOR ISSUES

December 8, 2004

WASHINGTON--U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted against the final passage of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (S.2845), which was eventually approved by the Senate (89-2). "Today I joined the majority of our Oklahoma delegation in voting against the final passage of this bill," Inhofe said. "While there where many provisions I agreed with, unfortunately there were also glaring omissions that where impossible to overlook and caused me to... Continue Reading »


SENATE PASSES INHOFE COMMODITY CHECKOFF IMPROVEMENT LEGISLATION

December 8, 2004

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe announced today that last night the Senate unanimously passed the Inhofe Commodity Assessment Protection and Reform Act of 2004. This bill gives the statutory authority to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Commodity Credit Corporation to enter into a memorandum of understanding with a State regarding the collection of approved State commodity assessments, on behalf of the State, from the proceeds of marketing assistance loans. "This legislation... Continue Reading »


ATSDR REPORT

November 17, 2004

Statement of J. Mark Osborn.MD “I would like to endorse the ATSDR’s recent report to Congress on the Tar Creek Superfund Site as a fair and balanced review of the current state of affairs at the site. It is the first attempt to collect the available scientific data and to identify the information necessary to fully understand the effects of soil remediation, lead paint abatement programs and the public health educational programs on lead toxicity. It will help to guide our efforts as... Continue Reading »


PARTISAN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS

October 4, 2004

Mr./Madam President, I rise today to shed some light on a subject that is very important to me in my oversight duties as Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee. Earlier this year, the Environment and Public Works Committee held an oversight hearing where the Committee heard testimony from the General Accounting Office and the EPA Inspector General regarding a ten year history of numerous problems with the management of grant dollars at the Environmental Protection Agency. Some of... Continue Reading »


Partisan Environmental Groups Senate Floor

October 4, 2004

Mr./Madam President, I rise today to shed some light on a subject that is very important to me in my oversight duties as Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee. Earlier this year, the Environment and Public Works Committee held an oversight hearing where the Committee heard testimony from the General Accounting Office and the EPA Inspector General regarding a ten year history of numerous problems with the management of grant dollars at the Environmental Protection Agency. Some of... Continue Reading »


INHOFE INTRODUCES BILL TO IMPROVE VOLUNTARY COMMODITY CHECKOFF PROGRAMS

September 30, 2004

WASHINGTON--U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today introduced his “Commodity Assessment Protection and Reform Act” (S.2866), which allows for American farmers to better affect how their voluntary commodity advocacy programs (checkoff programs) operate in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture. “Passing this legislation will allow these voluntary commodity checkoff programs to better serve... Continue Reading »


INHOFE INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO CRIMINALIZE FEDERAL DOCUMENT FORGERY

September 28, 2004

WASHINGTON--U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced legislation that would criminalize the forgery of federal writings by creating a general provision in the Unites States Code that would allow for the prosecution of both the creators and propagators of forged federal documents. In response to CBS News’ negligent and erroneous reporting of President Bush’s National Guard service, Senator Inhofe today acted to close a loophole and force news networks like CBS to establish... Continue Reading »


INHOFE AND NICKLES SECURE OVER $480.6 MILLION IN DEFENSE FUNDS FOR OKLAHOMA

July 23, 2004

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe and Don Nickles secured $480.6 million for Oklahoma interests in the Department of Defense Appropriations Conference Report for FY2005 (H.R. 4613) that passed the Senate unanimously last night. "It was essential that Congress pass this appropriations bill in a timely fashion to ensure that our men and women in uniform have everything they need to protect and defend our nation," Inhofe said. "Oklahoma plays a central role in the defense of... Continue Reading »


EXCERPTS FROM SENATOR INHOFE'S FLOOR SPEECH ON GAY MARRIAGE

July 14, 2004

WASHINGTON --- The Office of U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released selected excerpts from his floor speech regarding the Federal Marriage Amendment (S. J. Res. 40) that failed a Senate procedural vote today by a 48-50 vote. The full text of Senator Inhofe's speech is available on his website at: www.inhofe.senate.gov. "I have heard people say...when talking about this issue, that this perhaps should be a State issue. As a general rule, you will not find anybody who is a... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT ON IRAQ

June 28, 2004

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe made the following statement in response to the handover of sovereignty in Iraq that occurred at 2:26 AM (EST) today: “The early handover of sovereignty in Iraq was strategically the right action to take on the part of that nation’s new government. Everything must be done to lessen insurgent attacks in Iraq and I believe the new interim government has made a wise decision in regard to the timing of today’s handover. “We cannot... Continue Reading »


NICKLES AND INHOFE SECURE OVER $335 MILLION IN DEFENSE FUNDS FOR OKLAHOMA

June 25, 2004

WASHINGTON-Oklahoma Senators Don Nickles and Jim Inhofe last night secured Senate approval of $338.5 million for Oklahoma in the Department Senator Nickles' comments: "Passage of this bill is an important step in Congress' efforts to adequately defend our nation and those whose lives are dedicated to its protection," Nickles said. "America has the best-trained and best-equipped fighting force in the world. These funds will help Oklahoma installations employ the most modern... Continue Reading »


TOM DELAY IS STILL A FRIEND

June 24, 2004

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe made the following statement in response a press release issued by the office of Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX): "Having just read the news release of my dear friend of 18 years, I have concluded that he has not read the Senate Highway Reauthorization Bill. In his five paragraph release, not one of the statements is true, not one. "There are no 'tax increases' in the senate bill. There is no 'fuzzy math' in the Senate bill. No other programs are 'being... Continue Reading »


INHOFE HIGHLIGHTS OKLAHOMA PRIORITIES IN DEFENSE BILL

June 24, 2004

WASHINGTON---U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today highlighted a number of Oklahoma projects that he successfully worked to include in the Defense Department FY2005 Authorizations bill (S.2400). The Senate passed the legislation late Wednesday night by a 97-0 vote. “Oklahoma has long played a prominent role in the defense of this country,” Inhofe said. “Now more than ever, it is vital that we give our soldiers all they require to train and fight for America. As our nation... Continue Reading »


INHOFE ANNOUNCES $1.7 MILLION IN EDA GRANTS FOR OKLAHOMA

June 23, 2004

Washington, D.C. - Senator James M. Inhofe today announced the funding of $1,704,153 in Business Enterprise Grants that will be awarded to eleven communities across the state. These funds will go to further strengthen the rural economy of Oklahoma by assisting local organizations in their efforts to stimulate business growth. Some of the activities receiving funding include the construction and expansion of business incubators, extending needed infrastructure, and establishing revolving loan... Continue Reading »


INHOFE ANNOUNCES FIREFIGHTER GRANTS FOR OKLAHOMA

June 17, 2004

WASHINGTON--U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced today that four fire departments in Oklahoma will receive firefighter grant awards, including the Brent Rural Fire Dist., Inc. (Sallisaw), Porum Landing Volunteer Fire Department (Porum), Blair Volunteer Fire Department (Blair), and Cox's Store Volunteer Fire Department (Lawton). "These grants help provide the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of Oklahoma firefighters and the Oklahomans they serve and... Continue Reading »


INHOFE'S TRIBUTE TO FORMER PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN

June 8, 2004

Mr. INHOFE. Mr. President, we have heard so many stories about a great man, the Gipper, and none of them are surprising because he was always such a gentle person. I have to share with you that I had the honor, about a month ago, of giving the commencement address at Oral Roberts University. When I did, I used a lot of the 1964 speech ``A Rendezvous With Destiny.'' I said it should be required reading for anyone to graduate at any level in America to read ``A Rendezvous With Destiny.'' It is a... Continue Reading »


INHOFE ANNOUNCES OVER $10.4 MILLION TO INCREASE BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS

May 4, 2004

Washington, DC - Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla) announced today that the United States Department of Agriculture has approved $10,464,000 in low interest rate loans over the next 7-14 years to make broadband internet access more available to rural Oklahomans. These loans will be used to bring farmers, rural residents and businesses greater access to improved telecommunication technology, and are part of a major initiative by President Bush to provide universal broadband access by 2007. "Rural... Continue Reading »


INHOFE ANNOUNCES MEDICARE DRUG DISCOUNT CARDS

May 3, 2004

Washington, DC - Today, Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla) announced that Oklahoma seniors may begin to sign up for the Medicare Prescription Drug Discount Card which will provide discounts of 10 to 25 percent for senior’s prescriptions. Low-income seniors, including 98,000 in Okalahoma, will be eligible for a $600 per year credit to help defray the cost of prescription drugs. “The Prescription Drug Discount Card is just one of the victories this Congress has brought home for our... Continue Reading »


SENATOR INHOFE LAUDS PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF THE UNBORN

March 25, 2004

WASHINGTON - Senator Inhofe today heralded the passage of long-overdue legislation that will allow for the separate prosecution of federal violent crimes that kill or injure an unborn child. The "Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004 or 'Laci and Conner's Law" (HR.1997) passed the Senate today (61-38) with no amendments attached. "Today we in the Senate can claim victory for the unborn souls of America," Inhofe said. "We must fill this tragic gap in federal criminal code that has rendered our... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RETURNS FROM IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN AND KUWAIT

March 19, 2004

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) has returned from leading a bipartisan and swift exploratory mission through Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. In cooperation with AT&T the Senator distributed over 900 prepaid long distance calling cards to soldiers he encountered along his trip so they may better communicate with loved ones back home. Images from the Senator’s trip will soon be available on his website: www.inhofe.senate.gov <https://www.inhofe.senate.gov> Senator... Continue Reading »