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ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks at Nomination Hearing for Deputy Secretary of Defense

July 24, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, gave opening remarks this morning at a SASC nomination hearing for Mr. David Norquist, to be Deputy Secretary of Defense.  As Prepared for Delivery: Good morning. The Committee meets today to consider the nomination of: David Norquist to be Deputy Secretary of Defense. Thank you for being here today. We also welcome your family and friends and invite you to introduce your guests during your opening... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Praises Senate Confirmation of Esper as Defense Secretary

July 23, 2019

Today, by a vote of 90-8, the Senate overwhelmingly voted to confirm Dr. Mark Esper to be the 27th United States Secretary of Defense. U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement praising the confirmation:  “For nearly four decades, Dr. Mark Esper has served as a soldier, public servant, industry leader and, most recently, as Secretary of the Army,” Inhofe said. “In that time, he has demonstrated integrity,... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Urges the Senate to Confirm Esper as Secretary of Defense

July 23, 2019

Ahead of the Senate's vote to confirm Dr. Mark Esper as Secretary of Defense, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following remarks in support of Dr. Esper: As Prepared for Delivery: We all agree that we need Senate-confirmed leadership in place at the Department of Defense—namely Secretary of Defense. A confirmed Secretary of Defense sends a signal to the world. This is the person who has the trust of our President, our... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Statement on Budget Deal

July 22, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today praised the two-year budget agreement announced by President Trump: “I’ve said over and over again that we need a budget deal that prioritizes defense—and I am pleased this budget agreement does just that by providing predictability and much-needed growth to our defense budget. Without this agreement, we cannot guarantee on-time funding for the training, resources and equipment our service... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Condemns Alleged Fraud in Military Housing Program

July 22, 2019

Following reports that the U.S. Air Force has suspended paying incentive fees at all 21 military housing bases operated by Balfour Beatty Communities, U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, releases the following statements: “Balfour Beatty’s allegedly widespread use of fraudulent work order practices is unacceptable, period. The Air Force has done the right thing by suspending all incentive fees to... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Statement on SASC Vote on Esper Nomination

July 18, 2019

Today, after the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to favorably report the nomination of Dr. Mark Esper to be Secretary of Defense, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement: “Not only does the Department of Defense need Senate-confirmed leadership, it needs strong, capable, committed leadership. Following his nomination hearing and meetings over the past several weeks, it’s clear that Dr. Esper has the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Questions Witnesses at an EPW Hearing on Electric Battery Production and Waste

July 17, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, questioned witnesses at an EPW hearing entitled “Electric Battery Production and Waste: Opportunities and Challenge.” Witnesses included James Greenberger Executive Director of NAATBatt International; Michael Sanders Senior Advisor of Avicenne Energy US and Ajay Chawan Associate Director of Navigant Consulting, Inc. Inhofe: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. First I want to get in the... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe Speaks on Senate Floor about Environmental Success Under President Trump

July 17, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, spoke on the Senate Floor in regards to the success of the environment under President Trump. Click to watch Sen. Inhofe’s remarks. Remarks: But what I want to talk about is something we need to talk about now, because it has not been called to the attention of the American people, and that about the great work that's being done in this administration to better our environment. Now, when you say... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Leads Letter to Sec. Bernhardt About Lesser Prairie Chicken

July 17, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) led a letter to Interior Sec. Bernhardt expressing concern about the decision-making process for listing the Lesser Prairie Chicken under the Endangered Species Act. Inhofe was joined by U.S. Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas). In the letter, the Senators remind regulators that legislative intent is clear—voluntary conservation efforts should be fully... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Questions Defense Secretary Nominee Esper at Hearing

July 16, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned Dr. Mark Esper, nominated to be Secretary of Defense. this morning at a SASC nomination hearing. Inhofe: Thank you, Dr. Esper. Senator Kaine made a couple of comments about your accompanying him to installations in this area. I was reminded that you accompanied me in some of these areas also. It went beyond just the Army. We were down at Fort Sill together. We were talking about the housing problems, and... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks at Secretary of Defense Nomination Hearing

July 16, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, gave opening remarks this morning at a SASC nomination hearing for Dr. Mark Esper, to be Secretary of Defense.  As Prepared for Delivery:  Good morning. The Committee meets today to consider the nomination of Dr. Mark Esper to be Secretary of Defense. Thank you for being here today. We need a confirmed leader to guide the Department of Defense through this time of challenge and opportunity. Senator Reed... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Questions Gen. Milley at Nomination Hearing

July 11, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned General Mark Milley, nominated to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, this morning at a SASC nomination hearing.     Inhofe: I’ve got three things I want to make sure we get out at the beginning of this meeting. First of all, I wish the entire country could read this article from The Economist. I know you and I have talked about it in the office, but in that article, it... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Historic Progress on Judicial Confirmations

July 10, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), praised the Senate confirmation of four more judges under the Trump Administration this week. To date, the Senate has confirmed more qualified circuit court nominees nominated by President Trump than any other president at this point in their term. “This week, the Senate continued to remake the federal bench by confirming young, well-qualified nominees who will uphold the rule of law and respect judicial restraint,” Inhofe said. “We confirmed... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford, Cole Support New Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center in Ada

July 10, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla) and Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in support of the of the new Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center in Ada, Oklahoma. The letter is available here and pasted below. Dear Administrator Wheeler: We write today in support of the Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center (Kerr Center) located in Ada, Oklahoma.... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Meets with Key Defense Leaders

July 9, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement after meeting with General Mark Milley; Mark Esper, Acting Secretary of Defense; and David Norquist, Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary of Defense, earlier today. General Milley has been nominated to serve as Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and President Trump has issued his intent to nominate Acting Secretary Esper to be Secretary of Defense and Mr. Norquist to be Deputy... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on the Passing of Ross Perot

July 9, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe made the following statement after learning of the death of Ross Perot: “Kay and I are sad to hear about the passing of Ross Perot. Ross was generous with his time and talent, a patriot in every sense of the word and steadfast conservative who was unafraid of taking a tough position. He fought with me to end the secrecy of the discharge petition and his outsider, business-minded approach to politics paved the way for election of President Trump and other notable... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Joins Senators To Encourage Trump Administration To Avoid Another Continuing Resolution

July 3, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and 14 other senators to encourage Trump Administration officials to reach consensus with congressional leaders on a two-year budget deal to fully fund the military. In a letter to Acting Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Russ Vought, Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the senators caution that another continuing... Continue Reading »


Senators Inhofe, Lankford Applaud Nomination for US Marshal

July 1, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded the nomination of Kerry Lee Pettingill to serve as United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. “Kerry Lee Pettingill has an outstanding and distinguished career in law enforcement,” said Inhofe. “I commend Kerry on his nomination to serve as United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. I know he will serve this new position and the people of Oklahoma well and look forward to... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Statement on Defeat of Amendment To Tie President's Hands When Responding to Iran

June 28, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after the Udall amendment, which could have tied the President’s hands when responding to Iran, was defeated in the Senate: “As we’ve seen from recent attacks, the threats from Iran and its proxies are real. President Trump and his administration have sought to prevent war, responding proportionately and appropriately to these provocations,” Sen.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Senators Lead Effort for Congress to Condemn the Houthi Movement in Yemen

June 28, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a concurrent resolution condemning the Houthi movement in Yemen for human rights violations, violence against civilians and its ties to Iran. U.S. Representatives Will Hurd (TX-23) and Michael McCaul (TX-10) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. “The Houthis’ armed takeover of... Continue Reading »