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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 »


Chairman Inhofe Welcomes NATO Secretary General Before Armed Services Committee

November 13, 2019

.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 »


ICYMI: Inhofe Speaks on Senate Floor on U.S.-China Trade Relationship

November 12, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) spoke on the Senate floor this evening about the current U.S.-China trade relationship  Click here to watch Sen. Inhofe’s remarks. As prepared for delivery: I’m here today to talk about an important vote I took 19 years ago—a vote about free trade and China. You might think it is out of character for me to be down here on the floor talking about trade with China, because usually I’m down here talking about how they’re investing... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe Speaks on Senate Floor on U.S.-China Trade Relationship

November 12, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) spoke on the Senate floor this evening about the current U.S.-China trade relationship.     Click here to watch Sen. Inhofe’s remarks. As prepared for delivery: I’m here today to talk about an important vote I took 19 years ago—a vote about free trade and China. You might think it is out of character for me to be down here on the floor talking about trade with China, because usually I’m down here talking about how... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe Opens Senate in Prayer

November 7, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), in advance of Veterans Day, opened the United States Senate in prayer this morning.   Click to watch Sen. Inhofe’s opening prayer.   Let us pray. Almighty God, Creator of all, as we gather here today, we are grateful for the service members who are deployed in the defense of our great nation under God.  We ask for your comfort of the families who continue the duties at home with the courage to maintain the home front in the absence of their... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe Opens Senate in Prayer

November 7, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), in advance of Veterans Day, opened the United States Senate in prayer this morning.   Click to watch Sen. Inhofe’s opening prayer.   Let us pray. Almighty God, Creator of all, as we gather here today, we are grateful for the service members who are deployed in the defense of our great nation under God.  We ask for your comfort of the families who continue the duties at home with the courage to maintain the home front in the absence of their... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Wicker Urge Trump to Hold Chinese Technology Companies Accountable

November 6, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), the chairmen of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Commerce Committee respectively, sent a letter to President Trump, urging him to address the willful decision by Chinese technology companies refusing to pay lawful intellectual property licensing fees to U.S.-based businesses for use of proprietary technology as part of his trade negotiations with China. The chairmen write in part: “By refusing to pay these... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe On Senate Floor: What Kind of Message Are Democrats Sending Our Troops, Allies and Enemies by Delaying Defense Bills?

November 6, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor about the need to pass defense authorization and appropriations legislation as soon as possible, given the security challenges facing our nation and limited legislative time remaining before the end of the year: As Prepared for Delivery: Last week, I came down here and talked about why we needed to pass the National Defense Authorization Act and why a full-year continuing resolution... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Applaud Nomination of Tulsa Attorney, Praise Trump’s Judicial Record

November 6, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today issued statements of support for President Trump’s nomination of John Heil to serve as judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma. In addition to announcing Mr. Heil’s nomination, President Trump also made remarks on the administration’s judicial confirmation milestones. “The president’s nomination of fellow Tulsan John Heil to serve on the U.S.... Continue Reading »