Sen. Jim Inhofe Backs Sen. Rand Paul on Drone Policy Filibuster
Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, on Thursday expressed support for the filibuster by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, on Wednesday about the administration’s policy on using drones against American citizens on U.S. soil. Here is his statement:
“Last night’s effort by Sen. Rand Paul was a reminder that the Obama Administration continues to put forth controversial nominees and is failing on another campaign promise to bring transparency to the White House. Similar to Paul’s 13 hours on the floor, I led the effort to block the nomination of Chuck Hagel for 13 days. Not only did I believe that he was the wrong person for the job, but this nomination was another demonstration where our leaders were failing to disclose vital information. If more Members had come in support of my efforts with Hagel, we could have stopped the most controversial Secretary of Defense nomination in our nation’s history.
“As my colleagues asked for last night on the Senate floor, we need more clarity from the White House on their drone policy. I strongly oppose the use of armed drones on innocent Americans. This is an important debate which is a result of the President’s nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. Whether through filibuster or blocking nominees, I will do whatever it takes to force this White House to be more transparent and held accountable. As a member of the Intelligence Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues to protect the Constitutional rights of all Americans.”
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