Inhofe: Okla. thanks the nation for its support

Oklahoma will bounce back from this week’s tornado just as strongly as it has from previous disasters, the state’s senior senator said Saturday in this week’s Republican address.


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Sen. Jim Inhofe, on the ground in Moore, Okla., noted that the city had suffered through a similar tornado almost 15 years ago, and discussed how the state came together following the Oklahoma City bombings in 1995.

Moore will bounce back again, Inhofe said, because of the help it will receive from other areas of the state – what he called the “Oklahoma Standard.”

“I have seen people from all corners of the state continuing to flock to the devastating areas to give their time, their money, and their energy to help meet the dire needs of those injured or displaced,” Inhofe said.

“The Oklahoma Standard has survived an act of terror in 1995 and devastating natural disasters in the past. This most recent storm will only embolden the standard, and encourage the rest of the country to follow our lead.”

The federal response to the Moore disaster became a political issue not long after the tornado touched down on Monday, especially given the long-held stance of Oklahoma’s other GOP senator, Tom Coburn, that disaster relief should be offset.

The vast majority of House Republicans also voted against a relief package for Hurricane Sandy victims early this year.

But in the weekly address, Inhofe concentrated instead on the heroism of teachers at two elementary schools who protected their students – even in the face of serious injury.

“I’ve been in constant contact, in communication, with the Oklahoma Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management officials, and the leaders of the Oklahoma National Guard – you can see over here – that the direct needs of those affected on the ground are being met,” Inhofe said.

“Oklahoma has been hit hard, but we’re not knocked out.”

In closing, Inhofe also asked for donations to charities that will aid in the relief efforts.

“I can speak for all Oklahoma today when I thank you for your continued thoughts, your prayers, your support as we begin the recovery process,” he said.

“Oklahoma is grieving and in pain, but the devastation such as this tends to bring us closer together as a country.”