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Inhofe Praises Senate Confirmation of Brouillette as Energy Secretary

December 2, 2019

U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today praised the Senate confirmation of Dan Brouillette to serve as United States Secretary of Energy: “I am proud that today the Senate confirmed Dan Brouillette to lead the Department of Energy,” Inhofe said.  “Brouillette has the experience and knowledge to ensure the DOE continues to prioritize the department’s primary goals of supporting vital national security... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Secretary Spencer

November 24, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after Secretary of Defense Esper requested the resignation of Secretary of the Navy Spencer: “Today, Secretary Esper notified me that he has asked for Secretary Spencer’s resignation. Both Secretary Esper and President Trump deserve to have a leadership team who has their trust and confidence. “It is no secret that I had my own disagreements with Secretary Spencer over the management of specific Navy programs, and I... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Reed, Risch, Menendez Welcome Republic of Korea’s Decision Not to Withdraw From GSOMIA

November 22, 2019

 Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, as well as U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today welcomed the government of the Republic of Korea’s decision not to withdraw from the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), an agreement between the Republic of Korea and Japan vital to U.S. and... Continue Reading »


In Their Words: Praise for Inhofe's Keep Our Communities Safe Act

November 22, 2019

Law enforcement leaders praised Sen. Inhofe for introducing the Keep Our Communities Safe Act, legislation that would close the legal loophole that requires immigration authorities to release back into the United States illegal aliens who have not been accepted for deportation to other countries after being detained for six months; a practice also referred to as "catch and release." Click here for a comment from Sen. Inhofe and background on the legislation. “I am grateful for Sen.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Applaud the Advancement of Bernard Jones

November 21, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee’s advancement of Bernard Jones to serve as U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma. Jones’ nomination was reported favorably out of the Judiciary Committee and will now move to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. “I am glad the nomination of fellow Oklahoman and distinguished jurist Bernard Jones has been favorably reported out of committee... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises EPA Finalized Risk Management Program Reconsideration Rule Aiding First Responders, Reducing Unnecessary Burdens

November 21, 2019

Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for releasing the revised, final rule for Risk Management Program (RMP) Reconsideration, which improves the existing rule to remove burdensome, costly, unnecessary amendments while maintaining appropriate protections and ensuring first responders have access to all of the necessary safety information. The original rule, a duplicative Obama-era midnight regulation, would have jeopardized safety at... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Vance Air Force Base

November 21, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following after two Vance Air Force Base Airmen were killed during a routine training mission today. “I am deeply saddened by the devastating news of the training-related incident at Vance Air Force Base that resulted in the deaths of two airmen. My prayers are with the Vance community and the families and friends of those killed. “Over the last decade, more active-duty service members died as a result of training-related incidents than in... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Reed, Risch, Menendez Reaffirm Importance of General Security of Military Information Agreement between the Republic of Korea and Japan

November 20, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, along with Sens. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a resolution today reaffirming the importance of the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) between the Republic of Korea and Japan to U.S. and allied security interests in the Indo-Pacific. “The... Continue Reading »


Inhofe and Reed: Air Force, Balfour Beatty Must Address Allegations of Fraud in Military Housing Program

November 20, 2019

Senate Armed Services Committee chairman and ranking member Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) today released the following statement in response to a report from Reuters and CBS News alleging the Balfour Beatty Communities falsified maintenance records in order to receive performance bonuses at additional military installations: “This is not the first time allegations have been raised that Balfour Beatty has used fraudulent work order practices at Air Force bases. This... Continue Reading »


Inhofe in The Washington Times: America's 'Marine Highways' getting ship-shape

November 20, 2019

Our nation’s infrastructure is crumbling. The good news? We are rebuilding. When I was chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, I led the charge to enact the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) of 2015, which went a long way in rebuilding our roads. The FAST Act established a new freight program focused on improving the movement of goods by dedicating funding to upgrading freight corridors and associated assets allowing for local... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Senate Passage of Hong Kong Bills

November 19, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised the Senate passage of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and legislation that would prohibit the commercial export of certain munitions to the Communist party-controlled Hong Kong Police Force. Inhofe is a cosponsor of both bills. “The front line of freedom’s cause is in the streets of Hong Kong. We are inspired by the courage of Hong Kongers who have demanded respect for their dignity and human rights. And we are appalled by the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Leads Introduction of CONTRACT Act to Support Air Traffic Controllers

November 19, 2019

Today, U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced the Continuity for Operators with Necessary Training Required for ATC Contract Towers (CONTRACT) Act of 2019. Today, there are 256 air traffic control facilities participating in the FAA’s Federal Contract Tower Program. These contract towers are an important part of our national air traffic control system—serving communities through a proven public-private partnership that increases... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Questions Witnesses At EPW Hearing On Water Quality And Section 401

November 19, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) senior member of the Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee, questioned witnesses at an EPW hearing to receive testimony on state perspectives of the S. 1087, the Water Quality Certification Improvement Act of 2019, and other potential reforms to improve implementation of Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. Inhofe introduced the Honorable Kevin Stitt, Governor of Oklahoma. Watch Inhofe’s introduction here. Other witnesses included the Honorable Mark... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Bipartisan Leaders of Key Senate Committees Urge New National Security Adviser to Appoint 5G Coordinator

November 19, 2019

Today, the bipartisan leadership of several key Senate committees urged President Trump’s national security adviser to designate a senior coordinator dedicated to leading the nation’s effort to develop and deploy next-generation communications technologies. In a letter to Robert O’Brien, who was appointed as national security adviser in September, the top Republican and Democratic Senators on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the Senate Homeland Security and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Congratulates Brown on Appointment

November 15, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement after the U.S. Army appointed Mike Brown as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army:   “Mike has served Oklahoma and Lawton Fort Sill for over 30 years, and is an excellent choice for Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army. I congratulate him on his appointment.  “In his most recent position as Mayor Pro Tempore for the City of Lawton, Mike forged... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Leads Introduction of Keep Our Communities Safe Act

November 15, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement after the U.S. Army appointed Mike Brown as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army:       “Mike has served Oklahoma and Lawton Fort Sill for over 30 years, and is an excellent choice for Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army. I congratulate him on his appointment.  “In his most recent position as Mayor Pro Tempore for the City of Lawton,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Leads Introduction of Keep Our Communities Safe Act

November 15, 2019

U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), yesterday introduced the Keep Our Communities Safe Act, with Sens. John Boozman (R-Ark.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas). The legislation would close the legal loophole that requires immigration authorities to release back into the United States illegal aliens who have not been accepted for deportation to other countries after being detained for six months; a practice also referred to as "catch and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Congratulates Fellow Oklahomans Named Angels in Adoption Honorees

November 14, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) welcomed Rocky and Samantha Ausbrooks from Beggs, Okla., and their family to Washington today for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s annual “Angels in Adoption” Program.     “It is a privilege to welcome five-year-olds Addisyn and Kaleb and 13-year-old Tesfaye Ausbrooks to Washington as we celebrate their parents as Angels in Adoption Honorees,” Inhofe said. “Rocky and Samantha’s story is... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Questions Witnesses at EPW Hearing on Preserving and Expanding Clean, Reliable Nuclear Power

November 13, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) senior member of the Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee, questioned witnesses at an EPW hearing to receive testimony on Preserving and Expanding Clean, Reliable Nuclear Power: U.S. Commercial Nuclear Reactor Performance Trends and Safety Initiatives. Witnesses included Admiral Robert Willard, President and Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations; Dr. Peter Lyons, Commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 2005-2009,... Continue Reading »


Chairman Inhofe Welcomes NATO Secretary General Before Armed Services Committee

November 13, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg before the committee today for an informal meeting. Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee expressed their support for the long-standing military alliance and discussed the importance of security cooperation and burden sharing. Following the meeting, Inhofe released the following statement: “For 70 years, the NATO... Continue Reading »