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Sen. Inhofe Takes Over Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

This week, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) took the gavel of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, eight years after he gave it up. The assignment makes him the top Senator in charge of building our nations’ transportation infrastructure. “We’re going to be very busy on this committee,” Inhofe said at the panel’s first meeting of the 114th Congress, shortly after taking the gavel from Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), now the ranking member. One of the Committee’s first priorities will be to write a long-term highway bill that lasts at least five years. The first hearing, on January 28, will feature Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and up to four state governors to speak about highway funding needs. Senator Inhofe has a long standing interest in NGVs.