Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Inhofe Informant: Watch Senator Inhofe Stand Up for Domestic Energy

May 22, 2010

Dear Friends,

As the Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, last week I soundly stood up to Sen. Sanders (I-VT) amendment to the Tax Extenders bill that would have imposed a multi-billion tax increase on America’s domestic energy producers. To punish American owned energy companies with a multi-billion dollar tax increase is not the answer. Instead, BP should be held solely responsible for the Gulf of Mexico catastrophe. In the end, the Senate spoke with a clear bi-partisan message in agreement with my position by defeating the Sanders amendment with a 61-35 vote.

I attended a Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearing regarding the war in Afghanistan. I questioned key witnesses including U.S. Gen. David H. Petraeus and Hon. Michele A. Flournoy. Both Petraeus and Flounoy agreed that cutting dollars to the Commander’s Emergency Response Program (CERP) and withdrawing our troops based on the President’s timeline and not for the better of Afghanistan would be disastrous. After hearing both Petreaus and Flournoy’s testimony, I believe Congress needs to continue funding CERP at the President’s request of $1.1 billion dollars which will provide basic services as water and energy which will improve the people of Afghanistan’s security and economy well-being.

The U.S. Army celebrated their 235th birthday last week. As a senior member of the SASC and the co-chair of the Senate Army Caucus, I attended the Army's reception on Capitol Hill. It was an honor to meet the many soldiers servingin the U.S. Army that have worked both here at home and abroad to protect our nation’s freedom.

Additionally, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) awarded me with the Benjamin Franklin Public Policy award. As someone who previously worked in the insurance industry, I appreciate this award and NAMIC’s promotion of free markets.


Jim Inhofe

Have you been happy with the Obama Administration's handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

Answer Total

No - 91.63%
Yes - 3.98%
Not Sure - 4.38%

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