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INHOFE REQUESTS BRIEFING ON LAKE TEXOMA WATER LEVELS

February 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) sent a letter on Feb. 3 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Department of Energy Southwestern Power Administration (SWPA) requesting a briefing on the current water levels at Lake Texoma, the various demands on the water supply, and any mitigation and conservation steps the Corps and SWPA are taking to ensure all obligations can be met. As a result of the letter, the Corps, SWPA, and Senator Inhofe's office are... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT ON UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE EXTENSION BILL

February 6, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted against ending debate on S.1845, the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Extension bill, that would extend temporary long-term unemployment benefits for the 11th time since 2008. Cloture on S.1845 failed by a vote 55-43. "Under the Obama Administration, the labor participation rate has remained at a 35 year low. This is an unacceptable statistic that I will not allow to become the new standard and why we must continue to debate the UI bill... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Electricity and Reliability Act

February 4, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today introduced the Electricity Reliability and Affordability Act of 2014 (S.1988). The bill would allow states to permanently waive any federal regulation regarding electric generating units for the purpose of power reliability and affordability.  “The record low temperatures our country has experienced recently has served as a reminder of the importance of reliable,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Disaster Savings Accounts Bill

February 4, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced the Disaster Savings Accounts (DSA) Act of 2014 in the Senate. The DSA Act would establish a new tax-preferred savings account that homeowners can use specifically for the purpose of natural disaster mitigation and recovery. “Every year many Americans face unexpected financial tolls and personal losses from natural disasters, of which Oklahomans experienced some of the harshest last year when tornadoes devastated... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Requests Answers to 1,800 Veterans Records Destroyed, Misplaced by NPRC

February 4, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Following news that at least 1,800 personnel records for veterans were mishandled or destroyed at the Nation Personnel Records Center, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) sent a letter today to NPRC Director Scott Levins seeking an explanation on how this could have occurred and what steps are being taken to prevent another incident.  The NPRC is located in St. Louis County, Missouri, and is an agency of the National Archives and Records Administration. According to the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe to Vote No on Farm Bill in Senate

February 4, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement regarding his intent to vote no on the conferenced farm bill in the Senate: "I congratulate Chairman Lucas for his work on this year’s farm bill.  From someone who has had to negotiate a major bill like this through the Congress, it takes time and patience working with colleagues and various stakeholders to get a product, and never do you get everything you would... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Obama is Out of Reasons to Stop Keystone Pipeline

January 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement after the State Department's announcement that the Keystone XL pipeline would have little impact on climate change: "President Obama and his Administration no longer have a valid reason to stall the final stages of the Keystone pipeline, but they will likely continue to do so to appease their environmental base that will be upset with this report.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Colleagues Call On President Obama To Stop Punishing Most Vulnerable Americans With Higher Utility Bills

January 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee, along with Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and a bipartisan group of 20 Senators today sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to “consider the burden to ratepayers before moving forward with plans to increase regulation” in light of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) anticipated rule designed to address emissions of greenhouse gases from... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at EPW Full, Subcommittee Oversight Hearing on Nuclear Safety

January 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), today delivered the following opening statement at the EPW Full and Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety hearing entitled, “Oversight Hearing: NRC’s Implementation of the Fukushima Near-Term Task Force Recommendations and other Actions to Enhance and Maintain Nuclear Safety:” As prepared for delivery: Thank you all for being here today. It was in... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Responds to State of the Union Address

January 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), this evening released a video response to President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address.  Click here to watch video As prepared for delivery: At tonight’s State of the Union, Oklahoma was proudly represented by Gary Bird, the Fire Chief for Moore, Oklahoma, who was seated with the First Lady. Bird has faithfully served Oklahomans as a firefighter since 1981, and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at SASC Hearing on Recent Changes to the U.S. Military Retirement System

January 28, 2014

As prepared for delivery: Today’s hearing is focused on the irresponsible changes made to military retirement pay by Section 403 of the Budget Act of 2013. Section 403 penalizes current and future military retirees by cutting a percentage point every year from the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for those under the age of 62 who retire after 20-years of service. It’s estimated that such a cut could result in tens of thousands of dollars in lost benefits for our retired military men... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Commends Annual March for Life

January 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today commended the hundreds of Oklahomans and thousands more Americans who gathered in the nation's capital for the March for Life.  "The several thousand that march today in Washington represent the millions of unborn lives who have been unjustly taken since the Roe vs. Wade ruling 41 years ago," said Inhofe. "The annual March for Life is about peacefully standing in the gap for the most vulnerable among us,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Condemns Russia's Occupation of Georgian Territory

January 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, delivered the following statement on Sunday in Tiblisi, Georgia after meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, where they spoke about the territorial security needs of the country.  "We want to issue a clear condemnation of Russia's continued occupation of Georgian territory and recent efforts to move the line of occupation deeper into Georgian territory, all of which... Continue Reading »


Inhofe on Coburn’s Retirement Announcement

January 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement today after Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) announced he would be retiring at the end of 2014: "I was honored to help recruit Tom in 1993 to run for the House of Representatives. I knew then that he was an intellectual and superb medical doctor. As we worked together, I came to learn he also had the skills that made him arguably the most sought after advisor in the Republican conference. In every policy decision,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opposes Omnibus Appropriations Bill

January 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after voting against the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (H.R. 3547). The bill passed by a 72 to 26 vote. “Today I voted no on the omnibus appropriations bill because it continues the disproportionate cuts that are decimating our national security. Further, the agreement fails to fully restore the earned retirement benefits of our military... Continue Reading »


Manchin, Inhofe Introduce Bill to Protect Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers

January 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would ensure the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conducts an open rulemaking process before enacting potential changes to the medical certification requirements for pilots and air traffic controllers in relation to sleep disorders.  “As a pilot myself, I recognize that there is nothing more important than making sure our skies are safe and I appreciate... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Joins CRA Challenge to EPA’s Coal Power Plants Rule

January 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today joined Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and 39 Senators in filing a Disapproval Resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed greenhouse gas standards for new coal fired power plants. The Disapproval Resolution will ensure a Senate vote on the proposed rule. If adopted... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Amendment to Allow Horse Slaughter Plants

January 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced an amendment to the omnibus spending bill that would strike a provision of the bill blocking the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) from inspecting horse slaughter plants and thereby effectively banning these facilities in the United States. "I am very concerned that the omnibus appropriations bill includes a provision that blocks government inspection of horse processing facilities, effectively shutting down this... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at SASC Hearing to Consider Nominations of Creedon, Carson, LaPlante

January 16, 2014

Witnesses: Honorable Madelyn R. Creedon To be Principal Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration Honorable Brad R. Carson To be Under Secretary of the Army Dr. William A. LaPlante, Jr. To be Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition As prepared for delivery: Ms. Creedon, the Congress remains committed to the nuclear modernization promises made to secure ratification of the 2010 New START treaty.  Secretary Hagel said earlier this month in Wyoming,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at Full EPW Committee Hearing entitled “Review of the President’s Climate Action Plan”

January 16, 2014

As prepared for delivery: On multiple occasions, and most recently on May 30th of last year, President Obama has said that “the temperature around the globe is increasing faster than was predicted even ten years ago” and that “the climate is warming faster than anybody anticipated five or ten years ago.”  Both statements are false, and through letters to you, Ms. McCarthy, and on the record in this Committee, we’ve asked the EPA to provide us with the data... Continue Reading »