Oklahoma senator responds to SOTU

Posted at 9:10 PM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 23:07:57-05

Senator Jim Inhofe responded to President Obama's State of the Union address, Tuesday.

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In a statement, the Oklahoma Republican says:

"Tonight we heard the President talk about how his vision of America is what’s best for our future. As we count down the final months of his presidency, Americans need to remember that this administration’s policies have been a disaster.

The protection of America and its citizens should be the president’s top priority, but in the past few weeks we’ve seen him go out of his way to announce executive gun control that could make it harder for law-abiding citizens to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights when they need them most.

His lack of leadership has resulted in global instability, the rise of ISIS and the drastic weakening of our military. Americans are now less safe because of Middle Eastern instability he caused with the hasty withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan. The deal he signed with Iran does nothing but appease our enemy and with every terrorist released from Guantanamo Bay we have another attacker to be worried about.

We are now at a point where American dominance on the seas, in the skies and in space can no longer be taken for granted, and that’s a quote from Chuck Hagel, the president’s former Secretary of Defense. 

Obama tries to take credit for the country’s energy renaissance, but what he won’t acknowledge is that it’s occurred in spite of his War on Fossil Fuels. He vowed to veto the bill allowing American oil exports and on federal land where he has control, oil production has fallen. On private land, where he doesn’t have control, it has increased by 3 million barrels per day.

The administration’s healthcare policies have hurt families, reduced patient choice and caused costs to skyrocket nationwide. In Oklahoma, costs have increased by 35.7 percent this year alone.

President Obama vetoed the bill Congress passed to dismantle Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood, but we won’t give up until it is successfully accomplished.

The Republican majority, that’s us, in just one year passed the first long-term highway bill and the first balanced budget in a decade, we passed an education reform bill that repeals Common Core and provided permanent tax relief for families and small businesses. 

This Congress, while I have served as the Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, we have worked to stop the EPA from ignoring the states and overregulating every sector of our economy. Don’t take my word for it. 

Look at the facts: 

31 states are suing the EPA over its “Waters of the United States” rule and federal courts have placed a nation-wide stay on it. 27 states have sued EPA over its power plant regulations because they know these regulations will cost $292 billion and result in double-digit electricity price increases with no measurable emission changes.

This confirms the president is delusional when he says these regulations will save the planet or that they bolster the worthless climate change agreement in Paris, which the next republican president will swiftly do away with.

The bottom line, we’re gonna stop Obama’s egregious overreaches of executive authority and restore the values that made America great in the first place. It’s gotta be done, not only for my 20 kids and grandkids, but for all of America."

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