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Inhofe Meets with GM about NGVs, CAFE standards

January 22, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today met with General Motors (GM) to discuss how Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards are impacting automakers. GM provided an update on the impact of Inhofe’s provision in the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that streamlines regulations for the production of natural gas dual-fueled vehicles (NGV).  “I am proud of GM and other automakers for investing in natural gas vehicle... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Commends Participants of March for Life

January 22, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, released the following statement commending the thousands gathering today at the nation’s capital for the March for Life: “Today as thousands of people march in Washington, we are reminded that abortion is not the answer. As co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, I believe that adoption is the best alternative to abortion and further recognizes the sanctity... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Responds to the State of the Union Address

January 21, 2015

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following video response today to President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address:  View video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zkcSCWSDQ0 Transcript: Tonight we heard the president praise America’s recent economic gains. Our nation's energy industry deserves the credit for the growth we see today. We are experiencing an energy... Continue Reading »


Inhofe meets with Kurdish Representatives, Urges DOD to grant more support

January 9, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), on Thursday met with the new Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Representative to the United States, Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, about continued U.S. assistance to the Peshmerga. Inhofe gave his support for their request for more weaponry from the United States to continue to fight ISIL.  “The Kurds in Iraq have proven themselves to be fierce... Continue Reading »


Inhofe’s statement on the surrender of LRA’s Deputy Commander

January 8, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the surrender of the Lord’s Resistance Army’s (LRA) deputy commander, Dominic Ongwen: “The LRA has wreaked havoc upon hundreds of thousands throughout central Africa for more than two decades. The surrender of Ongwen is a strong sign that the end of the LRA and Kony is in sight. I applaud our... Continue Reading »


Inhofe co-sponsors “Hire More Heroes Act”

January 8, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), joined Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and 20 other Senators Tuesday to introduce the bipartisan Hire More Heroes Act of 2015 (S.12), a bill that would encourage companies to hire more American veterans, while providing relief from the burdensome ObamaCare employer mandate. Inhofe was also a cosponsor of this bill in the 113th Congress.     ... Continue Reading »


Inhofe statement on the terrorist attack in Paris

January 7, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement regarding the attack of the "Charlie Hebdo Weekly" Paris offices this morning: “The victims and their families of the terrorist attack in Paris today are in my thoughts and prayers. America stands with those who lost loved ones and with the country of France and all our allies on this issue of terrorism. This attack proves that we are facing... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Announces Staff Changes

January 7, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today announced staff changes in his personal office in Washington, D.C. JOHN BONSELL is returning to the personal staff as Deputy Chief of Staff. Bonsell will work together with Ryan Jackson, the current chief of staff, to support Inhofe's staff and priorities, especially as it pertains to military policy.  Prior, Bonsell was the minority staff director for the Armed Services... Continue Reading »


Inhofe statement on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) expansion

December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today issued a statement regarding the Council on Environmental Quality’s announcement of draft guidance on federal agencies’ consideration of greenhouse gas emissions when carrying out obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): “The expansion of NEPA is another clear indicator that the president is more focused on... Continue Reading »


Inhofe praises the opening of the F135 Heavy Maintenance Center at Tinker Air Force

December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today praised the opening of the F135 Heavy Maintenance Center at Tinker Air Force, which took place on Dec. 15. "It takes a team of dedicated professionals, military and civilian, to project airpower around the globe,” Inhofe said. “Air depots provide the foundation for maintaining and sustaining that capability and Tinker Air Force Base is the... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT ON CUBA SANCTIONS RELIEF

December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today made the following statement regarding the release of Alan Gross after 5 years in prison in Cuba and the president’s announcement to re-establish diplomatic relations and ease economic and travel restrictions.  “I am delighted that Alan Gross has been released and can return to his loved ones after five years of wrongful imprisonment,” Inhofe... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT FOR EPW HEARING ON PROPOSED OZONE STANDARDS

December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, submitted the following statement for the record today for the EPW Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety hearing entitled: “Oversight Hearing: EPA’s Proposed National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone.” Witnesses included Janet McCabe, Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency;... Continue Reading »


Inhofe praises Senate passage of 2014 Tax Extenders package

December 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted in favor of H.R. 5771, the tax extenders package. The Senate passed the legislation by a vote of 76 to 16. “I am proud to have voted in favor of the 2014 Tax Extenders package, which includes a host of important provisions for Oklahoma’s job creators,” Inhofe said. "This legislation will help our farmers and small business owners expand their services in Oklahoma by allowing them to write... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opposes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

December 13, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement voicing opposition to the $1.1 trillion spending package, H.R. 83, that passed the Senate by 56 to 40 votes. “I strongly oppose the $1.1 trillion spending package passed by the Senate late Saturday evening without the opportunity for amendments to be introduced or time for adequate debate. Our nation is not a dispensable ATM for unbridled,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Levin Natural Gas Vehicle Provision Passes Congress

December 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today joined U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of SASC, in praising the passage of a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of Fiscal Year 2015 that will incentivize the production of natural gas vehicles (NGVs). The NDAA provision is based off S.2065, The Alternative Fuel... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Passage of National Defense Authorization Act for 53rd Consecutive Year

December 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today praised the Senate passage of H.R. 3979, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2015. Inhofe coauthored the legislation with SASC Chairman Carl Levin, House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA-25), and HASC Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA-9) It now awaits to be signed into law by the president. “Today Congress stood in strong... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO SECURE RETIREMENT BENEFITS OF AMERICAN AIRLINE EMPLOYEES

December 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a co-chair of the Senate Pilot’s Caucus, today praised the passage of S.2614, legislation that would extend to American Airline employees the option to contribute recently received bankruptcy settlements into retirement accounts without incurring a tax penalty. This provision was made available to employees of other domestic airlines following their bankruptcies but expired before American Airlines filed for bankruptcy in... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Defense Secretary Nomination

December 5, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement regarding the president’s nomination of Dr. Ash Carter to be the next Secretary of Defense: "I welcome the nomination of Dr. Ash Carter to be the next Secretary of Defense.  I have worked with Dr. Carter over the years and consider him qualified for the position and look forward to his confirmation hearing.  The unanswered question is how... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Announces NDAA Provisions Supporting Oklahoma

December 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today announced provisions in the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that impact the state of Oklahoma. The NDAA was introduced yesterday in the House of Representatives, and was authored by Inhofe, SASC Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA-25), and HASC Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA-9). "I am... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at EPW Hearing on NRC’s Implementation of Fukishima Recommendations

December 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today delivered the following opening statement at a full committee hearing entitled, “NRC’s Implementation of the Fukushima Near-Term Task Force Recommendations and other Actions to Enhance and Maintain Nuclear Safety.” As prepared for delivery: Chairman Boxer, thank you for holding this hearing. Over the last several years, I have consistently voiced my... Continue Reading »