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Inhofe Statement on Extension of Oklahoma’s ESEA Flexibility

November 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U. S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Education announcing yesterday that the State of Oklahoma has been granted an extension of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility: “After initially denying Oklahoma’s request for continued flexibility from the strict regulations of ESEA in order to complete the development and implementation of Oklahoma’s college- and career-... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Resignation of Secretary Hagel

November 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released the following statement in response to the resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel:  "I’ve known Secretary Hagel for many years and consider him a friend.  He has served his country with dedication and I wish him well in his future endeavors. "Over the last two years, Secretary Hagel did everything the President asked of him and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Iranian Nuclear Program Negotiations

November 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released the following statement on President Obama’s negotiations with Iran on its nuclear enrichment program: “As I expected and predicted, there is no deal on the Iranian nuclear program.  Thanks to the President’s foreign policy of appeasement, his systematic dismantling of the American armed forces, and the lack of a coherent strategy for the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe's Statement on EPA's Delay of Ethanol Rule

November 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Publics Works Committee, today called the Renewable Fuel Standard “broken” after the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to defer until next year final action on the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations. This is the third year in a row that EPA has missed the statutory deadline of Nov. 30 for finalizing the regulation setting the following year’s requirements for oil... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on President’s Immigration Plan

November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) tonight released the following statement in response to President Obama’s speech in which he announced plans to grant amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants through executive action: “President Obama’s amnesty plan flies in the face of the American people and their vote this last election cycle when the President put his policies on the ballot, including immigration. Instead of coming to the table to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on the Keystone XL Pipeline

November 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement after the US Senate’s failure to pass S. 2280, a bill to approve to the Keystone XL Pipeline: "Despite the US Senate failing to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, I am proud to have voted in favor of the legislation and to have stood once again in defense of thousands of well-paying American jobs and a more robust energy sector. The Keystone... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on President’s $3 Billion Climate Change Pledge

November 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today released the following statement in response to President Obama pledging $3 billion to the United Nations' (U.N.) Green Climate Fund: "President Obama’s pledge to give unelected bureaucrats at the U.N. $3 billion for climate change initiatives is an unfortunate decision to not listen to voters in this most recent election cycle. His climate... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at EPW Nomination Hearing for Virginia Lodge, Ronald Walter

November 13, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today submitted for the record the following statement for a full EPW committee hearing to consider the nominations of Virginia T. Lodge and Ronald A. Walter to be Members of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority: As prepared for delivery: Ms. Lodge and Mr. Walter, thank you for being here today. The Tennessee Valley Authority is a unique component... Continue Reading »


Presidential Medal of Freedom to be Awarded to Oklahoma Native

November 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised Dr. Suzan Harjo of El Reno, Okla., for being one of the nineteen recipients to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest honor bestowed to civilians in their respective fields of improving national interests, world peace, cultural preservation, or other public or private endeavors. Dr. Harjo will receive the award at a White House ceremony on Nov. 24 for her many... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: U.S.-China Climate Deal a Non-Binding Charade

November 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement today about the announced deal between the United States and China to address climate change: "In the President's climate change deal, the United States will be required to more steeply reduce our carbon emissions while China won't have to reduce anything. It's hollow and not believable for China to claim it will shift 20 percent of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: We are working to renew our promise to our nation’s veterans

November 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today made the following statement to honor the men and women who have served in the United States military:  “Operation Iraqi Freedom, followed by Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, led to many of our nation’s sons and daughters volunteering for service in the military. All answered the call with courage and dedication but many did so without an idea of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on IPCC Synthesis Report

November 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today made the following statement in response to the release of the International Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report: “The idea that our advanced industrialized economy would ever have zero carbon emissions is beyond extreme and further proof that the IPCC is nothing more than a front for the environmental left. It comes as no... Continue Reading »


Inhofe travels to support allies in Lithuania, Ukraine, Jordan

October 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today returned from a national security trip to Eastern Europe and the Middle East where he met with leaders of Lithuania, Ukraine and Jordan. In Lithuania, President Dalia Grybauskaite hosted Inhofe on Monday for the inauguration ceremony of Lithuania’s first liquefied natural gas import facility, which will allow the country to lessen the region’s... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Urges EPA to Abandon New Refinery Requirements

October 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, sent a letter Tuesday to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy urging the EPA to withdraw its proposed new control requirements for petroleum refineries. In the letter, Inhofe highlights that the new requirements are not justified by a sound risk assessment; do not provide meaningful benefits to human health or the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Expand LNG Exports to Turn Tables on Putin

October 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today sent a letter to President Obama highlighting the steps Lithuania is taking to free itself of energy dependence on Russia and to support regional stability. Inhofe sent the letter after attending today’s inauguration of Lithuania’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility in Klaipeda. During his time in country, he also met with Lithuanian... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Calls for Travel Ban in Response to Ebola Outbreak

October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today made the following statement calling for a temporary travel ban to the United States from affected West African countries that are fighting the outbreak of Ebola: “Our nation has the capacity to remain a step ahead of the Ebola outbreak, but to date the Administration has failed to take responsible, necessary, and common sense actions to protect... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Approves Reprogramming Request for Ebola Response Effort

October 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today approved the reprogramming request from the Obama Administration that will redirect $750 million in the Department of Defense’s Ongoing Contingency Operation (OCO) account to support the U.S. military’s mission in the Ebola response effort. “When the Senate Armed Services Committee first received the Administration’s request to reprogram $1 billion... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on President’s Visit to Pentagon, Sequestration

October 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. —U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today about President Obama’s visit to the Pentagon Wednesday where he asked Congress to address the “draconian” budget cuts to the Department of Defense under sequestration: "I’m glad President Obama visited the Pentagon yesterday to meet with our top military commanders.  He should do it more often to see firsthand the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Honored by National Association of Manufacturers for Votes During 113th Congress

October 6, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today was honored by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) with its Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. Inhofe received the award based on his voting record during the 113th Congress on issues that are critical to manufacturing in the United States. “Far too often big-government mandates get in the way of business and manufacturing in the United States,” said Inhofe. “Consequently federal policies can... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Raises Concerns Over Duplicative EPA OIG Report

October 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, Thursday sent a letter to Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) again inquiring into the OIG's duplicative report on the effectiveness of states’ hydraulic fracturing regulations. The Groundwater Protection Council (GWPC) released a comprehensive report on Wednesday highlighting the cutting edge oil and natural gas... Continue Reading »