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Inhofe Visits with McAlester Community

September 19, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) spoke with McAlester community leaders, including the McAlester Defense Support Association (MDSA), today during their annual visit to Washington. Inhofe discussed national defense, America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act and his announcement that he will be introducing legislation to promote workforce development.     “The McAlester community is always a pleasure to visit with,” Inhofe said. “I am extremely glad... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Applaud Committee Advancement Of Oklahoman Kerry Pettingill

September 19, 2019

Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee advancement of Kerry Pettingill to serve as United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. Pettingill’s nomination was reported favorably by voice vote today in the Judiciary Committee and will now move to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. “I am pleased the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nomination of Kerry Lee Pettingill today,” said Inhofe.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Kicks Off FY2020 NDAA Conference Committee Meeting

September 19, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, convened the first official meeting of the House and Senate conferees for the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA). Each year, the chairmanship of the NDAA conference committee alternates between the two chambers. Before the ceremonial “passing of the gavel” from Inhofe to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), who will chair this year’s... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Highlights Need for MKARNS Modernization for EPW Committee

September 18, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee submitted a statement for the record for an EPW hearing titled “Improving American Economic Competitiveness through Water Resources Infrastructure.” This hearing is the first in a series the EPW Committee is holding to consider the next Water Resources and Development Act legislation. Mr. Chairman, thank you for holding this hearing to hear from the stakeholders who build and use our... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Senate Democrats Blocking Military, Infrastructure Funding

September 18, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement after Democrats blocked a vote to consider legislation that would provide more than 75 percent of the annual discretionary funding required to run the federal government, including funding for the Department of Defense, Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Army Corps of Engineers – Civil Works, Department of State, Department of Energy and Department of... Continue Reading »


Tulsa and West Tulsa Levee Feasibility Study Released, Public Comment Period Begins

September 17, 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Tulsa-West Tulsa Levees Integrated Feasibly Study Report and Environmental Assessment was released on September 16, 2019, for a 33-day comment period. It evaluated various alternatives to upgrade and modernize the "very high risk" Tulsa-West Tulsa levees, which are at risk of failure due to overtopping and inadequately controlled under-seepage and through seepage, the effects of which were evident during the 2019 flooding. The tentatively selected plan is... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Saudi Arabian Oil Attack

September 16, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the Saudi Arabian oil attack: “The apparent attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil production facilities by Iran is an attack on the global economy. President Trump has it right: Iran cannot be trusted, and we must protect our partners in the face of Iranian aggression. The best way to counter Iran is by working by, with and through regional partners — including making... Continue Reading »


U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe Bridge Named in Oklahoma

September 13, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined local and state officials last week for the official naming ceremony of the bridge over the Salt Fork of the Red River as the new U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe Bridge in Jackson County, Oklahoma. The original bridge, built in 1920, was deemed “structurally deficient” and, through the joint efforts of Sen. Inhofe, state and local officials, the new bridge is fully functional and has a life expectancy of 75 to 100 years.     “I am... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Questions Secretary of the Army, Air Force Nominees at Hearing

September 12, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned for Barbara Barrett to be Secretary of the Air Force and Ryan McCarthy to be Secretary of the Army at a SASC nomination hearing today. Click here to watch Sen. Inhofe’s remarks. Inhofe: Ms. Barret during my opening comments, I talked a little bit about our launch capabilities. I regret that while we were light years ahead, but trough the previous administration, we lost that edge. And we now have... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Statement on Security Assistance to Ukraine

September 12, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on critical security assistance to Ukraine: “I commend the Administration for providing critical security assistance to Ukraine to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity and push back against Russian aggression. After the Obama Administration dithered for years, President Trump took the decisive step in 2017 to move forward with lethal assistance that... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds EPA WOTUS Repeal

September 12, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environmental and Public Works Committee, praised the final repeal of the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule—marking the completion of the first significant regulatory milestone in replacing the rule. Finalizing this rule is the first step in ending the regulatory patchwork that has created uncertainty across the United States. Next, EPA will move forward with finalizing the new-WOTUS rule, that would give states and... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks At Nomination Hearing for Air Force and Army Secretaries

September 12, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, gave opening remarks this morning at a SASC nomination hearing for Barbara Barrett to be Secretary of the Air Force and Ryan McCarthy to be Secretary of the Army.  As prepared for delivery: Good morning. The Committee meets today to consider the nomination of: Mrs. Barbara Barrett to be the Secretary of the Air Force; and Mr. Ryan D. McCarthy to be Secretary of the Army. Thank you for being here... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Visits with State Chamber of Oklahoma

September 11, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) spoke with the State Chamber of Oklahoma today during their annual visit to Washington. Inhofe discussed the successes Oklahoma has seen as a result of joint efforts between the Senator and President Trump and the work they are doing to build on this momentum.    “My visits with the State Chamber of Oklahoma are always great opportunities for me to hear from folks across the state, including small business owners, large employers, local chambers,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Honors the Life and Legacy of T. Boone Pickens

September 11, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after learning of the death of Thomas Boone Pickens: “There’s much you can say about T. Boone Pickens and the impact he had on Oklahoma, but I will keep it simple: he embodied the spirit of Oklahoma and lived the American dream. “A graduate of Oklahoma State University, he grew frustrated with the bureaucracy of working for a large company and decided to start his own in 1956. This company was the basis for what became... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Honors Those Lost on 9/11

September 11, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement on the anniversary of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, remembering the men and women who lost their lives and honoring the first responders and service members who continue to fight the War on Terror: "On this day 18 years ago, almost 3,000 innocent men, women and children were taken from us. September 11th will forever be a day to remember and honor the first... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds $7.6 Million Grant For Oklahoma To Fight Opioid Crisis

September 6, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after President Trump and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced state-based grants to combat the opioid crisis, including $7.6 million for Oklahoma. “Too many families in Oklahoma and across the country have felt the impact of the opioid crisis. Working with President Trump, I’ve made addressing the crisis a priority—passing legislation that gave HHS the tools to combat the epidemic and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe-Reed Statement on Army Inspector General Report on Privatized Housing

September 5, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after the Department of the Army Inspector General released an assessment of the Army’s privatized housing program: “We’ve been clear for months: the problems plaguing military privatized housing are unacceptable. From the first hearing about the conditions within the program, it was clear that serious changes need to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford, Hern Support Border Wall Construction

September 4, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Congressman Kevin Hern (OK-01) released the following statements today regarding the notification that military construction funding will be used for border security: “The president knows we need to finish the wall on the southern border. I was there last month where I clearly saw yet again that border security is national security – plain and simple. We’re working... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Joins Senate Republicans, Sends Unified Message Against Democrats’ Court-Packing Threat

August 30, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined the entirety of his Republican colleagues in the Senate, led by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), in sending a letter to the Supreme Court of the United States condemning Democrats’ recent threats to pack the Supreme Court.     “I’m proud to stand up and rebuke the Democrats blatant attempt to play politics with our Second Amendment rights by... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Launch of U.S. Space Command

August 29, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today praised the official establishment of the United States Space Command. “I applaud President Trump for standing up United States Space Command as a Unified Combatant Command today,” Inhofe said. “This is an important step to support the space warfighting domain and ensures our strategic competitors, Russia and China, realize we are serious about implementing our National Defense Strategy. The... Continue Reading »