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Oklahoma’s Senators Respond to SCOTUS Ruling on McGirt v. Oklahoma

July 9, 2020

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today issued the following statements after the Supreme Court ruled in McGirt v. Oklahoma: “Today’s ruling on McGirt v. Oklahoma sheds light on an issue debated for some time now,” Inhofe said. “As we move forward, I have no doubt we can work together with state officials, tribal organizations and the delegation to find a workable solution for everyone that ensures criminals are prosecuted and brought to justice in the most... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Protect Religious Employers

July 8, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) applauded the Supreme Court today after their ruling in the case Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania. After a seven year-long legal battle, the Little Sisters of the Poor prevailed before the Supreme Court to let them keep their focus on serving the elderly poor. In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot force religious entities like the Little Sisters of the Poor to go against their religious convictions and provide contraceptives.... Continue Reading »


In Their Words: Praise for Inhofe's RELIEF for Producers Act of 2020

July 7, 2020

Leaders in the agricultural community praised Sen. Inhofe for introducing the Responding to Epidemic Losses and Investing in the Economic Future (RELIEF) for Producers Act of 2020, legislation that would provide relief to livestock and poultry producers amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. The bill would support producers that are faced with euthanizing their animals due to COVID-19, provide resources for animal health laboratories as they develop solutions to defend against emerging animal disease... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Grassley, Ernst, Tillis, Burr Introduce Bill to Support Livestock and Poultry Producers affected by COVID-19

July 2, 2020

U.S Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) today introduced S. 4156, the Responding to Epidemic Losses and Investing in the Economic Future (RELIEF) for Producers Act of 2020, legislation that would provide relief to livestock and poultry producers amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. The bill would support producers that are faced with euthanizing their animals due to COVID-19, provide resources for animal health... Continue Reading »


Senate Makes Progress on FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act With Inhofe Leadership

July 2, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke on the Senate floor today as the Senate advanced amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2021. Following Inhofe’s speech, the Senate passed by unanimous consent an agreement to adopt 62 bipartisan amendments to the bill and to provide for consideration of an additional six bipartisan amendments. Following this, the Majority Leader filed cloture on the bill.  As Prepared... Continue Reading »


Our Military is the Best in the World -- Let's Keep it That Way

July 1, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke on the Senate floor today in support of the S. 4049, the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2021. He also introduced a manager’s package of amendments. Madame President, first of all, let me make a comment, a reaction to our good friend from Texas. You know, what you say is true. The American people are not aware — and I don’t say this critically of the previous administration — but during... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Protect Religious Liberty and Promote School Choice

June 30, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) applauded the Supreme Court today after their ruling in the case Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. The court decided that Montana’s exclusion of religious schools from a tax-credit scholarship program funded by private dollar donations violates the Constitution.  “I am glad to see the Supreme Court choose to uphold the Constitution and protect religious liberty and school choice today,” Inhofe said. “Religious freedom is a basic human right and no student... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: National Defense Authorization Act Is More Than Just a Military Bill

June 30, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke on the Senate floor today in support of the S. 4049, the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2021. He also addressed a recent report that Russia put bounties on coalition troops in Afghanistan. As Prepared for Delivery:Earlier this morning, I was at the White House to receive a briefing on the reports about Putin putting bounties on our troops in Afghanistan.After a very long briefing, I’m... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Trump Administration Approval of Oklahoma Perkins CTE Plan

June 30, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) applauded the Department of Education’s approval of 10 additional career and technical education (CTE) plans, including the state of Oklahoma. Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin are the latest states, along with the District of Columbia, to have their CTE plans approved under the new, bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), which was signed into law by President... Continue Reading »


Inhofe on the Floor: NDAA Fulfills Our Sacred Responsibility to Our Troop and Their Families

June 29, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke on the Senate floor today in support of the S. 4049, the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2021, ahead of the vote on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill. As Prepared for Delivery:For 59 years in a row, Congress has passed an NDAA — almost always on a bipartisan basis. This year will be the 60th year.I’m proud to say the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Expresses Disappointment in Supreme Court Decision Against Life

June 29, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) expressed his disappointment today after the Supreme Court decided the important abortion case June Medical Services LLC v. Russo. This decision overturns a Louisiana law placing common sense health guidelines on abortion providers by requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. “I was shocked and extremely disappointed by the Supreme Court’s flawed decision today,” Inhofe said. “The Louisiana passed law would have held... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Designation of John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park as African American Civil Rights Network Site

June 25, 2020

At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt has designated the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park as an official member of the African American Civil Rights Network (AACRN), formally recognizing the historical and national significance of the tragic Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 and Dr. John Hope Franklin’s work to advance the African American civil rights movement. The African American Civil Rights Network Act, signed into law by President... Continue Reading »


Inhofe on the Floor: FY21 National Defense Authorization Act Sends a Clear Message to China and Russia — You Can't Win Against Us

June 25, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke on the Senate floor today in support of S. 4049, the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2021.  As Prepared for Delivery: For the next week, the Senate will be debating the most important bill we do all year – the National Defense Authorization Act. In just a few days, American families across the country will celebrate the Fourth of July – Independence Day. The day that... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Previews Floor Consideration of FY21 National Defense Authorization Act

June 25, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke on the Senate floor today to preview consideration of S. 4049, the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2021.   As Prepared for Delivery:On Tuesday night, Senator Reed and I had the honor of filing S. 4049, the 60th annual National Defense Authorization Act.This is one of the most important bills the Senate considers every year – and we know it’s going to pass, because Members understand... Continue Reading »


Inhofe After Democrats Block Consideration of Police Reform Legislation

June 24, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked a procedural vote that would have allowed the Senate to debate the JUSTICE Act, the most sweeping policing reform legislation in 25 years:  “I am outraged that Senate Democrats are refusing to even allow us to debate the JUSTICE Act. It’s even more proof that the Democrats aren’t interested in policy or governing – they are only concerned about politics. The American people want to see us debate and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Joins Cornyn, Colleagues to Introduce Bill to Help Protect U.S. Energy Jobs

June 24, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) to introduce a bill yesterday to provide relief to America’s energy industry during the coronavirus pandemic. The SAVE Jobs Act aims to promote liquidity and flexibility for domestic energy companies so that they may maintain their workforce through the pandemic’s economic downturn. Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Bill Cassidy... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe and Ranking Member Reed File Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act

June 23, 2020

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) today announced they have filed S. 4049, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA). “Today, Senator Reed and I had the honor of filing the 60th annual National Defense Authorization Act. What this bipartisan bill does is straightforward: care for our troops; preserve peace through strength; and defend this great nation. This is our... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Questions Nominees About National Guard Recruiting, COVID-19 Vaccines

June 18, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned  witnesses today at a committee nomination hearing. Witnesses included Lieutenant General Daniel R. Hokanson, nominated to be Chief of the National Guard Bureau, and General Gustave F. Perna, nominated to be Chief Operating Officer of Project Warp Speed. Inhofe: I’m going to start with you, General Hokanson. The biggest problem that we have that I’ve seen and we’ve experienced is retention and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Questions Witnesses At EPW Hearing On Challenges Facing Recycling In The U.S.

June 18, 2020

Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) senior member of the Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee, questioned witnesses at an EPW hearing entitled: Responding to the Challenges Facing Recycling in the U.S.  Witnesses included: Meghan Stasz Vice President of Packaging and Sustainability, Consumer Brands Association and Bridget Croke, Managing Director, Closed Loop Partners. Inhofe: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.   I'm going to ask questions of two of the witnesses and I'll... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Opening Statement at Hearing for Military Nominees Generals Perna, Hokanson

June 18, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, delivered opening remarks today at a committee hearing on the nominations of Lieutenant General Daniel R. Hokanson, nominated to be Chief of the National Guard Bureau, and General Gustave F. Perna, nominated to be Chief Operating Officer of Project Warp Speed. As Prepared for Delivery: Good morning.  The Committee meets today to consider the nominations of:  Lieutenant General Daniel R. Hokanson... Continue Reading »