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BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS INTRODUCE BILL TO CONTINUE MILITARY PAY IF GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN

April 6, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), today led a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011, S. 724,  to assure that military personnel continue to be paid in the event of a government shutdown. The lawmakers urged efforts to prevent a shutdown of government operations, but stressed that a contingency plan must be in place for our service men and women. The lead Democrat cosponsor is Senator Bob Casey Jr.... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, BOREN REINTRODUCE LEGISLATION FOR BOY SCOUTS

April 4, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and U.S. Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK-2) reintroduced the Help to Access Land for the Education of Scouts (HALE) Act in their respective chambers. This legislation authorizes the U.S. Forest Service to sell, at fair-market value, 140 acres of land from the Ouachita Forest to the Indian Nations Council of Boy Scouts. Originally introduced in the 110th Congress, the HALE Act passed the House of Representatives but failed to reach the... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: GITMO BEST PLACE TO TRY KHALID SHEIKH MOHAMMED

April 4, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and one of the first members of Congress to visit the detention facilities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GITMO) nine years ago, today made the following statement regarding news that 9/11 conspirators will be tried in a military tribunal in GITMO: “Today’s news that 9/11 conspirators, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, will be tried at GITMO confirms what I have said all... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CALLS ON CHAIRMAN KERRY FOR COTE D'IVOIRE HEARINGS

April 3, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFR), today pointed to news reports of mass killings by Ouattara forces as more evidence that the United States must change its position on Cote d'Ivoire.  "It is now clear, based on U.N. reports coming from Cote d'Ivoire, that mass killings have occurred at the hands of Alassane Ouattara," Inhofe said.  "This calls... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: MILITARY NEEDS LONG-TERM BUDGET

March 31, 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 receiving testimony from Secretary of the Army John McHugh and U.S. Gen. George W. Casey, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, on the Army’s fiscal year 2012 budget: “I continue to call on my colleagues in the Senate to pass a full long-term budget for 2011. Kicking the can down the road with short-term continuing resolutions is... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRESENTED WITH SPIRIT OF ENTERPRISE AWARD

March 31, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognized U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senate conservative, with the Spirit of Enterprise Award. This annual award is presented to legislators who possess a pro-economic voting record. Last year, Inhofe received the same award for his outstanding voting record in the 1st session of the 111th Congress.   “I am honored to receive the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,” said Inhofe.... Continue Reading »


MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART PRESENTS INHOFE WITH LEADERSHIP AWARD

March 30, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and co-chair of the Senate Army Caucus, today received the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Award for Inspirational Leadership. This annual award is presented to one national leader each year for their outstanding service to members of our military and veterans.   “I am honored to receive this prestigious award from the MOPH,” said Inhofe. “As a... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CALLS ON U.S. TO SUPPORT NEW ELECTIONS IN COTE D'IVOIRE

March 30, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Amidst post-election fighting that threatens to evolve into a civil war in Cote d’Ivoire, 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), yesterday called on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to chart a new U.S. position that demands new elections in Cote d’Ivoire to bring about peace. Inhofe, who has travelled extensively to the continent of Africa... Continue Reading »


INHOFE DEFENDS OKLAHOMA HOMEOWNERS

March 29, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In order to assist Oklahomans who own homes on the newly drawn floodplain by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and U.S. Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK-2), whose district is most affected by the change, have led the effort with a letter to FEMA expressing concern over the impact that the implementation of the new Flood Map Modernization Program has on Oklahomans.  U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and U.S. Reps. James Lankford (R-OK-5)... Continue Reading »


INHOFE MEETS MISS OKLAHOMA

March 29, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today met with Emoly West, Miss Oklahoma and runner-up of the 2011 Miss America pageant. A native of Edmond, West is visiting Washington, D.C. this week with the other top 12 finalists to attend a fundraiser for the Miss District of Columbia Scholarship Organization.   “It was an honor to meet Miss Oklahoma,” said Inhofe. “I appreciate her commitment to our state and her emphasis on character... Continue Reading »


INHOFE MARKS ANNIVERSARY OF OBAMACARE WITH CRITICISM

March 23, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), an outspoken opponent of Obamacare, today marked the one year anniversary of the measure’s enactment with continued criticism. “Since President Obama signed the so-called health care reform bill into law, it has miserably failed American families and businesses,” Inhofe said.  “Even though only a handful of the law’s provisions have been implemented, it has already resulted in higher costs and loss of... Continue Reading »


INHOFE REJECTS LATEST SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION

March 17, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senate conservative, today made the following statement after he opposed H.J. Res 48, the three week continuing resolution to fund the federal government through April 8. The resolution passed the U.S. Senate by a vote of 87-13: “We cannot continue to piecemeal federal government spending at only weeks at a time.  Having spent the entire week hearing defense officials, including General David Petraeus, testify that... Continue Reading »


INHOFE CALLS ON CONGRESS TO PASS DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL FOR FY11

March 15, 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 on the current conditions and progress in Afghanistan. During the hearing, Inhofe questioned U.S. Gen. David Petraeus on the damaging implications of Congress’ inaction to pass a long-term budget for 2011 and President Obama’s July 2011 withdrawal... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, KING REINTRODUCE LANGUAGE LEGISLATION

March 11, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-IA-05) today reintroduced legislation in their respective chambers to make English the official language of the United States government. Under S. 503 and H.R. 997, the English Language Unity Act of 2011, the federal government will be required to conduct its official duties in English. The legislation also embraces the principle that all Americans should understand the laws of the United States in English, and... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SUPPORTS HOUSE REPUBLICAN SPENDING MEASURE

March 9, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senate conservative, today made the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked the passage of H.R. 1, a spending measure previously passed by the House of Representatives, that would fund the federal government through September 30 and cut an additional $57 billion in wasteful spending.  The measure, which required 60 votes to pass, failed 44 to 56.  A democrat amendment that only cut $4.5 billion was also... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: EPA OVERREACHES IN OKLAHOMA

March 7, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today criticized the Environmental Protection Agency for rejecting Oklahoma’s State Implementation Plan for Regional Haze and moving forward with a federal plan. “State officials in Oklahoma did the right thing: they worked with state utilities to devise a plan that will continue progress in cleaning the air while ensuring affordable, reliable electricity... Continue Reading »


OKLAHOMA DELEGATION UNITED AGAINST OBAMA BACKDOOR ENERGY TAX

March 3, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Oklahoma Congressional delegation today stood in unity against President Obama’s backdoor cap-and-trade energy tax with all of the members of the Oklahoma Congressional delegation supporting the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, introduced today by U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.  Representative Fred Upton (R-MI-6), Chairman of the House Energy Committee, has introduced the House version... Continue Reading »


INHOFE COMMENDS GENERAL DEMPSEY ON ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF NOMINATION

March 3, 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 questioning U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey during a hearing to consider his nomination to be Chief of Staff of the Army:  “General Dempsey is a friend, and I commend him for his dedicated service in the United States Army.  In order to support our soldiers as they are engaged in operations in... Continue Reading »


INHOFE SUPPORTS SHORT TERM GOVERNMENT FUNDING EXTENSION THAT INCLUDES CUTS

March 2, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senate conservative, today made the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed a two-week continuing resolution to fund the federal government by a vote of 91-9. The resolution was passed yesterday by the House of Representatives and will cut $4 billion in spending: “No one wanted a government shutdown.  This short term extension buys time for Congress to do the responsible thing – pass a long-term measure that... Continue Reading »


INHOFE STATEMENT ON ASSASSINATION OF PAKISTAN CABINET MEMBER

March 2, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement on news that Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s Minister of Minority Affairs, has been assassinated.  Bhatti, Pakistan’s only Christian cabinet member, met with Inhofe on February 3, 2011.  During that meeting Inhofe and Bhatti discussed religious freedom and other important issues in Pakistan.   “Shahbaz Bhatti was a man of... Continue Reading »