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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 »


Inhofe in the Wall Street Journal: The Pentagon’s Vital African Mission

November 2, 2017

Wall Street Journal It will take many weeks to resolve the unanswered questions about the loss of four American soldiers in Niger. But having studied U.S.-Africa policy, I think one thing is abundantly clear: Our military engagements in Africa, while dangerous, are critical to national security. I’ll always remember speaking with the president of Niger shortly after 9/11, when he warned me about the extremism spreading across the continent. After meeting with the president of Uganda a few... Continue Reading »


Inhofe in the Oklahoman: Time for tax reform

October 1, 2017

The Oklahoman The United States last passed comprehensive tax reform in 1986 — a time before cell phones or the personal computer. Our world has modernized in the past 30 years. It is time our tax code modernized to reflect our growth and successes as a nation, but also to remain competitive in a changing world. Tax reform will restart the engine of the “Made in America” economy, improving our competitiveness overseas and keeping skilled jobs here at home. Delivering on a tax... Continue Reading »


Inhofe in the Washington Times: The Wrong Time to Close Bases

September 11, 2017

The Washington Times As Americans, we are facing a grave threat — one that goes beyond North Korea’s missile tests, Russian aggression in Eastern Europe and the rise of ISIS. Despite these dangerous and challenging national security threats, the readiness crisis is the most profound threat facing our nation today. Our armed forces are smaller than the days of the “hollow force” of the 1970s, and readiness, in the form of personnel, training and equipment, have been... Continue Reading »


Take Flight: Expanding Investments at Small Airports

July 31, 2017

by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe

As a certificated pilot with more than 11,000 flight hours, I know firsthand the needs of pilots, the general aviation community, and how to improve airport infrastructure. A robust general aviation airport system substantially affects safety, the efficiency of large commercial airports, emergency medical operations, law enforcement activities, agriculture activities, and small businesses throughout the United States. Further, these airports manage military-related and national security air... Continue Reading »


VA centers need more outside oversight

July 24, 2017

by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe

Our veterans fought to secure our freedom and security, and they deserve the best possible medical care. But for too long this care has not been provided. There has never been a more opportune time to address the problems facing Oklahoma's Veterans Administration hospitals. With President Trump in office, we finally have a leader who has already shown his willingness to take tough action to ensure our veterans get the care they deserve.  During the Obama administration, I requested that the... Continue Reading »


Investing in Military Infrastructure Keeps Altus and Our Nation Safe

June 25, 2017

by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe

President Ronald Reagan said during his 1986 State of the Union address that “spending for defense is investing in things that are priceless — peace and freedom.”  If we do not invest in our military, we risk losing the priceless peace and freedom that countless Americans have fought and died defending.  Our nation is facing challenges across the globe in ways I have never seen in all of my years in Congress. The threats to our national security have grown, but both... Continue Reading »


Donald Trump Can Strengthen America by Dumping Paris Agreement: Sen. Inhofe

June 1, 2017

by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe

In light of his recent travels abroad and ensuing affirmations of America’s partnership moving forward, President Trump is now set to make a decision as to whether he will withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.  The Paris Agreement was a false promise from the start, committing the United States to an unattainable 26-28 percent reduction by 2025. This commitment, and remaining in the Paris Agreement, not only threatens Trump’s goals abroad, but it threatens... Continue Reading »


The Hill: Time Is Now To Address Infrastructure Needs

May 18, 2017

by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe

It is a new day in Washington—with a Republican back in the White House—and the time is now for us to address our country’s roads, bridges and waterways. When it comes to finding agreement on infrastructure, partisanship has never been an issue for me.  This Congress, as chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I), I plan to build on the successes of the last two years, and work in tandem with... Continue Reading »


Sen. Jim Inhofe: Neil Gorsuch's record is beyond criticism

April 5, 2017

by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe

When Americans went to the polls in November, they did so knowing whomever won the election would have the distinct responsibility of filling the ninth seat on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Having elected a Republican president and Congress, the American people have entrusted the Senate to confirm a judge who will adhere to the rule of law and operate within the bounds of the Constitution. Judge Neil Gorsuch, a federal appellate judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and... Continue Reading »


The Hill: Making Water Infrastructure a Priority

March 24, 2017

by Sens. Inhofe, Barrasso, Carper, and Cardin

Even though it is invisible to most Americans, every community across this country relies on a complex system of reservoirs, aqueducts, dams, levees, treatment plants, pumping stations, and millions of miles of pipes forming our water infrastructure. For decades, most Americans haven’t given much thought to our water systems, not worrying where water comes from when we turn on the tap, or where it goes after it swirls down the drain. Now years of deferred maintenance are catching up with... Continue Reading »


USA Today: Sen. Jim Inhofe: Lift Heavy Environment Regulations

March 15, 2017

by Sen. Jim Inhofe

For the eight years of the Obama administration, the American economy suffered under the effects of heavy-handed regulations. These rules are costing our economy $2 trillion per year, and now as a result nearly every industry in the country is on the government’s leash. But this era is over, and President Trump is already delivering on his campaign promises to cut red tape, especially when it comes to expensive and ineffective environmental regulations. Last month, I joined the president... Continue Reading »