Jim Inhofe

Politics and Government
9:29 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Cole, Inhofe Want To See More Democratic Progress From Cuba Before Lifting Sanctions

A street in Havana, Cuba in March 2014
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Two members of Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation have voiced their concerns after President Obama’s Wednesday announcement of steps to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) says he strongly opposes lifting the embargo against the Communist country. The state's senior Republican senator says he doesn't expect to see freedom of speech or free elections in Cuba, and said he would oppose any efforts to lift sanctions on the island nation if they come to the Senate floor.

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11:19 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Inhofe: Obama Picks Carter To Lead Pentagon

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, right, speaks with Service members at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013.
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Oklahoma's senior Republican senator says President Obama has chosen Ashton Carter as his nominee for defense secretary.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) says he was informed of the decision early Tuesday.

Inhofe, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, says he supports the choice of Carter to lead the Pentagon "very strongly."

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:13 am
Thu November 20, 2014

EPA In The Crosshairs As Oklahoma’s Inhofe Gains Sway Over Climate Policy

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) at an impromptu news conference during climate talks in Copenhagen in 2009.
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The Republican wave that put the party back in full control of Congress also put Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe back in charge of the Senate committee that oversees the country’s environmental policies.

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Weather and Climate
8:04 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe Says Keystone Legislation Will Be Back

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Oklahoma Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe vowed that legislation for building the Keystone XL Pipeline "will see the light of day" in a new Congress, moments after the Democrat-controlled Senate narrowly defeated a bill to approve the project. 

Tuesday's final vote was 59-41. The bill needed 60 votes to reach the White House. The House passed it overwhelmingly last week.

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6:08 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Inhofe: China Faces No Consequences If It Breaks Climate Deal With U.S.

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U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) says "talk is cheap" when it comes to the agreement on greenhouse gas emissions between the United States and China.

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Politics and Government
4:50 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Differences Between Oklahoma's U.S. Senate Candidates Jim Inhofe And Matt Silverstein

For 27 years U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has represented Oklahoma in Washington D.C. First as a congressman for seven years, and then as a  U.S. Senator since 1994. As he approaches his 80th birthday in November, Inhofe is seeking another six-year term in office. He is being challenged by Democratic nominee Matt Silverstein of Bixby, a newcomer to politics.

OETA explores the differences in these two men running for the U.S. Senate.

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Politics and Government
6:00 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Inhofe Seeks To Combat Career Politician Label

Democratic Challenger Matt Silverstein (l) and Republican Senator Jim Inhofe (r).
Credit Matt Silverstein for U.S. Senate web page; Senator Jim Inhofe, U.S. Congress

Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is a longtime fixture in Oklahoma politics and heavily favored to secure another six-year term in the U.S. Senate.

But Inhofe's 47 years of public service and time on the public payroll are exactly what Democratic nominee Matt Silverstein says is wrong with Washington.

Silverstein is a 34-year-old investment planner from Bixby who's criticizing Inhofe for refusing a public debate. 

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Politics and Government
1:24 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Inhofe Was The Final Hurdle For Money To Fight Against Ebola

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Top lawmakers in Congress have approved the use of leftover Afghanistan war money to fight Ebola in West Africa.

But a House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman said just $50 million of President Barack Obama's $1 billion request has been approved for immediate use under the opaque process by which top congressional panels OK transfers between agency accounts.

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Police Militarization
7:12 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Militarization Of Oklahoma Police Departments, Sheriffs And Schools

The militarization of Oklahoma law enforcement agencies has spread to universities, state agencies and a school district.

More than 1,500 purchases have been made by those organizations since 1995.  The most purchased items include M-14 and M-16 assault rifles, shotguns and .45 caliber handguns.

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Politics and Government
11:25 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Oklahoma's Congressional Delegation Reacts To President's Islamic State Address

Speaking from the State Floor in the White House on September 10, 2014, President Obama addressed the nation on the situation in Iraq and the United States’ strategy to degrade and defeat ISIL, a terrorist organization.
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U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) says he would vote to give President Obama any authority and resources he needs to address the growing threat from the Islamic State.

“I have no doubt that such authorization would be overwhelmingly supported by both houses of Congress and on both sides of the aisle,” Cole said in a statement. “Americans, our friends and our enemies need to see the president and Congress united in their determination to destroy this very dangerous foe.”

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