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Inhofe, Lankford Praise Nomination of Tim Downing

March 1, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) praised the president’s intent to nominate Timothy Downing to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. “Tim Downing is an excellent selection for U.S. Attorney,” Inhofe said. “After working as a legal fellow in my office, Tim has gone on to serve the State of Oklahoma in multiple capacities, including in the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office, as a state legislator and as counsel to the... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe Cosponsors Bill to Help Fuel "Machine Called America"

March 1, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) has cosponsored S. 383, the Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act, which was reintroduced by U.S. Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) in February. “I am glad to cosponsor the USE IT Act, which will ensure America remains a leader in innovative technology and energy production. For eight years President Obama had a war on fossil fuels. Now, this legislation is a bipartisan commitment to the fact the... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Statement on Space Force Proposal

March 1, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement after the president released his proposal to create the United States Space Force: “We’ve known for some time that China and Russia are increasing their investment and challenging our dominance in space. The threats are real, which is why I welcome the president’s legislative proposal for creating the U.S. Space Force. In the coming days and weeks the committee and I... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Statement on North Korea Summit

February 28, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, commended the president for maintaining his commitment to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.   “President Trump is right to push for real progress on North Korea denuclearization and for being willing to walk away from a bad deal. We must stand strong with our allies and insist on complete, verifiable denuclearization.”  Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Senate Confirmation of EPA Administrator Wheeler

February 28, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), praised the confirmation of Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to serve as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Inhofe praised the committee passage of Wheeler’s nomination, applauded President Trump’s intent to nominate Wheeler in November of 2018 and introduced Wheeler at his confirmation hearing. “Andrew Wheeler is the right choice... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks at SASC Nuclear Policy and Posture Hearing

February 28, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, gave opening remarks this morning at a SASC hearing to receive testimony on nuclear policy and posture. As prepared for delivery: Good morning. The committee meets today to receive testimony from experts outside the government on nuclear policy and posture. I’d like to welcome our witnesses: Madelyn Creedon, former Principal Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration; Frank Miller, former... Continue Reading »


Senators Reintroduce Bipartisan DRIVE-Safe Act

February 26, 2019

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) today in reintroducing the Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy (DRIVE-Safe) Act to address the driver shortage in the trucking and logistics industry, and enhance safety training and job opportunities for young truckers. U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) also joined... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Questions Witnesses at SASC STRATCOM and NORTHCOM Hearing

February 26, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), questioned witnesses this morning at a SASC hearing to receive testimony on United States Strategic Command and United States Northern Command. Witnesses included General John Hyten, USAF Commander, U.S. Strategic Command and General Terrence “Terry” O’Shaughnessy, USAF Commander, U.S. Northern Command. Click to watch Sen. Inhofe’s remarks.  Remarks: Inhofe: You know, General... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Joins Effort to Help Businesses Comply with Worker Eligibility Laws

February 26, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa in reintroducing legislation to help businesses comply with immigration laws by certifying the legal status of their workforce. The Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act would permanently authorize the E-Verify program, an internet–based system that assists employers in determining whether current or prospective employees are authorized to work in the United States. The bill requires employers to use... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks at SASC STRATCOM and NORTHCOM Hearing

February 26, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, gave opening remarks this morning at a SASC hearing to receive testimony on United States Strategic Command and United States Northern Command. As prepared for delivery: Good morning. The committee meets today to receive testimony on the posture of U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Northern Command. I’d like to welcome our witnesses: General John Hyten, Commander of U.S. STRATCOM General Terry... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes for Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

February 25, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after Democrats blocked consideration of S.311, legislation to protect babies who are born alive after an attempted abortion: “Today I voted to protect babies who are born alive after an attempted abortion by requiring doctors to provide the same level of medical care they would to any other baby. The fact that Democrats blocked this bill shows how radical and out of step they are with the American people – 80 percent of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Maintaining Forces in Syria

February 23, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), made the following statement after the president’s decision to maintain a small peacekeeping force of troops in Syria: “President Trump’s decision to keep some troops in Syria ensures that any draw down reflects conditions on the ground. I commend his commitment to coordinate with Turkey to ensure stability in the region.” Continue Reading »


Inhofe Leads Delegation to Djibouti

February 22, 2019

U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe, Mike Enzi, John Boozman, Mike Rounds and Congressmen Trent Kelly and Greg Gianforte visited Camp Lemmonier in Djibouti this week where they discussed the importance of the U.S.-Djibouti partnership with President Guelleh and growing influence of China in the Horn of Africa. In addition to their aerial observations of the China’s military base and encroachment on the Port of Djibouti, the delegation toured the base and discussed ongoing military construction... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Leads Delegation to Israel

February 21, 2019

U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe, Mike Enzi, John Boozman, Mike Rounds and Congressmen Trent Kelly and Greg Gianforte visited Jerusalem, Israel, this week where they met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, went to the newly-designated U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and visited the Iron Dome site. Inhofe also published an op-ed in the Times of Israel praising the future of U.S.-Israel relations. "My visit to Israel highlighted how our strategic partnership with Israel advances American interests and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Leads Delegation to Kosovo

February 19, 2019

U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe, Mike Enzi, John Boozman, Mike Rounds and Congressmen Trent Kelly and Greg Gianforte visited Kosovo where they met with U.S. troops stationed there and visited with Kosovo’s President, Prime Minister and Commander of the Kosovo Security Force.  “Since 1999, the United States has shown its commitment to Kosovo,” Inhofe said. “Now, 11 years after their independence, our friendship is closer than ever. Kosovo has proven to be a good friend in... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Leads Delegation to Munich Security Conference

February 17, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, led a delegation to the Munich Security Conference this weekend. The delegation, which included Sen. Mike Enzi, Sen. John Boozman, Sen. Mike Rounds, Rep. Trent Kelly and Rep. Greg Gianforte, participated in bilateral meetings and attended forums where they highlighted the importance of NATO and continued cooperation with allies and partners against Russia.  Specific meetings included discussions with Afghan... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds USS Tulsa Commissioned In San Francisco

February 16, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised the commissioning of the USS Tulsa today. The USS Tulsa is the second naval vessel to honor a city in Oklahoma. The ship integrates new technology and capability to support current and future mission capability from deep water to the littorals. “I am incredibly proud the USS Tulsa, the namesake of my hometown, has officially been commissioned today in San Francisco,” Inhofe said. “The renewed investment in our military is being... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Questions Witnesses at SASC SOCOM and CYBERCOM Hearing

February 14, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned witnesses this morning at a SASC hearing to receive testimony on United States Special Operations Command and United States Cyber Command. Witnesses included the Honorable Owen O. West, Assistant Secretary Of Defense, Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict; General Raymond A. Thomas, III, USA, Commander of the United States Special Operations Command; and General Paul M. Nakasone, USA, Commander of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Spending Bill Vote and National Emergency Declaration

February 14, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after voting against legislation that failed to provide sufficient funding for border security: “I’ve been saying this from the beginning—we need to seriously strengthen our border security to block the smuggling of illegal drugs and people. Real reforms must be made to our immigration process. This bill falls short of that goal. Instead of a real investment in the wall, it gives the President less than the original... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Senate Passage of Attorney General Barr

February 14, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised the confirmation of William Barr to be the United States Attorney General. “I was proud to support Bill Barr’s confirmation as Attorney General today,” Inhofe said. “Mr. Barr is a solid addition to this Administration. He provided exemplary leadership heading the Department of Justice under President George H.W. Bush and will do so again. I look forward to working alongside him as he works to keep America safe and uphold the... Continue Reading »