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 Announces Oklahoma Support for Drive Act

    TULSA, Okla. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today held a press conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma to announce provisions of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act (S. 1647) that will directly benefit the state and to announce growing Oklahoma support for the legislation. Read More


  • Inhofe Praises $1.5 Million EDA Grant to the City of Muskogee

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, praised the City of Muskogee for being awarded an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant of $1.5 million to support the upgrade of critical infrastructure to expand an existing industrial park. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the project will help to sustain 238 jobs as well as create new job opportunities, and generate $400,000 in private investment. Read More


  • Inhofe Introduces Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2

     U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and certified flight instructor with more than 11,000 flight hours, today introduced S. 571, the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR 2), legislation to expand the 3rd class medical exemption for recreational pilots and broaden the protections provided in the original Pilot’s Bill of Rights authored by Inhofe and signed into law in 2012. Original co-sponsors of PBOR 2 include Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Angus King (I-Maine) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) Congressman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) introduced today the House companion legislation, H.R. 1062. Read More


  • Sens. Inhofe, Brown praise signing of American Airlines bill into law

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a co-chair of the Senate Pilot’s Caucus, and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy, today released the following statements regarding H.R. 2591 being signed into law on Thursday. H.R. 2591 is the companion to S. 2614, legislation authored by Inhofe and Brown that extends to American Airline employees the option to contribute recently received bankruptcy settlements into retirement accounts without incurring a tax penalty.  Read More


  • INHOFE PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO SECURE RETIREMENT BENEFITS OF AMERICAN AIRLINE EMPLOYEES

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a co-chair of the Senate Pilot’s Caucus, today praised the passage of S.2614, legislation that would extend to American Airline employees the option to contribute recently received bankruptcy settlements into retirement accounts without incurring a tax penalty. This provision was made available to employees of other domestic airlines following their bankruptcies but expired before American Airlines filed for bankruptcy in 2011.  Read More


  • Inhofe Calls for Travel Ban in Response to Ebola Outbreak

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today made the following statement calling for a temporary travel ban to the United States from affected West African countries that are fighting the outbreak of Ebola: Read More


  • INHOFE PRAISES NEW GRANT SUPPORTING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN OWASSO

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, congratulated Tulsa County for being awarded a federal grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to invest in infrastructure construction at 76th Street North. The $950,000 grant, along with the $160 million pledged in private investment, will allow 76th Street to more safely and efficiently accommodate increased traffic for the new businesses in this area, including the future Macy’s fulfillment center which broke ground on April 17.  Read More


  • Inhofe Applauds Grant to Fund Woodring Runway Extension

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today congratulated the City of Enid for being awarded a grant through the Department of Transportation (DOT) to extend the runway at Woodring Regional Airport.  Read More


  • Inhofe Statement on TIGER Grant Award to Tulsa

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee, today announced that the City of Tulsa has been awarded a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation that will provide $10 million to rebuild and rehabilitate Riverside Drive.  Read More