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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 »


ACTOR, PILOT HARRISON FORD ENDORSES INHOFE'S PILOT BILL OF RIGHTS

October 20, 2011

Link to Video  Link to Pictures   WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a General Aviation Caucus forum on Capitol Hill earlier this week, actor and pilot Harrison Ford endorsed General Aviation legislation by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) known as S. 1335, the Pilot’s Bill of Rights. The endorsement followed comments by Inhofe that outlined details about the legislation and how many co-sponsors the bill currently has in the Senate.  Inhofe is a member of the Senate General Aviation... Continue Reading »


SENATORS URGE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO PROTECT GEORGIAN SOVEREIGNTY IN RUSSIA WTO DISCUSSIONS

October 19, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk this week urging the Obama Administration to protect America’s national interests by fully considering the sovereignty of our ally, the Republic of Georgia, before endorsing Russia’s membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO). “We are concerned about reports that the United States may endorse... Continue Reading »


Statement of Senator Inhofe on the floor of the Senate on the Lord's Resistance Army

October 18, 2011

Mr. President, I am here today to clear up a lot of misunderstandings that are floating around the country concerning the decision to have some of our troops--not combat, but some of our troops--go into sections of Eastern and Central Africa to cooperate with about five countries that have been trying, for 25 years, to eradicate the Lord's Resistance Army and their leader whose name is Joseph Kony. It has disturbed me quite a bit over the years that not many people care about Africa. I can... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: DEFENSE FUNDS PIVOTAL TO NATIONAL SECURITY

October 17, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), recently sent a letter to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the Super Committee, to formally highlight defense priorities and request the committee not slash necessary funds to the Department of Defense. “Additional cuts beyond what has already been planned... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: U.S. TAKES MAJOR STEP TO END LRA'S REIGN OF TERROR

October 14, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After years of prodding by Congress that included passing multiple pieces of legislation, the United States Government today took a major step towards ending Joseph Kony’s reign of terror on the continent of Africa.  U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the driving force behind the legislative efforts against Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), reacted to the announcement that the U.S. will deploy a small number of military advisors to Uganda to assist... Continue Reading »


INHOFE OPPOSES OBAMA'S STIMULUS II

October 12, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading fiscal conservative, today made the following statement after opposing President Obama’s American Jobs Act, which failed to pass a cloture vote last night in the U.S. Senate: “President Obama’s $447 billion plan is not what our nation needs. This legislation, dressed up as a “jobs” bill, is really nothing more than another stimulus package.  It provides no long-term solution to our... Continue Reading »


INHOFE COMMENDS "ANGELS IN ADOPTION" NOMINEE

October 5, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, today welcomed Spencer, Okla. native Greta Manuel to Washington, D.C. for the 13th Annual Angels in Adoption Gala. Inhofe nominated Manuel for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption’s annual “Angels in Adoption” Award. “I am humbled by Greta Manuel’s service to our home state of Oklahoma and the nation,” said Inhofe. “It is an honor to welcome... Continue Reading »


INHOFE WELCOMES OKLAHOMA DEQ WATER QUALITY DIRECTOR BEFORE THE EPW COMMITTEE

October 4, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today welcomed Shellie Chard-McClary, Water Quality Division Director for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and Association of Clean Water Administrators board member, before the Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife. Inhofe invited Chard-McClary to testify at today’s hearing on Nutrient Pollution.   Inhofe said, “I am pleased to have at... Continue Reading »


INHOFE REINTRODUCES ZIMBABWE SANCTIONS REPEAL ACT

October 4, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), today reintroduced S. 1646 the Zimbabwe Sanctions Repeal Act of 2011. This legislation repeals the economic sanctions originally imposed on Zimbabwe in 2001 under the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act. Inhofe first introduced this legislation last year in the 111th Congress.   In 2001, economic sanctions were imposed against Zimbabwe as a result of President... Continue Reading »


INHOFE QUSTIONS MILITARY LEADERS ON AFGHAN STRATEGY

September 22, 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 shared his concerns on our nation’s current military strategy in Afghanistan and Iraq during a SASC hearing with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Adm. Michael Mullen. Inhofe remains committed to ensuring our nation’s Armed Forces receive necessary funds to modernize and provide maintenance on weapon systems and continues... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: OBAMA CONTINUES TO FAIL ISRAEL

September 21, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), today called on better leadership from President Obama on the Israeli issue while warning that the Palestinian pursuit of statehood through the United Nations would further destabilize an already unsettled region. “The difficulties Israel faces today with Palestinians seeking statehood through the United... Continue Reading »


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 »