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Inhofe Opening Statement at EPW Nomination Hearing for Ken Kapocis, Avi Garbow, and James Jones

July 23, 2013

     As prepared for delivery: Gentlemen, thank you for appearing before the Committee today. I have three main concerns that I’d like to bring to your attention today. First, I am concerned that the EPA has a bias in its interpretation of federal court cases.  In a recent case involving Summit Petroleum, the EPA required the company to combine, or aggregate, the emissions of multiple oil and gas wells spread out over 42 square miles in Michigan and consider them... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: McCarthy to Advance Obama’s Liberal Environmental Agenda

July 18, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today made the following statement after voting against the nomination of Gina McCarthy to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). McCarthy was confirmed by a 59-40 vote.  “The Obama Administration has a history of putting forth cabinet officials who will advance his liberal agenda through... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Gillibrand’s Proposal Will Be a Detriment to Bringing Swift, Appropriate Punishment for Sexual Assault

July 18, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), made the following statement regarding the issue of sexual assault legislation that was raised in today's nomination hearing for the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: "Sexual assault in the military is a significant and serious issue that needs to be addressed. It is imperative that the Armed Services and Congress put every effort... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement at EPW Hearing on “Climate Change: It’s Happening Now”

July 18, 2013

     As prepared for delivery: Madam Chairman, thank you for holding this hearing today.  I was looking forward to hearing from Administration officials about the President’s global warming proposal, so you can understand why I’m disappointed that no officials are testifying today. Around the same time the President gave his speech on global warming last month, his campaign team developed a secret talking points memo that was crafted to provide alarmists... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at SASC Nomination Hearing for General Dempsey and Admiral Winnefeld

July 18, 2013

     As prepared for delivery: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  I join you in welcoming General Dempsey and Admiral Winnefeld and thank them and their families for their continued willingness to serve our country.  Given the enormous challenges facing our military at home and abroad, the nominations for reappointment as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff come at a pivotal moment.  Over the last four years, our military has suffered a steep and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Welcomes DOT Grant to Complete Tulsa Runway Project

July 17, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today welcomed a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust in the amount of $6.5 million in order to finish the reconstruction of the two runways at the Tulsa International Airport. “The Department of Transportation grant is welcome news to Tulsa International Airport, the Oklahoma National Guard, and the businesses that rely on the passenger and cargo... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Air Force Announcement, Calls for End to Furloughs

July 15, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of Senate Armed Services Committee, today praised the Air Force for restoring its flying hour program with reprogramming money recently authorized by Congress and called for an end to civilian furloughs. “After more than 90 days of our airmen being grounded due to sequestration, the announcement today by the Air Force is welcome news,” said Inhofe. “If recent reprogramming measures can... Continue Reading »


Leading Defense Republicans Demand Fix of Missile Defense Failures

July 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leading defense Republicans, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services (SASC) Committee; Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA-25), Chairman of the House Armed Services (HASC) Committee; U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R- Ala.), Ranking Member of SASC Subcommittee on Strategic Forces; and Congressman Mike Rogers (R-AL-03), Chairman of HASC Subcommittee on Strategic Forces,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Students Deserve a Permanent Fix to Student Loan Rates

July 11, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the senior senator from Oklahoma, released the following statement today on the Senate's failed motion to proceed to consideration of S.1238, the Democrat-sponsored student loan interest rates bill: “Once again Senate Democrats are using an important issue to hike taxes, this time leveraging assistance for Americans to pursue higher education. Several of my colleagues put forward a common-sense, bipartisan... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Devastation Of Sequester Budget Cuts Will Only Be Amplified

July 10, 2013

 WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today responded to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's letter to the committee leaders outlining the Department's contingency plans if sequestration for fiscal year 2014 is not averted.   “While I would have liked more details, Sec. Hagel's response makes clear that the devastation of sequester budget cuts will only be amplified beyond what we have experienced... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Fast-Track Egyptian Presidential and Parliamentary Elections

July 10, 2013

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services (SASC) Committee, today issued the following statement responding to recent events in Egypt and encouraging the interim government to fast-track the necessary presidential and parliamentary elections: "Over the last year, Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have betrayed and disappointed millions of Egyptians who yearn for a democratic and inclusive government.  As I... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Begich, 32 Senators Send Bipartisan Letter Urging DOE to Expedite LNG Permit Applications

July 10, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), along with a bipartisan group of 32 Senators today sent a letter to Secretary of Department of Energy (DOE) Ernest Moniz urging the department to prioritize and expedite decisions on permit applications to export Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). In the letter, the Senators wrote: “We appreciate the attention... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Independence Day

July 4, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today made the following statement in honor of Independence Day: “On this Independence Day, let us set aside our partisan grievances and pay tribute to the patriots who stood strong for the beliefs of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and declared independence from the British to form these United States of America. Independence was a gradual and painful process,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Muslim Brotherhood Unfit to Govern

July 3, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today responded to the political demonstrations that have led to the political instability in Egypt and forced Egyptian President Morsi to step down and allow what looks like an interim government take his place until democratic Presidential and Parliamentary elections are able to take place. “Since President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: ObamaCare Still Bad For Oklahoma

June 28, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senate conservative who has long opposed ObamaCare today made the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling upheld the constitutionality of President Obama’s signature legislation. “A year ago today the Supreme Court upheld ObamaCare as a tax,” said Inhofe. “A tax that will force Oklahoma consumers and employers to pay $1.2 billion more... Continue Reading »


Corps of Engineers, Arkansas Oklahoma Port Operators, Navigation Stakeholders Agree to Resume 24-Hour Operations and Adopt New Lock Maintenance Plan

June 27, 2013

  CATOOSA, OKLA. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the Arkansas Oklahoma Port Operators Association, announced the resumption of 24-hour operations and the adoption of a more efficient maintenance procedure plan for the locks and dams along the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS), one that saves not only time but also money while helping to maintain the integrity of the system for those who ship cargo on the waterway. As a result of the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Frustrated by Fish and Wildlife's Response, Vows to Continue Fight

June 27, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today voiced his frustration with the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for denying a bipartisan request to amend a Settlement Agreement with environmental groups governing the process of determining whether to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).   “I am disappointed and frustrated that the Service is not... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opposes Amnesty-First Immigration Bill

June 27, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today opposed the Border Security Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). The bill passed by a 68-32 vote. “I am disappointed with today’s Senate passage of the Immigration bill which gives amnesty to illegal immigrants, and does so before meaningful border security is achieved,” said Inhofe. “The law only requires that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement at EPW Oversight Hearing on “Federal Risk Management, Emergency Planning Programs to Prevent, Address Chemical Threats"

June 27, 2013

     As prepared for delivery: "Chairman Boxer, Ranking Member Vitter, thank you for holding this hearing to discuss the recent tragedies in Texas and Louisiana.  One of the accidents in Louisiana involved a firm headquartered in Oklahoma, and I have been talking with them to make sure we understand exactly what happened and what we can do to help.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims and their families. ... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Bill to Achieve Domestic Energy Independence Through State Control of Federal Energy Resources

June 26, 2013

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), together with Sens. David Vitter (R-La.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and John Cornyn (R-Texas), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), today introduced the Federal Lands Freedom Act (FLFA) of 2013. The bill would give states the authority to... Continue Reading »