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Inhofe’s Opening Statement at EPW Hearing Entitled, “MAP-21 Reauthorization: State and Local Perspectives on Transportation Priorities and Funding”

March 27, 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 Committee hearing entitled, “MAP-21 Reauthorization: State and Local Perspectives on Transportation Priorities and Funding.” Witnesses at today’s hearing include Michael Lewis, director of Rhode Island Department of Transportation; Sue Minter, deputy secretary of Vermont Agency of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe’s Opening Statement at SASC Hearing Entitled, “Posture of the Department of the Navy”

March 27, 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, “Posture of the Department of the Navy." Witnesses at today’s hearing include Hon. Raymond E. Mabus, Secretary of the Navy; Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations; and Gen. James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps. As prepared for delivery:       ... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Nomination of Dr. Westphal, U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

March 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released the following statement in praise of the confirmation of Dr. Joseph William Westphal, nominated to be United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. "A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Dr. Westphal has devoted his entire career to academia and public service. A respected lecturer at universities around the world, he served as head of the Oklahoma State University Political Science Department, was the Chancellor of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Bill to Enforce EPA to Report Job Losses Caused by Rules

March 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today introduced the EPA Employment Impact Analysis Act, a bill that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from finalizing any major regulation until the agency analyzes the economic impact of its current air regulations as required under Section 321(a) of the Clean Air Act. This bill is cosponsored by 29 additional senators, which include Sens. Mitch... Continue Reading »


Inhofe’s Opening Statement at EPW hearing entitled, “Oversight Hearing on the Environment Protection Agency’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget”

March 26, 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 Committee hearing entitled, “Oversight Hearing on the Environment Protection Agency’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget”.  Witnesses at today’s hearing include Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy. As prepared for delivery:         ... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Amendment to Protect DOD Budget in Ukraine Aid Bill

March 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today spoke on the Senate floor about the Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014 (S. 2124), opposing the portion of the legislation that doubles the size of the International Monetary Fund as well as the allocation of defense funds to pay for the IMF provision.  On Monday, Inhofe introduced an amendment to S.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on EPA's Proposed Rule to WOTUS

March 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers' announcement on the proposed rule for the Waters of the United States (WOTUS):           “Today’s proposed rule by the EPA and Corps of Engineers is a massive expansion of power over the... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT HEARING ORAL ARGUMENTS OF HOBBY LOBBY CASE

March 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court hearing oral arguments today in the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.: “If you restrict those of faith from applying their conscience to the world around them, then you quench the progress of freedom. It is David Green’s faith practiced in his day-to-day business decisions that led him and his family to build a successful, nationwide company.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Pushes Range-Wide Plan for LPC, Urges Against Threatened Listing

March 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In advance of the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) March 31 deadline on the listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC), U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today sent a letter to remind FWS Director Dan Ashe of the hard work that Oklahoma and four other states together with the FWS have done to successfully establish a voluntary range-wide conservation plan (RWP) and Candidate Conservation... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRAISES THE DEPLOYMENT OF U.S. SPECIAL OPS, MILITARY AIRCRAFT TO UGANDA

March 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today praised the White House for sending in U.S. Special Operations forces and military aircraft to Uganda for the first time to help hunt Joseph Kony and put an end to his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). “Joseph Kony’s reign of terror has gone on far too long, and we cannot go on another year without bringing him and the LRA to justice,” said Inhofe. “For... Continue Reading »


INHOFE ON THE 2-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF OBAMA’S CUSHING, OKLAHOMA VISIT

March 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, released the following remarks on the 2nd anniversary of President Obama’s speech on March 22, 2012, in Cushing, Okla., regarding his support of the southern leg of the Keystone XL: “It was two years ago today that President Obama made a bold decision to visit Oklahoma where he promised that his administration would ‘cut through the red tape’ to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe’s Opening Statement at SASC Hearing on U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Southern Command

March 13, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services (SASC) Committee, today delivered the following opening statement at the SASC hearing on U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM):   As prepared for delivery:             Now, more than ever, the threats we face are no longer confined to the geographic boundaries that divide our Combatant Commands.  What... Continue Reading »


Senator Inhofe’s Opening Statement at SASC Hearing on the Current Situation in Afghanistan

March 12, 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 on the current situation in Afghanistan with witness General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., USMC, commander of the International Security Assistance Force: As prepared for delivery: I visited our troops in Afghanistan in January.   Despite the media’s focus on negative news, I saw firsthand that our... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at SASC NSA/Cyber Command and TRANSCOM Nomination Hearing

March 11, 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 the SASC hearing to consider nominations of General Paul J. Selva, for reappointment to the grade of General and to be Commander of United States Transportation Command; and Vice Admiral Michael S. Rogers to be Admiral and Director of the National Security Agency, to be Chief of Central Security Services, and to be... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Supports Victims Protection Act of 2014

March 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today praised the Senate passage of S. 1917, the Victims Protection Act of 2014. “With the passage of the Victims Protection Act, we have concluded the most comprehensive revision to military justice since 1983," said Inhofe. "Since 2009, Congress has enacted 47 provisions either directly addressing sexual assault within the military or instituting reforms to the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Congratulates Altus for Commander-In-Chief’s Installation Excellence Award

March 6, 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 congratulating Altus Air Force Base in Altus, Okla., for receiving the Commander-In-Chief’s Installation Excellence Award: “The Commander-in-Chief's Installation Excellence Award makes known to the nation what I and every Oklahoman already believe – Altus is the best Air Force base in the world. I am proud... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at SASC Central Command, Africa Command Posture Hearing

March 6, 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 full committee hearing to receive testimony on U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2015 and the Future Years Defense Program: As prepared for delivery: I’ve spent a lot of time recently talking about the growing threats to... Continue Reading »


Senator Inhofe’s Opening Statement at SASC Hearing Entitled, “Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2015 and the Future Years Defense Program”

March 5, 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 the SASC full committee hearing entitled: "Defense Authorization for Fiscal Year 2015 and the Future Years Defense Programs". As prepared for delivery: Events across the Middle East, Africa, and most recently in Ukraine have brought into sharp focus a reality that President Obama seems unwilling to accept: the tide of war... Continue Reading »


Inhofe on Russia: I Warned This Day Was Coming

March 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today regarding President Obama's response to Russia and the current state of the United States military:  "The arrogant actions of President Putin and Russia in recent days is a direct result of President Obama's disarming of America since the beginning of his Administration. Five years ago, I went to Afghanistan to respond to President Obama's first budget knowing... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Releases Annual Report For 2012-2013

March 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released an annual report outlining initiatives and accomplishments from 2012 and 2013, many of which led him to receiving rankings as one of the top Senate conservatives by National Journal, Club for Growth, and the American Conservative Union.  In the opening letter of the report, Inhofe wrote: "Despite the many obstacles, I have worked hard in my leadership roles to help the people of Oklahoma and to improve the direction of our... Continue Reading »