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ICYMI: Inhofe Questions Joint Chiefs Vice Chair Nominee about Top Pentagon Priorities

December 8, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today questioned President Biden’s nominee to serve as Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Christopher W. Grady, at a SASC hearing.  Inhofe: Let me just get a couple things on the record, and I already know the answer to this, and I think most people do here also but it’s important that we get it down at the very beginning so there's no misunderstanding. Our nuclear modernization — this... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Stresses Serious Security Challenges at Nomination Hearing for Nation's #2 Military Adviser

December 8, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today delivered opening remarks at a SASC hearing to consider the nomination of Admiral Christopher W. Grady to serve as Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As Prepared For Delivery: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.Admiral Grady, thank you for your decades of standing watch over our security, and for your continued willingness, as well as your family’s willingness, to serve our country.For the past... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes Against Magnus to be CBP Commissioner

December 7, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement after voting against Chris Magnus to be the next commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).“It is clear that Chris Magnus is the wrong choice for CBP commissioner and I couldn’t vote for him today. Magnus has refused to admit we have a crisis on our southern border, has a record defending sanctuary cities and was a vocal critic of President Trump’s successful immigration policies that are so badly needed today. The... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Urges Colleagues to Support Strategic Arms Sales

December 7, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released a statement urging his colleagues to vote against discharging the Joint Resolution of Disapproval for arms sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: “As Iran continues to support terrorist proxies and pursue its goal of regional dominance — and as U.S. credibility and reliability is being questioned following our disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement After Briefing on Russia’s Possible Invasion of Ukraine

December 7, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after receiving a classified briefing from Department of Defense officials on Russia’s military buildup and possible invasion of Ukraine: “Today’s briefing was classified and while I cannot comment on the specifics of what we learned, as I said in my floor speech last month, Russia’s build-up along Ukraine’s borders—for the third time this year—is far different than... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Senate Decision to Re-Confirm Jessica Rosenworcel

December 7, 2021

Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) applauded the Senate confirmation of Jessica Rosenworcel to continue as the Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). “I am glad to see the Senate re-confirm Jessica Rosenworcel to the FCC where she will serve as chair,” Inhofe said. “I appreciate the opportunity to have worked with her on the reconsideration of the flawed Ligado Order. Its reconsideration is vital to the security and operability of the Department of Defense, the Department of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Champions Conservative Values in Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act

December 7, 2021

After the leaders of the Senate and House Armed Services Committee announced a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released his top successes from this year’s legislation. “I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues to produce a bipartisan, bicameral National Defense Authorization Act – continuing Congress’ track record of support for our troops and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Armed Services Committees Release Text of FY22 NDAA Agreement

December 7, 2021

Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee,  Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Representative Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, today released the text of an agreement they have reached on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22).“We are pleased... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Passing of Bob Dole

December 5, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement on the death of his longtime friend and former senator, Bob Dole: “Bob Dole was a giant of the Senate and I was honored to serve with him. He was one of the last of the World War II heroes that I was privileged to serve with and we were close friends. As a veteran, presidential candidate, Republican leader and faithful volunteer with the Honor Flight program, Bob’s loyal service to this country was seen time and time again—but I must... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes To Defund Vaccine Mandates

December 2, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after voting to defund the vaccine mandate tonight: “As courts across the country have ruled multiple times, government imposed vaccine mandates on private businesses are unconstitutional and wrong. I was proud to vote to defund the mandate, which would put over half a million Oklahoma workers at risk of losing their jobs over a personal medical decision.” Continue Reading »


Inhofe Secures Almost $1 Million in Grants for New Oklahoma Aviation Workforce Programs

December 2, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced Oklahoma was awarded two grants to establish aviation workforce development programs. These grants are the first ones awarded under the new programs Inhofe created in Section 625 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-254). Inhofe worked closely with then-President Trump to establish two grant programs, one for Aircraft Pilots and one for Aviation Maintenance Technical Workers. The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission and Oklahoma State University... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Joins Capito Bill To Prevent Liberal States from Abusing 401 at Expense of Oklahoma Projects

December 1, 2021

Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee and all of their Republican colleagues on the committee to introduce the Section 401 Certification Act, legislation codifying the Trump administration’s 2020 Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401 Certification Rule (401 Rule). Specifically, the legislation would ensure infrastructure projects are not denied permits because of political motives... Continue Reading »


Oklahoma Delegation Urges EPA to Extend Comment Period for Harmful Methane Rule

November 30, 2021

Today, U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) along with Reps. Kevin Hern (OK-01), Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), Frank Lucas (OK-03), Tom Cole (OK-04) and Stephanie Bice (OK-05) sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Michael Regan, urging him to extend the public comment period by 60-days for the EPA’s proposed rule to directly regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.  The delegation wrote: “Oklahoma’s oil and natural... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Leads Republican Members in Standing Tough Against Russia, China

November 29, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement after he led Republican colleagues in demanding meaningful amendment votes during consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act:“After Senator Reed and I filed this year’s NDAA on September 22, we’ve been doing everything we could to get Sen. Schumer to bring it to the floor. Instead, he waited until the last minute —and two weeks ago, we finally began the process of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Objects to Schumer's Mismanagement of Must-Pass Defense Bill

November 29, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today criticized Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) management of the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act after Sen. Schumer delayed consideration of the bill and restricted amendment votes.The NDAA authorizes funding levels and provides key authorities for the U.S. military and other defense priorities. Congress has enacted this critical legislation for 60 years in a row, but only... Continue Reading »


Republican Defense Leaders in Congress Condemn Reported Censorship of Pentagon Views on Long-Standing Nuclear Policies

November 19, 2021

Six of the top Republicans in Congress, led by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today sent a letter to Biden administration officials expressing grave concern over reports that the National Security Council has blocked the Department of Defense from making recommendations about changes to the United States’ nuclear declaratory policy through the ongoing Nuclear Posture Review — potentially preventing our nation’s top security officials from... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Urges Senate to Support Annual Defense Authorization Bill to Support Troops, Protect America

November 18, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor to introduce the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal year 2022 and urge his colleagues to support it. As Delivered: First of all, this is a big deal, what we’re embarking on now. It’s something that people understand, it’s the most important thing we do around here. And let me just say, my partner, Jack Reed — we’ve been doing this a long time. I have often... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Continues Aggressive Oversight of Biden's Disastrous Drawdown from Afghanistan

November 16, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is continuing his thorough, methodical review of the disastrous United States withdrawal from Afghanistan, sending Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin a second letter requesting detailed information related to how the Department of Defense is handling refugees and responding to new terrorism threats from the country.“As the Senate Armed Services Committee continues its own review of what happened in Afghanistan,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Reed Commend Senate Filing Cloture on Motion to Proceed on FY22 NDAA

November 15, 2021

The United States Senate today filed cloture on a motion to proceed on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022. On Wednesday, the Senate will vote on cloture on the motion. If cloture is invoked, the Senate will subsequently vote on a motion to proceed to floor debate. SASC Ranking Member Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement on the Senate’s progress on the bill:“As the global threat map grows more dangerous, I’m glad the Majority... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Condemns Russia's Reckless Anti-Satellite Missile Test

November 15, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after the Department of State confirmed that the Russian Federation conducted an anti-satellite missile test that generated debris jeopardizing American assets in space: “Putin’s reckless behavior continues. On the heels of his aggressive military buildup at the Ukrainian border, Putin is yet again acting in deliberately provocative ways. This dangerous test has put... Continue Reading »