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Inhofe Statement on Obama Administration’s International Climate Change Efforts

August 27, 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 reports that the Obama Administration may attempt to bypass the required Senate approval of an international treaty in an effort to enact a climate change treaty: “Today’s New York Times story shows that the President has already given up on his dream of enacting an internationally binding global warming... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Approval of NRC Final Spent Fuel Storage Rule

August 26, 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 Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) approval of its final spent fuel storage rule: “I applaud the NRC for finalizing its waste confidence rule,” said Inhofe. “Storage in spent fuel pools and dry casks is well governed and is safe, and the NRC’s regulations now appropriately... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Threat of ISIS

August 23, 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 the growing threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the terrorist group commonly known as ISIS: “The President’s inaction over the last three years has allowed the rapid growth of ISIS, potentially the greatest terrorist threat to American citizens. Thousands of hardened fighters, including ever increasing numbers of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Illegal Taliban Prisoner Exchange

August 21, 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 a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that the release of five Taliban terrorists from the detention center at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay violated the 2014 Defense Appropriations Act and the Antideficiency Act, and cost U.S. taxpayers nearly $1 million: “As I said repeatedly at the time, the President's... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Fallin Praise Full, Permanent Restoration of Surplus Equipment Programs

August 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin today praised an announcement from the Department of Defense's (DOD) Defense Logistics Agency to fully and permanently restore the DOD surplus equipment programs that benefit Oklahoma counties, school districts and rural fire departments:  “The notification from the Department of Defense to fully and permanently restore the programs that provide state and local agencies with... Continue Reading »


Inhofe on situation in Iraq, calls for U.S. support of the Kurds

August 8, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today about the situation in Iraq, specifically calling for U.S. support of the Kurds with air support, intelligence, and equipment: “Today’s tactical strikes against ISIS are long overdue.  While the White House has been paralyzed by handwringing and indecision, ISIS now operates the largest terrorist safe haven in the world. Now more than... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Closure of UAC Camp at Fort Sill

August 4, 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 after being notified that the Department of Health and Human Services expects to close the housing facility for unaccompanied alien children (UAC) at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla., by August 8:   “I applaud the Lawton and Fort Sill communities for stepping up to the plate over the past few months to care for the thousands of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opposes Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill

July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted against a $2.7 billion emergency supplemental appropriations bill requested by President Obama in an attempt to address the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. The bill failed to get the 60 votes needed to advance.  “The emergency supplemental appropriations bill does absolutely nothing to change the President’s policies that have led to the immigration crisis at our southern... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Passage of VA Reform Bill

July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today praised the passage of the comprehensive, bipartisan conference report to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The bill includes a provision that will allow the Tulsa Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) to pursue a new facility to better serve local veterans’ growing health care needs. The bill passed the Senate by a 91 to 3... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes For Highway Trust Fund Patch, Calls for Long-Term Solution

July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today voted in favor of H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, which will allow for highway and transportation projects to continue through May 31, 2015, by providing nearly $11 billion in off-set highway funds.  “I applaud Congress for coming together before August to prevent many critical road and transit... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises DOT Grants to Enhance Oklahoma Airports

July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today congratulated the Seminole Municipal Airport and the University of Oklahoma Max Westheimer Airport for receiving grants through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Small Community Air Service Development Program. The two grants will support efforts to rehabilitate runways and improve safety measures at the two local airports.  “Between local... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Donnelly Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Level Playing Field for Natural Gas Long Haul Trucks

July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) today introduced the Natural Gas Long Haul Truck Competitiveness Act of 2014 (S. 2721), a bill that would level the playing field between diesel and natural gas long-haul trucks by allowing them to carry the same amount of freight. Due to natural gas fueling systems weighing roughly 2,000 pounds more than diesel systems, trucks running on natural gas are forced to carry less freight under current federal... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Situation in Ukraine

July 30, 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 the situation in Ukraine: “While Russia is committing an act of war by firing rockets and heavy artillery into Ukraine, the Obama Administration continues to sit idly by, assessing a very obvious crisis. Putin is sending tanks, artillery, and rocket launchers to pro-Russian separatists, while President Obama sends rations, body... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Report Shines Light on Dark-Money Network Behind Environmental Movement

July 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today praised a report released by EPW Ranking Member David Vitter (R-La.) titled The Chain of Environmental Command that highlights the close relationship of environmental organizations, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the shadow-money that support them.  “Sen. Vitter’s report is critical to continuing the EPW... Continue Reading »


Inhofe introduces legislation to address listings under Endangered Species Act

July 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, introduced two bills today to address the listings of the American Burying Beetle (ABB) and the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The American Burying Beetle Relief Act of 2014, S. 2678, would remove ABB from the list of endangered species under ESA. The ABB population has grown significantly and appears to exist in far more areas... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Supports McDonald Nomination to VA Secretary

July 29, 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 after the Senate confirmed Robert McDonald, retired chairman, president and chief executive officer of Proctor & Gamble, to be Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs by a 97 to 0 vote:  “As the drawdown in Afghanistan begins and our troops return from the front lines of battle, it is imperative that the new Secretary... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Backs Legislation to Block Funding for DACA, Amnesty

July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), yesterday cosponsored legislation introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to expand President Obama’s policy of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and from continuing to grant amnesty or process work permits for illegal immigrants.  “DACA is enticing families to send their young children on the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Release of Sudanese Christian and Her Family

July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the departure from Sudan of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, a Sudanese Christian woman accused of apostasy, along with her husband, Daniel Wani, and their two children.  "Meriam and her family have been on a long journey over the past year, and I am encouraged to hear that they are together, safe, and free,” said Inhofe. “Meriam’s story reminds us that there are still many areas of the world where religious... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at EPW Hearing on EPA’s Proposed Existing Power Plant Rule

July 23, 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 an EPW hearing entitled “Oversight Hearing: EPA’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants.” The hearing witness was Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Adm. Gina McCarthy. As prepared for delivery: Administrator McCarthy, thank you for taking the time to be here today. There... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement Halbig v. Burwell Decision

July 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today responded to the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to uphold the challenge in Halbig v. Burwell. The court ruled that government subsidies given to 4.7 million people by the Obama Administration to purchase insurance on the federally-run Healthcare.gov were not legal under the Affordable Care Act.  “Today’s decision in the D.C. Circuit Court is only one of many rulings... Continue Reading »