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INHOFE REJECTS TROOP WITHDRAWAL DATE SET BY WHITE HOUSE

June 29, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today participated in a SASC nomination hearing of U.S. Gen. David Petraeus to replace U.S. General Stanley McChrystal as the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces in Afghanistan. During the SASC hearing, Inhofe questioned Petraeus on President Obama’s withdrawal timeline from Afghanistan as well as training and combat status... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Comments on Yucca Mountain Application

June 29, 2010

Contact: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 David Lungren David_Lungren@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-5642 Inhofe Comments on Yucca Mountain Application Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today welcomed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) Construction Authorization Board decision to deny the Department of Energy's (DOE) motion to withdraw the Yucca Mountain application.... Continue Reading »


INHOFE REMEMBERS U.S. SEN. BYRD

June 28, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after hearing the news that U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) passed away at age 92:      “As the longest serving member of the United States Senate, Robert Byrd possessed great compassion and leadership for the people of West Virginia. His dedicated service in the Senate combined with his mastery of the Constitution and the chamber’s rules and procedure will inevitably leave... Continue Reading »


INHOFE APPLAUDS SUPREME COURT SECOND AMENDMENT RULING

June 28, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding today in McDonald v. City of Chicago that the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms is fully applicable to all 50 states.  Inhofe said, “Today’s landmark decision by the Supreme Court builds on the Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller in 2008.  Today’s decision knowledgeably explained the history of the fundamental nature of... Continue Reading »


INHOFE DEMANDS ALTERNATIVE VIEWPOINTS AT START HEARINGS

June 25, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this week attended a hearing on the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).  During the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Inhofe continued to encourage balance among the witnesses, as no previous witness who had appeared before this committee – 17 in all -- had testified in opposition to the START... Continue Reading »


INHOFE MEETS WITH U.S. GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS

June 24, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and co-chair of the Senate Army Caucus, today met with current CENTCOM Commander U.S. Gen. David Petraeus regarding his recent nomination to be the Commander of Allied Forces in Afghanistan, replacing U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal. “I support the nomination of U.S. Gen. David Petraeus to replace U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal,” said Inhofe. “General Petraeus is a highly... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PROTECTS CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAMS AT EAST CENTRAL UNIVERSITY

June 24, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) secured language in the Senate passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act that will allow East Central University (ECU) in Ada to continue training law enforcement officers currently serving in Indian country. As originally written, the bill permitted law enforcement personnel of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Office of Justice Services or an Indian tribe to obtain training at a state or tribal police academy, a local or tribal community... Continue Reading »


INHOFE REACTS TO RESIGNATION OF GEN. McCHRYSTAL

June 23, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and the co-chair of the Senate Army Caucus, reacted to news that President Obama accepted the resignation of U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal, Commander of Allied Forces in Afghanistan:   “General McChrystal’s service and leadership have proven to be invaluable and instrumental to our nation’s military success in Iraq and... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RAISES AWARENESS AMONGST SOLDIERS IN NEED

June 22, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today expressed his concerns over the continued high rates of suicide deaths and attempts amongst United States Armed Services personnel. During the hearing, SASC Chairman U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) both praised Inhofe’s efforts to bring the issue to the forefront of the congressional agenda. “This is a... Continue Reading »


INHOFE EMPHASIZES CONCERN WITH DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL AMENDMENT

June 22, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), again expressed his frustrations over the inclusion of language to repeal  Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11).  If approved by the full Senate, as was done by the full House, the NDAA for FY11 would repeal the 1993 law and allow homosexuals to openly serve in the U.S. military. “If... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Comments on Rolling Stone Article

June 22, 2010

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement regarding the Rolling Stone article on U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Commander of Allied Forces in Afghanistan.  “General McChrystal is one of the most qualified generals in the Army and extremely respected across the services. His leadership and expertise have been instrumental to our success in Iraq and Afghanistan. In my meetings with General McChrystal, I have... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Hearing Statement: Oversight of EPAs Superfund Program

June 22, 2010

Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 David Lungren David_Lungren@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-5642 Opening Statement of Senator James M. Inhofe Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health hearing entitled, "Oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund Program." Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 2:30 p.m. Good afternoon.  Chairman Lautenberg, as always, it's good to see... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SPEAKS OUT ON MOROCCO'S HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

June 18, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today expressed concern with Morocco's recent record on human rights and religious freedom. Inhofe's comments came after yesterday's Tom Lantos’ Human Rights Commission hearing on the matter that examined the Moroccan government’s persecution of Moroccan Christians and accusations of proselytizing or evangelizing. Since March, the country has deported almost 100 foreign... Continue Reading »


EPA Lead-Based Paint Announcement Great News For Oklahoma

June 18, 2010

Contact: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 David Lungren David_Lungren@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-5642 EPA Lead-Based Paint Announcement Great News For Oklahoma Inhofe Oversight Efforts Prevail Tulsa World: Inhofe expects delay of EPA lead paint rule Link to EPA Memorandum Link to Inhofe Webpage on EPA's Lead-Based Paint Rule Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today welcomed... Continue Reading »


EPA Lead-Based Paint Announcement Great News for Oklahoma

June 18, 2010

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement issuing a memorandum extending the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule deadline for renovators to enroll in training classes to September 30, 2010.  In addition, it has extended the deadline for contractors to complete training to December 31, 2010, and most... Continue Reading »


EPA AGREES TO SENATORS REQUEST TO ALLOW SMALL CONTRACTORS ADDITIONAL TIME TO COMPLY WITH NEW EPA LEAD PAINT RULE

June 18, 2010

Contact: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 (Inhofe) David Lungren David_Lungren@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-5642 (Inhofe) EPA AGREES TO SENATORS' REQUEST TO ALLOW SMALL CONTRACTORS ADDITIONAL TIME TO COMPLY WITH NEW EPA LEAD PAINT RULE Contractors faced hefty fines despite EPA's lack of accredited trainers Link to EPA Memorandum Link to Inhofe Webpage on EPA's Lead Paint Rule WASHINGTON, D.C.- Small contractors around the country will now have more time to  comply... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CONTINUES TO RAISE CONCERN WITH START TREATY

June 18, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today expressed his concerns over the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) on the Senate floor.  Inhofe’s statement comes after yesterday’s SASC hearing on START with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Admiral Michael Mullen, and Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu.   “My opinion on the START... Continue Reading »


INHOFE OUTLINES SUPPORT FOR MEASURE EXTENDING TAX CUTS

June 17, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted in favor of U.S. Sen. John Thune’s (R-S.D.) amendment that offered an alternative to the Democrat-backed tax extenders legislation offered by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) that would increase government spending by $126 billion and add $79 billion to the national deficit in the next ten years..  Under Thune’s amendment, reckless spending is eliminated as it reduces the deficit by $55 billion and cuts taxes by... Continue Reading »


INHOFE OBJECTS TO ANTI-GULF ENERGY BILL

June 17, 2010

Contact: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797 David Lungren David_Lungren@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-5642 INHOFE OBJECTS TO ANTI-GULF ENERGY BILL Calls for Sensible Reform of Oil Pollution Act Washington, DC-Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, released the following statement in response to the unanimous consent request by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) to bypass the EPW Committee and consider his amendment to... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RECEIVES NAMIC BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PUBLIC POLICY AWARD

June 16, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), recently received the Benjamin Franklin Public Policy Award from the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) for demonstrating unwavering support for a free market and leadership on behalf of NAMIC members, insurance consumers, and the property/casualty insurance industry. “I am honored to receive this award from NAMIC,” Inhofe said.  “Having worked in the insurance industry myself, I appreciate... Continue Reading »