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Inhofe’s Opening Statement at EPW Hearing Entitled, “NRC’s Implementation of the Fukushima Near-Term Task Force Recommendations and other Actions to Enhance and Maintain Nuclear Safety”

June 4, 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 hearing entitled, "NRC’s Implementation of the Fukushima Near-Term Task Force Recommendations and other Actions to Enhance and Maintain Nuclear Safety." Witnesses at today’s hearing include Hon. Allison Macfarlane, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC); Hon. Kristine Svinicki, commissioner of the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at EPW Subcommittee Hearing on Green Jobs and the New Economy Entitled, "Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Hunting in an Era of Changing Climate"

June 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 an EPW Subcommittee hearing on green jobs and the new economy entitled, “Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Hunting in an Era of Changing Climate. Witnesses at today’s hearing include Hon. Dan Ashe, director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service; James Walls, executive director of Lake County Resources... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on EPA Regulation for Existing Power Plants

June 2, 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 after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the proposal of greenhouse gas regulations for the nation’s existing fleet of electricity generators: “Today’s proposed rule by the EPA to cut greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants will cost Americans a fortune, to the tune of $51 billion in lost... Continue Reading »


McKeon, Inhofe, Statement On Release Of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl In Exchange For Release Of Five Guantanamo Detainees

May 31, 2014

WASHINGTON- Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on the release of Sergeant Bowe Berghdal. “Like all Americans, we celebrate the release of Sergeant Berghdal from terrorist captivity. When one of our own comes home to us, we all rejoice.  We are relieved that the ordeal and sacrifice of the Bergdahl family has... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Shinseki Resignation

May 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 in response to President Obama accepting the resignation of Eric Shinseki, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA):  "Shinseki has honorably served his country through his service in two wars and through the variety of command positions in the U.S. Army. While he understands first-hand what it means to be a veteran, I hope... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on President’s Troop Reduction in Afghanistan

May 27, 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 President Obama’s announcement to reduce troop levels in Afghanistan to 9,800 after 2014: "We have held Senate Armed Services Committee hearings and meetings on Afghanistan with our military leaders and it has been determined that we need 13,000 troops on the ground to best accomplish the mission with Afghans security... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Senators Release Statement Upon Visiting Moldova

May 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), today released the following joint statement after a congressional delegation visit to the eastern European country of Moldova Monday afternoon: “We came here today to show our support for you, the people of Moldova, at this very difficult time.  Before coming to Moldova, a... Continue Reading »


Ranking Member Inhofe Completes Second Successful Markup of NDAA

May 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today along with Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) successfully completed markup of the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill includes numerous provisions that were authored and supported by Inhofe that will benefit U.S. national security; active-duty, retired and civilian personnel; and Oklahoma’s military installations and communities. The... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Congressional Passage of Water Resource Reform and Development Act

May 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee and member of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) Conference Committee, today praised the Senate's passage of the WRRDA Conference Report.           “Today Congress put aside partisan differences and fulfilled their constitutional responsibility to maintain and modernize our nation's infrastructure," said... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises State Legislature for Improvements to Oklahoma Quality Jobs Act

May 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, today praised the Oklahoma Legislature for its passage of HB 1416, which modifies the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Act (QJA) to help support Oklahoma military installations' investments in job creation, land acquisition and infrastructure development. This modification will immediately assist Tinker Air Force Base in its planned investment in a new maintenance facility for the KC-46A, which will... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CALLS FOR RELEASE OF SUDANESE WOMAN IMPRISONED FOR HER CHRISTIAN FAITH

May 21, 2014

Inhofe joins Sens. Rubio, Coons, and Menendez in introducing legislation condemning death sentence of Meriam and reaffirming U.S. commitment to end religious persecution  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today joined U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.); Chris Coons (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs; and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of Senate Foreign Relations, in introducing S.Res.453, legislation condemning the death... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF MOORE TORNADOES

May 20, 2014

“Today we are #OklahomaStrong” –Sen. Inhofe WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement today in remembrance of the tornadoes that struck Moore, Shawnee and the surrounding areas in Oklahoma  on May 20, 2013 “One year ago today the nation witnessed the Oklahoma Standard in action – neighbors helping neighbors rise from the rubble; strangers giving countless resources to help others recover and rebuild; Oklahomans... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Calls for Investigation into VA Fraud

May 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today joined calls for an independent investigation into the allegations of fraud within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Inhofe is a cosponsor of S. 2316 that would require the VA’s Inspector General (IG) to complete a report on wait times for medical appointments through the VA and prohibit closure of any VA medical facilities until the delays are... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Mullin Statements on Water Resource Reform and Development Act Report

May 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2), member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I), both members of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) Conference Committee, today released the following statement after the conference released its WRRDA report:  “Maintaining and modernizing our nation’s infrastructure is... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRAISES PROGRESS ON MAP-21 REAUTHORIZATION ACT

May 15, 2014

Inhofe secures amendments supporting transportation research and NGV access to HOV lanes WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today praised the committee passage of the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act (S.2322) as well as the adoption of his amendments during committee mark-up: “Today’s progress on the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act shows that there is strong bi-partisan support in Congress to provide long-term... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Amendment to Revive Percentage Depletion for Marginal Wells

May 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today introduced Amendment no. 3056 to the Senate tax extenders bill that would revive an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provision that eliminates the taxable income limit on percentage depletion for oil and natural gas produced from marginal wells.          “Marginal oil and gas wells produce on average 2 barrels per day, yet... Continue Reading »


Inhofe’s Opening Statement at EPW Hearing Entitled, “Nuclear Reactor Decommission Stakeholder Views"

May 14, 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 EPW hearing entitled, “Nuclear Reactor Decommission Stakeholder Views.” Witnesses at today’s hearing include Michael Weber, deputy executive director for Operations Materials, Waste, Research, State, Tribal, and Compliance Program for  the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Hon. Don Moiser,... Continue Reading »


Senate Passes Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Abduction of Nigerian School Girls

May 7, 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 after the Senate voted unanimously to pass S. Res. 433. Inhofe was a lead cosponsor on the bipartisan resolution, which calls for the immediate, safe return of the 234 schoolgirls who were abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in northeastern Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram. Inhofe joined Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.),... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Carper Introduce Bipartisan Geothermal Amendment

May 6, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) and senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today introduced an amendment to the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) Act that would revise the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to categorize geothermal and other thermal sources of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Mullin Push VA on Idabel Outpatient Clinic

May 6, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2) yesterday sent a letter to Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Eric Shinseki requesting a meeting to discuss why the VA reversed its decision to build a Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Idabel, Okla.  "In light of the extremely disturbing allegations that the VA manipulated the backlog of veterans claims in Arizona, Congressman Mullin and I are... Continue Reading »