Sen. Inhofe Talks Farm Bill Challenges, Scott Pruitt Rumors, Supreme Court Vacancy with Ron HaysThu, 28 Jun 2018 13:30:38 CDT
Oklahoma’s Senior Senator Jim Inhofe joined Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays over the phone this morning from Washington, DC to discuss a few issues that have been working on Capitol Hill lately - the Senate’s movement on the Farm Bill in particular. As this proposed legislation is debated on the Senate Floor today, Inhofe says he is interested to see what result the political dynamics surrounding this bill will produce. You can listen to their complete conversation, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
“It’s a partisan thing,” Sen. Inhofe remarked. “How many people out there realize that 80 percent of the money that is in the Farm Bill actually goes to welfare, goes to Food Stamps… Not many and there’s a reason for this.
“It’s kind of interesting. The Democrats believe that you measure compassion by the number of people on welfare and conservatives believe you measure compassion by the number of people you can get off of welfare. People have to understand there’s a great reform that needs to be made.”
While the Senator did not attest to his level of confidence in the bill, nor any discouragement, he made it clear that compromises and sound, logical judgement calls must be made and eventually put into action if the bill is to make any progress at all.
Inhofe also addressed many of the accusations circulating about his colleague from Oklahoma and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who has come under fire in recent weeks for alleged actions deemed unethical by his critics. Some have suggested that Pruitt may have lost the favor of President Trump and his administration, however, Inhofe says in the time he has spent with the President, the issue has never come up. Inhofe says he has taken it upon himself to make his own objective judgement of the situation.
“I’ve known Scott Pruitt forever and that’s not the Scott Pruitt I know,” he said about the litany of rumors. “So, I made a decision about three weeks ago to look at these accusations and see if they are true. I spent several hours looking at these accusations and made my own evaluation. Each one of them were wrong.”
As an example, Inhofe cited one accusation pertaining to the amount of money Pruitt has spent on his security detail, which has been much more than ever seen by any previous EPA administrator. However, Inhofe says this is warranted because no other EPA official has ever received legitimate threats like Pruitt has.
“Let me tell you, he’s got a tough job,” Inhofe said, “and he is on the cutting-edge of stopping some of the regulations that are causing us to lose jobs.”
Regarding recent news that Justice Kennedy is stepping down from the Supreme Court, Inhofe was optimistic that a new Justice would soon be in place and fully acknowledged the important role the next judge would have in tipping the scales toward a more conservative consensus in the Supreme Court.
“They announced we ought to be able to get one confirmed by this fall and I think we should do it,” he said. “You stop and think about what’s happened in the Supreme Court - the decisions that have come through are just incredible decisions. Already, the Supreme Court is becoming much more even with the Constitution and I’m very excited about what is happening. I’ll be anxious to go through a process and get another Constitutionalist judge on the Supreme Court.”
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