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Inhofe, Reed in Proceedings: Before Making Major Changes, Understanding the Business of Navy Shipbuilding is Critical

July 7, 2021

As we noted in Proceedings last year, leaders in the Pentagon, on Capitol Hill, and in industry all agree: We must accelerate innovative research and development, acquire new capabilities faster, and transform the way the U.S. military fights in order to implement our defense strategy. Before major changes to Navy shipbuilding are proposed, all stakeholders should have a fulsome discussion of the business of Navy shipbuilding and implications of big changes. There are a range of options... Continue Reading »


Inhofe in the Washington Post: When Biden declares ‘independence’ from covid on July 4, he owes more credit to Donald Trump

July 3, 2021

Jim Inhofe, a Republican, represents Oklahoma in the U.S. Senate and is ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.When President Biden declares the United States’ “independence” from the covid-19 pandemic on July 4, he should give credit where it’s due: former president Donald Trump and the Trump administration program that made it possible, Operation Warp Speed — which gave us the world’s most effective coronavirus vaccines in record time.In March 2020, life as we knew it abruptly... Continue Reading »


Inhofe in The Times of Israel: Biden's Plan for No-Strings Funding to the Palestinians is a Win for Terrorism

June 16, 2021

Last month, the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas incited a deadly conflict using little more than a Jerusalem property dispute as pretext. During an 11-day war started by Hamas and its allies, terrorists fired more than 4,300 rockets at Israel from Palestinian population centers in Gaza, endangering millions of Palestinian and Israeli civilians alike. Approximately 680 – over 15 percent – of those rockets didn’t even reach Israel, and instead fell on Palestinian men, women, and children.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe in the Wall Street Journal: An Alternative to the Afghan Pullout

June 14, 2021

I had the opportunity this month to visit and thank U.S. troops stationed around the world. Some of our troops are too young to remember 9/11, but that day is etched in my memory and the heart of our nation. The threat we saw that day is why we went to Afghanistan in 2001. The conditions on the ground had created an incubator for terrorists with international ambitions. Our troops went to prevent further attacks on the U.S. and our allies.Unfortunately, President Biden chose to ignore the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe in the Thomas Tribune and Okeene Record: Biden's First 100 Days Disappointing

May 11, 2021

After 100 days in office, it has become increasingly clear that that the Biden administration is moving us in a direction: the wrong one. Just compare that to the tireless energy and countless victories we achieved for Oklahomans and families across the country under President Trump. We need to get back to solving real problems with real solutions. Instead, we are seeing the exact opposite: A return to the failed Obama-era policies.Leading the way—a return to big government and tax and spend... Continue Reading »


Inhofe in RealClearDefense: Combined Chinese and Russian Defense Spending Exceeds U.S. Defense Budget

May 3, 2021

Here’s a myth often repeated: “The United States defense budget is larger than the next 10 countries combined.” You hear it all the time from progressives, led by the Senate Budget Committee Chairman, in their arguments to cut funding for our military. It’s time to remove this false talking point from our vernacular. Here’s the truth: our defense budget is almost certainly smaller than the combined Chinese and Russian military budgets after you adjust for basic economic realities.Let’s be clear.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe in the Daily Signal: Only ‘Sore Losers’ Want to Abolish Electoral College

April 26, 2021

Ever since George W. Bush defeated Al Gore in 2000, sore loser Democrats have been trying to destroy the Electoral College, so this isn’t an empty or even a new threat.A poll from 2019 revealed 60% of Democratic voters wanted to abolish the Electoral College—and just 21% want to keep it.Just last year, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said, “We need to abolish the Electoral College,” and followed that up by introducing legislation, S.J. Res. 17, to do just that.Democrat-controlled state legislatures... Continue Reading »


Inhofe in the Washington Examiner: The Left's empty climate symbolism may give China a huge economic advantage

April 23, 2021

This week, we marked Earth Day — a day when climate alarmists bombard the rest of us with outrageous plans to achieve their far-left goals of controlling our lives while continuing on with their lavish lifestyles. If they had their way, they would end air travel, ban fossil fuels and reliable, carbon-free nuclear energy, all while putting an end to eating beef.Here’s a news flash: The liberal elites are not living the lifestyle they’re pushing on everyone else, and they have no intention... Continue Reading »


Inhofe and Hyde-Smith in Fox News: Dems' push for ERA – It's not about empowerment. Here's what's really going on

April 5, 2021

When President Biden and Vice President Harris were sworn into office, there was a grand celebration by pro-abortion groups. They see the Biden-Harris administration as their chance to dramatically expand access to abortion on demand.How? In multiple ways, not the least of which is through the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).Recently, House Democrats pushed through a resolution to remove the deadline Congress gave states in 1972 to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Clearly, they didn’t care that... Continue Reading »


Inhofe in Newsweek: Defense Budget for 2022 Is First Test for Biden Administration on China

April 1, 2021

President Joe Biden has talked the talk about pushing back on Chinese aggression, but the real marker of whether his administration is serious about competition with China will be its proposed defense budget. Our budget must match our strategy; that's budgeting 101. This should be straightforward—so why is the Biden administration proposing to cut or flatline the defense budget? China gets it. Beijing also talked a big game at the first bilateral showdown in Anchorage two weeks ago—but... Continue Reading »


Inhofe in the Tulsa World: The U.S. border is in crisis. It's President Joe Biden's fault

March 26, 2021

Facts don’t lie – the border is in a crisis. Border patrol is completely inundated.  Reports indicate that nearly all border patrol sectors are above 100% capacity, with some sectors double, triple or even at significantly higher levels of overcapacity.  It doesn’t have to be this way. Former President Trump understood that border security is national security. He took real steps to secure the border by building the wall and made enforcing our immigration laws a priority. As a result, illegal... Continue Reading »


Inhofe in the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise: Bill would protect lives of unborn with Down syndrome

March 25, 2021

As we mark World Down Syndrome Day and celebrate a community vibrant with life, it’s critical to bring to light a prominent problem in America. As prenatal screenings increase in availability and accessibility, more women have the ability to learn whether or not their baby has Down syndrome prior to birth. Sadly, many of these lives are aborted following a diagnosis. Over two-thirds of unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted in the United States alone. Some countries, like... Continue Reading »


Inhofe in the Oklahoman: Democrats should focus on what families need

March 6, 2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress enacted the largest relief package in history: $4 trillion over five laws passed with bipartisan support. The economy is bouncing back. The GDP is projected to return to its prepandemic level by the middle of 2021. Under Trump, vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna were developed and approved in under a year — a modern miracle. Just this last weekend, the FDA approved Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine.We’re not across the finish line yet, but Oklahoma... Continue Reading »


Inhofe in the Washington Times: We can come together for smart infrastructure

February 26, 2021

I am eager to get to work on infrastructure policy to further Oklahoma priorities and bring needed investment to the roads, bridges, and infrastructure that connect communities, support economic productivity, and create jobs across America. I am confident we can do this unless the left wing of the Democratic Party insists on their radical agenda being included. Infrastructure legislation has historically been an area where the two sides have come together with bipartisanship as a commitment. As... Continue Reading »


Inhofe and Rogers in Breaking Defense: President Biden, Democrats Must Support Nuclear Modernization

February 25, 2021

Nuclear disarmament and arms control attract their strongest public support in the United States from elements of the Democratic Party, and they now control the White House, the Senate and the House. Republicans worry what this may lead to — a no-first-use declaration; scrapping of low-yield nuclear weapons; a halt to work on the Long Range Standoff (LRSO) cruise missile; or, most dramatic and most unlikely, scrapping of the entire Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) arm of the nuclear... Continue Reading »


Inhofe in Foreign Policy: Congress Will Make It Tough for Biden on Iran

February 1, 2021

President Joe Biden has repeatedly expressed his intent to re-enter the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement. That would be a terrible mistake, because the United States should never re-enter the flawed agreement. While many of my colleagues in the U.S. Congress and I would support diplomatic efforts to end the United States’ decades-long standoff with the Iranian regime, a new and significantly improved agreement must be negotiated for us to consider supporting it.The original Iran deal, after all, was... Continue Reading »


Inhofe in Defense News: President Biden Shouldn't Replace Military Strength with Diplomacy

January 26, 2021

The greatest threat to U.S. national security comes from China and Russia; that won’t change just because our president does. The 2018 National Defense Strategy, the Senate Armed Services Committee and I have unambiguously endorsed this foundational concept, and President Joe Biden must, too. If the Biden administration is serious about the security of our nation, it must ensure a strong national defense that will deter China and Russia. That means providing the funding needed to implement... Continue Reading »


Inhofe in the Lawton Constitution: Everyone Benefits from Defense Act

December 1, 2020

In July, the Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act with 86 Senators, from both sides of the aisle, voting in support. I’m glad we had such a strong vote, because I think it’s the most important bill we consider all year. The NDAA, as we call it, is how Congress provides the policy and resources for our national defense, and it always passes with bipartisan support. It’s been that way for 60 years in a row. There’s not much we do around here anymore on a bipartisan... Continue Reading »


Inhofe in the Guthrie News Leader: National Adoption Month: Angels in Adoption through the Years

November 19, 2020

Those who know me know how important the blessing of adoption is to me. During National Adoption Month, I’d like to take the time to acknowledge some of the wonderful families involved in adoption with whom I have crossed paths over the years. Each year, members of Congress can nominate a deserving individual or family from their state to receive an Angels in Adoption ® award. You can learn more about the program here.I had the privilege of welcoming Heather and Johnny Gibson of Guthrie, Okla.,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe in the Tulsa World: Work moving forward to improve VA services to local veterans

November 11, 2020

As we celebrate and honor those who have served this Veterans Day, it is important to remember how much our nation’s veterans have sacrificed for our freedom. They deserve — and have earned — the highest level of care, and thanks to the Trump administration, we have come a long way in our efforts to deliver on that promise, especially here in Oklahoma.You might remember my shock and dismay when I first read a USA Today article published in 2015 about the Oklahoma Veterans Administration... Continue Reading »