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Inhofe: Strong U.S. Presence in Africa is Critical to Our National Defense Strategy

January 17, 2020

U.S.Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, submitted the following statement for the record today:Mr. President, as Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, my top priority is ensuring the effective implementation of the National Defense Strategy. I rise today to speak about the importance of Africa as a key front in our global efforts under the NDS to compete with China and Russia, defend U.S. national security, and combat radical terrorist groups... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Menendez, Senators Send Letter Congratulating Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Reelection

January 17, 2020

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, led a letter today congratulating President Tsai Ing-wen on reelection as President of Taiwan. They were joined by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Shelley Moore Capito... Continue Reading »


Senators Inhofe, Lankford Celebrate Religious Freedom Day

January 17, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), joined Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT), James Lankford (R-OK), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Roy Blunt (R-MO) Mike Rounds (R-SD), James Risch (R-ID), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Rick Scott (R-FL) to introduce a resolution designating January 16th as Religious Freedom Day. This resolution also commemorates the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom’s 234th anniversary, a statute that laid the foundations for the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Senate Passage of USMCA: "Oklahoma workers are winning under President Trump"

January 16, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the Senate passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which would replace the outdated North American Free Trade Agreement.“I am pleased to see the USMCA pass through the Senate today,” Inhofe said. “American farmers, businesses and manufacturers put pressure on Speaker Pelosi after House Democrats intentionally delayed its consideration—and it worked. The USMCA will now head to the president’s desk to be signed into law. “I... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises President’s Signing of Trade Deal with China

January 15, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised President Trump today for signing the first part, also known as “phase one,” of a new trade deal with China.  “President Trump is the first modern president to take China seriously — he has made this clear yet again with the signing of today’s trade deal,” Inhofe said. “He understands that for too long, our trade relationship with China has been flawed and that we need real and permanent change in order to have any long-term stability. “His signing of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Federal Law Enforcement Search of Balfour Beatty Offices on Tinker Air Force Base

January 14, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today after the Air Force and Environmental Protection Agency executed a federal search warrant at the Balfour Beatty Communities office on Tinker Air Force Base: “Today, I learned from the Air Force that the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigation Division executed a federal search warrant at the Balfour Beatty... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Menendez Congratulate Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Reelection

January 14, 2020

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, congratulated President Tsai Ing-wen on reelection as President of Taiwan. “As Co-Chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, we congratulate President Tsai Ing-wen on reelection as President of Taiwan,” the senators said. “It is because of your work, and the determination and resilience of the people of Taiwan, that a free election was again made possible. We continue to be thankful for... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: “I am proud to support the USMCA”

January 14, 2020

Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee, submitted a statement for the record for an EPW Committee Business Meeting to consider the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. The USMCA was advanced by a vote of 16 to 4. Mr. Chairman, thank you for scheduling this consideration of USMCA so quickly. Oklahoma truckers, manufacturers and farmers have been waiting a long time for us to fix the outdated NAFTA agreement,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Nomination of Oklahoman Chase Johnson

January 10, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today issued a statement of support for President Trump’s nomination of Chase Johnson to serve as the Inspector General at the Federal Communications Commission. “Chase Johnson, originally from Oklahoma City, is a superb choice for Inspector General of the FCC,” Inhofe said. “President Trump continues to make smart choices and Mr. Johnson is no exception. He has made the state of Oklahoma very proud in his past roles, including his service... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Co-Sponsor Legislation Honoring Americans Responsible for Soleimani Strike

January 9, 2020

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and James Lankford (R-Okla.), along with 42 other Republican senators, co-sponsored legislation introduced today honoring members of the military and intelligence community who carried out the mission that killed Qasem Soleimani, leader of Iran’s Quds Force.“Because of top-notch military planning and excellent intelligence, the United States was able to take down a monster who was responsible for the deaths of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Rebukes House Democrats' Politically Driven War Powers Vote

January 9, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to limit President Trump’s constitutional authority:“Today’s war powers vote is nothing more than a political effort by Democrats who want to paint a single airstrike as a rush to war. There is no war. An airstrike is not war. Defending American citizens and assets is not war. But, restricting the President’s ability to defend... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Join Resolution Urging Speaker Pelosi to Send Impeachment Articles to Senate

January 9, 2020

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) joined Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, today to introduce a resolution urging Speaker Pelosi to immediately transmit, consistent with the House’s constitutional obligations, to the Senate the two articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump. "Democrats continue to choose politics over the interests of the American people. Meanwhile, the articles are well past due to be... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Reed Announce First Armed Services Committee Hearing of 2020

January 9, 2020

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) released the following statement on the year ahead today with the announcement of the first Senate Armed Services Committee hearing of 2020:“Recent events are a sober reminder that a strong national defense is integral to protecting our way of life—not just for us, but for future generations. As Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, we will do our part to fulfill our constitutional responsibilities to provide... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces John Heil at the Senate Judiciary Committee

January 8, 2020

Remarks as prepared for delivery Mr. Chairman, thank you for allowing me and Sen. Lankford to be here to introduce to the Committee an impressive Oklahoman, John Heil. I am proud to support John’s nomination to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern, Eastern and Western districts of Oklahoma. John is here today with his wife, Melanie; his three sons, Jack, Blake, Barrett; his sister, Julie; his mother, Sharon and his friend, Jana. A fellow Tulsan, John is a graduate of OSU... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Iranian Missile Strikes

January 8, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on last night’s Iranian missile strike on Iraqi bases housing U.S. military personnel and President Trump’s response this morning:“I am thankful no Americans were wounded in last night’s attacks. My prayers are with those Iran put in harm's way last night, especially our brave service members, their families here at home, and our partners and allies, as well as Iraqi military... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Confirm Carranza as Small Business Administrator

January 7, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, today voted to confirm Jovita Carranza as small business administrator.  “Oklahoma small businesses have a huge impact on our state’s economy and I’m proud to have an administration who makes them a priority,” Inhofe said. “We have gotten a lot done for Oklahoma small businesses under the direction of the Trump Administration over the last few... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe Speaks on Senate Floor in Support of President's Trumps Decision to Take Out Soleimani

January 7, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke on the Senate floor today in support of President Donald Trump’s air strike against the leader of Iran’s Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani: As Prepared for Delivery:  Five days ago, President Trump made the boldest defense policy decision of his presidency to date: he authorized an air strike against the leader of Iran’s Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, in accordance with his authorities as... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Joins Bret Baier on Fox News

January 7, 2020

WASHINGTON –  U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Bret Baier on Fox News this afternoon to discuss Iran. Continue Reading »


Inhofe Joins Resolution to Allow Dismissal of ‘Bogus Impeachment’ Against President Trump

January 6, 2020

In response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s unprecedented attempt to prevent an impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) today to introduce a resolution to update Senate rules to allow a motion to dismiss articles of impeachment for lack of prosecution. Senators Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.),... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Airstrikes Targeting Iran's Quds Force Leader

January 2, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement after he was informed by the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that the United States military, at the direction of President Trump, executed a successful air strike against Qasem Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. “President Trump has been clear all along –... Continue Reading »