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Inhofe Opening Statement at SASC Nomination Hearing for Admiral Haney, LTG Scaparrotti

July 30, 2013

     As prepared for delivery:     Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  I join you in welcoming General Scaparrotti and Admiral Haney and thank them and their families for their continued willingness to serve our country. General Scaparrotti, you have been nominated to replace General Thurman as Commander of U.S. Forces Korea.  General Thurman and the men and women under his command have done a tremendous job in standing with our South Korean partners to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Sets Record Straight on Misconceptions of Military Sexual Assault Cases

July 26, 2013

 WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today circulated a letter to the republican members of the Senate detailing six public misconceptions regarding sexual assault cases in the military and called for his colleagues to consider the importance of the commanders' role and authority. In the letter, Inhofe listed the following six misconceptions: "1. 'There were 26,000 sexual assaults in the Department of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Responds to President’s Infrastructure, Economy Speech

July 25, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today responded to President Obama's speech in Jacksonville, Florida which called for long-term transportation spending: "Today the President reminded us of the crucial role roads, bridges and waterways play in the economic growth of our country, but as usual his rhetoric didn't match his record. Every president since Eisenhower has... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement for SASC Hearing on Pending DOD Civilian Nominations

July 25, 2013

To consider the nominations of Honorable Stephen W. Preston to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense Honorable Jon T. Rymer to be Inspector General of the Department of Defense Ms. Susan J. Rabern to be Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Financial Management and Comptroller Mr. Dennis V. McGinn to be Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment As prepared for delivery:             Thank you, Mr.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Cole Amendment to End DOD Furloughs for WCF Civilians

July 24, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today praised Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK-4) for successfully offering an amendment to the House of Representatives' Defense Appropriations bill (H.R. 2397) that would prevent the Department of Defense (DOD) from furloughing civilian employees who are paid through the Working Capital Fund (WCF). “I applaud Congressman Cole's amendment in... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Level the Playing Field for Natural Gas Vehicles

July 24, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today introduced S. 1355, a bill that will help incentivize the production of Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) without taxpayer subsidies. Original cosponsors of the bill include U.S. Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and Robert Casey (R-Pa.). “With natural gas becoming a booming industry in Oklahoma and across the United... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at EPW Subcommittee Hearing on “Cleaning up and Restoring Communities for Economic Revitalization”

July 24, 2013

     As prepared for delivery: Mr. Chairman, thank you for hosting this important hearing. I think we can all agree here that the Brownfields program has had many tremendous success stories over the years.  Many communities have old buildings that have been abandoned for years, and often this is the result of some sort of contamination – whether it’s mold, asbestos, or lead paint. The Brownfields Program provides funding to help clean up these buildings so... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at EPW Oversight Hearing on Implementation of MAP-21’s TIFIA Program

July 24, 2013

     As prepared for delivery: As I've said here before, I believe in federal infrastructure spending and see it as one of the primary purposes of government. Given our enormous infrastructure needs it is difficult to imagine that the next highway bill could ever meet all of these needs. Not only do we need to get the most for our federal highway dollar, but we also need to incentivize state and local governments and the private sector to invest as much as possible in roads... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at EPW Nomination Hearing for Ken Kapocis, Avi Garbow, and James Jones

July 23, 2013

     As prepared for delivery: Gentlemen, thank you for appearing before the Committee today. I have three main concerns that I’d like to bring to your attention today. First, I am concerned that the EPA has a bias in its interpretation of federal court cases.  In a recent case involving Summit Petroleum, the EPA required the company to combine, or aggregate, the emissions of multiple oil and gas wells spread out over 42 square miles in Michigan and consider them... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: McCarthy to Advance Obama’s Liberal Environmental Agenda

July 18, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today made the following statement after voting against the nomination of Gina McCarthy to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). McCarthy was confirmed by a 59-40 vote.  “The Obama Administration has a history of putting forth cabinet officials who will advance his liberal agenda through... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Gillibrand’s Proposal Will Be a Detriment to Bringing Swift, Appropriate Punishment for Sexual Assault

July 18, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), made the following statement regarding the issue of sexual assault legislation that was raised in today's nomination hearing for the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: "Sexual assault in the military is a significant and serious issue that needs to be addressed. It is imperative that the Armed Services and Congress put every effort... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement at EPW Hearing on “Climate Change: It’s Happening Now”

July 18, 2013

     As prepared for delivery: Madam Chairman, thank you for holding this hearing today.  I was looking forward to hearing from Administration officials about the President’s global warming proposal, so you can understand why I’m disappointed that no officials are testifying today. Around the same time the President gave his speech on global warming last month, his campaign team developed a secret talking points memo that was crafted to provide alarmists... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at SASC Nomination Hearing for General Dempsey and Admiral Winnefeld

July 18, 2013

     As prepared for delivery: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  I join you in welcoming General Dempsey and Admiral Winnefeld and thank them and their families for their continued willingness to serve our country.  Given the enormous challenges facing our military at home and abroad, the nominations for reappointment as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff come at a pivotal moment.  Over the last four years, our military has suffered a steep and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Welcomes DOT Grant to Complete Tulsa Runway Project

July 17, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today welcomed a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust in the amount of $6.5 million in order to finish the reconstruction of the two runways at the Tulsa International Airport. “The Department of Transportation grant is welcome news to Tulsa International Airport, the Oklahoma National Guard, and the businesses that rely on the passenger and cargo... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Air Force Announcement, Calls for End to Furloughs

July 15, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of Senate Armed Services Committee, today praised the Air Force for restoring its flying hour program with reprogramming money recently authorized by Congress and called for an end to civilian furloughs. “After more than 90 days of our airmen being grounded due to sequestration, the announcement today by the Air Force is welcome news,” said Inhofe. “If recent reprogramming measures can... Continue Reading »


Leading Defense Republicans Demand Fix of Missile Defense Failures

July 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leading defense Republicans, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services (SASC) Committee; Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA-25), Chairman of the House Armed Services (HASC) Committee; U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R- Ala.), Ranking Member of SASC Subcommittee on Strategic Forces; and Congressman Mike Rogers (R-AL-03), Chairman of HASC Subcommittee on Strategic Forces,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Students Deserve a Permanent Fix to Student Loan Rates

July 11, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the senior senator from Oklahoma, released the following statement today on the Senate's failed motion to proceed to consideration of S.1238, the Democrat-sponsored student loan interest rates bill: “Once again Senate Democrats are using an important issue to hike taxes, this time leveraging assistance for Americans to pursue higher education. Several of my colleagues put forward a common-sense, bipartisan... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Devastation Of Sequester Budget Cuts Will Only Be Amplified

July 10, 2013

 WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today responded to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's letter to the committee leaders outlining the Department's contingency plans if sequestration for fiscal year 2014 is not averted.   “While I would have liked more details, Sec. Hagel's response makes clear that the devastation of sequester budget cuts will only be amplified beyond what we have experienced... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Fast-Track Egyptian Presidential and Parliamentary Elections

July 10, 2013

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services (SASC) Committee, today issued the following statement responding to recent events in Egypt and encouraging the interim government to fast-track the necessary presidential and parliamentary elections: "Over the last year, Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have betrayed and disappointed millions of Egyptians who yearn for a democratic and inclusive government.  As I... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Begich, 32 Senators Send Bipartisan Letter Urging DOE to Expedite LNG Permit Applications

July 10, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), along with a bipartisan group of 32 Senators today sent a letter to Secretary of Department of Energy (DOE) Ernest Moniz urging the department to prioritize and expedite decisions on permit applications to export Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). In the letter, the Senators wrote: “We appreciate the attention... Continue Reading »