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Inhofe, Hagan Continue Fight to Restore Military Tuition Assistance Program

March 19, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, and Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) introduced today S.614, which would prevent the termination of tuition assistance for the Armed Services and limit the program’s funds from being reduced beyond the overall percentage by which the Services’ Operations and Maintenance accounts are cut. “Sen. Hagan and I are determined to see the military tuition assistance program restored... Continue Reading »


INHOFE OPENING STATEMENT AT OVERSIGHT HEARING FOR EUCOM, NORTHCOM, SOUTHCOM

March 19, 2013

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  Admiral Stavridis, General Kelly, and General Jacoby: Thank you for your many years of service to our nation, and on behalf of our entire committee, please convey to the brave men and women you lead how grateful we are for their sacrifice, and that of their families.  Admiral Stavridis, this will be your final time testifying before this committee in uniform.  I want to personally thank you and your family for your 41 years of distinguished service,... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PUSHES FOR MORE DETAILS ON RELEASE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS BY OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

March 18, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) is an original cosponsor of amendment 72 to the Senate Continuing Resolution announced Thursday that would require the Department of Homeland Security to provide Congress with information about the illegal immigrants who are being released due to the president’s sequestration budget cuts.  Sen. Inhofe worked closely with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in the... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRAISES SENATE ADOPTION OF SPCC AMENDMENT TO CR

March 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, praised the passage of his Amendment 29 to the Senate Continuing Resolution that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from enforcing its Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule against farmers.  The amendment was adopted Thursday by Unanimous Consent.   “The adoption of this amendment is the first step in my fight... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: PRESIDENT'S DECISION ON MISSILE DEFENSE DOES NOT GO FAR ENOUGH

March 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement today regarding Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s announcement that the President intends to reverse his 2009 decision to halt the fielding of ground-based interceptors for defense of the homeland: “By restoring the 14 Ground based interceptors to Fort Greely, Alaska, we add a much needed measure of protection against the North Korean... Continue Reading »


INHOFE BUILDS PRESSURE ON WHITE HOUSE TO SUSPEND F-16, FOREIGN AID TO EGYPT

March 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an ongoing effort to hold President Morsi of Egypt accountable, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) Wednesday sponsored amendment 52 to the Senate Continuing Resolution (CR) to conditionally suspend the sale of F-16s to Egypt. He also cosponsored amendment 28 by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to withhold all U.S. foreign aid to Egypt until President Morsi declares that he intends to abide by the Camp David Peace Accords. “For months, I have been calling for President Obama... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, HAGAN INTRODUCE CR AMENDMENT TO ENSURE MILITARY TUITION ASSISTANCE

March 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of Senate Armed Services Committee, and Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) introduced Wednesday amendment 72 to the Senate Continuing Resolution (CR), which would stop the termination of tuition assistance for the Armed Services and prevent these funds from being decreased below the amount provided in the CR.  “Higher education is one of the top reasons why our men and women join and remain in our nation’s... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, NINE SENATORS INTRODUCE AMENDMENT TO PROTECT CONTRACT TOWER PROGRAM

March 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) was joined by Sen. Jerry Moran  (R-Kan.) and eight of their colleagues in introducing an amendment to the Senate Continuing Resolution (CR) that will stop the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) targeting air traffic control towers in sequestration. Irresponsible cuts from sequestration will put the flying public at risk, impair access to rural areas, jeopardize national and civil security missions, and cost... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, BRIDENSTINE INTRODUCE RESOLUTION TO PROTECT RELIGIOUS MINORITIES IN ARAB NATIONS

March 13, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK-1) today introduced a resolution in their respective chambers to seek protection of religious minority rights and freedoms in the Arab world. In the Senate, Inhofe's legislation is designated as S.Res.69 , and in the House, Bridenstine's legislation is H.Res.106.  "In light of the ongoing unrest across the Arab world, Rep. Bridenstine and... Continue Reading »


INHOFE JOINS 12 SENATORS ON CR AMENDMENT TO DEFUND OBAMACARE

March 13, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) Tuesday joined Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), James Risch (R-Idaho), David Vitter (R-La.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) in offering an amendment to the Continuing Resolution legislation in the Senate to defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “ObamaCare... Continue Reading »


INHOFE OPENING STATEMENT AT OVERSIGHT HEARING FOR STRATCOM, CYBERCOM

March 12, 2013

"Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  I want to thank General Kehler and General Alexander for their many years of service to our nation and acknowledge the dedication of the brave men and women under their command, whose main mission is to protect this nation against strategic attack. The importance of our nuclear forces for the security of our nation and that of our allies was made clear by Deputy Secretary of Defense Carter, when he told this committee last month that, even in the face of the... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: OBAMA GAVE AL-QAEDA MEMBER CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

March 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement today on the Obama administration's decision to indict Sulaiman Abu Ghayth, the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, in federal court with conspiracy to kill a national of the United States: “Despite U.S. forces killing Osama bin Laden almost two years ago, the fight against terror continues,” said Inhofe. “The Obama administration’s recent... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, SENATORS INTRODUCE BILL TO EXEMPT SMALL FARMS FROM BURDENSOME FUEL STORAGE REQUIREMENT

March 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today introduced a bill with a bipartisan group of Senators to amend the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule and ease the regulator compliance for farms. Senators on the bill include Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), and Mike Johanns... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, SENATORS INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BROWNFIELDS REAUTHORIZATION BILL

March 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation Thursday with three colleagues to modernize and improve key elements of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfields Program. Inhofe introduced the bill titled Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act of 2013 with Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Mike Crapo... Continue Reading »


INHOFE OPPOSES BRENNAN NOM TO DIRECTOR OF CIA

March 7, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement today after opposing the confirmation of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Brennan was confirmed by a vote of 63-34.  "Despite being a long-serving veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, I could not support John Brennan's nomination today as the next director of the CIA," said Inhofe. "I continue to have concerns over Mr. Brennan's... Continue Reading »


INHOFE OPENING STATEMENT AT OVERSIGHT HEARING ON AFRICOM AND TRANSCOM

March 7, 2013

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  I join you in welcoming our witnesses today and ask that they convey to the men and women under their commands how grateful we are for their continued service and sacrifice, and that of their families.  General Ham, this will likely be your final time testifying before this committee and I want to take a moment to personally thank you for your friendship, your valued counsel, and for your long and distinguished career of service to the United States.  You... Continue Reading »


Statement by Inhofe on the Senator floor on Liquid Natural Gas

March 6, 2013

Mr President: Since being reelected, President Obama has been talking about the virtues of our nation’s potential to achieve domestic energy independence.  At the State of the Union last month, he said “after years of talking about it, we are finally poised to control our own energy future.” This is something that I’ve been saying for years. We already have complete control of our energy future, but the federal government and this... Continue Reading »


INHOFE REINTRODUCES BILL TO IMPROVE LEAD RENOVATION, REPAIR AND PAINTING RULE

March 6, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today reintroduced the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2013, which would improve the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP) in order to increase compliance. The following are cosponsors of the legislation, Sens.David Vitter (R-La.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.),... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, KING REINTRODUCE LANGUAGE UNITY LEGISLATION

March 6, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and U.S. Rep. Steve King (IA-05) today reintroduced legislation in their respective chambers declaring English as the official language of the United States government. The legislation, titled the English Language Unity Act of 2013, would require the federal government to use the English language when acting with binding, legal authority. All naturalization ceremonies would also be required to be conducted in English. The bill makes... Continue Reading »


INHOFE HONORED WITH AIR FORCE LEADERSHIP AWARD

March 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, received the U.S. Air Force Academy’s inaugural National Character and Leadership Award during the National Character and Leadership Symposium at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. The award is presented to an individual who exemplifies character and leadership in their personal life, professional career and through community service. “I am honored to be... Continue Reading »