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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 »


ICYMI: Inhofe Speaks on Common Sense for the Common Defense: Aviation and Artillery

January 15, 2019

This week, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke on the Senate floor, presenting his fourth Common Sense for the Common Defense floor speech as part of his ongoing series designed to highlight key national security policies. Inhofe talked about eroding advantage over our adversaries, specifically in the area of aviation and artillery. Watch here. As prepared for delivery: In my first Common Sense for Common Defense floor speech, I highlighted the fact... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Cosponsors Concealed-Carry Reciprocity Bill

January 11, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) has cosponsored the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This legislation will allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state with concealed carry laws, while abiding by that state’s laws. The bill was introduced yesterday by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX). “I am proud to cosponsor the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which protects law-abiding citizens’ right... Continue Reading »


President Signs Inhofe Legislation to Commemorate End of WWII

January 11, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised the enactment of S. 3661, the 75th Anniversary of World War II Commemoration Act yesterday. This legislation establishes a commemorative program to honor veterans, educate the public about the history of World War II, highlight the service of the men and women who served our nation on the home front during the war, recognize the contributions of our allies and remember the horrors of the Holocaust. “We owe it to the veterans of World War II to... Continue Reading »


Senators Urge HHS to Enforce Separate Abortion Fee Payment Requirement

January 9, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined a group of fourteen Senators, led by U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), today to encourage the Trump administration to move forward with a final rule that would ensure pro-life consumers enrolled in Affordable Care Act (ACA) health plans aren’t subsidizing abortion services. In a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, the Senators expressed their support for an HHS rule on ACA Section 1303.  The rule, titled... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Rounds, Kennedy, Cruz, Cassidy Reintroduce Bill to Fully Fund Border Wall

January 8, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) today reintroduced the WALL Act, legislation that would fully fund the border wall along the southern border. Their legislation, first introduced last December, is also the first bill that will fund the wall by identifying a specific funding sources.   “We need to build the wall,” Inhofe said. “Over the past two weeks, Democrats have refused to... Continue Reading »


President Signs Veterans Benefits and Transition Act, Includes Inhofe Legislation

January 4, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, praised the president for signing S. 2248, the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018. The legislation included legislation Inhofe authored to improve veteran health care, specifically to require all VA Medical Centers to present a plan to reach five star ratings. “I am very pleased the president signed the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act. In the past few years, we’ve made significant progress... Continue Reading »