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Inhofe Votes for Pro-Life Bills

February 25, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Inhofe is an original cosponsor of both bills. Senate Democrats blocked both pieces of legislation.“I am proud to vote in favor of the two pro-life bills we considered in the Senate today,” Inhofe said. “The fight to defend unborn babies—the most vulnerable of our entire population—is the single greatest moral issue in the United States today.... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Chairman Inhofe Opening Remarks at SASC Hearing on EUCOM and TRANSCOM

February 25, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, gave opening remarks this morning at a SASC hearing in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2021 for United States European Command and United States Transportation Command.Witnesses include: General Tod D. Wolters, Commander, United States European Command and North Atlantic Treaty Organization Supreme Allied Commander Europe; and General Stephen R. Lyons, Commander, United States... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Chairman Inhofe Questions Witnesses at SASC Hearing on EUCOM and TRANSCOM

February 25, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned witnesses this morning at a SASC hearing in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2021 for United States European Command and United States Transportation Command.Witnesses included: General Tod D. Wolters, Commander, United States European Command and North Atlantic Treaty Organization Supreme Allied Commander Europe; and General Stephen R. Lyons, Commander, United... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Leads Delegation to Africa

February 19, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, led a delegation to Africa to discuss the importance of continued military cooperation in the region. The delegation, which included Sen. Rounds, Sen. Boozman, Rep. Kelly and Rep. Walberg, visited partners in Uganda, Ghana and Mauritania, in addition to meeting with the leadership of the G5 Sahel. Specific meetings included President Yoweri Museveni and Minister of Defense Adolf Mwesige, Uganda; Minister of Defense... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Receives Waterways Council Leadership Service Award

February 18, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), released the following statement after receiving the 19th Annual Leadership Service Award from the Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) for his leadership and commitment to America’s inland waterways. The WCI announcement can be viewed here.      “Waterways are a vital and often unseen mode of our nation’s infrastructure,” Inhofe said. “I am proud to highlight how waterways complement road and bridge infrastructure, driving economic... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Leads Delegation to Iraq

February 17, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, led a delegation to Iraq, with stops in Baghdad and Erbil. The delegation, which included Senator Rounds, Sen. Boozman, Sen. Cramer, Rep. Kelly and Rep. Walberg was the first congressional visit to Iraq since the successful strike against the Quds Force commander Soleimani. In Baghdad, they received a briefing from General White about current conditions in Iraq, regional tensions and the security and stability of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Leads Delegation to Munich Security Conference

February 16, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, led a delegation to the Munich Security Conference on February 15, 2020. The delegation, which included Senator Rounds, Sen. Boozman, Sen. Cramer, Rep. Kelly and Rep. Walberg, conducted bilateral meetings with key leaders, including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Other meetings included the Norwegian Minister of Defense Frank Bakke Jensen, Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Receives "True Blue" Award for Perfect Voting Record on Faith, Family Values and Religious Freedom

February 14, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement after receiving the Family Research Council’s “True Blue” Award, an annual recognition for Members of Congress with a perfect voting record on faith, family values and religious freedoms. “My faith and my family are my greatest blessings,” Inhofe said. “I am humbled to receive the ‘True Blue’ Award from the Family Research Council for voting to support family values, life, and... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Questions Witnesses at STRATCOM/NORTHCOM Hearing

February 13, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned witnesses this morning at a SASC hearing on United States Northern Command and United States Strategic Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2021.Witnesses included: Admiral Charles Richard, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command; and General Terry O’Shaughnessy, Commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command. Inhofe: We’ll go ahead and... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks for the Record at NORTHCOM and STRATCOM Hearing

February 13, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, submitted opening remarks for the record this morning at a SASC hearing on United States Northern Command and United States Strategic Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2021.Witnesses included: Admiral Charles Richard, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command; and General Terry O’Shaughnessy, Commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command.As Prepared... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe Speaks on Senate Floor in Opposition to War Powers Resolution

February 13, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke on the Senate floor today against S.J.Res.68, the War Powers Resolution.As Prepared for Delivery: President Trump’s decision to take out General Soleimani was the boldest defense policy decision of his presidency to date.In a single strike, the President defended American lives and showed Iran that terrorism and – most importantly, spilling American blood—would come at a price.The result: We are now in... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Deployment of 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade to Africa

February 12, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement today on the Department of Defense’s announcement that the Army would deploy elements of the Army’s 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) to Africa to conduct train, advise, and assist missions in certain African countries:“I’m pleased that the Department of Defense will send the Army’s 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade to Africa  – something I’ve been calling for... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Announces Funding for MKARNS in FY20 USACE Work Plan

February 11, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted an additional $13.45 million in new funding for operations and maintenance (O&M) of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in their FY20 Work Plan, which was released today, bringing the total allocation for O&M for FY20 to $85 million system-wide. This is a $7.2 million increase over FY19 O&M funds. Inhofe praised the Army Corps for prioritizing the MKARNS: “I am glad to... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Chairman Inhofe Questions Witnesses at SASC Hearing on U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan

February 11, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned witnesses this morning at a SASC hearing to receive testimony from outside experts on the United States strategy in Afghanistan.Witnesses include: Dr. Colin F. Jackson, Professor, Strategy and Policy Department, United States Naval College, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia; Gen. Jack Keane, Chairman of the Board, Institute for the Study of War,... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Chairman Inhofe Opening Remarks at SASC Hearing on U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan

February 11, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, gave opening remarks this morning at a SASC hearing to receive testimony from outside experts on the United States strategy in Afghanistan.Witnesses include: Dr. Colin F. Jackson, Professor, Strategy and Policy Department, United States Naval College, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia; Gen. Jack Keane, Chairman of the Board, Institute for the Study of War,... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Statement on President's Budget Request for Defense

February 10, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on the President’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2021:“Thanks to President Trump, we’ve begun to rebuild our military after years of sustained armed conflict, worsened by years of deep cuts under the Obama Administration. Our military—the best military in the world—is now in better shape to take on growing threats around the world, particularly those posed by our... Continue Reading »


President’s Budget Builds Strong Future for Veterans Care in Eastern Oklahoma

February 10, 2020

This afternoon, President Trump released his 2021 Presidential Budget Request, which identifies his goals and funding priorities for next year. The request includes funding to build a new hospital in Tulsa and is complemented with plans for a major investment in the Muskogee health facility to support a transformative specialty care facility.  These new investments – along with ongoing commitment to the VA Call Center and Regional Benefits Administration in Muskogee – will improve care for... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Prohibit Teleabortions

February 10, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) in introducing legislation to protect the sanctity of human life by prohibiting chemical abortions from being performed without the supervision of a healthcare provider. The Teleabortion Prevention Act would make it a federal offense for healthcare providers to perform a chemical... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Coons, Rounds, Kaine, Boozman, Enzi Applaud First Steps to US-Kenya Free Trade Agreement

February 6, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), along with Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) applauded the United States and Kenya today for announcing they will begin discussions on a free trade agreement. If finalized, this will be the first free trade agreement between the United States and a sub-Saharan African country. In 2015, Inhofe and Coons authored legislation that encouraged free trade agreements between the United... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Urges Corps to Complete Tulsa-West Tulsa Levees Chief's Report

February 6, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today sent a letter to Lt. General Semonite urging the Corps to take all appropriate measures to review and complete the Chief’s Report for the Tulsa-West Tulsa levees as soon as practical. He also urged that the Corps include financing recommendations to allow a 30-year repayment eligibility for this project.The letter is available here and below.Lieutenant General Todd Semonite Chief of Engineers U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 441 G Street, NW Washington, D.C.... Continue Reading »