U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Tulsa) paid a visit to Altus on Wednesday to meet with local farmers and policymakers concerning State Question 777, Oklahoma’s Right to Farm Amendment that will be on the ballot Nov. 8.
Inhofe is the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in Washington, D.C. and so the future of Oklahoma farmers and agriculture is one of his front-running concerns.
Supporters of State Question 777 argue that the amendment would allow farmers and ranchers to defend themselves against unjust or industry-harming laws and bring in farmers who are attracted to a competitive, free-market system that allows the best farming practices to be decided by consumers.
“As a farmer, the last thing you want in Oklahoma is a bureaucracy coming in and telling you what you can and cannot plant,” Inhofe said.
Inhofe also spoke on the issue of over-regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA, concerning the Clean Water Rule: WOTUS or Waters of the United States. Many fear that if WOTUS is passed, water features on private land would become subject to EPA regulations that are not classified as waters of the United States.
Also on the senator’s agenda is the prospective passing of the National Defense Authorization Act before the end of 2016, which would work to increase Army personnel, pay increases for service members, double the number of UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, and further increase funding for nuclear modernization and ballistic missile defense.
With the addition of KC-46 tankers to Altus Air Force Base, the National Defense Authorization Act or NDAA would increase pay for troops by 1.6 percent and ensure another “57 years of security for Altus and Tinker” Air Force Bases, according to Inhofe.
“There’s no one else in the race now — it’s either Trump or Hillary,” said Inhofe concerning the 2016 Presidential Election, “Our military cannot afford four years of Hillary Clinton.”
Inhofe said that if Hillary Clinton is elected president, it is likely that she would foster a completely liberal Supreme Court that would affect abortion laws, gun-control laws and environmental regulations for generations.
For those of the Republican party speaking out against Donald Trump, Inhofe believes them to be of two categories — those who wish to run for office in 2020 and those who are of established Republican families.
“If they don’t vote for Trump, they’re supporting Hillary,” Inhofe said. “There will be so many people who are not attached to the Republican party coming in who will outnumber those votes.”
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