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Inhofe Opening Statement at EPW Hearing on the Need to Invest in America’s Infrastructure, Preserve Federal Transportation Funding

September 25, 2013

AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY: Thank you, Chairman Boxer and thank you to our panelists for making the time to be here as well. It is no secret that I am one of the strongest advocates of a robust federal investment in our nation’s transportation system. I think that the timing of this hearing is important to highlight the crisis that many seem to be ignoring. This will be my 5th highway bill and unfortunately I believe the threat to Congress’ commitment to authorizing the traditional... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Warns Kerry About Signing U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

September 24, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry warning him about the United States becoming a signatory nation to the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty. “Sec. Kerry and President Obama are at it again,” said Inhofe. “As we saw in 2009 with cap-and-trade in Copenhagen, Sec. Kerry and President Obama are being dishonest by telling the United Nations that we’ll be a part of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. This treaty... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at EPW Subcommittee Hearing on Black Carbon

September 24, 2013

As prepared for delivery: Thank you Chairman Carper and Ranking Member Sessions for holding this hearing today.  First, I should point out that Black Carbon has nothing to do with global warming or carbon dioxide. It is, however, an important topic, especially on the continent of Africa.  What a lot of people don’t know is that I have traveled to Africa more than any other Senator in the history of the United States.  I have made 127 individual country visits, and the issue... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on EPA's New Source Performance Standards for Power Plants

September 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate regulations for all new coal and natural gas power plants: “These new regulations from the Obama Administration are not just about crippling the coal industry, but it is part of the larger war on affordable American energy. The excuse for these... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: It Is Time the U.S. Moves Forward on the Keystone Pipeline

September 19, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today made the following statement on the fifth anniversary of TransCanada’s application to the U.S. Department of State to build the Keystone pipeline, a $7 billion private infrastructure project that would create jobs and advance America's energy security:  "More than a year ago, President Obama visited Cushing, Oklahoma and said... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Cosponsors the Children In Families First Act

September 19, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), co-chair of the Senate Adoption Caucus, today joined co-chair Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) to introduce the Children In Families First (CHIFF) Act of 2013 which would prioritize the United States' involvement in international adoption and orphanages on placing children with families. “Orphanages play a vital role in providing a safe haven for children who for one reason or another are no longer with their... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at SASC Nomination Hearing for Pending DOD Civilian Nominations

September 19, 2013

To consider the nominations of The Honorable Deborah Lee JamesTo be Secretary of the Air Force Mr. Frank G. Klotz to be Under Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Security Mr. Marcel J. Lettre II to be Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Mr. Kevin A. Ohlson to be a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I join you in welcoming our witnesses and their families and thank them for their willingness to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Our Hearts Will Never Forget

September 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released the following statement in remembrance of the innocent Americans who were lost during the September 11 attacks and to honor those who continue to fight the Global War on Terror: "Our hearts will never forget the mothers and fathers, children and siblings that were lost or the pain that Americans felt during the violent acts of terror on September 11, 2001. The nearly 3,000 innocent Americans in New York City,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement After Classified Briefing on Syria

September 4, 2013

Click here to watch video statement. WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today made the following video statement after the Senate Armed Services Committee concluded a classified briefing on the situation in Syria: AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY: "After today’s discussion with Secretary Hagel and General Dempsey, I still oppose the current plan for military intervention in Syria. Five months ago, I called for President... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Fights for Fair Treatment of Fort Hood Terror Victims

September 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today sent a letter to Secretary of the Army John McHugh requesting that he conduct a full and objective review of the terrorist attack at Fort Hood in 2009 to determine whether the victims of the attack are entitled to receive the Purple Heart Medal. The current classification of the attack as "workplace violence" instead of an “international terrorist attack” has resulted... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Administration Failed To Layout Options In Syria

August 29, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement at the conclusion of an unclassified briefing on Syria from officials of the Obama Administration: “Tonight the Administration informed us that they have a ‘broad range of options’ for Syria but failed to layout a single option. They also did not provide a timeline, a strategy for Syria and the Middle East, or a plan for the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opposes Military Action In Syria

August 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R – Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement calling on President Obama to swiftly present a detailed plan of action in Syria to Congress: “What we are seeing in Syria is abominable as thousands upon thousands of innocent children and families are being murdered while millions more are being driven from their homes. Today I told the Administration that I cannot support military action in... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Questions DoD’s Legal Authority to Extend Special Benefit Exclusively to Same-Sex Partners

August 22, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel regarding the Department of Defense's (DOD) recent announcement of its intent to extend special uncharged leave benefits to same-sex partners seeking to be married. In the letter, Inhofe questioned the legal authority of the DOD to grant this new benefit. The text of the letter follows:   August 22, 2013   The Honorable... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Pryor Question EPA's Authority to Retroactively Enforce SPCC Rule on Farmers

August 21, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) sent a letter Thursday to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy requesting clarification on the EPA's interpretation of its authority with regard to enforcing the Spill, Prevention, Containment, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule on farmers. In the letter, the Senators... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Calls for Investigation into NSA Violations by Obama Administration

August 19, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the Washington Post reported Thursday of the National Security Agency (NSA) violating the FISA Amendments Act of 2008: "The NSA violations recently reported by the Washington Post are very concerning as it appears the Obama Administration has abused the authority granted to them by Congress. NSA has been an essential tool in fighting... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Investigates White House Apparent Coordination with Campaign on Climate Change Agenda

August 14, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, ranking member of Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Oversight, today sent letters to Curt Spalding, administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 1, and Nancy Sutley, chairman on the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), questioning apparent coordination of CEQ and the Organizing for Action (OFA) on events today pushing the President’s climate change agenda... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Court’s Ruling Signifies First-Stage Victory for Oklahoma to Defeat ObamaCare

August 13, 2013

     U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the decision of Judge Ronald White to deny the government’s motion to dismiss Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s case against the Affordable Care Act. The decision was issued Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma in Muskogee. “The court’s ruling signifies a first-stage victory for Oklahomans and the rest of the nation in dismantling the President’s health... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Responds to Leaked DoD Memo on Same-Sex Benefits

August 9, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released the following statement regarding the leaked Department of Defense (DoD) memo on plans to provide up to 10 days of leave to military personnel in same-sex relationships seeking legal marriage: "This is another example of the administration leaking information to the press while being unable to find the time to brief Congress. I am unaware of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Landrieu Lead Effort in Urging Continued U.S. Involvement to Defeat Kony, LRA

August 8, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) sent a letter Tuesday to President Obama urging the United States to remain engaged with local African governments to help defeat Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and to stabilize the region.   In addition to Inhofe and Landrieu, the bipartisan letter was signed by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Saxby... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Again Urges Faster Pace on LNG Export Applications

August 8, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today responded to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) announcement that it has conditionally authorized an additional Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export application and urged the Department to expedite the permit approval process. "I welcome this announcement from the Department of Energy; however, unnecessary delays with the 19 permits... Continue Reading »