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Inhofe Applauds Grant to Fund Woodring Runway Extension

September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today congratulated the City of Enid for being awarded a grant through the Department of Transportation (DOT) to extend the runway at Woodring Regional Airport. The nearly $1.4 million grant was awarded through the DOT's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and will extend the runway to meet Woodring Regional Airport’s civil aviation needs and to support the pilot... Continue Reading »


Oklahoma Delegation Calls on DOI to End Secret Agreements

September 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe led the Oklahoma congressional delegation Wednesday in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Interior Sec. Sally Jewell to urge the Department’s Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) to discontinue its attempt to resolve programmatic issues with the Oklahoma Department of Mines with "secrecy agreements.” The letter urges Secretary Jewell to open an inquiry into OSM’s... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on 9/11 Anniversary

September 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released a statement remembering the men and women who lost their lives during the attacks on Sept. 11 in 2001 and 2012, and honored the courageous servicemembers who have and continue to fight the war on terror in order to protect Americans at home and abroad.  “On this date each year the nation gives pause to remember the innocent... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on President's Strategy Speech

September 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement tonight in response to President Obama's address to the nation regarding his strategy to defeat ISIL:  "Tonight, on the eve of the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, President Obama had an important opportunity to present a clear and compelling plan to the American people to defeat the greatest terrorist threat this nation has faced... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on TIGER Grant Award to Tulsa

September 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee, today announced that the City of Tulsa has been awarded a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation that will provide $10 million to rebuild and rehabilitate Riverside Drive. The project will also help to better connect the street to A Gathering Place for Tulsa, a 75-acre recreational park... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Resolution to Authorize Use of Force Against IS

September 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, today introduced S.J.Res.43, an authorization for use of force against the extremist organization that calls itself the Islamic State (IS).  The resolution authorizes the President to use all necessary and appropriate force to protect Americans and defend national security interests against IS and any successor organization and gives the President flexibility to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at EPW Hearing to Consider Nominations to NRC

September 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee, today delivered the following opening statement at an EPW hearing to consider the nominations of Mr. Jeffery M. Baran and Mr. Stephen G. Burns to be Members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission:  As prepared for delivery: Mr. Burns and Mr. Baran, thank you for being here. Madam Chairman, while I appreciate that we’re having this hearing today, I’m concerned... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Outlines Serious Concerns for EPA’s Methane Strategy White Papers

September 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, sent a letter today to White House advisor Dan Utech, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, and Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe in response to the EPA's  white papers recently released on the oil and natural gas sector as part of the Obama Administration's methane strategy.    In the letter, Inhofe wrote, "I have... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Responds to EPA Staff Ozone Recommendation

August 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today released the following statement in response to the release of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Staff’s recommendation to lower the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) from 75 parts per billion to as low as 60 parts per billion: “The Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, and now EPA staff, recommendations to lower the Ozone... Continue Reading »


Oklahoma Delegation Responds to Obama Administration’s Failure to Grant ESEA Extension

August 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Oklahoma delegation criticized the Obama Administration for failing to approve a one-year extension of Oklahoma’s Elementary and Secondary Education (ESEA) Flexibility: "The Obama Administration doesn't like when Oklahomans buck big government regulations, and today the Administration responded by penalizing our children with failing to grant the one-year extension of the ESEA flexibility," said Sen. Jim Inhofe. "Oklahomans want education reform that sets... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Congratulates Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation for 68 Years of Service

August 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released the following statement to congratulate the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) this week for marking 68 years of contributions, advancements and developments in the field of medical research: “The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has made major medical research advancements, and developed disease therapy and treatments that have helped millions of Americans. Their contributions cannot be overstated. I... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Obama Administration’s International Climate Change Efforts

August 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today released the following statement in response to reports that the Obama Administration may attempt to bypass the required Senate approval of an international treaty in an effort to enact a climate change treaty: “Today’s New York Times story shows that the President has already given up on his dream of enacting an internationally binding global warming... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Approval of NRC Final Spent Fuel Storage Rule

August 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today made the following statement in response to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) approval of its final spent fuel storage rule: “I applaud the NRC for finalizing its waste confidence rule,” said Inhofe. “Storage in spent fuel pools and dry casks is well governed and is safe, and the NRC’s regulations now appropriately... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Threat of ISIS

August 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released the following statement on the growing threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the terrorist group commonly known as ISIS: “The President’s inaction over the last three years has allowed the rapid growth of ISIS, potentially the greatest terrorist threat to American citizens. Thousands of hardened fighters, including ever increasing numbers of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Illegal Taliban Prisoner Exchange

August 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released the following statement in response to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that the release of five Taliban terrorists from the detention center at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay violated the 2014 Defense Appropriations Act and the Antideficiency Act, and cost U.S. taxpayers nearly $1 million: “As I said repeatedly at the time, the President's... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Fallin Praise Full, Permanent Restoration of Surplus Equipment Programs

August 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin today praised an announcement from the Department of Defense's (DOD) Defense Logistics Agency to fully and permanently restore the DOD surplus equipment programs that benefit Oklahoma counties, school districts and rural fire departments:  “The notification from the Department of Defense to fully and permanently restore the programs that provide state and local agencies with... Continue Reading »


Inhofe on situation in Iraq, calls for U.S. support of the Kurds

August 8, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today about the situation in Iraq, specifically calling for U.S. support of the Kurds with air support, intelligence, and equipment: “Today’s tactical strikes against ISIS are long overdue.  While the White House has been paralyzed by handwringing and indecision, ISIS now operates the largest terrorist safe haven in the world. Now more than... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on the Attack in Afghanistan

August 5, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on the attack in Afghanistan today: “This terrible news today is a grim reminder of the sacrifices made by our servicemembers and their families to protect the nation. We owe a debt of gratitude to these men and women that can only be repaid by our reaffirmation to support the loved ones they leave behind. My thoughts and prayers are with those... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Closure of UAC Camp at Fort Sill

August 4, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released the following statement after being notified that the Department of Health and Human Services expects to close the housing facility for unaccompanied alien children (UAC) at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla., by August 8:   “I applaud the Lawton and Fort Sill communities for stepping up to the plate over the past few months to care for the thousands of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opposes Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill

July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted against a $2.7 billion emergency supplemental appropriations bill requested by President Obama in an attempt to address the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. The bill failed to get the 60 votes needed to advance.  “The emergency supplemental appropriations bill does absolutely nothing to change the President’s policies that have led to the immigration crisis at our southern... Continue Reading »