Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, and Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, split Thursday morning on a vote to start debating on gun legislation.
Coburn was one of 16 Republican senators who voted to allow the Senate to debate the bill, while Inhofe voted with the majority of Republicans to block debate.
The motion to allow debate on the bill was approved 68 to 31, with all but two Democrats supporting it.
The Senate is expected to spend two weeks on the legislation, which would expand background checks for gun purchases and crack down on gun trafficking.…
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The Hill newspaper has a piece today about an interview with Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, on Laura Ingraham’s radio program.…
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Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, and Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, voted against confirming John Brennan as head of the CIA on Thursday. Coburn said he was incorrectly listed by the Senate clerk as voting for Brennan.…
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Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, on Thursday expressed support for the filibuster by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, on Wednesday about the administration’s policy on using drones against American citizens on U.S. soil. Here is his statement:
“Last night’s effort by Sen. Rand Paul was a reminder that the Obama Administration continues to put forth controversial nominees and is failing on another campaign promise to bring transparency to the White House. Similar to Paul’s 13 hours on the floor, I led the effort to block the nomination of Chuck Hagel for 13 days.…
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Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement after President Barack Obama announced that he will nominate Gina McCarthy as the new EPA administrator.
“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 EPA. As head of the Air office, McCarthy oversaw some of the agency’s most costly and controversial rules, like the Utility MACT.…
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BENGHAZI HEARING OPENING STATEMENT
In his opening statement Thursday at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe blasted the Obama administration about its preparation and response to the Sept. 11 attack on U.S. diplomats last September in Libya. Inhofe, R-Tulsa, is the top Republican on the committee. Here is a text of his opening statement, as prepared for delivery.
“Thank you Mr. Chairman. I join you in welcoming our witnesses. Secretary Panetta, this may be one of your final times testifying before this committee—a joyous occasion, I’m sure.…
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U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, of Tulsa, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, released a statement Thursday after a briefing with Defense Department officials regarding changes to the policy on women in combat.
“I was on the House Committee in 1994 when Les Aspin first made these changes,” said Inhofe. “Because that policy has worked so well for so long, I am concerned about the potential impacts of completely ending this policy.
“While the Pentagon has rescinded the 1994 Direct Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, not all of the 237,000 positions previously closed to women will now be automatically open.…
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Here are the full statements from Oklahoma members of Congress regarding President Barack Obama’s proposals to curb gun violence:
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee: “The president is right to examine what can be done to prevent tragedies such as Sandy Hook from occurring again. I commend his effort and look forward to working with him on areas of agreement while we continue to honestly debate areas of disagreement. For instance, the president is right to take steps to strengthen mental health databases and reporting to the NICS system so we can ensure that guns do not end up in the hands of criminals or those who are a threat to themselves or others.…
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Members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation are planning to have their Capitol Hill offices open at times this weekend so Oklahomans can pick up their tickets to President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony on Monday. Not all of the offices will be open on Monday.
The lawmakers are encouraging those who have already reserved tickets to pick them up on the weekend. All of the tickets allotted to the lawmakers have been reserved. Some offices have started waiting lists.
Sen. Tom Coburn’s office will be open from 10 a.m.…
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Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced Tuesday evening that he would not support former Sen. Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense.
In a news release, Inhofe said he told Hagel Tuesday during a “cordial” meeting that they were too philosophically opposed.
“Chuck Hagel is a good person, and it was a pleasure to serve with him in the United States Senate. I am so very appreciative of the sacrifices he and his brother made to serve this country during the Vietnam War.…
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