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SASC Chairman Inhofe Statement on Critical Minerals Strategy

June 5, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on the U.S. Department of Commerce report, “A Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals”, released yesterday: “The United States relies far too much on foreign nations for critical minerals used extensively throughout our military—making our nation vulnerable to the actions of foreign governments, natural disasters, and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on 30th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

June 4, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement on the 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square: “On June 4, 1989, with its actions in Tiananmen Square, the Chinese Communist Party revealed its true nature: a ruthless dictatorship that will stop at nothing to maintain its grip on power. The past 30 years haven’t changed the Party’s contempt for human rights. It has moved from slaughtering students in Tiananmen Square to incarcerating Uighurs and other Muslim... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Thanks Pence for Visiting Tulsa

June 4, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) thanked Vice President Mike Pence, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan, and Acting FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor for visiting northeast Oklahoma today to observe the recent flood damage.  “Thank you to Vice President Pence and other administration officials for coming out to Oklahoma today to see the impact recent flooding has had on our homes, businesses, infrastructure and communities. They share my commitment to making sure... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Questions NRO and USSPACECOM Nominees at Hearing

June 4, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned Dr. Christopher Scolese, nominated to be Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and General John W. “Jay” Raymond, nominated to be Commander, United States Space Command (USSPACECOM), this morning at a SASC nomination hearing. Click to watch Sen. Inhofe’s remarks. Inhofe: Dr. Scolese, in my opening statement, I was initially concerned with your public statements regarding... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks at SASC Nomination Hearing for NRO and USSPACECOM

June 4, 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. Christopher Scolese, to be Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and General John W. “Jay” Raymond, USAF, to be Commander, United States Space Command (USSPACECOM).  As Submitted for the Record: Good morning. The Committee meets today to consider the nominations of: General John W. “Jay” Raymond, USAF... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Harris Praise Senate Passage of National Public Works Week

May 24, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) praised the passage of S. Res. 213, a bipartisan resolution designating this week as National Public Works Week. The resolution encourages the public to recognize and celebrate the important contributions that public works officials make every day to improve public infrastructure in the United States. “I am proud the Senate is taking time to recognize such an important week as National Public Works Week,” Inhofe said.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Secures Victories for Oklahoma Military Installations

May 24, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, praised the committee passage of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, which was reported out of committee by a vote of 25-2, and announced provisions that will directly benefit Oklahoma installations and communities. “The National Defense Authorization Act is the most important piece of legislation that Congress will consider all year. It sets our national security policy for the year,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes for Communities Hit by Natural Disasters

May 23, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after voting for legislation that would support communities affected by recent natural disasters: “Rebuilding and recovering from natural disasters is something we’re all too familiar with in Oklahoma. For too long, partisan gridlock has prevented necessary support from being provided to the farmers, ranchers and families struggling to overcome the obstacles caused by floods, tornadoes and wildfires. I’m pleased we... Continue Reading »


Committee Approves Inhofe-Menendez Bill Strengthening Support for Taiwan’s Participation in Global Health Body

May 22, 2019

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), co-chairmen of the Senate Taiwan Caucus that would require the State Department to submit a report detailing the U.S. Government’s plan to obtain observer status for Taiwan at the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organization. Inhofe and Menendez have long championed Taiwan’s participation in... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Announces 2019 Military Academy Nominations

May 22, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced the names of the Oklahomans he nominated to attend the U.S. service academies who earned appointments. “I am honored to nominate this bright group of Oklahoma students to attend our nation’s military service academies. These students are the future of our military, and I am incredibly proud of the work they have put in to get here. These proven community leaders will represent our state... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Statement on Intent to Nominate Barbara Barrett as Air Force Secretary

May 21, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement today after President Trump announced he will nominate Barbara Barrett to be the next Secretary of the Air Force: “I commend President Trump for selecting Barbara Barrett to be the next Secretary of the Air Force. The breadth and depth of her government, business and diplomatic experience—not to mention her background as a trained pilot and astronaut—makes her well... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Reed in Stars and Stripes: Offering a Blueprint to Fix Military Housing

May 21, 2019

This op-ed originally appeared in Stars and Stripes. By: Sens. Jim Inhofe and Jack Reed Every day, across the globe, the 2.15 million men and women of the United States military go above and beyond to defend our nation. And while our troops are defending our families, we have a solemn responsibility to support and protect theirs. Military families are the awesome force behind our armed forces, making tough sacrifices so their loved ones may serve. These spouses and children shoulder heavy... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Joins Bill to Protect Oklahoma Disaster Relief Volunteers

May 20, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act to provide medical professionals with a limited, but consistent, level of legal protection while volunteering during federally-declared disasters. The legislation was originally introduced by U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-La.), Angus King (I-Maine), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). “As... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Cosponsors Bill to Give Oklahomans Permanent Individual Tax Relief

May 17, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) has cosponsored S. 1162, a bill which would make individual tax cuts from the 2017 Tax Reform bill permanent, giving Oklahomans long-term certainty in planning for the future. Tax Reform made the corporate tax cut permanent, but the individual and small business tax cuts are set to expire at the end of 2025. Inhofe joined Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on this legislation to make the individual and small business tax cuts permanent. It is also cosponsored by Sens. Joni... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Visits with Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce

May 16, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) met with members of the Enid Chamber of Commerce yesterday in Washington. They discussed a variety of current legislative priorities, including continuing success seen under tax reform and fighting back against the socialist Green New Deal.      “The Enid Chamber of Commerce has proven themselves a real asset to the Enid community over the years by bringing a unified voice to the state and federal level,” Inhofe... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Welcomes Trump Administration’s Immigration Plan

May 16, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made a statement welcoming the Trump Administration’s immigration plan today. Last week, Inhofe met with President Trump and other conservative senators to discuss the proposal. “Our current immigration system is broken. Migrants exploit problematic loopholes and abuse the asylum process, and our system fails to reward high-skilled workers. President Trump’s plan is a step in the right direction on some long-needed, commonsense reforms. I look... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Speaks on Senate Floor in Honor of Military Appreciation Month

May 15, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, delivered remarks on the Senate floor today in honor of Military Appreciation Month.  Mr. President, first of all, let me associate my remarks with the Senator from Iowa. It is so important to all of us particularly those of us who have had the occasion to serve, to really pay attention to what’s going on. This is the Military Appreciation Month, and it’s very significant what’s going on.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Brown Introduce Legislation to Increase Resources for Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Training

May 14, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced the Law Enforcement Training For Mental Health Crisis Response Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation to improve police training. “With the most up to date training, our law enforcement officers can continue to serve their communities with excellence and honor,” Inhofe said. “When responding to calls, law enforcement officers need to be prepared to respond to all possible scenarios and, more and more,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Duckworth Applaud Senate Passage of Resolution to Commemorate AOPA 80th Anniversary

May 13, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) praised the Senate passage of a resolution, led by Inhofe and Duckworth, recognizing the 80th anniversary of the formation of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). The resolution was cosponsored by eight bipartisan senators. “AOPA, representing the largest aviation community in the world, has been a leader for the entire general aviation community for decades,” Inhofe said. “With the passage of... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Praises Continued Deterrence in Persian Gulf

May 10, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement after Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan announced the United States will move the USS Arlington and a Patriot missile battery to join the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and bomber task force in the Middle East.   “I’m pleased President Trump and Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan are continuing a policy of meaningful deterrence against Iran... Continue Reading »