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Inhofe Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling for Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA

June 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling today on Utility Air Regulatory Group v. United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding a set of EPA greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations: “I am pleased the Supreme Court ruled today to limit EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases and also ruled in line with the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Too Soon to Declare Victory Over Syria's Chemical Weapons

June 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announcement that the last eight percent of the declared 1,300-ton stockpile of chemical weapons has been removed from Syria: “While I welcome the news that all declared chemicals have been removed from Syria, it is too soon to declare victory. I don’t trust that Assad and Putin... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Visit to Fort Sill to Tour Facility Housing Children Who Entered the U.S. Illegally

June 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today visited Fort Sill to tour the Army military base where nearly 600 unaccompanied children from Central America who crossed the border illegally are being housed. Fort Sill has been advised to prepare to house up to 1,400 children. "Today's tour of Fort Sill just reaffirmed to me that something must be done to secure our borders and to force the Obama Administration to abide by our immigration laws," said Inhofe. "The flood of children... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: AFTER AMPLE WARNING, THE PRESIDENT IS DOING TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE IN IRAQ

June 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement after President Obama addressed the White House press corps on Iraq and after a closed-door SASC committee hearing on Iraq this afternoon: “On Oct. 29, 2013, I sent a letter with Sens. Levin, McCain, Menendez, Corker, and Graham urging the President to increase intelligence sharing, security assistance, and counterterrorism support for Iraq. In... Continue Reading »


Inhofe’s Opening Statement at SASC Nominations Hearing

June 19, 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 hearing to consider the nominations of Dr. Laura Junor, to be principal deputy under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness; Gordon Tanner, to be general counsel of the department of the Air Force; Debra Wada, to be assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs; Miranda Ballentine, to be assistant... Continue Reading »


Inhofe’s Opening Statement at EPW Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee Hearing Entitled, “Climate Change: The Need to Act Now”

June 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today delivered the following opening statement at an Environment and Public Works' (EPW) Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee hearing entitled, “Climate Change: The Need to Act Now.” Witnesses for the hearing include Hon. William Ruckelshaus, strategic advisor for Madrona Venture Group and former administrator for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Hon. Christine Todd Whitman, president of The Whitman... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on the Capture of Ahmed Abu Khatalla

June 17, 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 capture of Ahmed Abu Khatalla, reportedly a senior leader of the foreign terrorist organization Ansar al-Sharia. U.S. Special Forces captured Khatalla on account of his role in the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. "Once again the President has made the wrong decision on how our nation should be handling... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Wishes the U.S. Army a Happy 239th Birthday

June 13, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and co-chair of the Senate Army Caucus, today released the following statement in recognition of the 239th birthday of the U.S. Army:  “Since 1775, the United States has relied on the Army to fight and preserve the freedoms and values that we cherish as a nation. Our Army is the best trained and most experienced landforce ever assembled. Today, more than 1.1 million soldiers... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: The Nation Deserves Better Answers on Iraq From President Obama

June 13, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement in response to President Obama's speech from the White House lawn regarding recent developments in Iraq: "The nation deserves better answers from President Obama. Today was another example of him pushing responsibility for his foreign policy failures off on everyone but himself. The President needs to put forward a comprehensive strategy for Iraq and the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Deteriorating Situation in Iraq and Future of Afghanistan

June 12, 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 concerning the deteriorating situation in Iraq after a briefing by the Department of Defense:  "President Obama’s failed strategy in Iraq contributed to the chaos we are seeing today.  Al Qaeda inspired terrorists have returned and are overtaking key cities including Fallujah, Tikrit and Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. He... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF SENATE VETERANS BILL

June 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voted in support of the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act (S.2450) and promised to fight for need funding for the Tulsa VA clinic when the bill goes to conference. “Today the Senate took an important step towards holding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) accountable to the quality and accessibility of health care... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, SENATORS INTRODUCE BILL TO CLOSE CATCH-AND-RELEASE LOOPHOLE

June 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced Keep Our Communities Safe Act 2014 with Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), David Vitter (R-La.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas). The legislation would close the legal loophole created by the U.S. Supreme Court in Zadvydas v. Davis (2001) that requires immigration authorities to release back into the United States any immigrant that has not been accepted for deportation to other countries after being... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT ON SENATE STUDENT LOAN BILL

June 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe released the following statement today after S. 2432, Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, failed on cloture by a vote of 56-38:  “Higher education is one of the key tools in lifting young people out of poverty and setting them on a path to success. However, the cost of education has grown at an unsustainable rate and the federal government encourages these cost increases, giving universities no incentive to cut back. S. 2432... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Bill to Rein in Department of Education, Restore Voice of State and Local School Boards

June 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced the Local School Board Governance and Flexibility Act (S.2451), legislation that would rein in the Department of Education’s (ED) regulatory power and return education decisions back to the states and local communities. “Our education system has grown to operate as if Washington knows best, but this approach has failed our nation’s children and silenced the most important voices in the room - parents, teachers,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Illegal Immigrants to be Housed at Fort Sill Base

June 6, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today after learning that Fort Sill military base in Lawton, Okla., is expected to begin housing at least 600 unaccompanied minors who illegally immigrated to the United States. The Obama Administration has not yet answered questions on how long these minors will be living on base as well as what resources the Department of Defense will be responsible in... Continue Reading »


INHOFE WORKING TO FIX VETERANS BILL THAT EXCLUDES VITAL FUNDING FOR TULSA VA CLINIC

June 6, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today toured Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facility in Tulsa and then released the following statement  on the McCain-Sanders' veterans bill announced on June 5 that excludes vital funding for improvements to the Tulsa VA clinic:  "While the McCain-Sanders VA bill has qualities that our veterans need, such as having access to other means of care if they are wait-listed, I am very disappointed that this legislation... Continue Reading »


Inhofe’s Statement on the 70th Anniversary of D-DAY

June 6, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services (SASC) Committee, today made the following statement on the 70th anniversary of D-Day: “On this day seventy years ago, thousands of courageous Americans stormed the beaches of Normandy against nearly insurmountable odds in the name of freedom.  Their service and sacrifices helped lift millions from under the heavy grip of tyranny and forever changed the course of history. Not just... Continue Reading »


Inhofe on the Nomination of Gen. Dunford

June 5, 2014

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the nomination of Gen. Joseph Dunford, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, to be the next commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps: "I'm pleased Gen. Dunford has been chosen to serve as the next Commandant of the Marine Corps. Gen. Dunford has a long and distinguished career of service to our nation, particularly in his current role as our top commander in... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes Against Burwell to be HHS Secretary

June 5, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted against the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be secretary of the Health and Human Services (HHS). Burwell was confirmed by a Senate vote of 78-17.  "Just like the Department of Veterans Affairs, the President cannot fix the fundamental, systematic flaws of ObamaCare by simply replacing the person in charge. In light of the disastrous roll-out of ObamaCare, the new nominee to lead HHS should be someone who can work... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, RUBIO HAIL SENATE PASSAGE OF RESOLUTION CONDEMNING DEATH SENTENCE FOR SUDANESE CHRISTIAN WOMAN

June 4, 2014

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today hailed the Senate’s passage of a resolution condemning the death sentence of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, a Sudanese Christian woman accused of apostasy. The resolution calls for her immediate and unconditional release from prison, where she recently delivered her newborn baby, who remains in jail... Continue Reading »