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INHOFE UKRAINIAN RESOLUTION PASSES SENATE

September 25, 2012

Washington, D.C. – A resolution introduced by U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of theSenate Foreign Relations Committee, and co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senate Majority Whip, passed the U.S. Senate on Saturday. The resolution, S.Res.466, calls for the release of Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko from prison. “The Senate sent a firm message to Ukraine that their political persecution tactics of imprisonment and intimidation have no place in... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRAISES OKLAHOMA’S ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR CHALLENGING OBAMACARE’S IMPLEMENTATION

September 21, 2012

   U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senate conservative, made the following statement after Attorney General of Oklahoma Scott Pruitt filed an amendment complaint challenging implementation of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act:   “I applaud Attorney General Scott Pruitt for his leadership in fighting for Oklahoma’s job creators and against excessive government overreach,” said Inhofe. “The Internal Revenue Service has overstepped its... Continue Reading »


INHOFE QUESTIONS FAILURE OF TSA TO ENSURE FLIGHT APPLICANTS ARE NOT A THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY

September 21, 2012

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) in a letter to Administrator of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) John Pistole today expressed concerns for a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) citing problems in making certain that applicants to the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP) are not a risk to national security and whether they are legal residents. In the letter, Inhofe asked the TSA to disclose how these oversights were allowed and what... Continue Reading »


INHOFE INTRODUCES FOOD STAMP RESTORATION ACT

September 20, 2012

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senate conservative, today introduced the Food Stamp Restoration Act (S.3602) to reform the current food stamp program to be a discretionary block grant for states to design individualized nutrition assistance programs. It is estimated this bill will save more than $300 billion over the next ten years. "My bill will take the food stamp program out from under federal government control, placing the responsibility of future... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, LEAHY INTRODUCE FOREIGN PRISON CONDITIONS IMPROVEMENT ACT

September 20, 2012

 Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) today introduced the Foreign Prison Condistions Improvement Act of 2012 (S.3577) to help stem the spread of HIV/AIDs in developing countries by eliminating unhealthy and unsafe prison conditions in these countries. "Overcrowded, unsanitary detention and incarceration facilities endanger lives," said Inhofe. "This extremely high risk environment is... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: LIBYA ATTACK HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR GITMO

September 20, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and an ardent supporter of the U.S. detention facilities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GITMO),  today pointed to former GITMO detainee Sufian bin Qumu’s reported involvement in the Libyan attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens as proof that GITMO must remain open and active.  “Sufian bin Qumu is a perfect example of why GITMO is such a valuable asset in the... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SAYS PRESIDENT IS FAILING TO PROVIDE LEADERSHIP ON SEQUESTRATION

September 17, 2012

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on the White House release of the congressionally mandated report detailing the impact of sequestration.  “The White House’s report on the impact of sequestration only confirmed what we have already been told by the Pentagon, that these cuts will be devastating to our national security and overall readiness,” said Inhofe. “In... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: $37 MILLION GRANT TO FT. SILL SCHOOLS

September 17, 2012

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today said that the Department of Defense has given a $37,134,368 grant to Lawton Public Schools, Lawton, Okla. to replace two old elementary schools on Fort Sill with a single new school.   In May 2011, Under Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal toured Ft. Sill and the schools with Inhofe.  During that visit, Westphal praised Inhofe’s leadership... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RESOLUTION THAT DESIGNATES NATIONAL CELIAC DISEASE AWARENESS DAY PASSES SENATE

September 14, 2012

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Inhofe’s bi-partisan Senate Resolution designating September 13, 2012 as “National Celiac Disease Awareness Day.” “As a long-time supporter of this cause, I am once again pleased the U.S. Senate designated September 13 as ‘National Celiac Disease Awareness Day,’” said Inhofe.  “This resolution is imperative to bringing much-needed awareness to celiac disease... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: OBAMA MADE HUGE BLUNDER WITH EGYPT COMMENTS

September 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today blasted President Obama’s blunder in saying that he does not consider Egypt an ally.  “Here we are in the midst of an international crisis, and President blew it,” said Inhofe.  “Unfortunately, this lack of leadership is what we have come to expect from President Obama.  Saying... Continue Reading »


INHOFE HONORS WORLD WAR II VETERANS AT MEMORIAL

September 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a U.S. Army veteran and senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), hosted World War II veterans from Oklahoma at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. Oklahoma State Rep. Gary Banz led 104 veterans and their families to the nation’s capital today on the Oklahoma Honor Flight. This is the eighth Oklahoma Honor Flight, a program which enables World War II veterans from across the nation to see... Continue Reading »


SENATORS EXPRESS CONCERN WITH CNOOC DEAL; REQUEST CFIUS SCRUTINY

September 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on East Asia and Pacific Affairs was joined by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), John Hoeven (R-ND), and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) in sending a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner expressing concern with the pending acquisition of Nexen Inc. by the Chinese National Offshore Oil Company Ltd. (CNOOC), which was submitted to the Committee on Foreign Investment in... Continue Reading »


INHOFE INTRODUCES RESOLUTION TO SUSPEND U.S. FOREIGN AID TO EGYPT AND LIBYA

September 13, 2012

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member on Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), introduced a resolution today calling for U.S. foreign aid to Egypt and Libya be suspended until the President can certify that each government is providing a necessary level of protection to our U.S. embassies and personnel. “When you attack an embassy, you attack America,” said Inhofe. “Host countries have a... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CONDEMNS EMBASSY ATTACKS; CALLS FOR HEARINGS

September 12, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) today responded to the embassy attacks in Cairo and Benghazi that resulted in the death of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya:  “We mourn the tragic murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens, a friend whom I met with in February of this year, and the three others.  These individuals lost their lives in service to their... Continue Reading »


INHOFE AND WICKER INTRODUCE MILITARY RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT

September 11, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) on Tuesday introduced the Military Religious Freedom Act.  The Wicker-Inhofe legislation explicitly outlines how the Defense of Marriage Act should be applied to the Department of Defense.  Specifically, the bill would (1) prevent military chaplains from being forced to perform a marriage ceremony if the chaplain objects for reasons of conscience and (2) prohibit marriage or marriage-like... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, FIVE GOP SENATORS EXPRESS DISAPPOINTMENT FOR DOD FAILING TO COMPLY TO MOVE ACT

September 11, 2012

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), joined U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Richard Burr (R-NC), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), and John Barrasso (R-WY) in sending a letter to Secretary Leon Panetta expressing disappointment for the Department of Defense (DOD) failing to comply to the Military Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act.  “The MOVE Act was not optional, and neither is our... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: ON ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 AMERICA MUST CHOOSE PATH FORWARD

September 11, 2012

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released the following statement commemorating the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.: “On this eleventh anniversary of that horribly catastrophic day in September, we honor and remember those who have been taken from us.  We give thanks for our military members who sacrifice so much.  We pray for... Continue Reading »


INHOFE MOURNS DEATH OF FRIEND, ETHIOPIAN PRIME MINISTER MELES ZENAWI

August 21, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior Member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Senate Armed Services Committees, today issued the following statement mourning the loss of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who died at the age of 57:  “Today I join the people of Ethiopia in mourning the passing of my friend, Prime Minister Meles.  I have known him and First Lady Azeb Mesfin for close to a decade, and so I am especially sad for Azeb and their... Continue Reading »


INHOFE DISCUSSES SUICIDE AND MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES WITH LTG HOROHO

August 3, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), this week met with Lieutenant General Patricia Horoho, the Army Surgeon General to discuss Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the soaring suicide rate within the Department of Defense.  “This year is on track to be worst for the Army in number of suicides, in fact more Soldiers have been lost to suicide than to combat operations... Continue Reading »


INHOFE AGAIN REQUESTS SEC. MABUS TO DISCLOSE FULL COST OF GREEN FLEET DEMONSTRATION

August 2, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today issued a second letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus requesting again a full, detailed report on the cost of the U.S. Navy’s “Green Fleet” demonstration and overall alternative energy program. Sen. Inhofe’s first request was made on July 24, which led to Sec. Mabus responding to only a few of the questions.   “To be clear, I... Continue Reading »