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Inhofe Commends Senate Passage of Emergency Security Supplemental Funding Bill

July 29, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the Senate passed the emergency security supplemental appropriations bill today: “I’m glad the Senate has come together to pass a bill addressing critical needs: reimbursing the National Guard for securing the Capitol Complex and ensuring sufficient funding for Capitol Police. Without this funding, the National Guard would be forced to cut training — a blow to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Asks EPW Witnesses to Address Oklahoma Water Infrastructure, Including Oklahoma Community Projects

July 29, 2021

Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, questioned witnesses at an EPW hearing entitled: Examining the Benefits of Investing in USACE Water Infrastructure Projects.   Witnesses included: Amy Larson, Founding Partner, Larson Strategies LLC; Robert McCoy, President and CEO, Amherst Madison Inc. (on behalf of Waterways Council, Inc.); Mario Cordero, Executive Director, Port of Long Beach, California (on behalf of the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Tonight's Procedural Vote

July 28, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) made the following statement after voting against a procedural motion to consider infrastructure legislation:“As the author of the last two major infrastructure bills that were signed into law, I’m disappointed in how this bill was put together outside of the committee process and without the opportunity for me to ensure all Oklahoma priorities were included. “I’ve always said there are two main... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Menendez Applaud Committee Passage of Legislation to Strengthen Support for Taiwan’s Participation in WHO’s World Health Assembly

July 28, 2021

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), co-chairmen of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, today released the below statements following the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s unanimous passage of their legislation to direct the State Department to develop a strategy to assist Taiwan in obtaining observer status at the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organization, ahead of its annual global assembly later this year.In the face of mounting... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Leads Letter Urging U.S. Fish and Wildlife to Extend Comment Period for Proposed Lesser Prairie Chicken Rule

July 28, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) led a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) urging them to extend the public comment period for the proposed rule seeking to list two Distinct Population Segments (DPSs) of the lesser prairie-chicken (LPC) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by at least six months. The public comment period for the proposed rule currently ends on August 2, 2021.Inhofe was joined by U.S. Sens. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), James Lankford... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Confirms Bipartisan Concern of Ligado Order, Urges Senate Consideration of RETAIN Act

July 28, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) spoke on the Senate floor today and confirmed the bipartisan opposition of the April 2020 Ligado Order from the FCC, which would create devastating effects to public safety, national defense and everyday life, and urged his Senate colleagues to consider the Recognizing and Ensuring Taxpayer Access to Infrastructure Necessary for GPS and Satellite Communications Act of 2021—the RETAIN Act.   Click here to watch Inhofe’s full remarks.As Prepared for... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Pays Tribute to Dear Friend Mike Enzi

July 27, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) spoke on the Senate floor today in remembrance of his dear friend and colleague, former Sen. Mike Enzi.  As Prepared for Delivery:My heart is heavy today because—like so many of my colleagues—I’m mourning the death of my dearest friend, Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming.Mike was a quiet leader of the Senate. When he talked, everyone listened. That’s a rare quality in a Senator. He was humble. We had a lot in common – we were both businessmen before getting... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Rogers Expose Biden's Insufficient National Nuclear Security Administration Budget

July 27, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), ranking members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, released the following statement after receiving a letter from the Nuclear Weapons Council (NWC) outlining their concerns with President Biden’s budget request for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). “The letter we received yesterday from the Nuclear Weapons Council highlights what we’ve been saying for months: National security spending that does... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Committee Passage of FY22 NDAA, Bill Provides for Oklahoma

July 26, 2021

Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, praised committee passage of the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act and announced provisions that will directly benefit Oklahoma installations and communities. The legislation was reported out of committee by a vote of 23-3.“By cutting military funding at the same time he was growing domestic spending by nearly 20 percent, President Biden showed that our national security wasn’t his... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Bills to Support the Aviation Community

July 23, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced three bills this week to support the aviation community ahead of this year’s AirVenture Oshkosh.“As a pilot with more than 11,000 flight hours, I know the value aviation brings to our economy and to our nation,” Inhofe said. “That’s why I have introduced three bills to support the general aviation community by prioritizing investment in hangars, training the next generation of aviation professionals and providing regulatory certainty for flight... Continue Reading »


SASC Completes Markup of Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act

July 22, 2021

U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced today that the Committee voted 23-3 to advance the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022. During the subcommittee and full committee markups of the legislation, the Committee considered 321 amendments and adopted 143 bipartisan amendments. The bill now heads to the Senate floor for consideration.“The FY22 National Defense... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Joins Entire Senate Republican Caucus in Urging Biden Administration to Drop Step-Up In Basis Tax-Hike Proposal

July 21, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the entire Senate Republican caucus in urging President Biden to abandon his effort to impose a capital gains tax increase on family-owned businesses, farms and ranches. Repealing this part of the tax code would have a devastating effect on multi-generation operations, which could lead to job losses, liquidation or outright closure.“These [proposed]... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Slams Democrats for Forcing Vote On a Bill That Isn't Written

July 21, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after Senate Democrats unilaterally forced a vote on whether to procedurally advance an infrastructure package without a final bipartisan agreement or providing bill text. The procedural vote unsurprisingly failed to reach the 60 required votes by a margin of 49-51. “There is no bipartisan infrastructure agreement yet and Democrats’ attempt to force a vote on a non-existent bill today is a non-starter. Republicans have worked to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Congratulate OU Softball Team on World Series Championship

July 21, 2021

Yesterday, U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) made the following comments after the Senate passed Senate Resolution 291 congratulating the University of Oklahoma Sooners softball team on winning the 2021 National Collegiate Athletic Association Women's College World Series.“I am glad to lead the Senate in congratulating the University of Oklahoma Sooners softball team on once again winning the 2021 National Collegiate Athletic Association Women's College World... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Reintroduces FRESH Act and Federal Land Freedom Act

July 20, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today reintroduced S. 2394, the Federal Land Freedom Act, and S. 2393, the Fracturing Regulations are Effective in State Hands (FRESH) Act.“Under the previous administration we achieved energy independence, but, in the Biden administration, we’ve reversed much of our progress,” Inhofe said. “The results are clear – higher gas prices, runaway inflation and fewer operating wells in... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Asks Congress to Prioritize Tulsa International Airport Community Projects

July 15, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) has asked Congress to prioritize two community projects at the Tulsa International Airport.The first project would allow for construction of a new air traffic control tower at Tulsa International Airport (TUL) to provide a safe, functional and reliable facility for air traffic control services required to operate the Tulsa airspace system. The second project would allow for construction of a new Federal Inspection Service Facility to provide screening of commercial... Continue Reading »


Biden Defense Budget Harms Military Readiness, Weakens Our Defense Strategy and Fails Our Troops, Inhofe Says on Senate Floor

July 14, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor to describe the real-world impacts of President Biden’s defense budget, which cuts spending below current levels by not keeping pace with inflation. As Prepared for Delivery: This is my fourth speech this year arguing that we must match defense resources to our National Defense Strategy, but my first since the Biden administration actually released details on what’s in... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Secures Commitment to Oklahoma Community Projects

July 14, 2021

Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, questioned witnesses this morning at an EPW hearing on the nomination of Michael Connor to be Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.Witnesses included: Michael Connor, nominee to be the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), Department of the Army.   Click here to watch Inhofe’s full remarks. Inhofe: Thank you very much. First of all, let me talk a little bit... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement at Nomination Hearing for Five Key Department of Defense Officials

July 13, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today submitted the following remarks for the record at a nomination hearing for: Carlos Del Toro to be Secretary of the Navy; the Honorable Gil Cisneros to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness; Kathleen Miller to be Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Comptroller; Dr. Mara Karlin to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans and Capabilities; and Michael Connor to be... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Fights for Oklahoma; Ensures Congress Prioritizes Oklahoma Projects

July 1, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released his requests for Congress to prioritize key Oklahoma projects. Inhofe has worked hard to ensure projects essential for Oklahomans are being put at the top of the list of priorities in Congress. This includes expediting design work on the first phase of the Tulsa and West Tulsa Levee System modernization project, expediting work on the first phase of the MKARNS 12 ft. channel deepening project and accelerating critical maintenance work on locks and... Continue Reading »