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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 »

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 »