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INHOFE SUPPORTS LEGISLATION HONORING OUR NATION'S VETERANS

July 14, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a U.S. Army veteran and senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC),  joined U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in introducing S. 1348, the Veterans Day Moment of Silence Act. This legislation calls for Americans to observe two minutes of silence on Veterans Day in honor of the service and sacrifice of every U.S. military veteran. “This legislation brings Americans across the country together to honor and remember... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: WARSAME CASE HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR S. 1046

July 13, 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 signed a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta seeking answers to the detention and trial of Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame.   In signing the letter, Inhofe highlighted the need to pass his legislation, S.1046, that would require each high-value enemy combatant who is... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CITES DEBT AND OVER-REGULATION FOR ECONOMIC WOES

July 8, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading fiscal conservative, today made the following statement after the Department of Labor announced the nation’s unemployment rate climbed to 9.2 percent in the month of June, with employers only adding 18,000 jobs: “Under the leadership of President Obama and his fellow Democrats, our nation’s economic recovery has stalled out. Today’s news on unemployment should finally put to rest the idea, embodied by... Continue Reading »


OUTRAGE OF THE YEAR: EPA SENDING TAX DOLLARS TO CHINA

July 7, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - "Outrage of the Year" - that is what U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, is calling the distribution of tax dollars to China by the Obama Administration, through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to promote its climate change agenda.  This information comes from a report released by Congressman Fred Upton, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.   "As the... Continue Reading »


INHOFE INTRODUCES PILOT'S BILL OF RIGHTS

July 6, 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 introduced S. 1335, the Pilot’s Bill of Rights.  The bill has 24 original co-sponsors, including U.S. Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), the co-chairs of the Senate General Aviation Caucus.  Senators currently co-sponsoring the Pilot’s Bill of Rights:  Sens. Johanns,... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CONGRATULATES PETRAEUS

June 30, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today congratulated General David Petraeus on his Senate Confirmation to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).  Inhofe entered the following statement into the record in support of Petraeus:  Mr. President, I rise today to I applaud the military service of General David Petraeus and voice my support as he transitions from leading our... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, SENATE REPUBLICANS PUT FORWARD

June 29, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading fiscal conservative, today joined every Senate Republican in advocating for a Balanced Budget Amendment that would reign in federal government spending.  “A long time ago, while I served in the Oklahoma State legislature, I received a call from then-U.S. Senator Carl Curtis from Nebraska,” Inhofe said.  “He had been trying to get a Balanced Budget Amendment way back then, but the liberals in... Continue Reading »


INHOFE AMENDMENT INCLUDED IN LIBYA RESOLUTION

June 29, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading conservative and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) has successfully amended S. J. Res. 20, a resolution that authorizes the president to use limited force in support of the NATO mission in Libya.  During committee mark-up, Inhofe amended the measure that went on to pass by a 14-5 vote with Inhofe supporting its passage.  The resolution will soon be considered by the entire... Continue Reading »


INHOFE LETTER EXPRESSES

June 28, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, yesterday sent a letter along with Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and thirty one of their colleagues to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Lisa Jackson, requesting that EPA extend the implementation timeline for the Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule for farmers, and work to ensure that the rule is not overly burdensome or... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RESOLUTION ON CHINA PASSES

June 28, 2011

Washington, D.C.—A resolution put forward by U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jim Webb (D-VA), the ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, unanimously passed the Senate last night deploring the use of force by China in the South China Sea.  The resolution also calls for a peaceful, multilateral resolution to maritime territorial disputes in Southeast Asia.   On June 9, three Chinese maritime security... Continue Reading »


INHOFE HONORS EDUCATORS AT ROY CLARK ELEMENTARY

June 24, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) recently attended the 2011 National Community Schools Awards Ceremony to honor Roy Clark Elementary in Tulsa, Okla., the recipient of the 2011 Community Schools National Award for Excellence, for their continued success in the classroom. “Today, I recognize the educators at Roy Clark Elementary for their dedicated service to teaching our youth,” said Inhofe. “This prestigious award showcases our teachers’ efforts to... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CONGRATULATES APPOINTMENT OF KEITH KISLING

June 24, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today congratulated Keith Kisling, Chairman of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, on his appointment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21). Kisling is one of 22 representatives appointed to the AC21.     “Today, I congratulate Keith Kisling on his appointment to the AC21,” said Inhofe. “As Chairman of the Oklahoma Wheat... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SIGNS CUT, CAP, AND BALANCE PLEDGE

June 23, 2011

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today announced his pledge to oppose an increase in the federal debt limit until it contains important spending reforms on spending in the short-term and long-term.  The pledge, supported by over 35 organizations, outlines that signers will not support an increase in the debt limit unless three reforms, referred to as cut, cap, and balance, are included.   To-date, 11 U.S. Senators, 15 U.S. Representatives, 19... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CALLS OBAMA SPR ANNOUNCEMENT CURIOUS

June 23, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today commented on the Obama Administration’s plan to release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). “President Obama’s decision to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve due to unrest in Libya is curious to say the least,” said Inhofe. “The... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: OBAMA AFGHAN ANNOUNCEMENT POLITICAL

June 22, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), tonight raised concern over President Obama’s announcement to withdraw 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2011.  Inhofe, who has long advocated for troop withdraw to be based on ground conditions, first raised his draw down concerns earlier this month when two units of the Oklahoma 45th Infantry, originally slated for Afghanistan, were re-missioned at the... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SUPPORTS CONFIRMATION OF LEON PANETTA

June 21, 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 the U.S. Senate unanimously voted to confirm Leon Panetta as the next U.S. Secretary of Defense:   “While I do not always agree with him, Leon Panetta’s long record of public service and consistent support for our nation’s military qualify him to be the next U.S. Secretary of Defense.  As our servicemen and... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: NDAA AMENDMENT BENEFITS AMERICAN INDIAN SMALL BUSINESSES

June 20, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), recently cosponsored an amendment to the committee-passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012. The amendment, offered by U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), requires the U.S. Secretary of Defense to report to the SASC on the implementation of the Native 8(a) program. This measure ensures justification and approval for all Sec. 811... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: VITAL IMPACT AID FUNDING IN NDAA

June 20, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S . Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today announced that important Impact Aid funding was included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 that passed out of the SASC late last week.   The bill authorizes $25 million in supplemental Impact Aid to local educational agencies with military dependent children.  In addition, it authorizes $5 million in Impact Aid for... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: MEASURE BENEFITS GUN OWNERS

June 17, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), successfully added an amendment to the committee-passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, making fired small arms cartridges available for commercial sale with certain restrictions.  It also requires the U.S. Secretary of Defense to ensure compliance with managing commercial sale of spent ammunition.   “My amendment provides... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: KEY OKLA. ITEMS INCLUDED IN NDAA

June 17, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night’s passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 in the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), included several amendments authored by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the committee. Inhofe praised many of the priorities in the measure that provide important resources to our nation’s military, including several provisions key to Oklahoma’s defense sector.  These include the continued... Continue Reading »