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INHOFE: MEASURE WOULD HELP RECOVERING COMMUNITIES

June 15, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the devastation caused by severe weather that destroyed towns and killed hundreds of people throughout the nation, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today cosponsored the Southeastern Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2011 offered by U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). Under this legislation, individuals affected by natural disasters will be permitted to make early withdrawals from their tax preferred retirement plans without having to pay penalties, small... Continue Reading »


INHOFE HONORS U.S. ARMY ON 236th BIRTHDAY

June 14, 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, commemorated the 236th birthday of the U.S. Army.  “Today, we celebrate the 236th birthday of the U.S. Army and honor the selfless service of Army soldiers from past, present, and future,” said Inhofe. “During the course of history, the Army has answered the call of duty and in response our nation’s... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, WEBB INTRODUCE RESOLUTION CONDEMNING CHINA'S USE OF FORCE IN SOUTH CHINA SEA

June 13, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jim Webb (D-VA) ranking member and chair of the Senate Foreign Relations East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, respectively, today introduced a Senate resolution condemning the repeated use of force by China in the South China Sea and calling for a peaceful, multilateral resolution to maritime territorial disputes in Southeast Asia. The text of the resolution is below: Title: Calling for a peaceful and multilateral resolution to... Continue Reading »


INHOFE VISITS 45th TROOPS

June 13, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today visited several hundred men and women of the Oklahoma National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) currently in the process of deploying from Camp Shelby, Mississippi.  Inhofe made the trip in an effort to better understand why the 45th ICBT received a last minute re-missioning.  Units, originally set to deploy to Afghanistan, will now have some... Continue Reading »


Statement of Senator James M. Inhofe on the floor of the Senate

June 10, 2011

(as prepared for delivery)  Mr. President, I want to give you the latest on the grave situation in Cote d’Ivoire, and I can only say that it continues to be a targeted genocide against supporters -- or perceived supporters -- of deposed President Laurent Gbagbo.    This will be my seventh time speaking on the Senate floor about the tragedy in Cote d’Ivoire in addition to the statements I made at a hearing two weeks ago before the Senate Foreign Relations... Continue Reading »


INHOFE MEETS WITH FFA STUDENTS

June 9, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senate conservative who recently received the American Farm Bureau’s Golden Plow Award, today spoke to the National FFA Organization in Washington, D.C. This week, over 400 students from across the country traveled to the nation’s capital for the annual FFA Washington Leadership Conference. During this five day event, attendees learn how to become effective leaders by teaching them to know their purpose, value people,... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SUPPORTS NOMINATION OF LEON PANETTA

June 9, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today applauded Leon Panetta’s record of service to our nation and pledged his support for Panetta’s current nomination as U.S. Secretary of Defense during a SASC hearing.   “I had the honor to work with Leon Panetta in the U.S. House of Representatives, and look forward to once again working with him as the next U.S. Secretary of Defense,” said... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRAISES ELIMINATION OF FAIRNESS DOCTRINE

June 8, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senate conservative who has long fought against the Fairness Doctrine, today made the following comment after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) agreed to strike the controversial regulation.  Inhofe said, “I am pleased that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has formally acknowledged what we have long known to be the case -  that the Fairness Doctrine is unconstitutional and should be eliminated from the... Continue Reading »


INHOFE WELCOMES TULSA AREA WORLD WAR II VETERANS

June 8, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) visited World War II veterans from Tulsa, Oklahoma at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Veterans and their families visited the nation’s capital on the fourth Oklahoma Honor Flight. Since the memorial opened in 2004, the Honor Flights have enabled World War II veterans from across the nation to see the memorial. Inhofe said, “It is an honor to meet these World War II veterans from the Tulsa area and welcome them to... Continue Reading »


Statement on the Situation in Cote d'Ivoire

May 27, 2011

Mr. President, I want to give you the latest on the situation in Cote d’Ivoire, and I can only say that it continues to be a targeted genocide against supporters -- or perceived supporters -- of deposed President Laurent Gbagbo.    This will be my sixth time speaking on the Senate floor on the tragedy in Cote d’Ivoire in addition to the statements I made at a hearing last week before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa. I said then and I say now that... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RECEIVES GUARDIAN OF SENIORS' RIGHTS AWARD

May 27, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today received the Guardian of Seniors’ Rights Award from the 60 Plus Association, a non-partisan seniors advocacy group focusing on free enterprise, limited government, and less taxes. “I am honored to once again receive the Guardian of Seniors’ Rights Award,” said Inhofe. “I appreciate the way the 60 Plus Association represents seniors in our nation’s capitol while advocating for greater freedoms, less... Continue Reading »


AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE UNION HONORS INHOFE WITH AWARD

May 26, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the American Conservative Union (ACU) recognized U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe as a 2010 ACU Conservative. This honor is presented annually to Members of Congress who hold a consistent conservative voting record. “I thank the ACU for this prestigious award and for their continued dedication to advocate conservative principles,” said Inhofe. “As our nation continues to recover from a devastating recession, we must continue to push for less government... Continue Reading »


INHOFE BACKS BUDGET PLANS THAT ADDRESS NATION'S FISCAL CRISIS

May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a top fiscal conservative, today voted to advance budget proposals that would address the looming insolvency of the United States.   “Congress must address our nation’s growing fiscal crisis and stop Washington’s runaway spending,” said Inhofe.  “The Republican budget proposals we voted on today would reduce our deficits and balance our budget.  The House Republican plan is a bold plan, and it... Continue Reading »


INHOFE OFFERS CONDOLENCES; PLEDGES HELP

May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today pledged support for Oklahomans devastated by yesterday’s tornados and expressed his condolences to those who suffered loss. “Kay and I are heartbroken by the loss of life suffered due to yesterday’s storms in Oklahoma,” said Inhofe.  “Our prayers are with the individuals and families that suffered terrible loss.  I am always encouraged to see the resilient spirit of the people of our state... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, BOREN INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO PERMANENTLY EXTEND MARGINAL WELL TAX CREDITS

May 24, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Citing a need to increase economic growth and assist domestic energy producers, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and U.S. Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK-2) today reintroduced both S. 1007 and H.R. 1961. This legislation will amend the Internal Revenue Code to eliminate the taxable income limit on percentage depletion for oil and natural gas produced from marginal properties.   Since 1926 small producers and millions of royalty owners have had the option to utilize percentage... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, BOOZMAN REFLECT ON GITMO VISIT; INTRODUCE LEGISLATION

May 24, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and a staunch opponent of President Obama’s efforts to close Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GITMO), today reflected on his visit to GITMO last Friday, introducing new legislation dealing with the facilities.  U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) travelled to GITMO on the Congressional Delegation trip, and is an original co-sponsor of the legislation.   “Having been to... Continue Reading »


INHOFE DEMANDS JUSTICE FOR COTE D'IVOIRE

May 19, 2011

Link to Opening Statement Link to Q&A Panel I Link to Q&A Panel II WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today demanded answers from Administration officials during a SFRC hearing on the current crisis in Cote d’Ivoire. During the hearing, Inhofe vocalized the need to allow former Cote d’Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo and First Lady... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRESSES GENERALS ON MILITARY READINESS

May 19, 2011

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 Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, recently pressed Lt. Gens. Frank Panter, Jr. of the U.S. Marine Corps, Mitchell Stevenson of the U.S. Army, and Loren Reno of the U.S. Air Force for their current assessment of military resources and national defense systems. Inhofe continues to be a leading proponent to providing our nation’s troops with... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: THE LAND BELONGS TO ISRAEL - PERIOD

May 19, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today blasted President Obama’s speech in which the President publicly called for a Palestinian state based on Israel’s borders before 1967. Inhofe last visited Israel and met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in late February 2011. “This proposal is a slap in the face of our friend and... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SUPPORTS LEGISLATION TO HELP BRING DOWN PRICES AT THE PUMP

May 18, 2011

Link to Video    WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today voted for a bill sponsored by Republican Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Offshore Production and Safety Act, which would increase production of America's abundant resources and help bring down prices at the pump. Democrats blocked the bill from full consideration by a vote of 42 to 57.   "Today I... Continue Reading »