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INHOFE ISSUES STATEMENT ON CONGRESSIONAL <br> BUDGET

March 12, 2004

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement in response to the final passage of the FY 2005 Concurrent Budget Resolution (S.Con.Res. 95) that passed the Senate early this morning with a 51 to 45 vote. “I applaud the efforts of my colleague Senator Don Nickles (R-Okla.) for his hard work in crafting a fiscally responsible budget that will cut the federal deficit in half over the next three years while providing adequate funding to keep America safe and... Continue Reading »


INHOFE ISSUES STATEMENT ON FIREARM LIABILITY LEGISLATION

March 2, 2004

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released the following statement after legislation aimed at decreasing frivolous lawsuits brought against the U.S. firearms industry was heavily amended and failed to pass the Senate today with a 8-90 vote. "Sadly, in the end I was unable to support this legislation due to the addition of amendments that corrupted the spirit of the original bill," Inhofe said. "Initially this bill was intended to protect an American industry from unfair... Continue Reading »


INHOFE INSPECTS DEFENSE PROGRAMS

February 20, 2004

WASHINGTON---U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) will visit production and research and development facilities of Boeing, United Defense, and The Institute for Creative Technology in California over the next two days. Senator Inhofe’s tour began at Fort Sill and is another example of his ongoing dialogue with the project managers and program executive officers that are developing key technologies to better prepare America’s soldiers and enhance their means in defending the citizens of the United... Continue Reading »


INHOFE ANNOUNCES FIREFIGHTER GRANTS FOR OKLAHOMA

February 11, 2004

WASHINGTON--U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced today that two fire departments in Oklahoma will receive firefighter grant awards, including the Bartlesville Fire Department and the Norman Fire Department. “These grants 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. “These awards will be used to increase the firefighting operations, fund fire fighter health and safety... Continue Reading »


INHOFE ANNOUNCES SUCCESS ON TAR CREEK LEGAL ISSUES

January 31, 2004

WASHINGTON--U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced that the Quapaw Tribe has voted overwhelmingly to accept an agreement reached between the tribe and the Department of Interior that will allow the Quapaw to complete unresolved financial and land management accounting issues and thus taking the first step toward an ultimate resolution. After the accounting has been completed, the Quapaw and federal agencies will then work with a mediator in order to reach a fair and comprehensive final... Continue Reading »


PRIVATE SECTOR GROUP MOVES FORWARD IN TAR CREEK PURCHASE PROCESS

January 25, 2004

Tulsa, OK - Today U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla) announced that Cherokee Investment Partners of Raleigh, North Carolina will soon begin accepting applications for the sale of residences in the Tar Creek area. Since their visit earlier this year and after further investigation, representatives of Cherokee Investment Partners have announced their high level of interest in Tar Creek and will now take the next step of moving forward with an application process. This application process will... Continue Reading »


INHOFE LAUDS OKLAHOMA VICTORIES IN APPROPRIATIONS BILL

January 22, 2004

WASHINGTON---U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today heralded the funding secured for various Oklahoma projects in the Conference Report to the Omnibus Appropriations bill (H.R. 2673), that passed the Senate today (65-28). *Please see attached list of Oklahoma Omnibus Appropriations: "This omnibus bill will provide essential funding for numerous state projects and continued dollars for vital Oklahoma programs," Inhofe said. Tar Creek funding included in the 2004 Omnibus Appropriations Bill is... Continue Reading »


OKLAHOMA TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL $1 BILLION IN HIGHWAY BILL

January 21, 2004

Washington, D.C.- Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Environment & Public Works Committee, today released the Committee's new formula that will determine how much federal funding states will receive for surface transportation needs over the next 6 years. The improved formula, authored by Chairman Inhofe, will provide an increase of over $1 billion for the State of Oklahoma. The current highway law, set to expire on February 29th, provided Oklahoma $2.5 billion over a six year... Continue Reading »


BRAC Senate Floor Statement by

June 4, 2003

Mr. INHOFE. I thank the distinguished chairman. Mr. President, first, I thank the distinguished chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee for his remarks, and also the distinguished Senator from Arizona. I would like to start off by saying, I was elected to the other body in 1986. In 1987, a very distinguished Congressman, Dick Armey, came up with the whole idea of how to get rid of excess infrastructure, using this system that should be free of political influence, or as free as possible.... Continue Reading »


Commending the President and the Armed Forces

March 20, 2003

Mr. INHOFE. Mr. President, for a moment let me build on something the distinguished Senator from Michigan said talking about our troops. Having been on the Senate Armed Services Committee and having been chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness for a number of years, I have had a chance to talk to troops all over the world in all kinds of circumstances. Never have I seen such a commitment as is out there right now by these young troops.   I remember not long ago I was... Continue Reading »


Comments on the Nomination of Miguel Estrada Senate

February 26, 2003

Mr. INHOFE. Mr. President, I can relate to the remarks of the Senator from Ohio. He and I had the honor of sharing the same position of mayor of a major city. It happens I started--maybe you did--the first Hispanic commissioner in the city of Tulsa. We had a sister city in Mexico, Ciudad de San Luis Potosi. They would come up there once a year for this big exchange program. I can remember standing there in front of all of our citizens, our Hispanic citizens of Tulsa, saying: Como Acalde de la... Continue Reading »


Prescription Drug Coverage Senate Floor

July 23, 2002

Mr. President, I know time is now precious and we are down to a few minutes. I will skip a lot of things I was going to say since there has been a lot of redundancy. My good friend from New York was on the floor and was talking about the relative significance of the inheritance tax and how it wasn't really all that meaningful. I am sure the occupant of the chair would agree because he was one of the rare Democrats who stood up and said we should repeal that unfair tax on money that has already... Continue Reading »


Yucca Mountain Senate Floor Statement

July 9, 2002

I thank the Senator for giving me a little bit of time. I believe it is necessary. A number of people have asked me why it is that I support nuclear energy when my home State does not have any nuclear power. My response is that nuclear energy directly benefits every Oklahoman even though not a single kilowatt of energy is produced from nuclear power in our state. Oklahomans benefit from nuclear energy in the form of decreased power bills and increased national and economic security. Currently,... Continue Reading »


Nation Missile Defense System Senate Floor

June 25, 2002

Mr. President, I have been listening to the Senator from Kansas. He makes eminent sense. He demonstrates a frustration that we have been living through now for certainly the last 10 years. He mentioned the Missile Defense Act of 1999. There was an act that was passed. It was passed by a huge margin, and certainly was a veto-proof margin, so the President did sign it. But then, after that, we did not comply with the act. We have been living since--that was signed in 1999--outside the law in terms... Continue Reading »


The Crusader Solution Senate Floor Statement

June 19, 2002

Mr. President, I do at some point want to be recognized on the second-degree amendment, the Warner amendment to the underlying amendment. But not until we have had a chance to evaluate it a little bit more. That is what we have been doing in the last few minutes. As the ranking member, Senator Warner knows this is something that came up fairly quickly. We need a chance to look it over. In the meantime, I see Senator Akaka, the chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee, is going to be seeking... Continue Reading »


I-40 Bridge Funding

June 6, 2002

I would like to thank Senators Byrd, Stevens, Shelby, and Murray for their help in providing the necessary funding for the repair and reconstruction of the Arkansas River bridge on Interstate 40 which was hit by a barge on the morning of May 26. As my colleagues are aware, the accident caused a catastrophic failure of the bridge structure and resulted in several sections of the bridge collapsing. Tragically, 14 lives were lost before the traffic crossing the bridge was stopped. Interstate 40 is... Continue Reading »


Common Sense from Oklahoma

April 30, 2002

Mr. INHOFE . Madam President, I think there is this Washington, DC, mentality that floats around that somehow if we are not here in Washington, DC, we, as Senators, are not doing our work. Let me tell you, for those of us who go back to the district and are with our people--in my case, the people of Oklahoma, who make much more sense than anybody makes around this place--that time is more valuable, and it is harder. Our hours are longer. We work long hours when we are back there. I can tell you... Continue Reading »


Peace in the Middle East Speech

March 4, 2002

I was interested the other day when I heard that the de facto ruler, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Abdullah, made a statement which was received by many in this country as if it were a statement of fact, as if it were something new, a concept for peace in the Middle East that no one had ever heard of before. I was kind of shocked that it was so well received by many people who had been down this road before. I suggest to you that what Crown Prince Abdullah talked about a few days ago was not new at... Continue Reading »


Appointment of Mike Smith as Assistant

January 25, 2002

Mr. President, I am pleased to stand before the Senate today to wholeheartedly endorse the nomination of Mike Smith to be the Assistant Secretary of Energy for Fossil Energy. Mike is a red-white-and-blue American. He has an outstanding pedigree including the good common sense to come from the great State of Oklahoma. In fact, in his own words, ``I was born and raised in the middle of the Oklahoma City Field and attended the only high school in the Nation with a producing oil well in the middle... Continue Reading »


America's Stake in Israel's War on Terrorism

December 4, 2001

Willie George was right. Lest some of you do not know who Willie George is, some people consider Willie George a preacher, but he is also a very able historian. As I listened to him and added some perspectives on what the attack on America was all about, I realized the inside-Washington mentality is sometimes and often flawed and that mentality that comes from Oklahoma reflects more of real America. The Apostle Paul gave us our marching orders in Ephesians 6, verses 10, 11, and 12. He... Continue Reading »