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Armed Services Committee Chairman Inhofe Condemns Turkey's Test of Russian-made S-400 Missile Defense System

October 16, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement regarding Turkish media reports that Turkey had tested the Russian-made S-400 missile defense system earlier today: “I am disappointed to see Turkey proceed with testing the S-400 missile defense system — an action that further increases its reliance on Russian military equipment. Not only is this equipment incompatible with U.S. and NATO systems, it poses a clear threat to the... Continue Reading »

Armed Services Chairman Inhofe Statement on Defense Secretary Esper's Plans for Future Navy

October 13, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on Secretary of Defense Mark Esper's Battle Force 2045 plan: “I commend Secretary Esper and the Department of Defense for reviewing our naval force structure as we work to implement the National Defense Strategy (NDS). The bipartisan NDS Commission Report told us that our military will require additional capacity and capability to meet the strategy’s ambitious goals. This naval... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Recognizes 2020 Oklahoma Angels in Adoption® Award Recipients

October 9, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) virtually congratulated Woodward residents Brady and Angela Bay and their family for receiving the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s “Angels in Adoption” award.                 “I know the joys of adoption, making it even more special to congratulate the Bay family on being selected as a 2020 Angels in Adoption® Honoree. During these trying times when all you seem to hear is negativity in the news, the Bay family is a source of positivity and joy we... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Applauds EDA Investments to Altus and Woodward to Make Needed Improvements

October 2, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) applauded two announcements by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.1 million grant to the city of Altus, Oklahoma, and a $2 million grant to the city of Woodward, Oklahoma.AltusThis $1.1 million grant to the city of Altus, Oklahoma, will allow the city to make flood-resilient water infrastructure improvements needed to support the transportation needs of the local business... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Votes to Oppose Democrat Political Stunt

October 1, 2020

After voting yesterday to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) voted today in opposition of a Democrat proposal that would prohibit the Department of Justice from advocating against any changes to Obamacare. “Yesterday, I voted in favor of a commonsense proposal from Sen. Tillis that would have protected those with pre-existing conditions,” said Inhofe. “As is typical, Democrats put messaging over doing what’s right and blocked it—in the same... Continue Reading »

50 Senators, Led by Inhofe, Menendez, Urge Lighthizer to Begin Talks for a Trade Agreement with Taiwan

October 1, 2020

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, along with U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and 47 other Senate colleagues today sent a letter encouraging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to begin the formal process of negotiating a comprehensive trade agreement with Taiwan. The senators wrote: “As we look to advance our initiative for a free and open Indo-Pacific, we believe thatnow is the time to establish trade agreements with... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Announces Rebuild of Porter Dollar General, Restoring Local Access to Essential Goods

October 1, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today announced Dollar General’s commitment to rebuild its store in Porter, Oklahoma, which will restore an affordable retail option to Wagoner County and expand the community’s access to healthier food options.Construction to rebuild its West Bellaire Avenue store, which was destroyed by a fire in March 2020, is slated to begin in fall 2020 with a completion date currently slated for mid-spring 2021. After the fire, Dollar General conducted a thorough damage... Continue Reading »

Inhofe and Reed Visit Fort Hood

October 1, 2020

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) made the following statement after visiting Fort Hood on Monday. During their visit, they met with Fort Hood leadership, held a listening session with female Soldiers, spoke with military law enforcement, observed a Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) briefing and walked through the barracks.  “We had a productive day at Fort Hood, where it is clear... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Applauds $10 Million Grant to Bring Rail Access to Southeast Oklahoma

September 28, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) applauded an announcement by the Department of Transportation (DOT) that the Kiamichi Tri-State Freight Rail Improvement Project was selected for a Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement (CRISI) grant of $10 million. This project will provide needed safety upgrades and replace or restore 36 miles of track to bring rail access to the town of Antlers and all of Pushmataha County. “I am pleased to see the Department of Transportation award $10... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Praises Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett

September 26, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) applauded President Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court today:“President Trump made the right choice by choosing Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court,” Inhofe said. “Throughout her career, Judge Barrett has shown her commitment to upholding the Constitution. She has a long record of upholding the right to life, respecting religious liberty and respecting judicial restraint. I look forward to... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Introduces Resolution to Support Israel's Peace Efforts with UAE and Bahrain

September 24, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced a resolution to praise Israel’s normalization of relations with the UAE and Bahrain. Inhofe’s resolution also praises President Trump’s efforts to bring peace to the Middle East and urges additional Arab states to normalize relations with Israel. “It is very encouraging to see how far U.S.-Israel relations have come under the direction of President Trump,” Inhofe said. “When the state of Israel was founded in 1948, we stood with her; we were the... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Receives 2020 Military Order Of The Iron Mike Award

September 23, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) this week received the Marine Corps League’s 2020 Military Order of the Iron Mike Award, as nominated by the 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General David H. Berger, USMC.   WATCH AND DOWNLOAD VIDEO HEREThe Military Order of the Iron Mike is the most prestigious annual award of the Marine Corps League and is named after the iconic memorial located at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. The Military Order of the Iron Mike is... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Supports Confirming Justice This Year

September 21, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced his support for confirming a new Supreme Court Associate Justice this year:“The precedent here is clear. In the case of a united government, with voters having elected a Senate and White House of the same party, it is our constitutional obligation to consider a nomination of a Supreme Court justice. I look forward to a thorough and swift consideration of President Trump’s nominee. I’ve been pleased at the short lists President Trump has put forward and am... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Joins Legislation to Award Congressional Gold Medal to Rosie the Riveter

September 21, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined bipartisan legislation introduced by Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) to collectively award a Congressional Gold Medal to Rosie the Riveter, representing all of the women in the United States who joined the workforce during World War II.   These American women dedicated themselves to strengthening our nation during WWII. Rosie the Riveter embodies the spirit of all the women who answered our nation’s call to action by joining the work force... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Statement on Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

September 18, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after learning of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “All Americans can respect and appreciate Justice Ginsburg’s lifetime of honorable and passionate public service. I’ll never forget how she and Justice Scalia were close personal friends, despite their many differences. Kay and I are praying for her family, friends and all who knew or were inspired by her in their time of grief.” Continue Reading »

Inhofe Joins Lee, Colleagues in Calling for Further Investigation Into Chinese Goods Produced by Slave Labor

September 18, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Senate colleagues in sending a letter to President Trump and Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan Thursday, calling for a further investigation into goods made from slave labor in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. “There is significant, publicly available evidence suggesting that religious and ethnic minority citizens in Xinjiang are being forcibly detained, indoctrinated, and conscripted into... Continue Reading »

Inhofe, Lankford Applaud VA Grant to Build Veteran Cemetery in Ardmore

September 18, 2020

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) applauded the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration’s (NCA) announcement of a $7,355,463 grant for the establishment of a State Veterans Cemetery in Ardmore, Oklahoma.  “The news of this $7 million grant through the Veterans Cemetery Grant Program to establish a State Veterans Cemetery in Oklahoma is a fitting tribute,” said Inhofe. “Oklahoma’s military men and women sacrifice so much, sometimes... Continue Reading »

Inhofe, Lankford Introduce Senate Resolution Honoring General Tom Stafford

September 17, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) this week introduced a Senate Resolution honoring the accomplishments and recognizing the 90th birthday of fellow Oklahoman, General Thomas P. Stafford. The resolution passed unanimously on the Senate floor today.“I cannot think of a more deserving individual to be recognized than my good friend Tom,” Inhofe said. “Tom has led a life of service, advancing our world and making it a better place. He was an Air Force test pilot,... Continue Reading »

ICYMI: Witnesses Describe Importance of Coordination Between DOD, NNSA at SASC Hearing

September 17, 2020

This morning at a committee hearing on budget matters relating to the National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned witnesses, who described the adverse impacts on national security if the NNSA, Department of Defense and Nuclear Weapons Council do not coordinate on NNSA budget development, as House of Representatives legislation has proposed.Witnesses included: the Honorable Lisa... Continue Reading »

Inhofe, Tillis, Senate Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Punish Criminals for Targeting Law Enforcement Officers

September 17, 2020

Today, U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) introduced the Protect and Serve Act, legislation that would create federal penalties for... Continue Reading »