Senator Inhofe doesn’t mind sending American tax dollars to corporate America, but he really hates helping out working class Americans …
Inhofe voted in favor of cutting taxes for corporations. Inhofe voted for providing $137 billion in new tax cuts for corporations, including a $10 billion buyout of tobacco. (H.R. 4520, Vote # 211, 10/11/04) … but voted against cutting taxes for middle class Americans. Inhofe was one of only two senators to vote against increasing the child tax credit, set to affect an estimated 282,000 children in Oklahoma (S. Amdt. 862 to H.R. 1308, Vote # 210, 6/5/03; New York Times, 6/8/03; Daily Oklahoman, 6/7/03). Inhofe was one of just 16 senators to vote against the Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act, which included rapid tax rebates for American households and tax incentives for small businesses (H.R. 5140, Vote # 10, 2/7/08).
Inhofe voted in favor of increasing his own wage every year , even while Inhofe’s “annual financial disclosure statements indicate he is a millionaire and the richest Oklahoman in Congress,” (Tulsa World, 3/9/06) … but voted against increasing the minimum wage at least six times. Inhofe voted against the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 (H.R. 2, Vote # 23, 1/24/07), and voted against six other proposals to increase minimum wage by $1 per hour (S.Amdt. 3079 to S.Amdt. 2951 to S.Con.Res. 101, Vote # 76, 4/7/00; S.Amdt. 2751 to S. 625, Vote # 356, 11/9/99; S.Amdt. 1383 to S. 1429, Vote # 239, 7/30/99; S. 96, Vote # 94, 4/28/99; S.Amdt. 195 to S.Con.Res. 20, Vote # 77, 3/25/99; S.Amdt. 3540 to S.Amdt. 3559 to S. 1301, Vote # 278, 9/22/98).
Inhofe helped out the banks and credit card companies, making it harder for people to erase debt by declaring bankruptcy (S. 256, Vote # 44, 3/10/05; Washington Post, 3/10/05) … but could not help out average Americans during the recent economic crisis. Inhofe was one of 13 senators to vote against the Foreclosure Prevention Act (H.R. 3221, Vote # 185, 7/25/08), opposed the Helping Families Save Their Homes in Bankruptcy Amendment of 2008 (S.Amdt. 4191 to S.Con.Res. 70, Vote # 88, 4/3/08), and voted against disaster aid for farmers (H.R. 1591, Vote # 126, 3/29/07).
Inhofe gave billions of taxpayer dollars to Big Oil , he has taken $1,076,573 from major oil companies since 2000, and voted in Big Oil’s interests 100% of the time (Oil Change International, Center for Responsive Politics) … but voted against proposals to repeal tax incentives for companies that ship American jobs overseas. Inhofe voted against an amendment that that would have repealed tax subsidies for domestic companies that move manufacturing operations and American jobs offshore(Motion to Adopt Amendment No. 210, Vote # 63, 3/17/05) and several other policies to protect U.S. jobs (Motion To Table Amendment No. 3110, Vote # 83, 5/5/04; Motion to Wave CBA re:
Amendment No. 2977, Vote # 517, 10/26/95).