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Inhofe: We Need to Understand and Fix What Went Wrong In Afghanistan to Protect American Families

October 26, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today delivered opening remarks at a committee hearing on security in Afghanistan and south and central Asia where he asked to know what recommendations President Biden’s civilian advisors made throughout the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan. Witnesses include Colin Kahl, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and Lieutenant General James Mingus, Director for operations, J3 Joint Staff.As Prepared... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Menendez Statement on Anniversary of UN Approval of Resolution 2758

October 26, 2021

Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), co-chairmen of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, issued the following statement in observance of the 50th anniversary of the United Nation’s approval of Resolution 2758, which granted the People’s Republic of China membership in the United Nations. Since then, the CCP has misrepresented the resolution in efforts to undermine Taiwan’s standing and participation in the international... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Blackburn Introduce Bill to Prevent COVID Heroes from Being Fired

October 26, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and several of their Republican colleagues to introduce the Keeping Our COVID-19 Heroes Employed Act to prevent essential workers from being fired due to President Biden’s sweeping vaccine mandate.  President Biden should be doing everything possible to encourage Americans to show up to work. Instead, Biden’s plan is to implement a vaccine mandate that could force countless Americans to be fired. This legislation was... Continue Reading »


Rounds, Inhofe Introduce Indian Buffalo Management Act

October 22, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) in introducing the bipartisan Indian Buffalo Management Act, legislation to create a permanent buffalo program at the U.S. Department of the Interior and help promote and develop tribal capacity to manage buffalo.“The American buffalo is more than the state animal of Oklahoma – it is a respected and honored... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Risch, Portman Request Investigation into SIV Program Shortcomings Amid Afghanistan Withdrawal

October 21, 2021

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today sent a letter to the inspectors general of the Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Agency for International Development requesting they launch a joint... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Afghanistan Security Briefing

October 21, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after the committee received a classified briefing on security in Afghanistan and south and central Asia: “Today’s briefing confirmed yet again what we’ve known all along: the United States is now less safe than before President Biden’s disastrous decision to unconditionally and entirely withdraw from Afghanistan. The 2020 Doha agreement laid out clear conditions the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Asks EPA Witness to Address Aviation Community Concerns Regarding PFAS Regulations at EPW Hearing

October 21, 2021

Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, questioned witnesses at a hearing to assess the Environmental Protection Agency’s ongoing and proposed responses to the presence of PFAS chemicals in our environment. Witnesses included: the Honorable Radhika Fox, Assistant Administrator, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Inhofe: I want to thank Senator Capito and everyone. Some are not aware that we have... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Prime Minister Barzani’s Announcement on the Ainkawa Christian Community in Kurdistan

October 20, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement praising the recent decision by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani to put the Ainkawa District of Erbil under the administrative control of its Christian residents, giving them the right to nominate civic leaders, appoint officials, manage their own security and more. “I am glad to see this recent decision by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani to put the Ainkawa District of Erbil under... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opposes Procedural Vote on So-Called “Freedom to Vote Act,” Slams Democrat Political Games

October 20, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe today voted against a procedural motion to take up the “Freedom to Vote Act,” formerly known as the “For the People Act.” This far-left, partisan legislation seeks to undermine the integrity of Oklahoma’s elections. “While Democrats are trying to frame the ‘Freedom to Vote Act’ as a ‘compromise’ – that couldn’t be further from the truth,” Inhofe said. “This repackaged, flawed reform bill would supersede Oklahoma’s safe and secure election laws—it is simply bad for Oklahoma... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Urges Navy to Repair Readiness, Leadership Gaps That Led to USS Bonhomme Richard Fire

October 20, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on the results of the U.S. Navy investigation into the July 2020 fire USS Bonhomme Richard fire: “I appreciate the thorough investigation by the Navy to understand the factors leading to the catastrophic inport fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard in July 2020 and why the fire burned for five days before being extinguished. A frank,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Mourns Passing of American Talk Radio Host Pat Campbell

October 20, 2021

Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement upon hearing the news that Pat Campbell, American talk radio host and long-time friend, had passed away after a long battle with brain cancer:Inhofe and Campbell after flying on September 5, 2020.“I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and long-time radio personality Pat Campbell,” Inhofe said. “I will never forget how last summer, Pat called me up and told me he was working through his bucket list, and one... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Submits Statement for the Record at Armed Services Committee Nomination Hearing

October 19, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today entered the following statement for the record at a committee hearing to consider the nominations of Nickolas Guertin to be Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, Department of Defense; Alexandra Baker to be Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; John Coffey to be General Counsel of the Department of the Navy; and Douglas Bush to be Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Urges DOD to Suspend Vaccine Mandate

October 19, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter yesterday to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, calling on him to suspend the vaccine mandate and answer specific questions about the readiness impacts of the Biden administration’s mandate.“At a time when our adversaries continue to increase their quantitative and qualitative advantage against our forces, we should seek to ensure that no policy, even unintentionally, hinders military readiness.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Mourns Passing of Colin Powell

October 18, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement mourning the death of former Secretary of State and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell. "Kay and I are deeply saddened by the passing of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who also served as the nation’s highest military officer. His was a life marked by distinguished service to the nation — first in uniform, then as a diplomat... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Brown Urge State Department to Engage with Moroccan Government Over Human Rights Abuses

October 15, 2021

Yesterday, U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) led their colleagues in urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken to prioritize engagement with the Moroccan government over human rights abuses, including calling for the release of political detainees and ending the harassment and threats against critics of the Moroccan government. Specifically, the senators are requesting that the State Department increase its focus on the human rights abuses against Sahrawi activists in... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Whitehouse Reintroduce RIME Act to Help Manufacturers Train Next Generation Workforce

October 8, 2021

Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) to reintroduce a bipartisan proposal to help small businesses equip the next generation of manufacturers with the technical skills required for the job. S.2977, the Retain Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence (RIME) Act of 2021 would establish a pilot program to allow businesses to retain retiring employees long enough to train a replacement and transfer their institutional knowledge – tackling a growing... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opposes Democrat Debt Ceiling Suspension

October 7, 2021

U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voiced his opposition to the procedural motion to suspend the nation’s debt ceiling. “Even for ‘just’ a short-term increase—as long as Democrats continue to push their big government socialist agenda with a reckless tax and spend package that will destroy our economy, I cannot vote to authorize raising the debt limit.”  Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Cornyn, Lankford Press DHS for Answers on Release of Haitian Migrants Into U.S.

October 7, 2021

Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and 35 of their Republican colleagues in sending a letter asking Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to address reports that thousands of migrants in Del Rio, Texas, were released into the interior of the U.S. instead of facing removal as the administration had previously pledged.The senators wrote, “While we applaud the Administration’s original stated intent to expel the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Delivers Opening Remarks at SASC Nomination Hearing on October 7

October 7, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today delivered opening remarks at a hearing to consider the following nominations: Dr. David Honey, to be Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering; Brenda Fulton to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs; and Corey Hinderstein to be Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, National Nuclear Security Administration.As Prepared... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Grills DOD Manpower Nominee About Past Anti-Religious Freedom, Anti-Republican Remarks

October 7, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today questioned nominees for top national security positions at a committee hearing. He focused his questioning on past remarks made by Brenda Sue Fulton, nominated to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, regarding the religious freedom of military chaplains and describing conservatives who do not support abortion as “radicals.” In this role, Fulton would be responsible for... Continue Reading »