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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 »

Inhofe in the Sapulpa Herald: We Cannot Forget The Constitution

November 9, 2020

On September 17, 1952, Congress established Constitution day, to recognize the importance of the United States Constitution and the value of citizenship and civics in our daily lives. For over two centuries, the Constitution has reminded us of the importance of our nation's basis and formation: that we are a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Older than any other written national constitution in use today, our Constitution establishes a system of checks and balances... Continue Reading »

Inhofe in the McAlester News: Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October 27, 2020

It’s been almost full year since my colleagues and I introduced the Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act and, as we mark Down Syndrome Awareness Month, I want to address the importance of this bill and this month. Down Syndrome Awareness Month helps raise awareness for what it means to have Down syndrome and how individuals with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. The sad reality today is that prevailing negative attitudes, low expectations,... Continue Reading »

Inhofe and Lankford in the McAlester News: Judge Amy Coney Barrett will serve well on US Supreme Court

October 21, 2020

by By: Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford

The recent death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman and first Jewish American justice, left a significant vacancy on the Supreme Court. Although we did not agree with her interpretation of the law, she was a poised and fierce fighter for her views.On Sept. 26, President Trump exercised his constitutional duty and nominated Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy. The Senate began our advice and consent process two weeks later, which is... Continue Reading »

Inhofe in the Woodward News: Amy Coney Barrett is the Right Choice for SCOTUS

October 13, 2020

President Trump made the right choice in selecting Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court. I fully support the nomination and confirmation of Judge Barrett as an Associate Justice to the Supreme Court this year—and for good reason. Despite some confusion, historical precedent clearly supports the Senate taking up an election year vacancy to the Supreme Court when we have united government—meaning the same party holds the White House and Senate majority.Today, we have a united... Continue Reading »

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 »