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Inhofe Requests DOD to Report Plans to Protect Religious Freedom

December 19, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Wednesday sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel requesting he report the current status of what he is doing to protect religious freedom within the Department of Defense (DOD). In the letter, Inhofe references section 533(c) of the FY’13 National Defense Authorization Act that instructs the Secretary of Defense to issue regulations to help protect religious belief... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes No on Ryan-Murray Budget Deal

December 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement after voting against the Ryan-Murray budget deal, which passed the Senate by a vote of 64-36. “Today I voted no on the Ryan-Murray budget deal because it failed to do enough to fix our country’s national security crisis and even further targeted the earned benefits of our service members in order to pay for Washington’s... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Senators File Amicus Brief on EPA's Overreach Implementing GHG Permits

December 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, was joined by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) Monday in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Utility Air Regulatory Group v. United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  In the amicus brief, the Senators asks that the Supreme Court remand the D.C.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at EPW Hearing on the Nominations of Rhea Suh, Victoria Baecher Wassmer, Roy K.J. Williams, and Thomas A. Burke

December 17, 2013

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment Public Works (EPW) Committee, today provided the following opening statement the full committee hearing entitled, “Hearing on the Nominations of Rhea Sun Suh to be Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Victoria Baecher Wassmer to be Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Roy K.J. Williams to be... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Congratulates Macys, Introduces Bill to Make Permanent Indian Lands Tax Provision

December 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today congratulated Macy’s Inc. for choosing Owasso, Okla. to build a new fulfillment center that will bring approximately 1,500 permanent jobs and an additional 1,000 seasonal jobs to the area. Additionally, Inhofe today introduced legislation to make permanent the Indian Lands Accelerated Depreciation tax provision, a key reason for companies such as Macy’s to choose Oklahoma to relocate and expand their operations. “I am... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Fights to Protect Religious Liberty

December 12, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today joined Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) in introducing the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act. The legislation would protect institutions or individuals that define marriage as between one man and one woman from being denied any federal tax exemption, grant, contract, license, certification, or similar provisions as a result of this religious value.  "The United States has long been a beacon of light in the arena of liberty," said... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Ryan-Murray Budget Deal

December 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement today on Congressman Paul Ryan's and Senator Patty Murray's two-year budget agreement:  "The federal government has operated for far too long without a budget and our stagnant economy demands the relief and predictability that such a budget would provide. Congressman Ryan and Sen. Murray were faced with difficult decisions to help... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Comments on New Farm to Fleet Initiative by White House

December 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement today on the Obama Administration's announcement of its new "Farm to Fleet" initiative. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today the new program that would fuel U.S. Navy ships with advanced biofuels. "As poverty and hunger continues to expand for a U.S. population suffering from five years of this... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at EPW Oversight Hearing on Domestic Renewable Fuels

December 11, 2013

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment Public Works (EPW) Committee, today provided the following opening statement at an EPW hearing entitled, "Oversight Hearing on Domestic Renewable Fuels:" As prepared for delivery: Chairman Boxer, I want to thank you for having this hearing.  It’s about time.  The last time we had one on the RFS was in 2008.  And the time before that was in 2006, when I was chairman of this... Continue Reading »


SASC leaders reach agreement with House counterparts on defense authorization

December 9, 2013

WASHINGTON – Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced today that they have reached agreement with the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill authorizes funding for the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of Energy. “This is a bipartisan bill that... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Asks Oklahomans to Share How ObamaCare is Impacting Their Healthcare

December 3, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today announced the launch of a new web page entitled “Your Story” for the purpose of hearing how the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as ObamaCare, is impacting Oklahomans. “President Obama promised the American people time and again that ‘if you like your plan you can keep it,’ but millions of people across America and throughout Oklahoma are finding that not to be the case,” said Inhofe. “When... Continue Reading »


Inhofe statement on Supreme Court's decision to hear Hobby Lobby case

November 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision to hear the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc case: "I applaud the Supreme Court's announcement today to review ObamaCare's mandate on employers to cover contraceptive and abortion inducing drugs. This mandate violates our Founding Fathers' belief that government is to protect the right of conscience. President Obama's law orders a new moral code on how we should value human... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Ensures There Will Be NDAA This Year

November 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the Senate voted to continue debate on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2014:  "The most important bill Congress considers every year is the National Defense Authorization Act.  It contains many ‘must-pass’ provisions that our military men and women rely on, including sections that deal with their pay and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Presents Congressional Gold Medal to Native American Code Talkers

November 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today joined his colleagues in presenting 33 Native American Tribes with the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their military service during World War I and World War II as code talkers. The ceremony took place in the Emancipation Hall of the Capitol Visitor Center where Inhofe delivered remarks along with Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican Leader... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at WRDA Conference Opening Meeting

November 20, 2013

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environmental Public Works Committee (EPW) and member of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) Conference Committee, today delivered the following statement at the conference's opening meeting: As prepared for delivery: Thank you Madame Chairman. I appreciate the opportunity to meet with all members of the Conference as we work to complete our first Water Resources Development Act in six years. This marks my 8th WRDA... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement Regarding White House Meeting on Iran Deal

November 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 regarding President Obama's meeting at the White House with Senate leadership to discuss ongoing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear enrichment program: "The President's goal in holding today's meeting is to convince me and my colleagues to trust him and the Iranians to negotiate a deal on Iran’s... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Veterans Day

November 11, 2013

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement today in recognition of Veterans Day: “Veterans Day is a time devoted to paying our respects to the men and women who have worn the uniform and sacrificed to make our nation great. Because of our veterans’ service and commitment for over a century, the United States has become a shining beacon for liberty and democracy across the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Passage of Employment Non-Discrimination Act

November 7, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today made the following statement after voting against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) of 2013 (S.815), which passed the Senate by a vote of 64-32: "The Employment Non-Discrimination Act infringes on a matter best left to the states," said Inhofe. "Existing laws across the nation already provide protection for unjust workplace discrimination. This legislation only exposes employers to excessive, costly litigation for... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at SASC Hearing on Impact of Sequestration on the National Defense

November 7, 2013

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today provided the following open statement at a hearing titled "Impact of Sequestration on the National Defense:"  As prepared for delivery: Today’s hearing comes at a critical time.  Our military –the backbone of our security, economic prosperity and the foundation of America’s global leadership— is at extreme risk.   Over the last five years,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at EPW Subcommittee on Oversight Hearing Entitled: “Fugitive Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Operations”

November 5, 2013

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member on the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Oversight, today provided the following open statement at a hearing today titled "Fugitive Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Operations:"    As prepared for delivery:             Chairman Whitehouse, thank you for holding this hearing today, and I appreciate our distinguished witnesses taking the time to... Continue Reading »