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INHOFE APPLAUDS RELEASE OF NGO WORKERS

March 1, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today recognized the interim Egyptian Military government for facilitating the release of the American NGO aid workers who had been prevented from leaving the country for weeks.  The Americans were part of a larger group of aid workers being charged by Egypt’s civilian authorities with using foreign aid... Continue Reading »


OKLAHOMA DELEGATION ASKS FWS TO EXPLAIN LISTING PRIORITY FOR THE LESSER PRAIRIE CHICKEN

February 22, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today led a bipartisan, bicameral letter signed by the entire Oklahoma delegation, including Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Representatives James Lankford, (R-OK-5), John Sullivan (R-OK-1), Frank Lucas (R-OK-3), Tom Cole (R-OK-4), Dan Boren (D-OK-2), as well as eighteen other Senate and House members, to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar asking for clarification... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: OBAMA NOMINEE OPPOSES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

February 17, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today cited religious freedom concerns as a reason for opposing Jesse M. Furman, President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  Inhofe was joined by 33 other senators in opposing the nomination.  “In keeping with President Obama’s attack on religious freedom related to the contraception ruling, this nomination further shows President Obama’s disregard for... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CONDEMNS IRANIAN ATTACKS ON ISRAELI DIPLOMATS; CHASTIZES U.N.'S SILENCE

February 17, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), today condemned the attempted murder of several Israeli diplomats this past week around the world by Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah.    In the first attack, the wife of an Israeli diplomat was injured when a bomb exploded in her car in New Delhi, India just after dropping off her two children at school.  Although injured by the blast, the woman succeeded in... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRAISES BIA LETTER; WARNS AGAINST CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT

February 16, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After weeks of pressing the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) for answers regarding the legality of land lease that is being used to pursue a Kialegee Tribal Town casino in Broken Arrow, Okla., U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised a letter from BIA raising questions and concerns about the lease.  Inhofe also warned that continued activity that ignores the BIA’s position would amount to trespassing on federal property.   “From the very start,... Continue Reading »


INHOFE QUESTIONS INTELLIGENCE EXPERTS ON IRAN, OBAMA'S DEFENSE CUTS

February 16, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today sought answers from James Clapper Jr., Director of National Intelligence, and U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess Jr., Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, on the pending nuclear threat posed by Iran.   “Today’s hearing reaffirmed my fears for our nation’s current and future safety,” said Inhofe. “As President Obama continues to... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SUPPORTS PASSAGE OF ADOPTION RESOLUTION

February 16, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, praised the passage of S. Res. 378. Under this measure, it declares that it is the policy of the United States Senate to promote stability and permanency for children through adoption. S. Res. 378 passed the U.S. Senate yesterday by unanimous consent. “Every child deserves a loving and nurturing family,” said Inhofe. “This resolution provides a much-needed mission... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: OBAMA'S NUCLEAR PLAN BREAKS WORD TO CONGRESS; FULFILLS CAMPAIGN PROMISE

February 15, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and outspoken opponent of the New START treaty, today said that President Obama’s announcement to unilaterally disarm up to 80 percent of our nation’s nuclear arsenal is breaking his word to Congress in order to fulfill campaign promises to his liberal base.  “President Obama is breaking his word to Congress that paved the way for Senate ratification of... Continue Reading »


INHOFE QUESTIONS TOP PENTAGON OFFICIALS ON CASUALTY REPORTING

February 14, 2012

Link to Video    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), took the opportunity of today’s defense budget hearing to raise the issue of casualty reporting with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey.  Over the course of the past two months, Inhofe has heard from numerous families, including those of fallen Oklahoma 45th Soldiers, who... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RAISES CUT CONCERNS WITH TOP PENTAGON OFFICIALS

February 14, 2012

Link to Video    WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a hearing to consider the defense portion of President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 (FY2013) budget, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), pressed Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey, on future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) rounds and proposed defense cuts.    “I oppose another BRAC... Continue Reading »


INHOFE BLASTS OBAMA BUDGET

February 13, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading fiscal conservative, today blasted President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 (FY2013) budget as election year politics that will saddle future American generations with more debt. “In an effort to win re-election, President Obama’s budget uses Washington gimmicks and accounting tricks to simultaneously spend more money on items important to his base while falsely claiming to reduce spending,” said Inhofe. ... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: OBAMA'S COMPROMISE FAILS TO PROTECT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

February 10, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading social conservative in the U.S. Senate, today made the following statement after President Obama announced a compromise to Obamacare’s mandate on preventative services that has sparked a nationwide firestorm in recent weeks:   “Mr. President, when it comes to defending the Constitution and the First Amendment, there is no ‘compromise’ or ‘accommodation.’ Obama's announced compromise... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RAISES CONCERNS ON NORTH KOREA'S CAPABILITIES DURING HEARING

February 9, 2012

Link to Video    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) and senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today questioned nominees including U.S. Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III for Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) and U.S. Army Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick for Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during a... Continue Reading »


INHOFE REACTS TO OKLAHOMA'S NCLB WAIVER

February 9, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today reacted to President Obama’s announcement that Oklahoma is one of ten states granted a No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver. “The federal government continues to saddle states and local schools with red tape and requirements that it fails to pay for,” said Inhofe.  “Students and families are best served when education decisions are left to the local and parental levels.  While this waiver does return... Continue Reading »


INHOFE OPPOSES OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S INTRUSION AGAINST RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

February 7, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading social conservative in the Senate, today backed a second measure aimed at keeping the Obama administration’s abuse of power against religious institutions in check.  In October 2011, Inhofe backed the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011 (S.1467).  Today, Inhofe lent his support to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012 (S.2043).   “Once again, President Obama’s words and actions... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRAISES PASSAGE OF FAA BILL

February 6, 2012

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 10,000 flight hours, today praised final passage of the House-Senate Conference Report for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011 (H.R. 658).  After twenty-three extensions that at times furloughed FAA employees in Oklahoma and around the nation, this will be the first FAA reauthorization since 2003.... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: CONTROVERSIAL RECESS APPOINTMENTS ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL

February 6, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and 38 of his Republican colleagues recently signed a letter of intent to file an amicus brief challenging the constitutionality of President Obama’s Jan. 4 recess appointments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Lawsuits against the appointments have been filed by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, the National Right to Work Committee, and the National Federation of... Continue Reading »


INHOFE WELCOMES EDMOND NATIVE TO CAPITOL HILL

February 3, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) welcomed fellow Oklahoman Katie Schlotthauer to Washington, D.C. Schlotthauer, appointed by Inhofe, will serve as a Senate Page during the Spring 2012 semester. “I am delighted to have such a talented and hardworking individual working on Capitol Hill,” said Inhofe. “The Senate Page Program holds the highest prestigious honor as Members of Congress select only the brightest youth to serve. Katie’s... Continue Reading »


INHOFE REJECTS OBAMA'S TRANSITION STRATEGY FOR AFGHANISTAN

February 2, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today reacted to the Obama administration’s announcement on the changing roles of our nation’s troops in Afghanistan.  Yesterday, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the United States expected to end combat operations in 2013 in Afghanistan and transition to a train and advise role through 2014. “President Obama’s decision is purely... Continue Reading »


OKLAHOMA DELEGATION REACTS TO AMERICAN AIRLINES RESTRUCTURING

February 1, 2012

  WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation today reacted to the restructuring announcement by American Airlines, the nation’s third largest airline.  The company, one of the largest employers in the state with nearly 7,000 in Tulsa, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November of last year.  Under the bankruptcy protected reorganization, American is seeking to cut roughly 13,000 jobs company wide as it tries to reduce labor costs by 20... Continue Reading »