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Inhofe: Iranians using negotiations as stalling tactic

July 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement today on the U.S.-Iran negotiations to curb Tehran’s nuclear activities in exchange for a gradual relaxation of economic sanctions. The Obama Administrations entered a six-month agreement on Jan. 20 to ease some sanctions in order to reach a deal on Iran’s nuclear supply and enrichment program.  “We have been negotiating with... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Agreement to Audit Afghan Presidential Election Results

July 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today made the following statement after Afghanistan’s presidential candidates agreed to allow the United Nations (UN), International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and other international observers to audit last month’s runoff election results: “The latest agreement by Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani to conduct a complete audit of the Afghan... Continue Reading »


Inhofe on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan receiving pink slips

July 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today responded to Gen. John Campbell’s remarks in a SASC hearing Thursday that 1,100 soldiers, including some currently serving in Afghanistan, are receiving pink slips due to sequestration budget cuts to the Department of Defense (DOD).   "Once again the President is putting domestic politics ahead of the security of our... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: It’s time for these games to end

July 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) voted against cloture today on the Sportsmen’s Act of 2014 (S.2363) after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blocked Senators from filing amendments. The cloture vote was 41 – 56, with 11 democrats joining republicans in a vote against cloture.  “Majority Leader Reid once again shut down the Senate floor and blocked Senators from providing bipartisan input by voting on amendments to the Sportsmen’s... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at SASC Nomination Hearing

July 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today delivered the following opening statement at a SASC hearing to consider the nominations of Adm. William Gortney for reappointment to the grade of admiral and to be commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command; Gen. John Campbell for reappointment to the grade of general and to be commander of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Federal Lands Freedom Amendment to Sportsmen's Bill

July 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced amendment no. 3483, the Federal Lands Freedom Act, to the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014 (S. 2363). The amendment would return power to the states to control hunting, fishing, outdoor recreation and energy production on most federal lands.  “The States, not the federal government, should be the ones to administer and tend to the extensive unused and unprotected lands across the nation that the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Agreement to Save Program Aiding Oklahoma’s Firefighters

July 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee, today praised the agreement reached by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) that will allow local fire and law enforcement agencies to continue receiving surplus military equipment: “I applaud the Department of Defense (DOD) and Environmental Protection Agency... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: President is Disrespecting Military by Failing to Visit Texas Border

July 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today called on President Obama to include in his fundraising trip to Texas a visit to the border in order to witness first-hand the immigration crisis and surge of unaccompanied alien children (UAC):  “President Obama’s failed policies and campaign tactics have driven the unprecedented flow of unaccompanied minors across... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on President’s Immigration Announcement

June 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today released the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement that he will take administrative action to make immigration reforms without congress: "The President came out today and blamed Congress, specifically the Republican-led House, for the current crisis at our border. In doing so, he ignores the fact that it is his policies that have created the situation. His announcement today... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Seeks Comments on Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2

June 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and certified flight instructor with more than 11,000 flight hours, today announced the outline for Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR2) and requested the aviation community to submit comments for the final Senate legislation. “The first Pilot’s Bill of Rights was a victory for the aviation community and made possible by the support of pilots and industry leaders across... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Hobby Lobby Ruling

June 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement after the Supreme Court upheld the religious liberties of closely-held companies in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.:  “The Green family has built a successful business based on principles that are rooted in their deeply held faith. Today the Supreme Court ruled to protect those principles and the religious liberties of private employers. ObamaCare's mandate that employers provide abortion... Continue Reading »


Inhofe’s Statement on Ottawa Landmine Ban

June 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today made the following statement in response to reports that the Obama Administration intends to abide by the Ottawa Convention banning land mines, despite the law requiring the Senate to approve international treaties: "The president's decision to abide by the Ottawa Convention banning land-mines endangers U.S. security and that of its closest allies.   It’s ... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Supreme Court Ruling of "Recess" Appointments

June 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today welcomed the Supreme Court's unanimous ruling that President Obama's "recess appointments" to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were unconstitutional.  "The Supreme Court's unanimous ruling today confirmed the President's disregard for the law when he skirted Congress and made unconstitutional appointments in January 2012 while the Senate remained in session," said Inhofe. "The President knew his controversial nominees did not... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling for Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA

June 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling today on Utility Air Regulatory Group v. United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding a set of EPA greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations: “I am pleased the Supreme Court ruled today to limit EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases and also ruled in line with the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Too Soon to Declare Victory Over Syria's Chemical Weapons

June 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announcement that the last eight percent of the declared 1,300-ton stockpile of chemical weapons has been removed from Syria: “While I welcome the news that all declared chemicals have been removed from Syria, it is too soon to declare victory. I don’t trust that Assad and Putin... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Visit to Fort Sill to Tour Facility Housing Children Who Entered the U.S. Illegally

June 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today visited Fort Sill to tour the Army military base where nearly 600 unaccompanied children from Central America who crossed the border illegally are being housed. Fort Sill has been advised to prepare to house up to 1,400 children. "Today's tour of Fort Sill just reaffirmed to me that something must be done to secure our borders and to force the Obama Administration to abide by our immigration laws," said Inhofe. "The flood of children... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: AFTER AMPLE WARNING, THE PRESIDENT IS DOING TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE IN IRAQ

June 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement after President Obama addressed the White House press corps on Iraq and after a closed-door SASC committee hearing on Iraq this afternoon: “On Oct. 29, 2013, I sent a letter with Sens. Levin, McCain, Menendez, Corker, and Graham urging the President to increase intelligence sharing, security assistance, and counterterrorism support for Iraq. In... Continue Reading »


Inhofe’s Opening Statement at SASC Nominations Hearing

June 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today delivered the following opening statement at a hearing to consider the nominations of Dr. Laura Junor, to be principal deputy under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness; Gordon Tanner, to be general counsel of the department of the Air Force; Debra Wada, to be assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs; Miranda Ballentine, to be assistant... Continue Reading »


Inhofe’s Opening Statement at EPW Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee Hearing Entitled, “Climate Change: The Need to Act Now”

June 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today delivered the following opening statement at an Environment and Public Works' (EPW) Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee hearing entitled, “Climate Change: The Need to Act Now.” Witnesses for the hearing include Hon. William Ruckelshaus, strategic advisor for Madrona Venture Group and former administrator for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Hon. Christine Todd Whitman, president of The Whitman... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on the Capture of Ahmed Abu Khatalla

June 17, 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 capture of Ahmed Abu Khatalla, reportedly a senior leader of the foreign terrorist organization Ansar al-Sharia. U.S. Special Forces captured Khatalla on account of his role in the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. "Once again the President has made the wrong decision on how our nation should be handling... Continue Reading »