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Inhofe Praises Committee Passage of CONTRACT Act of 2019

December 11, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation, submitted a statement for the record today ahead of the committee’s markup of the bill. The CONTRACT Act was reported favorably from the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation today. This legislation, sponsored by Sen. Inhofe, is cosponsored by 26 Members of the United States Senate, which can be viewed here. Mr. Chairman, thank you for including my... Continue Reading »


Inhofe’s NDAA Conference Report Supports Oklahoma Military

December 10, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced provisions he authored in the National Defense Authorization Act that will benefit Oklahoma military installations, military families and support a strong national defense.   “Each year, Congress passes the annual National Defense Authorization Act – key legislation that fulfills our greatest responsibility to defend American families and ensure that our armed forces have the training,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Announcement of Path Forward on USMCA

December 10, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the announcement of a path forward on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which would replace the outdated North American Free Trade Agreement. Inhofe was the only member of the Oklahoma delegation who opposed NAFTA because it harmed American truckers and put U.S. businesses at a disadvantage. Currently, roughly 15,000 jobs in Oklahoma are supported by agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico. That equals nearly $2 billion a year. Read... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Pelosi's Articles of Impeachment

December 10, 2019

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe made the following statement after Speaker Pelosi announces articles of impeachment as a result of her biased witch hunt against President Trump: “Today Speaker Pelosi took another step forward in her goal to impeach President Trump no matter the facts, no matter the consequences. Here’s the reality – throughout this entire biased, unprecedented, sham process, I haven’t seen any evidence that would support impeachment of the President. Instead of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Senate and House Armed Services Committees Complete Conference on FY20 National Defense Authorization Act

December 9, 2019

U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Representatives Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman and ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, today announced details of the Conference Report for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, which authorizes funding for the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Questions Witnesses at Armed Services Committee Hearing on National Defense Strategy

December 5, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned witnesses this morning at a SASC hearing on strategic threats, ongoing challenges and implementation of the National Defense Strategy. Witnesses included the Honorable John C. Rood, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and Lieutenant General David W. Allvin, Director for Strategy, Plans and Policy, Joint Staff.     Inhofe: Thank you both. In my opening remarks, I referred to the 14,000... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe, Senate Armed Services Committee Press Service Secretaries, Chiefs on Privatized Military Housing Crisis

December 5, 2019

  The Washington Times December 3, 2019 ‘Time for talk is over’: Senators rip military brass over substandard housing By: Mike Glenn For more than two hours, senators grilled the secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force, along with the senior uniformed members of each military service, who appeared before the Armed Services committee alongside Ms. Field. Lawmakers from both parties called on Pentagon officials to crack down on landlords who aren’t providing military... Continue Reading »


Oklahoma Delegation Unified in Support of USMCA

December 5, 2019

More than a year after President Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) with leaders from Mexico and Canada, Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation is unanimous in support of the trade deal. Both U.S. Senators and all five Members of the House call on House Leadership to work together to bring the USMCA for a vote before the end of the year. Sen. Jim Inhofe said, “We are well past a year since President Trump’s announcement of the USMCA trade agreement, yet... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe Opening Remarks at Armed Services Committee Hearing on National Defense Strategy

December 5, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, gave opening remarks this morning at a SASC hearing on strategic threats, ongoing challenges and implementation of the National Defense Strategy.  As Prepared for Delivery: The Senate Armed Services Committee meets today to receive testimony on strategic threats, ongoing challenges, and National Defense Strategy implementation. Two years ago, the National Defense Strategy, or NDS, shifted America’s... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises EPA Action to Improve the NSR Permitting Program

December 4, 2019

Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) senior member of the Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee, released the following statement supporting the actions taken by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clarify and improve New Source Review (NSR) permitting requirements. “For too long, New Source Review permitting requirements stifled job creation, hampered innovation and slowed the ability to modernize critical energy infrastructure. Worse, in previous... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe Questions Service Secretaries About Substandard Conditions in Privatized Military Housing

December 3, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned witnesses this morning at a SASC hearing on reports of ongoing substandard conditions in privatized military housing.  Witnesses included: Elizabeth A. Field, Director, Defense Capabilities and Management, Government Accountability Office; Ryan D. McCarthy, Secretary of the Army; Thomas B. Modly, Acting Secretary of the Navy; Barbara M. Barrett, Secretary of the Air Force; General James C.... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe Delivers Opening Remarks at Privatized Military Housing Hearing

December 3, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, gave opening remarks this morning at a SASC hearing  on reports of ongoing substandard conditions in privatized military housing. Witnesses included: Elizabeth A. Field, Director, Defense Capabilities and Management, Government Accountability Office; Ryan D. McCarthy, Secretary of the Army; Thomas B. Modly, Acting Secretary of the Navy; Barbara M. Barrett, Secretary of the Air Force; General James C.... Continue Reading »


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 »