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INHOFE OPENING STATEMENT AT OVERSIGHT HEARING ON AFRICOM AND TRANSCOM

March 7, 2013

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  I join you in welcoming our witnesses today and ask that they convey to the men and women under their commands how grateful we are for their continued service and sacrifice, and that of their families.  General Ham, this will likely be your final time testifying before this committee and I want to take a moment to personally thank you for your friendship, your valued counsel, and for your long and distinguished career of service to the United States.  You... Continue Reading »


Statement by Inhofe on the Senator floor on Liquid Natural Gas

March 6, 2013

Mr President: Since being reelected, President Obama has been talking about the virtues of our nation’s potential to achieve domestic energy independence.  At the State of the Union last month, he said “after years of talking about it, we are finally poised to control our own energy future.” This is something that I’ve been saying for years. We already have complete control of our energy future, but the federal government and this... Continue Reading »


Statement by Inhofe on the Senator floor on Liquid Natural Gas

March 6, 2013

Mr President: Since being reelected, President Obama has been talking about the virtues of our nation’s potential to achieve domestic energy independence.  At the State of the Union last month, he said “after years of talking about it, we are finally poised to control our own energy future.” This is something that I’ve been saying for years. We already have complete control of our energy future, but the federal government and this... Continue Reading »


INHOFE REINTRODUCES BILL TO IMPROVE LEAD RENOVATION, REPAIR AND PAINTING RULE

March 6, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today reintroduced the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2013, which would improve the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP) in order to increase compliance. The following are cosponsors of the legislation, Sens.David Vitter (R-La.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.),... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, KING REINTRODUCE LANGUAGE UNITY LEGISLATION

March 6, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and U.S. Rep. Steve King (IA-05) today reintroduced legislation in their respective chambers declaring English as the official language of the United States government. The legislation, titled the English Language Unity Act of 2013, would require the federal government to use the English language when acting with binding, legal authority. All naturalization ceremonies would also be required to be conducted in English. The bill makes... Continue Reading »


INHOFE HONORED WITH AIR FORCE LEADERSHIP AWARD

March 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, received the U.S. Air Force Academy’s inaugural National Character and Leadership Award during the National Character and Leadership Symposium at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. The award is presented to an individual who exemplifies character and leadership in their personal life, professional career and through community service. “I am honored to be... Continue Reading »


INHOFE OPENING STATEMENT AT POSTURE HEARING FOR CENTCOM, SOCOM

March 5, 2013

"Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  General Mattis and Admiral McRaven: Thank you for your many years of faithful service to our nation, and on behalf of our entire committee, please convey to the brave men and women you lead how grateful we are for their sacrifice, and that of their families. This hearing comes at a critical time for our nation’s security.  Our military has already endured significant budget cuts and now stands to lose significantly more under sequestration.  These... Continue Reading »


INHOFE COMMENTS ON MCCARTHY NOMINATION TO EPA

March 4, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Environment and Public Work’s (EPW) Oversight Subcommittee, made the following statement today regarding President Obama’s nomination of Gina McCarthy to be the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): “By nominating Gina McCarthy to replace Lisa Jackson, the president is making it clear that he wants to continue pursuing an aggressive climate agenda at the... Continue Reading »


INHOFE APPLAUDS FWS DECISION TO GRANT EXTENSION ON LESSER PRAIRIE CHICKEN LISTING

March 4, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), applauds U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) decision to grant a 60-day extension on the comment period to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species upon the submission of a range-wide conservation plan. "The Fish and Wildlife Service and Director Dan Ashe have remained attentive and engaged as my colleagues and I have worked with them to find a balance on... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRAISES BIPARTISAN VOTE ON SEQUESTRATION FLEXIBILITY BILL, WILL WORK ACROSS THE AISLE FOR SOLUTION

February 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today after  S.16, a bill he co-sponsored with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to grant flexibility to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for FY'13 sequestration cuts, received a bipartisan vote in the U.S. Senate. The Senate voted not to proceed to the bill by 38 to 62. "I applaud my Democratic colleagues who stepped across the aisle today to... Continue Reading »


INHOFE RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT'S VETO THREAT ON SEQUESTRATION FLEXIBILITY BILL

February 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement today in response to the president's Statement of Administrations Policy on S.16:  "It's clear the president is concerned about the bill Sen. Toomey and I have introduced, because he knows this is the bipartisan solution that places the onus on him to mitigate the devastating impacts of sequestration cuts he set into motion this year. We're likely to see party-line votes today on the two sequestration... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRAISES PARTNERS FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE FOR ENCOURAGING RESPONSIBLE LANDOWNERSHIP

February 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) received an appreciation award from the Partners for Fish and Wildlife for his leadership in promoting private lands stewardship of America’s natural resources.  The Partners for Fish and Wildlife program, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has been a successful voluntary partnership program that helps private landowners restore fish and wildlife habitats on their own lands.    "I am proud to have authored... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, TOOMEY INTRODUCE BILL TO GRANT FLEXIBILITY FOR FY'13 SEQUESTRATION CUTS

February 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today introduced a bill to grant flexibility to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the full $85 billion in sequestration cuts for the rest of fiscal year 2013. The bill also grants the Department of Defense (DoD) transfer authority during the Continuing Resolution. The legislation binds the president to Congressional spending limits passed by... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: HAGELS FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS MUST BE TO AVERT DEFENSE CUTS

February 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted against the confirmation of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense. Hagel was confirmed in the Senate today by a 58-41 vote. “I continue to have serious concerns about the ability of Senator Hagel to lead the Department of Defense during this consequential time for our nation’s security,” Inhofe said. “His long record of... Continue Reading »


INHOFE PRAISES THE SENATE CONFIRMATION OF HON. ROBERT BACHARACH

February 25, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement praising the Senate confirmation of Honorable Robert Bacharach of Oklahoma to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. His nomination was approved by a vote of 93-0:   “Judge Bacharach has distinguished himself throughout his education and career as a competent legal scholar and is well qualified to serve on the federal appellate court,” said Inhofe. “His multiple years of... Continue Reading »


BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS SEND LETTER URGING DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO SUPPORT NERA STUDY ON EXPORTING LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS

February 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, along with EPW ranking member David Vitter (R-La.), Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), and Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) today sent a letter to the Secretary of Department of Energy (DOE) Steven Chu offering a rebuttal to filed comments expressing concerns about the conclusions of the NERA Economic Consulting Report to determine whether... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, SENATORS REQUEST EXTENSION ON LISTING THE LESSER PRAIRIE CHICKEN AS THREATENED SPECIES

February 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and five Senators today sent a letter to the Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Daniel Ashe requesting a 60-day extension of the comment solicitation period and a six-month extension of any final decisions on the proposal by the Fish & Wildlife Service to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a threatened species. Senators on the letter include... Continue Reading »


INHOFE OPENING STATEMENT AT NOMINATION HEARING FOR CENTCOM AND AFRICOM

February 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement today at a nomination hearing for General Lloyd J. Austin, III, to be commander of United States Central Command, and General David M. Rodriguez to be commander of United States Africa Command. “Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  I join you in welcoming our witnesses and thank them for their continued willingness to serve.  General Austin and General... Continue Reading »


INHOFE: SENATE VOTE CLEAR INDICATION OF SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT HAGEL AS NEXT SEC DEF

February 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after a Senate vote on cloture for the nomination of Chuck Hagel to Secretary of Defense failed 40 to 58: “Today’s vote in the Senate is a clear indication that there are serious concerns about Sen. Hagel being our next Secretary of Defense,” said Inhofe. “I knew from the onset I would oppose Sen. Hagel’s nomination and have... Continue Reading »


INHOFE, SENATE REPUBLICANS INTRODUCE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT

February 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senate fiscal conservative, joined Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and all 43 other Senate Republicans Wednesday to introduce S. J. Res 7, a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “Once again I am pleased to join my Republican colleagues to offer a common-sense Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution of the United States,” Inhofe said. “Our nation is in the throes of a terrible fiscal... Continue Reading »