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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 »


Inhofe Statement on Oklahoma’s Challenge to ObamaCare Subsidies

September 30, 2014

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the decision from U.S. District Judge Ronald White which ruled in favor of Oklahoma’s challenge to an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rule that provides subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. The IRS rule was announced in May 2012 and Oklahoma District Attorney Scott Pruitt first challenged the subsidies in September 2012.  “Today is a victory for Oklahoma and the nation. Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s case has... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Airstrikes in Syria

September 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement in response to President Obama ordering air strikes in Syria to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL): “While taking action in the form of limited airstrikes is a good first step, it will be inadequate to achieve the President’s objective of destroying and defeating ISIL unless it fits into an... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on U.N. Climate Change Summit

September 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, sent President Obama a letter on Monday about the president's scheduled attendance at the U.N. Climate Change Summit in New York City. In the letter, Inhofe questioned recent reports that the Obama Administration is considering ways to bypass the Senate and enter into an international agreement to reduce the United States' greenhouse gas emissions. In the letter, Inhofe wrote,... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRAISES NEW GRANT SUPPORTING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN OWASSO

September 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, congratulated Tulsa County for being awarded a federal grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to invest in infrastructure construction at 76th Street North. The $950,000 grant, along with the $160 million pledged in private investment, will allow 76th Street to more safely and efficiently accommodate increased traffic for the new businesses in this area,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Passage of Continuing Resolution

September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today voted in support of H.J.Res 124, the continuing resolution to fund the federal government through Dec. 11, 2014. “At a time when our nation is facing war, it is important that Congress came together this week to keep the federal government open,” said Inhofe. “My greatest disappointment is that Congress had an opportunity to show its support for our military... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Honored as Guardian of Small Business by NFIB

September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today was presented with the Guardian of Small Business award by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) for voting to support small-business owners during the 113th Congress: "Small businesses are the engine of our economy. They represent roughly 97 percent of Oklahoma’s employers and provide a livelihood to more than half of Oklahoma’s private-sector employees,” said Inhofe. “Under the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Honors Oklahoma Medal of Honor Recipients

September 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today met with U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins (Ret.), a native of Waurika, Okla., and the family of the late U.S. Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat, a native of Coweta, Okla. Adkins and Sloat were awarded the Medal of Honor Monday during a ceremony at the White House. Dr. William Sloat of Enid, Okla., accepted the Medal of Honor... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on the Deployment of US Troops to Africa

September 16, 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 announcement from the Obama Administration that 3,000 troops will be deployed to Africa to help fight the Ebola virus outbreak: "The Ebola crisis plaguing west Africa is dire and only getting worse. The United States can and should play a role in supporting the response and stopping the spread of this deadly disease. The... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing on U.S. Policy Towards Iraq and Syria and the Threat Posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)

September 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today delivered the following opening statement at a SASC hearing entitled: "U.S. Policy Towards Iraq and Syria and the Threat Posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)." Witnesses include Secretary of Defense Charles "Chuck" T. Hagel, and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.  As prepared for delivery: After a year of White House... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Grant to Fund Woodring Runway Extension

September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today congratulated the City of Enid for being awarded a grant through the Department of Transportation (DOT) to extend the runway at Woodring Regional Airport. The nearly $1.4 million grant was awarded through the DOT's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and will extend the runway to meet Woodring Regional Airport’s civil aviation needs and to support the pilot... Continue Reading »


Oklahoma Delegation Calls on DOI to End Secret Agreements

September 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe led the Oklahoma congressional delegation Wednesday in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Interior Sec. Sally Jewell to urge the Department’s Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) to discontinue its attempt to resolve programmatic issues with the Oklahoma Department of Mines with "secrecy agreements.” The letter urges Secretary Jewell to open an inquiry into OSM’s... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on 9/11 Anniversary

September 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released a statement remembering the men and women who lost their lives during the attacks on Sept. 11 in 2001 and 2012, and honored the courageous servicemembers who have and continue to fight the war on terror in order to protect Americans at home and abroad.  “On this date each year the nation gives pause to remember the innocent... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on President's Strategy Speech

September 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement tonight in response to President Obama's address to the nation regarding his strategy to defeat ISIL:  "Tonight, on the eve of the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, President Obama had an important opportunity to present a clear and compelling plan to the American people to defeat the greatest terrorist threat this nation has faced... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on TIGER Grant Award to Tulsa

September 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee, today announced that the City of Tulsa has been awarded a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation that will provide $10 million to rebuild and rehabilitate Riverside Drive. The project will also help to better connect the street to A Gathering Place for Tulsa, a 75-acre recreational park... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Resolution to Authorize Use of Force Against IS

September 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, today introduced S.J.Res.43, an authorization for use of force against the extremist organization that calls itself the Islamic State (IS).  The resolution authorizes the President to use all necessary and appropriate force to protect Americans and defend national security interests against IS and any successor organization and gives the President flexibility to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at EPW Hearing to Consider Nominations to NRC

September 9, 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 to consider the nominations of Mr. Jeffery M. Baran and Mr. Stephen G. Burns to be Members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission:  As prepared for delivery: Mr. Burns and Mr. Baran, thank you for being here. Madam Chairman, while I appreciate that we’re having this hearing today, I’m concerned... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Outlines Serious Concerns for EPA’s Methane Strategy White Papers

September 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, sent a letter today to White House advisor Dan Utech, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, and Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe in response to the EPA's  white papers recently released on the oil and natural gas sector as part of the Obama Administration's methane strategy.    In the letter, Inhofe wrote, "I have... Continue Reading »