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Religious Liberty is a Foundational American Value

September 16, 2020

Religious liberty is a foundational American value enshrined in our Constitution, but it is increasingly under attack by those who believe it cannot coexist with our other freedoms. This is a deeply misguided and dangerous view. Fortunately, the Supreme Court issued three separate rulings this year strongly affirming the right to religious freedom.First, in the case Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Court ruled that students can use a privately-run tax-credit scholarship program in... Continue Reading »

Inhofe in The Daily Signal: Don't Allow a Fringe Minority to Cut Our Much-Needed Defense Investments

July 2, 2020

It is clear the world is getting more dangerous. While long-standing threats such as North Korea, Iran, and terrorism continue, America faces growing challenges from authoritarian regimes in China and Russia. These are not just threats to our security, but truly threats to our way of life.Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin are putting their money behind their dark vision of the world: building up their militaries, expanding their global influence, and growing more... Continue Reading »

Inhofe and Reed in Proceedings: The Navy Needs A Course Correction

June 29, 2020

As leaders in the Pentagon, Capitol Hill, and industry come to grips with great power competition with China and Russia, we all agree: We must accelerate innovative research and development, acquire new capabilities faster, and transform the way the U.S. military fights if it is to prevail. This is hardly the first time U.S. national security leaders have felt a sense of urgency and attempted to do so.Unfortunately, results have been mixed at best, with absurd acquisition debacles that have set... Continue Reading »

Inhofe and Reed in War on the Rocks: The Pacific Deterrence Initiative Will Promote Peace Through Strength in the Indo-Pacific

May 28, 2020

The credibility of American deterrence rests on a simple foundation. America prevents wars by convincing its adversaries they cannot win. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said it succinctly: Deterrence is achieved when the enemy decides, “Not today. You, militarily, cannot win it, so don’t even try it.” Currently, in the Indo-Pacific, that foundation of deterrence is crumbling as an increasingly aggressive China continues its comprehensive military modernization.This is not a partisan... Continue Reading »

Inhofe in the Midwest City Beacon: The Oklahoma Standard Always Prevails in Times of Crisis

April 23, 2020

There is no doubt: the coronavirus has had an impact on our state and our nation. It has required many of us to adapt our daily lives and create new routines that reflect the reality of what we are facing today. For many, we are learning to do things within the four walls of our homes. Work, school—even church. Many of us, myself included, are now connecting virtually. Others, the heroes among us—health care workers, truckers, delivery and postal workers, food service professionals and countless... Continue Reading »

Inhofe, Reed, Smith and Thornberry in Defense News: FCC and Ligado Are Undermining GPS - And Our Economy and National Security

April 22, 2020

Right now, the coronavirus is rightly our country’s most immediate concern. But the Federal Communications Commission has used the crisis, under the cover of darkness, to approve a long-stalled application by Ligado Networks — a proposal that threatens to undermine our global positioning system (GPS) capabilities, and with it, our national security. The FCC granted Ligado (formerly known as LightSquared) permission to repurpose spectrum adjacent to GPS frequencies for a terrestrial cellular... Continue Reading »

Inhofe in the Muskogee Phoenix: Relief is on the way

April 2, 2020

A little over two months ago, the first American tested positive for the coronavirus. Since that time, the pandemic has changed our nation and our way of life.We’re facing a new adversary—a virus unlike anything we’ve ever experienced, but I am confident we will prevail. We’re going to beat it the same way we’ve defeated every other adversary: resourcing the front lines and taking care of our families and loved ones.It’s no surprise then that health care, families and jobs were the focus of the... Continue Reading »

Inhofe in The Washington Post: We Should Increase U.S. Troop Presence in Africa, Not Decrease It

March 3, 2020

Jim Inhofe, a Republican, represents Oklahoma in the U.S. Senate and is chairman of the Armed Services Committee.I just returned from West Africa, where I received a simple message from our African partners: The threat from radical Islamist terrorism is not only real but growing — and for our partners to win this fight, they need our help.While there, I met with several of our key partners: Ghana, Mauritania and leaders from the Group of Five-Sahel, and their message to me was the clearest... Continue Reading »

Inhofe in The Weatherford Daily News: U.S. Senator gives thoughts on State of the Union Address

February 28, 2020

Earlier this month, President Trump outlined his vision for the future of our country. One thing is clear from his remarks: the great American comeback is here under the direction of President Trump. Our economy is the strongest it’s ever been, and it’s only getting better. Here are five big ways the president and I are working together for Oklahoma families. One: we're committed to rebuilding our military and taking care of our veterans. The numbers prove it. Since President Trump took office,... Continue Reading »

Inhofe in The Washington Post: Iran Cannot Afford An All-Out War

January 7, 2020

James M. Inhofe, a Republican, represents Oklahoma in the U.S. Senate and is chairman of the Armed Services Committee.With only about four days’ hindsight, it is fair to say that President Trump’s decision to authorize the airstrike against the leader of Iran’s Quds Force, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, is the boldest defense policy decision of his presidency. In a single strike, the president defended American troops and diplomats against attacks, held Iran accountable for killing a U.S.... Continue Reading »

Inhofe in Stillwater News Press: Workforce Development

December 21, 2019

As we come to the end of a successful year, I am proud of the work we’ve gotten done for America under President Trump. You wouldn’t believe it looking at the mainstream media, but good things are happening. Since President Trump took office, we’ve seen the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years, created 3.5 million jobs and have watched wages increase by 3.2 percent this year. Yet, despite this historic economic landscape, I hear from business owners across Oklahoma that more... Continue Reading »

Inhofe and Thornberry in Roll Call: Asking the Hard Questions to Implement the National Defense Strategy

December 6, 2019

Two years ago, the National Defense Strategy, or NDS, shifted America’s military focus to a new era of great-power competition, especially with China and Russia. Welcomed with broad bipartisan support, this groundbreaking document calls on us to make tough choices to reshape our military, reform the Department of Defense, and recommit to strengthening alliances and attracting new partners around the world.President Donald Trump has committed to rebuilding the foundations of American... Continue Reading »

Inhofe in Defense News: We Must Build the National Security Innovation Base Our Defense Strategy Requires

December 2, 2019

Since World War II, the American people have believed our military has had the best of everything, but the technological superiority that kept us 20 years ahead of our competitors has rapidly diminished. In some cases, we’re already behind. By 2030, unless we pursue “urgent change at significant scale,” as former Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis put it, it’s likely the U.S. will face an enemy with superior weapons, superior equipment and superior capabilities.Nowhere is this better... Continue Reading »

Inhofe in The Washington Times: America's 'Marine Highways' getting ship-shape

November 20, 2019

Our nation’s infrastructure is crumbling. The good news? We are rebuilding. When I was chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, I led the charge to enact the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) of 2015, which went a long way in rebuilding our roads. The FAST Act established a new freight program focused on improving the movement of goods by dedicating funding to upgrading freight corridors and associated assets allowing for local... Continue Reading »

Defense bill shows that business can get done in D.C.

August 16, 2018

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board

AS a longtime hawk on U.S. military matters, Sen. Jim Inhofe was gratified to see President Trump sign the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act this week. “This is the help that we have promised; it is on the way,” Inhofe said. And it's an example that every once in a while, the trains can run on time in gridlocked Washington, D.C. The $717 billion legislation came out of conference committee at the end of July and then was passed by wide margins in the House and Senate.... Continue Reading »

Inhofe in The Hill: Give Ethiopia a chance to change; House should reject strongly worded resolution

April 10, 2018

The Hill Today, the House of Representatives will consider a resolution that condemns human rights and governance conditions in Ethiopia. Now is the wrong time to consider this, and it should be rejected. Since being elected to the Senate, I have made 156 country visits to Africa. Eighteen of those have been to Ethiopia, where I have watched first-hand the economic transformation that’s occurred. Their middle class is growing, and they have become a regional superpower, who is a friend of... Continue Reading »

Inhofe and Whitehouse in WSJ: Both Sides of the Aisle Want Better Roads and Ports

February 22, 2018

Wall Street Journal During his State of the Union address, President Trump called for a broad bipartisan infrastructure package, pledging to improve the nation’s infrastructure and invest in the future. If you believe the news reports on partisan bickering in Washington, this bipartisan approach might seem impossible. But we know that it can, and will, happen. We serve on the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, which has jurisdiction over most infrastructure bills. Its... Continue Reading »

ICYMI: Inhofe in USA Today: Trump should put 'America First' by treating African nations as partners

January 26, 2018

USA Today President Trump’s “America First” agenda has reshaped our country in a bold, great way. Our taxes are lower, we have fewer regulations, the economy is roaring and millions of new jobs are being created. It’s working. For too long, the United States has considered Africa an aid project — one where we pour billions of dollars into countries in hopes they will grow. This short-sighted perspective has caused us to fall behind and leaves us vulnerable. Trump... Continue Reading »

Inhofe in Fox News: The Democrats' Shutdown Hurts our Military

January 22, 2018

Fox News On Friday evening, Senators were presented with a choice: vote to advance or block a bill that would fund the government. Senate Democrats were clear – they voted to shut down the government. There is no other way to look at it—90 percent of the Democrats voted to block a bill to fund the government. What was fascinating, however, was how many of my Democrat colleagues came to the floor to claim that they could not support another continuing resolution because of the... Continue Reading »

Inhofe in the Tulsa World: Ordinary Oklahomans will benefit from the tax bill

December 20, 2017

Tulsa World We’re on the cusp of something historic. This week, Congress will vote to send a pro-growth, pro-family tax cut package to the president’s desk for his signature. This bill will cut taxes by nearly $1.5 trillion across the entire economy, resulting in a tax cut for the average family of more than $2,000. It’s the largest tax cut in American history and will make our economy competitive again, keeping American jobs here at home instead of sending them overseas. In... Continue Reading »