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INHOFE SUPPORTS EISEN, OPPOSES APONTE

December 12, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), joined his Senate colleagues to vote on two of President Obama’s ambassador nominees.  The Senate, acting on its Constitutional authority found in Article II Section 2, took up advice and consent consideration of two sitting ambassadors who had been serving under recess appointments by President Obama.  Those recess appointments will expire at the end of the... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: DEFENSE CUTS AT FORT SILL AND BEYOND THREATEN NATIONAL SECURITY

December 8, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and the co-chair of the Senate Army Caucus, today reacted with strong disappointment after the U.S. Army announced they will eliminate 176 Army civilian employee positions at Fort Sill. This workforce reduction is a direct result of extensive budget cuts to the Department of Defense ordered by President Obama.  The announcement included Army-wide cuts of 8,741 civilian... Continue Reading »


INHOFE APPLAUDS REINSTATEMENT OF BARR PROGRAM

December 5, 2011

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 applauded the reinstatement of the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program in S. 1596, the Transportation, Housing, Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2012.  The restoration of the BARR program provides much-needed security to the general aviation community by protecting... Continue Reading »


INHOFE BACKS FY12 NDAA, STILL CONCERNED ABOUT OVERALL DEFENSE FUNDING LEVELS

December 2, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today announced his support for last night’s passage of S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12). This annual legislation passed the U.S. Senate by a vote of 93-7 and authorizes funding for the Department of Defense (DOD) and includes several legislative measures that were either authored or supported by... Continue Reading »


INHOFE OFFERS AMENDMENT TO PROMOTE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ON MILITARY INSTALLATIONS

November 30, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), has offered an amendment to S.1867,the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12), that would promote energy development on military installations.   The measure would modify section 35 of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 USC 191) to allow the Department of Defense (DoD) to receive the Federal revenues from mineral exploration on military... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SUPPORTS DETAINEE PROVISIONS IN NDAA

November 29, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today opposed an amendment offered by U.S. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) to S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012. The amendment, that sought to remove the bill’s detainee provisions, failed to pass the U.S. Senate by a vote of 37-61.   “The defeat of Senator Udall’s amendment is a victory for our national... Continue Reading »


INHOFE REACTS AFTER SUPER COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES FAILURE TO REACH DEBT DEAL

November 21, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading fiscal conservative in the U.S. Senate, today made the following statement after the Congressional Super Committee announced that it failed to reach an agreement that would result in $1.2 trillion in budget cuts: “Today’s announcement that the deficit committee failed to come to an agreement to cut spending by $1.2 trillion is not surprising.  Congressional Democrats and President Obama have consistently stated... Continue Reading »


ON INHOFE'S BIRTHDAY, PILOTS BILL OF RIGHTS GAINS 60th CO-SPONSOR

November 17, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On his 77th birthday, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) Pilot’s Bill of Rights (S.1335) reached a major milestone in the U.S. Senate gaining its 60th co-sponsor.  The number means the measure has reached a filibuster-proof majority of U.S. Senators, and can pass the Senate.   Last month during a visit on Capitol Hill, actor and general aviation pilot Harrison Ford endorsed the Pilot’s Bill of Rights.  Inhofe is a member of the Senate... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SUPPORTS NOMINATION OF BRAD CARSON

November 17, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today supported the nomination of former U.S. Rep. Brad Carson (D-Okla.) as General Counsel of the U.S. Army during a SASC hearing. “While Brad Carson and I have had differences on issues over the years, he is a friend,” said Inhofe.  “Having gone back and researched his record on military issues, it is clear that, like me, he is committed to doing the... Continue Reading »


REPUBLICANS ANNOUNCE WELFARE REFORM ACT OF 2011

November 16, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) cosponsored the Welfare Reform Act of 2011 offered by U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). Other original cosponsors include U.S. Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), and David Vitter (R-La.). Companion legislation has been offered in the U.S. House by U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).    Over the past two decades the growth in means-tested welfare... Continue Reading »


INHOFE FIGHTS TO PROTECT LAKE AREA HOMEOWNER RIGHTS

November 16, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) yesterday cosponsored an amendment offered by U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) to H.R. 2354, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2012. This amendment assists homeowners by modifying the Federal Power Act to require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to take private land ownership into consideration when approving licenses for dams.   Without this amendment, homeowners that reside in... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SUPPORTS ADDING NATIONAL GUARD TO JOINT CHIEFS

November 10, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today acted as Ranking Member during a SASC hearing that received testimony from witnesses on whether the Chief of the National Guard Bureau (CNGB) should be made a statutory member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). Currently, legislation is pending before the SASC that proposes the addition of the CNBG to the JCS. If added, current CNGB Gen. McKinley will join the JCS and... Continue Reading »


INHOFE'S THUNDERBIRD LEGISLATION PASSES COMMITTEE

November 10, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - S. 802, the Lake Thunderbird Efficient Use Act of 2011, authored by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today successfully passed out of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Now, this legislation will be placed on the Senate calendar for further consideration by the full chamber. "I am pleased that members of the committee supported my legislation to assist Oklahomans with the resources needed to recover from a devastating drought," said Inhofe.... Continue Reading »


INHOFE REQUESTS REDUCTION OF FEES TO CRP PARTICIPANTS

November 10, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following this year’s severe drought in states including Oklahoma and Texas, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) requested U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Thomas Vilsack to reduce or eliminate fees to Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants who participate in emergency grazing and hayingduring periods of severe droughts.  Inhofe was joined on the letter by U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Texas). In previous... Continue Reading »


INHOFE FIGHTS FOR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS

November 4, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), an ardent supporter of Second Amendment rights, today joined 28 of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees requesting that several House-passed firearms provisions be included in the conference report of H.R. 2112, the legislative vehicle for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS), and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.   The letter came after the U.S. Senate... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, COBURN, COLE & LANKFORD PRAISE AIR FORCE ANNOUNCEMENT

November 2, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation today reacted to news that Tinker Air Force Base’s (AFB) Air Logistics Center (ALC) will become the new single head for Air Force sustainment and logistics.  The realignment, a move that is in line with the Defense Department’s requirement to make $450 billion in spending cuts over the next decade, will mean that Tinker will lose its current Two Star General slot, but will gain a Three Star General and a... Continue Reading »


INHOFE BACKS COST-CUTTING MEASURE

November 1, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today supported a cost reducing measure offered by U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) that would cut Rural Development appropriations by $1 billion under H.R. 2112, the so-called ‘minibus’ appropriations act that will fund Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and related agencies for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012. This amendment failed by a vote of 13-85. “I supported this cost-saving amendment because we have a $1.3 trillion... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SUBMITS WRITTEN TESTIMONY FOR HOUSE HEARING ON LRA

October 25, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), today submitted a written statement to a hearing at the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the deployment of U.S. Forces to Uganda to assist the Ugandan military to pursue Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Over the past 15 years, Inhofe has led the legislative effort to end the LRA’s reign of terror.    In the submitted statement, Inhofe... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: OBAMA’S FAILURE TO NEGOTIATE IRAQ TRANSITION THREATENS SECURITY GAINS

October 21, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today responded to President Obama’s announcement that no Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) had been reached with the Iraqi government, resulting in all U.S. forces being pulled out of Iraq by the end of this year:  “I am disappointed in the Obama Administration’s failure to negotiate a well-planned transition in Iraq that would have extended U.S. force... Continue Reading »


INHOFE-BACKED MEASURE PASSES SENATE; WOULD PROTECT OKLAHOMA FARMS AND COMMUNITIES

October 20, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today supported a revenue neutral amendment offered by U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) that transfers $8 million to watershed and flooding prevention programs under H.R. 2112, the so-called ‘minibus’ appropriations act that will fund Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and related agencies for Fiscal Year 2012. A cosponsor of  this amendment, the measure passed without objection by a voice vote.  The transferred funds... Continue Reading »