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Inhofe Statement on Iraq Prime Minister's White House Meeting

October 30, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released the following statement concerning President Obama's scheduled meeting Friday with Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki: "I warned in 2011 that the failure of the Obama Administration to negotiate a well-planned transition in Iraq would jeopardize the country’s long-term stability and would threaten to undo all that our men and women in uniform fought and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Urges Kerry to Help End Persecution of Religious Minorities in Middle East

October 24, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the United States leverage its influence to end the increasing practice in the Middle East to silence religious freedom. “The freedom of religion is one of our most precious constitutional liberties,” Inhofe wrote in the letter. “The increasing attacks against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East is a violation of the basic human right of the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Approval of State Conservation Plan for LPC a Victory for Oklahoma

October 23, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today praised the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for approving the Lesser Prairie-Chicken (LPC) five-state conservation plan and encouraged FWS Director Dan Ashe to expeditiously approve the Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (CCAA) associated with the LPC conservation plan. The plan was submitted by Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Senate Deal to Fund Government, Raise Debt Ceiling

October 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement today on the passage of a Senate deal to fund the government through Jan. 15 and raise the debt ceiling until Feb. 7: "Since President Obama came into office, he has signed into law a costly 20,000 page health care law, authored a $787 billion stimulus, and raised the debt ceiling now six times. He has taken care of his pet projects while letting the most foundational elements of the Constitution — from... Continue Reading »


Sens. Inhofe, Moran, Manchin and Half of Senate to White House: U.S. Will Not Be Bound By U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

October 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sens. Jim Moran (R- Kan.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) in leading a bipartisan group of 50 U.S. Senators in reiterating to President Obama that the Senate overwhelmingly opposes the ratification of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and will not be bound by its obligations. “The Senate spoke out against the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty this past March when 53 Senators voted for my amendment to the Senate budget resolution... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Trial of Al-Libi in New York

October 15, 2013

Washington, D.C. -- Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on reports that Abu Anas al-Libi will appear today in federal court in New York: "It is despicable that under the direction of President Obama foreign terrorists who have targeted and killed innocent people are being provided the same rights as American citizens. We saw this in the way the Administration brought high profile terrorists Ahmed Warsame and Abu... Continue Reading »


Senators Urge FAA to Reopen Aircraft Registry Office

October 10, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) along with Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) Wednesday sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta requesting a review of FAA’s decision to close its Aircraft Registry Office despite its value in protecting national security and highlighted that the office has remained open through... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Fischer House for Assisting Families of the Fallen

October 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced the Fischer House Foundation, a private non-profit foundation, will ensure families of fallen service members continue to receive assistance despite the ongoing government shutdown:  "The Fischer House's offer to provide benefits to the families of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Calls on Colleagues to Break Ranks, Vote for Veterans

October 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement today on the Senate's upcoming vote on H.J.Res.72, Honoring our Promise to America's Veterans Act: “Yesterday the House passed legislation that would ensure our heroic veterans receive their rightful benefits earned while serving our country. The President has already issued a veto threat of this bill, and I call on my fellow Senate Democrats to not fall in line with this demand to solidify its failure. It... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: DOD Should Interpret Military Pay Law Broadly

October 2, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement on the Pay Our Military Act and the definition of "excepted" workers for the Department of Defense (DoD) civilians: "My staff and I have been in contact with the Department of Defense urging immediate issuance of new guidance to pay our men and women in uniform, as well as the civilians and contractors who support them, during a government shutdown. The... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Government Shutdown

October 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement about the shutdown of the federal government: “A government shutdown has real implications for Oklahomans, seniors, small business owners, veterans, and civilian employees that support our military installations. At this time, the U.S. House of Representatives has sent the Senate several common-sense solutions to fund the government while addressing the concerns Americans have for the President’s... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRAISES PASSAGE OF BILL TO PROTECT MILITARY PAY IN EVENT OF GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

September 30, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today praising the Senate passage of H.R. 3210 to protect military members pay in the event of a government shutdown: “I applaud the Senate for passing legislation this afternoon to ensure our military is paid in the event of a government shutdown. Our men and women in uniform and their families should not suffer for Congress’ inability to pass... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises DOT Grants to Enhance Air Service at Community Airports

September 27, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today congratulated the Lawton Metropolitan Area Airport Authority and the City of Stillwater for receiving grants through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Small Community Air Service Development Program. The two grants will support efforts to attract and maintain commercial air services to their respective communities. “Commercial air... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on the Continuing Resolution

September 27, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today voted against final passage of the Continuing Resolution after Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Democrats passed an amendment to remove the provisions that would defund the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare. “Today I kept my promise to Oklahomans that I would not vote for a continuing resolution that funds the President's disastrous health care law," said Inhofe. "Sen.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on IPCC Climate Report

September 27, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today made the following statement regarding the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes’ (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report: “Today’s release of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Summary for Policymakers proves that the UN is more interested in advancing a political agenda than scientific integrity. The IPCC glossed... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Cole Praise DOT Grant Awarded to Oklahoma, Regional Universities

September 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK-4) today congratulated University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and Langston University for being awarded a grant of approximately $2.5 million through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s University Transportation Centers (UTC) program. “Oklahoma’s central location positions our... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at EPW Hearing on the Need to Invest in America’s Infrastructure, Preserve Federal Transportation Funding

September 25, 2013

AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY: Thank you, Chairman Boxer and thank you to our panelists for making the time to be here as well. It is no secret that I am one of the strongest advocates of a robust federal investment in our nation’s transportation system. I think that the timing of this hearing is important to highlight the crisis that many seem to be ignoring. This will be my 5th highway bill and unfortunately I believe the threat to Congress’ commitment to authorizing the traditional... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Warns Kerry About Signing U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

September 24, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry warning him about the United States becoming a signatory nation to the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty. “Sec. Kerry and President Obama are at it again,” said Inhofe. “As we saw in 2009 with cap-and-trade in Copenhagen, Sec. Kerry and President Obama are being dishonest by telling the United Nations that we’ll be a part of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. This treaty... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at EPW Subcommittee Hearing on Black Carbon

September 24, 2013

As prepared for delivery: Thank you Chairman Carper and Ranking Member Sessions for holding this hearing today.  First, I should point out that Black Carbon has nothing to do with global warming or carbon dioxide. It is, however, an important topic, especially on the continent of Africa.  What a lot of people don’t know is that I have traveled to Africa more than any other Senator in the history of the United States.  I have made 127 individual country visits, and the issue... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on EPA's New Source Performance Standards for Power Plants

September 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate regulations for all new coal and natural gas power plants: “These new regulations from the Obama Administration are not just about crippling the coal industry, but it is part of the larger war on affordable American energy. The excuse for these... Continue Reading »