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Inhofe Responds to the 2019 State of the Union Address

February 5, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following video response today to President Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address. Click here to view and download Sen. Inhofe’s video remarks. Video remarks may be used for broadcast and/or to embed in print stories. Tonight we heard a positive, unifying message from President Trump about the State of our Union where he reminded us all why our nation—and our American values of freedom and democracy are the envy of the... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Questions Witness at SASC CENTCOM Hearing

February 5, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), questioned General Joseph L. Votel, Commander of the United States Central Command, this morning at a SASC hearing to receive testimony on United States Central Command. Click to watch Sen. Inhofe’s remarks. Remarks: Inhofe: I'm going to bring up three things that have grown into some controversy and they should not have and just very briefly get your opinion on that. First of all as we draw down, I... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Committee Passage of Wheeler Nomination

February 5, 2019

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


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks at SASC Hearing about CENTCOM

February 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 to receive testimony on United States Central Command from General Joseph L. Votel, Commander of the United States Central Command.  As prepared for delivery: Good morning. The Committee meets today to receive testimony on the United States Central Command. I’d like to welcome our witness: General Joseph L. Votel, Commander of United States Central... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe on U.S. Withdrawal of INF Treaty

February 1, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, praised the administration’s action today on the INF treaty: “It’s been 60 days since President Trump told Vladimir Putin to stop violating the INF treaty, but Russia hasn’t taken any meaningful steps to come into compliance. I’m pleased that the United States will begin the process to formally withdraw. Our NATO allies fully support this action, and continued consultation is critical.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, King, Coons Introduce CIVICS Act

January 31, 2019

Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Angus King (I-Maine) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced the Constitution education Is Valuable In Community Schools (CIVICS) Act today to support the development of Constitution and civics education curriculum for students across the country. “There is an old document around that nobody reads anymore called the Constitution,” Inhofe said. “It established the basis and formation of our nation: that we are a government of the people, by the people and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Joins Ernst to Re-Introduce Sarah’s Law

January 31, 2019

On January 31, 2016, the night of her graduation, Sarah Root, a twenty-one year-old Iowan from Council Bluffs, was struck and killed in Omaha, Neb., by Edwin Mejia, who entered the country illegally and was driving drunk – three times over the legal limit.  Today, on the third anniversary of her death, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), joined Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), along with Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Deb Fischer (R-NE) and 10 of their colleagues, re-introduced... Continue Reading »


Senators Introduce Bipartisan Wildlife Conservation Legislation

January 30, 2019

Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), along with committee ranking member Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), to reintroduce S. 268, the Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver (WILD) Act. The WILD Act is also cosponsored by Cory Booker (D-NJ), John Boozman (R-AR), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The WILD Act will promote wildlife conservation, assist in the management of invasive species, and... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Questions Witnesses at SASC Hearing about China and Russia

January 29, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), questioned witnesses at a SASC hearing to receive testimony on strategic competition with China and Russia. Witnesses included Mr. Elbridge Colby, Director of the Defense Program Center for a New American Security and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development; Mr. Ely Ratner, Executive Vice President and Director of Studies of the Center for a New American Security and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Menendez, Senators Urge Taiwan Participation in WHO

January 29, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), co-chairs of the U.S. Senate Taiwan Caucus, introduced S. 249 today, legislation calling for the Secretary of State to develop a strategy for Taiwan to regain observer status in the World Health Organization ahead of its annual global assembly later this year. They were joined by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), John Boozman (R-Ark.) and... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks at SASC Hearing about China and Russia

January 29, 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 strategic competition with China and Russia. Witnesses included Mr. Elbridge Colby, Director of the Defense Program Center for a New American Security and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development; Mr. Ely Ratner, Executive Vice President and Director of Studies of the Center for a New American Security... Continue Reading »


Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand and Support Teacher Leadership Opportunities

January 28, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) joined U.S. Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Doug Jones (D-AL), Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Jack Reed (D-RI) today in introducing the Teachers Are Leaders Act, which would create partnerships between colleges and high-need schools to develop and support innovative teacher leader roles. Teachers are one of the most important factors in student... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Cosponsors Shutdown Fairness Act

January 24, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced today he was a cosponsor of the Shutdown Fairness Act, legislation that would provide regular paychecks for “excepted” employees who work during a government shutdown. The legislation was introduced by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and is cosponsored by Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.). “It is ridiculous that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are blocking funding for the wall from being included in the government funding legislation. We have to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Johnson, Durbin Continue Push for Strong Response to Russian Aggression in Ukraine

January 24, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) along with 60 of their colleagues in introducing a resolution Thursday that calls for a prompt multinational freedom of navigation operation in the Black Sea and the cancellation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in response to Russia’s aggressive actions in the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov. Sens. Johnson, Durbin and Inhofe previously... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Secure Border and End Shutdown

January 24, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe made the following statement on the Senate votes to end the shutdown and secure the border. “Today I voted in favor of President Trump’s proposal to secure our border and reopen the government. This legislation had real conservative priorities, including funding the wall, increasing the number of ICE and Border Patrol agents and greater resources for combating the drug trafficking along the southern border. It was a pragmatic starting point, but Senate Democrats... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on President Trump's Border Security Proposal

January 19, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement on President Trump’s plan to reopen the government and fund border security: “President Trump has put forward a reasonable plan that prioritizes border security, including a wall, addresses the growing humanitarian crisis at our border and makes real reforms to our broken immigration system and abused asylum process. I look forward to supporting this legislation that includes bipartisan priorities to reopen the government... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Stands for Life by Sponsoring Nine Pro-Life Bills

January 18, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, co-sponsored nine pro-life bills in advance of the annual March for Life this week. “Our government has both a moral and constitutional obligation to protect the sanctity of human life—especially the unborn.” Inhofe said. “I am proud to continue to fight for the precious lives of the most vulnerable among us and sponsor these bills. Since Roe v. Wade, over 60 million babies have been... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Pro-Life Bill Senate Vote

January 17, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after Democrats blocked a vote to consider legislation that would end taxpayer-funded abortion. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would have established a government-wide statutory prohibition on taxpayer subsidies for abortion and abortion coverage. This legislation also prohibits subsidies in the form of refundable advanceable tax credits for abortion coverage through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Statement on Missile Defense Review

January 17, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed the release of the Missile Defense Review, which outlines ways to protect the American homeland and interests abroad against a potential missile attack: “I’m pleased the Missile Defense Review further aligns our national defense positions with the National Defense Strategy by emphasizing theater missile defense in Europe and the Pacific while improving the critical ability to... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe Introduces Acting Administrator Wheeler at EPW Confirmation Hearing

January 16, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler at his confirmation hearing this morning. Wheeler has been nominated by President Trump to serve officially as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Inhofe applauded the president’s intent to nominate Wheeler in November of 2018. Click to watch Sen. Inhofe’s introduction. Remarks: Thank you Mr. Chairman. I would like to introduce my friend Andrew Wheeler and I’m honored he allowed me... Continue Reading »