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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 »


INHOFE MOURNS LOSS OF POPE

April 4, 2005

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), having just returned from Iraq, made the following statement today honoring Pope John Paul II: “Our Creator has called home perhaps his finest servant, Pope John Paul II. Regardless of religious belief or denomination, it is uncontestable that his presence on Earth brought hope, peace, and encouragement to millions of individuals. Now we give prayers of thanks for his guidance, support, and ask for peace and comfort for Pope John Paul II.... Continue Reading »


China Senate Floor Statement by

April 4, 2005

Mr. President, I rise to address a national security issue of the highest importance, one that demands our utmost attention. I wish to alert this body and the American people to China's spreading global influence and the imminent threat this poses to our national security. Our past concerns have come to fruition; on all levels-economically, militarily, and ideologically-we are on a collision course. As I will detail, China has become a progressive danger that we can no longer afford to... Continue Reading »


INHOFE LAUDS VOTE TO ALLOW ENERGY EXPLORATION IN ANWR

March 16, 2005

WASHINGTON--- Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) celebrated today’s Senate vote (49-51) allowing energy exploration within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Senate resisted today’s attempt to strip the ANWR exploration language out of the current Budget Resolution (S.Con.Res.18) by voting down a Democrat proposed amendment. Senator Inhofe released the following statement: “Today’s vote in the Senate is a victory for all Americans,” Inhofe said. “Our... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PLEASED WITH BRAC COMMISSION NOMINEES

March 15, 2005

WASHINGTON--- Today Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) heard testimony in the Senate Armed Services Committee from the nominee for BRAC Commission Chairman, Anthony J. Principi. Additionally, President Bush today submitted the names of the other eight nominees to fill the remaining seats on the Base Relocation And Closure (BRAC) Commission. The Senate Armed Services Committee will soon hold confirmation hearings for the remaining eight nominees. “Secretary Principi is a man of... Continue Reading »


INHOFE ANNOUNCES FIREFIGHTER GRANTS FOR OKLAHOMA

March 10, 2005

WASHINGTON--U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced today that three fire departments in Oklahoma will receive firefighter grant awards, including the City of Muskogee Fire Department (Muskogee), Pine Parker Volunteer Fire Department (Coalgate), and Ripley Volunteer Fire Department (Ripley). “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... Continue Reading »


CONGRESS NEEDS TO COMPLETE SIX-YEAR TRANSPORTATION BILL

March 10, 2005

Together in a strong bipartisan, collaborative process, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee crafted a six-year transportation bill last year that would create jobs, promote economic growth, and address the nation’s surface transportation needs. The bill successfully passed in the Senate by a vote of 76-21, but despite the best efforts of many, we fell just short of reaching an agreement in last year’s Conference Committee. We now are facing the deadline of the... Continue Reading »


INHOFE REJECTS PLAN REOPENING BORDER TO CANADIAN BEEF

March 3, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C.---U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement today after the Senate rejected the U.S. Agriculture Department's plan to reopen the border to Canadian cattle: "We cannot afford to open the border at this time as there are simply too many unresolved issues vital not only to Oklahoma, but to our entire nation," Inhofe said. "I am pleased that today the majority of the Senate recognized the concerns I hold in common with both the Oklahoma... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SUPPORTS CHERTOFF FOR

February 15, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement today in response to the Senate’s unanimous approval (98-0) of Judge Michael Chertoff to be the new Secretary of Homeland Security. “Michael Chertoff’s background will greatly benefit both the Department of Homeland Security and the American people. Mr. Chertoff played a vital role in tracing the terrorist attacks back to the al-Qaeda network in the days after 9/11; he understands the challenges we... Continue Reading »


INHOFE WINS BATTLE FOR HEART PATIENTS

February 15, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today announced that after continued discussions between his office and leaders at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), CMS will be expanding Medicare coverage of implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) to include patients with a narrow QRS interval, a move expected to save thousands of lives per year. “After speaking with doctors from Oklahoma, I learned of concerns with a CMS coverage decision based on a major research... Continue Reading »


INHOFE ANNOUNCES FIREFIGHTER GRANTS FOR OKLAHOMA

February 9, 2005

WASHINGTON--U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced today that three fire departments in Oklahoma will receive firefighter grant awards, including the Dibble Volunteer Fire Department (Dibble), Gans Voluntary Fire Department (Gans), and City of Picher Fire Department (Picher). “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... Continue Reading »


INHOFE TO VISIT OKLAHOMA TROOPS IN IRAQ

February 1, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced today that he will travel to Iraq over the weekend to visit Oklahoma troops and meet with Iraqi dignitaries and coalition leadership. The Senator will discuss the success of the recent elections in Iraq as well as the U.S. military’s mission moving forward from this historic occasion. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) will join Senator Inhofe on this trip which will be the first Congressional delegation to... Continue Reading »


INHOFE INTRODUCES BILL TO INCENTIVIZE FLU VACCINE PRODUCTION

February 1, 2005

WASHINGTON--U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced his Flu Vaccine Incentive Act (S. 96), which would encourage flu vaccine production by targeting federal dollars toward researching new production technologies, removing current vaccine price caps on government purchases, and creating an investment tax credit for vaccine manufacturers who construct further production facilities. “There are promising new technologies for producing the flu vaccine in a shorter amount of time and this... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: DELAY AND PHASE-IN OPENING

January 27, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C.---U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) together authored a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture asking that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s current plan to reopen the U.S. border to Canadian cattle in March be delayed. Additionally, Sen. Inhofe and Rep. Lucas have called for phasing-in of the number of Canadian cattle allowed into the U.S. market, by age, over the course of the following six months. We cannot afford to open... Continue Reading »


INHOFE COMMENTS ON APPROVAL OF CONDOLEEZZA RICE

January 26, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) - Following are excerpts of statements made in support of Dr. Condoleezza Rice’s nomination for U.S. Secretary of State. The Senate today confirmed Dr. Rice’s nomination by a 85-13 vote. “Dr. Condoleezza Rice is no stranger to the international scene. Her long record of accomplishments is well-known to all of us, and her record of exemplary service to this country is without parallel. ... “As President Bush’s National... Continue Reading »


INHOFE AND GIBBONS SEEK PROTECTION FOR VETERAN PILOTS

January 24, 2005

WASHINGTON---U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-Nev.) today reintroduced legislation in their respective Houses of Congress that would increase the mandatory retirement age for commercial airline pilots. Arbitrarily set in 1959, the Federal Aviation Administration’s current mandatory retirement age of 60 has no scientific basis and discriminates against experienced commercial pilots. This legislation would change the mandatory retirement age to 65 thereby allowing... Continue Reading »


Age 60 Pilot Bill Senate Floor Statement

January 24, 2005

Mr. President, I rise today, as an experienced pilot over age 60, along with my colleagues, Senator Stevens and Senator Burns, to introduce a bill that will help end age discrimination among airline pilots . I also want to thank my colleague in the other chamber, Congressman JIM GIBBONS, for his leadership on this issue and for introducing the companion version of this bill.    This bill will abolish the Federal Aviation Administration's Age 60 Rule-the regulation that for more... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT ON PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION

January 20, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement in response to President Bush Second Inauguration. “Today President Bush gave a clear message to the American people outlining his intent to stay on our current path of protecting freedom and democracy at home and spreading both abroad. “We must never forget that many around the globe are denied the basic rights we enjoy as Americans. If we are to continue enjoying these privileges and freedoms we must... Continue Reading »