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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WASHINGTON _ U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, conducted a wreath-laying ceremony on Saturday at the USS Oklahoma Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
The USS Oklahoma battleship was among those sunk by the Japanese on Dec. 7, 1941. The memorial, built in 2000, is dedicated to the 429 men who lost their lives on the ship.
“It was an honor to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in service to their country while on board the USS Oklahoma and to meet more of our veterans and their family members,” said Inhofe.…
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Sen. Jim Inhofe, the new ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, declined on Monday to express approval or disapproval of Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense. The committee will hold confirmation hearings on Hagel.
Regarding Hagel’s nomination Inhofe, R-Tulsa, said:
“I have worked with Secretary (Leon) Panetta for many years, and during his tenure as Secretary of Defense, he has done an excellent job outlining the devastating impact defense budget cuts will have on our nation’s military. In the months and years ahead, the Defense Department will be confronted with significant challenges from budget issues to Afghanistan policy.…
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Robert E. Bacharach, an Oklahoma City magistrate judge whose nomination for a federal appeals court was blocked by Republicans in the last six months of 2012, was renominated for the post on Thursday by President Barack Obama.
Bacharach had strong bipartisan support for his nomination to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Both of Oklahoma’s Republican senators endorsed him. But Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, said “inside politics” doomed his nomination in the presidential election year. Republicans refused to allow a vote on him in the months before the presidential election and the weeks after the election.…
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Both of Oklahoma’s Republican senators voted for the fiscal cliff deal early Tuesday morning.
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, said, “While this bill is far from perfect, it does prevent massive tax increases while making tax cuts permanent for 99 percent of Americans.
“Congress and the president, however, have a lot of work to do to address our long-tern spending problem. Our debt – which is 120 percent of our economy if you count federal, state and local debt – is still the greatest threat to our national security.…
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Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, released the following statement on Monday’s death of Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii:
“Today America lost a hero; Hawaii lost a faithful and loving Senator; and I lost a friend with the passing of Senator Daniel Inouye.
“As veterans and colleagues, we have shared a deep appreciation for our nation’s military as well as for aviation. I never made a request of Sen. Inouye that was not granted, as he was always one to work towards a bipartisan consensus for the good of the country.…
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Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, told the Oklahoman on Friday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will consider listing the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species, rather than as an endangered one. Inhofe got the news from the agency’s director Friday morning.
Inhofe, state legislators and private interests have been working to keep the bird off the endangered species list because of the impact the listing could have on energyproduction, farming and ranching and road construction in western Oklahoma.
Inhofe said it was “very good news” and a testament to the work done by a coalition in Oklahoma.…
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Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, reiterated his opposition to UN Ambassador Susan Rice as a possible replacement for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Rice met with some Republican senators on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to discuss the comments she made after the attack at the Libyan consul in Benghazi. Inhofe, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, was not part of the meeting. But he released a statement afterward:
“As I said before, UN Ambassador Susan Rice is not a fitting replacement to be Secretary of State.…
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