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Statement of Senator Inhofe on the floor of the Senate on the introduction of S. 1583, the Storm Shelter Tax Relief Act of 2011

September 21, 2011

(as prepared for delivery)  Mr. President, being from Oklahoma, I can remember back in the days when they called Oklahoma, southern Kansas, northern Texas, and southwestern Missouri tornado alley. I say to my good friend from Oregon that I have been in aviation for many years. I know people who won't even fly airplanes through what we call tornado alley. But by now I think we know that tornadoes are a daily threat to Americans each spring as severe weather rolls across the country. In the... Continue Reading »


INHOFE INTRODUCES STORM SHELTER LEGISLATION

September 20, 2011

Link to Floor Speech    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Citing extreme weather conditions that have claimed the lives of over 500 victims this year, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced legislation to provide taxpayers an incentive to build storm shelters in their homes. S. 1583, the Storm Shelter Tax Relief Act of 2011, gives a tax deduction of up to $2,500 to American taxpayers who purchase and install qualified storm shelters. Qualified expenses include the purchase,... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: PRESIDENT'S PLAN DEVASTATING FOR JOBS, ECONOMY

September 19, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, responded to President Obama’s proposal to impose higher taxes on oil and gas companies to pay for his stimulus plan, which he laid out in today’s speech.    “President Obama is still determined to wage his needless war on American energy jobs by increasing taxes on oil and gas development—an agenda that would be devastating for... Continue Reading »


INHOFE BACKS CHARITABLE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ACT

September 16, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a recipient of the American Farm Bureau’s Golden Plow Award, today joined U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and John Thune (R-S.D.), a Member of the Committee, in introducing the Charitable Agricultural Research Act.  The bill amends the tax code to allow for the creation of a new type of charitable, tax-exempt organization, Agricultural Research... Continue Reading »


INHOFE REQUESTS HEARING FOR PILOT'S BILL OF RIGHTS

September 15, 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 sent a letter to Chairman John Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) and Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Texas) of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee requesting a hearing and markup of S. 1335, the Pilot’s Bill of Rights Act. Inhofe introduced this legislation in July and currently has 33... Continue Reading »


INHOFE QUESTIONS CARTER ON BUDGET, DEFENSE PROGRAMS

September 13, 2011

Link to Video   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) today made the following statement after attending a SASC hearing to consider the nomination of Dr. Ashton Carter as the next U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense.                         “Although, I have not always agreed with Dr.... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SEEKS TO STRENGTHEN U.S. - TAIWAN RELATIONS

September 13, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), co-chair of the Taiwan Caucus and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), today introduced S. 1545, a bill that designates Taiwan as a visa waiver program country. This legislation qualifies residents of Taiwan to travel to the United States for tourism or business purposes for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a travel visa. Currently, 36 countries participate in our nation’s visa waiver... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: 10 YEARS ON, WE MUST NEVER FORGET

September 10, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today released the following statement remembering the attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001:    “Ten years have passed since that devastating and horrific day in September that forever changed America.  As we remember, our hearts still break for all those we lost and we pray for those they left behind.  We remember with gratitude the heroism demonstrated by the passengers and crew... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT ON OBAMA SPEECH

September 8, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senate conservative, tonight issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s speech before a joint session of Congress.  “It has been said that the lowest form of learning is trial and error.  Unfortunately this President just doesn’t learn.  He pushed his failed $800 billion so-called stimulus package that failed to stimulate.  Since then, we’ve lost nearly 2 million... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RESOLUTION THAT DESIGNATES NATIONAL CELIAC DISEASE AWARENESS DAY PASSES SENATE

September 8, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Under unanimous consent, the U.S. Senate last night passed S. Res. 219 sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.). The resolution designates September 13, 2011 as “National Celiac Disease Awareness Day.” “As a long-time supporter of this cause, I am once again pleased the U.S. Senate passed S. Res. 219,” said Inhofe. “This resolution is imperative to bringing much-needed awareness to celiac disease and helps diagnose and treat individuals... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CONGRATULATES TINKER ON DISTINGUISHED AWARD

August 18, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today congratulated the KC-135 Program Depot Maintenance Team, and the rest of “Team Tinker”, on winning the distinguished Robert T. Mason Award for Depot Maintenance Excellence.  The KC-135 team’s hard work and innovative methods reduced the time to complete maintenance by 21 percent.  The Department of Defense award was announced by Under Secretary... Continue Reading »


U.S. Commerce Department Boosts Research and Development at Oklahoma State University

August 15, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Dr. Rebecca Blank and U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe today announced a $1 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the Oklahoma State University Multispectral Laboratories (UML) in Ponca City, Okla., to modernize the university’s research and training facilities.  The labs are working to enhance technology transfer and commercialization rates by streamlining the innovation to deployment cycle and provide researchers... Continue Reading »


INHOFE APPLAUDS McCONNELL'S APPOINTMENTS TO SUPER COMMITTEE

August 10, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading fiscal conservative, today made the following statement after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appointed U.S. Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to the super committee. These leaders will join nine other lawmakers chosen by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to find a solution to the... Continue Reading »


OKLAHOMA DELEGATION SENDS CARE PACKAGES TO 45TH BRIGADE

August 5, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the Oklahoma delegation, including U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), and U.S. Reps. John Sullivan (R-OK-1), Dan Boren (D-OK-2), Frank Lucas (R-OK-3), Tom Cole (R-OK-4), and James Lankford (R-OK-5) along with members of their staff, today sent care packages to servicemembers of the Oklahoma National Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) currently deployed in... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PETITIONS SASC FOR ADDITIONAL PTSD-TBI HEARING

August 4, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today made the following statement after a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that widely prescribed drugs including antipsychotics were ineffective in treating servicemembers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In 2009, over 80,000 servicemembers with PTSD were prescribed these drugs. “These results are disappointing but not... Continue Reading »


INHOFE VOTES "NO" ON DEBT COMPROMISE

August 2, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading fiscal conservative in the Senate, today voted against the debt compromise brokered between President Obama and Congressional leaders.  Inhofe, one of the first signers of the Cut, Cap, and Balance Pledge, has advocated for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution since the early 1970s.  He is a co-sponsor of a Balanced Budget Amendment bill and the Cut, Cap, and Balance bill, and he voted for Speaker... Continue Reading »


INHOFE TO VOTE AGAINST DEBT COMPROMISE

August 1, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading fiscal conservative in the Senate and one of the first to sign the Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge, today announced he would vote against the debt deal brokered by President Obama and Congressional leaders.  Inhofe voted for the Boehner plan that included a more robust Balanced Budget Amendment mechanism and did not include cuts to our nation’s military that has already been drastically cut by President... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CONGRATULATES ALTUS AFB FOR RECEIVING TOP HONORS AT AIR RODEO

August 1, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Forces (SASC), today congratulated Altus Air Force Base (AFB) for earning the “Best Air Mobility Wing” at the 2011 Air Mobility Rodeo this weekend. This annual competition brings airmen across the nation together to compete and improve military readiness and capability. “I am proud of the men and women of Altus AFB for receiving top honors at the Air Mobility Rodeo this weekend,”... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SUPPORTS BOEHNER DEBT PLAN

July 29, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading fiscal conservative, today expressed great disappointment after the Democrat-led U.S. Senate voted down the Budget Control Act of 2011 offered by U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Inhofe voted against killing the measure that passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this evening.  The bill would have immediately cut $917 billion in spending in exchange for a $900 billion increase in the debt limit.  It... Continue Reading »


INHOFE DECRIES OBAMA MEETING WITH OUATTARA

July 29, 2011

Link to Video   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), today reacted to President Obama’s meeting with potential war criminal and illegitimate leader of Cote d’Ivoire Alassane Ouattara in Washington, D.C.    “It is outrageous that President Obama would welcome, with open arms, a man who is responsible for the death of at... Continue Reading »