Transportation

One of the inherent roles of government is to provide for a safe and suitable infrastructure to allow our nation access to transportation and fully connect our national economy.  In addition to providing for the national defense, I believe the single greatest service we can provide our citizens is the necessary infrastructure to enable the United States to remain the economic engine that drives the world’s economy.
 
I have steadily worked as the former Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to pass highway bills which have been historic for the nation and victories for Oklahoma.  These bills have used our resources in a fiscally responsible manner and eliminated federal red tape to allow for more state and local control and for new construction and modernization of our nation's crumbling bridges, roads, and infrastructure.
 
The passage of the 2005 and 2012 highway bills have been especially historic for Oklahoma.  For the first time, Oklahoma does not contribute more in taxes than it receives in interstate road funding.  Legislation such as the highway bills, the Water Resources Development Act and the reauthorization of the Economic Development Administration have provided needed reforms and built infrastructure in Oklahoma and throughout the country. 
 
Additionally, as an active aviator for over forty years, I have first-hand experience as to how important our aviation infrastructure is for continued economic growth in Oklahoma. I am committed to helping the general and commercial aviation industries in my state. I will also work to make sure that our existing commercial airports get the resources they need to fulfill increased security requirements.

Latest

  • Inhofe Promotes Oklahoma at Farnborough Air Show

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and the Senate Pilot’s Caucus, spoke Sunday at the fourth annual Oklahoma Aerospace Breakfast during the Farnborough International Airshow.  Read More


  • Inhofe, Brown Introduce Legislation to Secure Retirement Benefits of American Airlines Employees

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a co-chair of the Senate Pilot’s Caucus, and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy, today introduced S. 2614, legislation that would extend to American Airlines employees the option to contribute recently received bankruptcy settlements into retirement accounts without incurring a tax penalty.  Read More


  • Inhofe Releases Annual Report For 2012-2013

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released an annual report outlining initiatives and accomplishments from 2012 and 2013, many of which led him to receiving rankings as one of the top Senate conservatives by National Journal, Club for Growth, and the American Conservative Union.  Read More


  • Manchin, Inhofe Introduce Bill to Protect Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers

    U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would ensure the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conducts an open rulemaking process before enacting potential changes to the medical certification requirements for pilots and air traffic controllers in relation to sleep disorders. Read More


  • Oklahoma Receives Grant to Rebuild Highways, Roads Damaged by Tornadoes

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today congratulated the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for being awarded a $2 million grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief (ER) program that will help restore highways and roads damaged by tornadoes in 2013. Read More


  • Inhofe Named to WRDA Conference

    - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, made the following statement today after being appointed to the bicameral conference committee for the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) Read More


  • Senators Urge FAA to Reopen Aircraft Registry Office

    U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) along with Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) Wednesday sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta requesting a review of FAA’s decision to close its Aircraft Registry Office despite its value in protecting national security and highlighted that the office has remained open through previous government shutdowns. Read More


  • Inhofe Praises DOT Grants to Enhance Air Service at Community Airports

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today congratulated the Lawton Metropolitan Area Airport Authority and the City of Stillwater for receiving grants through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Small Community Air Service Development Program.  Read More