U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) flew into the Altus Airport on Saturday.
Inhofe, an avid pilot with over 11,000 flight hours, travels all over the state of Oklahoma on weekends to reach constituents, and enjoy his love for flying.
Inhofe arrived on Saturday morning, Dec. 5, at the Altus Airport and was greeted by Dr. Joe Leverett who serves as the Commissioner of the Oklahoma Strategic Planning Commission; President of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Tom Buchannan; as well as the Altus Times and many others.
The Senator spoke briefly on the Highway Reauthorization Fast Act, International Climate Negotiations, and Overegulation, as well as other important issues.
He highlighted that the President’s International Climate Pledge, to reduce GHG emissions 26% to 28% by 2025 , falls short of achieving its goal by about 45%.
The Altus Times asked Inhofe, “How does the FAST ACT (the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation ) directly affects and benefits Oklahoma?” Inhofe, who is Chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said, “It protects Oklahoma from being a donor state. Oklahoma receives over $3.6 billion over the next five years, and the bill increases funding roughly 3% per year (the single largest infrastructure investment in state history). Oklahoma’s aging interstate and more than 1,300 bridges in need of serious repair or replacement will strengthen transportation and make a commitment to safety.”
The Act has received support from leaders across the state. The FAST Act five-year bill is dedicated to improving the nation’s surface transportation surface, benefiting our roads, bridges, transit systems and rail networks. Jackson County alone has six bridges that are well over-due repair.
In light of the attacks in Paris, Inhofe stated, “I call on the Obama administration to put a pause in accepting Syrians as refugees into the United States until Congress can review and conduct appropriate oversight of the State Department’s vetting process.”
One of Inhofe’s continued work projects is on stopping over regulation, the Highway Bill, and addressing the needs and interests of American pilots. Leverett and Buchannan praised Inhofe for his work, and thanked him for the support of the Altus Air Force Base, and with the Federal Crop Insurance.
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