Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, a frequent critic of the Environmental Protection Agency, said at a Capitol Hill news conference on Tuesday that the reelection of President Barack Obama will make it difficult to defeat some of the regulations under consideration by the agency.
Inhofe joined with leaders of the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based think tank that promotes free-market solutions to social and economic issues, to deliver petitions signed by about 16,000 people. The petitions call on Congress to rein in the agency and say, in part, “Whereas, regulators at the EPA, having lost their war to scare America into giving them legislation that would allow them to seize control of virtually all energy production and use, are perverting the Clean Air law to give themselves unprecedented powers to regulate American society.”
Inhofe said the agency is currently crafting regulations that would regulate oil and gas drilling, the boilers used by manufacturers and farm dust.…
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It’s the week that brings out the rivalry even in Washington, DC:
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Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee who has met several times with former CIA Director David Petraeus, made this comment Tuesday about the retired Army general’s affair:
“Former CIA Director David Petraeus has had a full carrier of extraordinary accomplishments for our nation. Nothing can take away from this record, but I am profoundly disappointed in his unacceptable personal decisions that have now lead to his resignation.
“What is troubling about the investigation that resulted in this information coming to light is that the Obama administration once again exercised a major lack of transparency.…
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Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Tuesday that Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, would not be a “fitting replacement” for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is expected to leave the Obama administration.
Inhofe said, “During her time as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Rice has been the Obama administration’s point person in pursuing liberal causes that threaten U.S. sovereignty. She has also not been an effective diplomat or manager at the U.N.…
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Oklahoma delegates to the Republican National Convention held their first communal breakfast Monday morning at their Tampa hotel and heard from three members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation and the political director for the national party.
Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, who had two Oklahoma radio interviews scheduled during the breakfast, elicited some live cheers from the assembled delegates for the Oklahoma City and Tulsa radio audiences.
Reps. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, and Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, also spoke, giving preach-to-the-choir remarks about the Obama administration.…
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Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa: “I congratulate Mitt Romney on his excellent Vice Presidential selection of Paul Ryan. Ryan is a solid conservative who has shown incredible leadership on some of the biggest issues of the day. The Romney-Ryan ticket will bring solutions to our country’s fiscal problems while restoring America’s economic strength. Incidentally, he has family ties to our state since his wife is from Oklahoma.”
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, who serves with Ryan on the House Budget Committee, said:
“Paul Ryan is a solid conservative whose expertise and thoughtful leadership as chairman of the Budget Committee has helped change the spending status quo in Congress.…
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UPDATE: Sanders has been on the Senate floor for more than 45 minutes challenging Inhofe’s statements and view on climate change. Inhofe stood up at 2:50 p.m. central time to ask for time to respond to Sanders’ comments. Inhofe will likely begin speaking momentarily.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, is scheduled to give a speech in the U.S. Senate at 2 p.m. central time challenging Sen. Jim Inhofe’s view that man-made global warming is a “hoax.”
In a press release, Sanders says it is a mistake for those who take climate change seriously to dismiss Inhofe, R-Tulsa, because the Republican Party follows him on the issue.…
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UPDATE: Sens. Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn voted “present,” which is like not voting at all or voting “no,” depending on your viewpoint. Bacharach’s nomination is not going to be advanced.
It’s possible that Republican Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe could determine whether U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Bacharach, of Edmond, is confirmed to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Neither is saying whether they will vote on Monday to break the Republican blockade that has kept the Senate from confirming the magistrate, who has been endorsed by both Coburn and Inhofe and won overwhelming approval last month in the Senate Judiciary Committee.…
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Three prominent Oklahomans visited the White House and Capitol Hill on Monday to urge Senate confirmation of federal judicial nominees. The process of approving judges to the federal bench often slows in the months leading up to a presidential election as lawmakers from the party out of power sometimes stall action in hopes that they’ll win the White House and get a chance to replace the nominees with their own.
Former U.S. Attorney Dan Webber, former Seminole Nation Chief Enoch Kelly Haney and Jeremy Aliason, executive director of the National Native American Bar Association, went first to the White House to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder and White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler about the vacancy rate.…
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U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, plans to deliver a speech on the Senate floor at around 10:50 a.m. Wednesday about his views that the Environmental Protection Agency is targeting oil and gas companies that do hydraulic fracturing in the region that includes Oklahoma and Texas. His speech can be viewed here or on C-SPAN2 on television.…
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