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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 »


Inhofe Named to WRDA Conference

November 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, made the following statement today after being appointed to the bicameral conference committee for the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA): "I am pleased to once again be a conferee for the WRDA bill," said Inhofe. "Maintaining and modernizing Oklahoma's ports and waterways is essential for supporting and expanding our state's booming industries.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Cole: PIM Contract to Bring Jobs to Elgin, State

November 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK-04) today praised the U.S. Army for awarding BAE Systems a contract to begin the Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) program. BAE Systems will conduct final assembly and testing of the various PIM platforms in Elgin, Okla. "Congratulations to the U.S. Army and BAE Systems on the beginning of the Paladin Integrated Management... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Iraq Prime Minister's White House Meeting

October 30, 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 concerning President Obama's scheduled meeting Friday with Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki: "I warned in 2011 that the failure of the Obama Administration to negotiate a well-planned transition in Iraq would jeopardize the country’s long-term stability and would threaten to undo all that our men and women in uniform fought and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Urges Kerry to Help End Persecution of Religious Minorities in Middle East

October 24, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the United States leverage its influence to end the increasing practice in the Middle East to silence religious freedom. “The freedom of religion is one of our most precious constitutional liberties,” Inhofe wrote in the letter. “The increasing attacks against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East is a violation of the basic human right of the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Approval of State Conservation Plan for LPC a Victory for Oklahoma

October 23, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today praised the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for approving the Lesser Prairie-Chicken (LPC) five-state conservation plan and encouraged FWS Director Dan Ashe to expeditiously approve the Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (CCAA) associated with the LPC conservation plan. The plan was submitted by Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Senate Deal to Fund Government, Raise Debt Ceiling

October 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement today on the passage of a Senate deal to fund the government through Jan. 15 and raise the debt ceiling until Feb. 7: "Since President Obama came into office, he has signed into law a costly 20,000 page health care law, authored a $787 billion stimulus, and raised the debt ceiling now six times. He has taken care of his pet projects while letting the most foundational elements of the Constitution — from... Continue Reading »


Sens. Inhofe, Moran, Manchin and Half of Senate to White House: U.S. Will Not Be Bound By U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

October 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sens. Jim Moran (R- Kan.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) in leading a bipartisan group of 50 U.S. Senators in reiterating to President Obama that the Senate overwhelmingly opposes the ratification of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and will not be bound by its obligations. “The Senate spoke out against the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty this past March when 53 Senators voted for my amendment to the Senate budget resolution... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Trial of Al-Libi in New York

October 15, 2013

Washington, D.C. -- Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on reports that Abu Anas al-Libi will appear today in federal court in New York: "It is despicable that under the direction of President Obama foreign terrorists who have targeted and killed innocent people are being provided the same rights as American citizens. We saw this in the way the Administration brought high profile terrorists Ahmed Warsame and Abu... Continue Reading »


Senators Urge FAA to Reopen Aircraft Registry Office

October 10, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) along with Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) Wednesday sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta requesting a review of FAA’s decision to close its Aircraft Registry Office despite its value in protecting national security and highlighted that the office has remained open through... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Fischer House for Assisting Families of the Fallen

October 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced the Fischer House Foundation, a private non-profit foundation, will ensure families of fallen service members continue to receive assistance despite the ongoing government shutdown:  "The Fischer House's offer to provide benefits to the families of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Calls on Colleagues to Break Ranks, Vote for Veterans

October 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement today on the Senate's upcoming vote on H.J.Res.72, Honoring our Promise to America's Veterans Act: “Yesterday the House passed legislation that would ensure our heroic veterans receive their rightful benefits earned while serving our country. The President has already issued a veto threat of this bill, and I call on my fellow Senate Democrats to not fall in line with this demand to solidify its failure. It... Continue Reading »