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Inhofe Opening Statement at EPW Full, Subcommittee Oversight Hearing on Nuclear Safety

January 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), today delivered the following opening statement at the EPW Full and Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety hearing entitled, “Oversight Hearing: NRC’s Implementation of the Fukushima Near-Term Task Force Recommendations and other Actions to Enhance and Maintain Nuclear Safety:” As prepared for delivery: Thank you all for being here today. It was in... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Responds to State of the Union Address

January 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), this evening released a video response to President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address.  Click here to watch video As prepared for delivery: At tonight’s State of the Union, Oklahoma was proudly represented by Gary Bird, the Fire Chief for Moore, Oklahoma, who was seated with the First Lady. Bird has faithfully served Oklahomans as a firefighter since 1981, and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Commends Annual March for Life

January 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today commended the hundreds of Oklahomans and thousands more Americans who gathered in the nation's capital for the March for Life.  "The several thousand that march today in Washington represent the millions of unborn lives who have been unjustly taken since the Roe vs. Wade ruling 41 years ago," said Inhofe. "The annual March for Life is about peacefully standing in the gap for the most vulnerable among us,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Condemns Russia's Occupation of Georgian Territory

January 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, delivered the following statement on Sunday in Tiblisi, Georgia after meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, where they spoke about the territorial security needs of the country.  "We want to issue a clear condemnation of Russia's continued occupation of Georgian territory and recent efforts to move the line of occupation deeper into Georgian territory, all of which... Continue Reading »


Inhofe on Coburn’s Retirement Announcement

January 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement today after Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) announced he would be retiring at the end of 2014: "I was honored to help recruit Tom in 1993 to run for the House of Representatives. I knew then that he was an intellectual and superb medical doctor. As we worked together, I came to learn he also had the skills that made him arguably the most sought after advisor in the Republican conference. In every policy decision,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opposes Omnibus Appropriations Bill

January 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after voting against the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (H.R. 3547). The bill passed by a 72 to 26 vote. “Today I voted no on the omnibus appropriations bill because it continues the disproportionate cuts that are decimating our national security. Further, the agreement fails to fully restore the earned retirement benefits of our military... Continue Reading »


Manchin, Inhofe Introduce Bill to Protect Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers

January 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would ensure the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conducts an open rulemaking process before enacting potential changes to the medical certification requirements for pilots and air traffic controllers in relation to sleep disorders.  “As a pilot myself, I recognize that there is nothing more important than making sure our skies are safe and I appreciate... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Joins CRA Challenge to EPA’s Coal Power Plants Rule

January 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today joined Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and 39 Senators in filing a Disapproval Resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed greenhouse gas standards for new coal fired power plants. The Disapproval Resolution will ensure a Senate vote on the proposed rule. If adopted... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Amendment to Allow Horse Slaughter Plants

January 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced an amendment to the omnibus spending bill that would strike a provision of the bill blocking the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) from inspecting horse slaughter plants and thereby effectively banning these facilities in the United States. "I am very concerned that the omnibus appropriations bill includes a provision that blocks government inspection of horse processing facilities, effectively shutting down this... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at SASC Hearing to Consider Nominations of Creedon, Carson, LaPlante

January 16, 2014

Witnesses: Honorable Madelyn R. Creedon To be Principal Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration Honorable Brad R. Carson To be Under Secretary of the Army Dr. William A. LaPlante, Jr. To be Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition As prepared for delivery: Ms. Creedon, the Congress remains committed to the nuclear modernization promises made to secure ratification of the 2010 New START treaty.  Secretary Hagel said earlier this month in Wyoming,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at Full EPW Committee Hearing entitled “Review of the President’s Climate Action Plan”

January 16, 2014

As prepared for delivery: On multiple occasions, and most recently on May 30th of last year, President Obama has said that “the temperature around the globe is increasing faster than was predicted even ten years ago” and that “the climate is warming faster than anybody anticipated five or ten years ago.”  Both statements are false, and through letters to you, Ms. McCarthy, and on the record in this Committee, we’ve asked the EPA to provide us with the data... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Amendment to Restore Military Retirement Benefits

January 13, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, today introduced an amendment to the Senate’s unemployment insurance extension bill (S. 1845) that would repeal Section 403 of the Murray-Ryan Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. Section 403 penalizes current and future military retirees by subtracting a full percentage point each year from their Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for those under the age of 62 and who retire at the 20-year... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Former Israeli Prime Minister Sharon’s Passing

January 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement today on news of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's passing:  "I will always fondly remember the meeting I had with Prime Minister Sharon in May 2002. What was scheduled to be a 15 minute meeting turned into more than an hour as we shared about our mutual love for Africa, where he spent time farming with his father, and for the Torah. He lived according to the passage in Deuteronomy 6:5 instructing... Continue Reading »


INHOFE APPLAUDS BAE EXPANSION, NEW JOBS TO ELGIN, OKLA FACILITY

January 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released the following statement praising BAE Systems’ decision to expand its facility in Elgin, Okla. to prepare for the final assembly of the Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) program. Inhofe was scheduled to speak at the groundbreaking ceremony today at 11 a.m. CST but due to three canceled or delayed flights, he was unable to get to Elgin in time. “Our brave... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Manchin Urge Full Funding of FAA Contract Towers

January 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) today sent a letter to leadership members of the Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) and the SAC's Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) urging that members fully fund the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Contract Tower Program.  In the letter, the Senators wrote: "As you finalize negotiations on the fiscal year 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban... Continue Reading »


Oklahoma Receives Grant to Rebuild Highways, Roads Damaged by Tornadoes

January 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today congratulated the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for being awarded a $2 million grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief (ER) program that will help restore highways and roads damaged by tornadoes in 2013. The ER program helps states rebuild federal highways and roads... Continue Reading »


INHOFE INTRODUCES AMENDMENT TO REQUIRE EPA TO REPORT ECONOMIC IMPACT OF REGULATIONS

January 8, 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. 2615 to the Senate's unemployment insurance extension bill (S.1845) that would prohibit the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) from finalizing any new regulation until it publicly reports how the agency's existing regulations under the Clean Air Act are impacting the economy and job creation. The amendment is cosponsored by Senate Minority Leader... Continue Reading »


INHOFE INTRODUCES AMENDMENT TO DEVELOP ENERGY RESOURCES ON FEDERAL LANDS, CREATE JOBS

January 8, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, Tuesday introduced Amendment #2605 to the Senate's unemployment insurance extension bill (S.1845) that would give states the authority to unlock restrictions on developing energy resources on federal lands within their borders. "Under the Obama Administration, our country has experienced one of the slowest economic recoveries in our nation's history. Those who are... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Congratulates Rep. Mullin on Passage of Bill Honoring Native American Veterans

December 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised Senate passage of the Native American Veterans’ Memorial Amendments Act of 2013 (H.R. 2319) late Thursday night and today congratulated Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2) on the passage of his first bill which ensures Native American veterans are properly honored for their service in defense of the United States.  “Congratulations to Congressman Mullin for the passage of his first piece of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Passage of National Defense Authorization Act for 52nd Consecutive Year

December 19, 2013

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 passed the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 84 to 15. The bill includes important provisions that were either authored or supported by Inhofe and will benefit Oklahoma’s service members, civilian employees, veterans, and military installations. “I am proud to announce that... Continue Reading »