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Inhofe Speaks on the Senate Floor in Opposition to Iran War Powers Resolution

May 7, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) spoke on the Senate floor today against S.J.Res.68, the War Powers Resolution.  As Prepared for Delivery: Just a few short months ago, President Trump made the boldest defense policy decision of his presidency to date: he authorized an air strike against the leader of Iran’s Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, in accordance with his authorities as Commander in Chief under Article II of the U.S. Constitution.  Now, let’s remember who Soleimani was. He was a terrorist. He... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Questions Witnesses at DOD Nomination Hearing

May 7, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned witnesses today at a committee hearing to consider three Department of Defense nominations. Witnesses included: Ambassador Kenneth Braithwaite to be Secretary of the Navy; General Charles Brown to be Chief of Staff of the Air Force; and Dr. James Anderson to be Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Inhofe: We’ll start off again with you, Ambassador Braithwaite. It’s been very... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Questions Witnesses About National Security Impacts of FCC's Ligado Decision at Hearing on DOD Spectrum Policy

May 7, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned witnesses at a hearing on the Department of Defense’s spectrum policy and the impacts of the Federal Communications Commission’s Ligado decision on national security. In response, witnesses described a process that disregarded years of testing and analysis that led to the Department of Defense and nearly a dozen other federal departments to object to Ligado’s proposal. The witnesses also went into detail... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Opening Remarks at DOD Nomination Hearing

May 7, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, delivered opening remarks today at a nomination hearing to consider the nominations of Ambassador Kenneth Braithwaite to be Secretary of the Navy; General Charles Brown to be Chief of Staff of the Air Force; Dr. James Anderson to be Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. As Prepared for Delivery: Good morning.  The Committee meets today to consider the nominations of: Ambassador Kenneth... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Oklahoma Provisions in America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020

May 7, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, praised the unanimous committee passage of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 and announced provisions in the legislation that will benefit Oklahoma. Inhofe’s provisions focus on the future of Oklahoma, including the next step in ensuring the Tulsa-West Tulsa Levees project becomes a reality. “We have some welcome news today amidst this crisis,” Inhofe said. “The EPW Committee... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe Blasts FCC Decision to Jeopardize National Security at SASC Hearing

May 6, 2020

In opening remarks at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), committee chairman, condemned the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to approve Ligado Networks’s proposal to repurpose spectrum adjacent to Global Positioning System (GPS) frequencies for a terrestrial cellular network — a move that threatens to interfere with signals that support critical military capabilities, public safety, and commerce.Witnesses include: Dana Deasy, Chief... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Joins Daines, Colleagues in Urging SBA to exclude Planned Parenthood from PPP loans

May 6, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and 92 other Members of Congress in urging the Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza to exclude Planned Parenthood from Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed for small businesses, nonprofits, and religious organizations under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).“The CARES Act gives the SBA broad authority in determining eligibility for small businesses and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds SBA for Helping Ag Businesses, Urges USDA to Support Chicken Producers

May 5, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) applauded U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza’s announcement that agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs. SBA’s EIDL portal reopened yesterday as a result of funding authorized by Congress through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act. The legislation, supported by Inhofe and signed into law by the President one week ago, makes available... Continue Reading »


Ross Commits to Evaluating all Federal Authorities to Secure America’s Energy Independence After Urging by Inhofe, Sullivan and Cramer

May 4, 2020

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) spoke with Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross this past week about their position that we need to apply tariffs, including 232 national security tariffs, to oil imports from Saudi Arabia and Russia as a result of their anticompetitive behavior. This is Sen. Inhofe’s second call with Secretary Ross since his March 18 letter.  “Saudi Arabia and Russia’s continued dumping of crude is having lasting and damaging... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Announces Nearly $355 Million in Additional Relief for Oklahoma Hospitals and Health Care Providers

May 4, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced today that hospitals and medical providers in Oklahoma will receive nearly $355 million in additional funds from the Department of Health and Human Services as authorized by the CARES Act. This funding will go towards hospitals and healthcare providers to combat the crisis, as well as targeted funding for areas that have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and rural providers. Because Inhofe urged HHS to prioritize rural hospitals, more than... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, SASC Scrutinize DOD COVID-19 Testing Plans

May 1, 2020

The Senate Armed Services Committee, chaired by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today received its fifth weekly briefing on the Department of Defense’s (DOD) response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The briefing focused on how DOD is conducting screening, surveillance and diagnostic testing of its personnel, as well as DOD’s research efforts on potential vaccines for COVID-19. Briefers included: David Norquist, Deputy Secretary of Defense; Gen. John Hyten, Vice Chairman of the Joint... Continue Reading »


Inhofe joins Rubio, Cardin on a Bipartisan Letter to Treasury and SBA on an Administrative Fix to the 7(A) Loan Program Authorization

May 1, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, joined Chairman Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) on a bipartisan letter to Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and Jovita Carranza, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), urging the agencies to provide an immediate administrative fix to ensure the continued operation of the 7(a) loan program. Due to a technical... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Holds Virtual Town Hall with State Chamber of Oklahoma on COVID-19 Resources

April 30, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) held a virtual town hall with the State Chamber of Oklahoma today on the COVID-19 response and resources available for families, individuals, small businesses and others across the state.  A comprehensive list of frequently asked questions associated with COVID-19 can be found here.The Paycheck Protection Program Increase Act of 2020, a second comprehensive coronavirus relief package, was enacted last week. Inhofe supported the legislation.This legislation... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Joins Cramer, Colleagues to Urge Administration & Fed to Protect Second Amendment Industries from Discrimination

April 29, 2020

Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Kevin Cramer (R- N.D.) and 17 other Senate Republican colleagues in urging Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, and the Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza to protect Second Amendment related industries from discrimination by financial institutions.“Several of the nation’s systemically important financial institutions use their market dominance to financially discriminate against... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Speaks to Sec. Ross About Tariff Request

April 27, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) spoke with Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today about his continued push for the Secretary to apply tariffs, including 232 national security tariffs, to oil imports from Saudi Arabia and Russia in response for their continued dumping of oil into the global markets, driving down prices at the same time that COVID-19 has caused demand to reach historic lows.During the call, Inhofe emphasized the need to do more to punish the two nations. Given the overwhelming... Continue Reading »


Oklahoma Delegation Applauds Administration Allowing Publicly Owned Hospitals Inclusion in CARES Act Programs

April 24, 2020

Today, Oklahoma’s Congressional Delegation released the following statements after the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) clarified this morning that publicly-owned rural hospitals will be eligible to receive Paycheck Protection Program loans and other financial assistance relief provided through the CARES Act:U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe: “It’s great to hear that after our request, the Trump Administration will now make rural, publicly-trusted hospitals eligible for the Paycheck... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Daines, Barrasso, Manchin, Peters Push for Relief for Rural Broadcasters, Local Newspapers During Coronavirus Pandemic

April 24, 2020

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) yesterday sent a letter with 73 bipartisan cosigners to the Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought to support radio and televisions broadcasters and local newspapers during the Coronavirus pandemic.“Our radio and television broadcasters and rural newspapers provide local and national news, emergency alerts, educational programs, and more to all... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Announces Completion of Tulsa-West Tulsa Levees Chief's Report

April 23, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced today that Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite has signed the Chief’s Report for the Tulsa-West Tulsa Levees project. This Chief’s Report is the formal recommendation from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the improvements necessary so the Tulsa Levees can continue to minimize the risk to life and property in communities they protect from flooding. On average, once funded, it takes three years to complete a feasibility study and Chief’s Report. Because of Inhofe’s... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Announces $160 Million in Additional Relief for Oklahoma Educational Institutions

April 23, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced today that the Department of Education will distribute an additional $160 million to the state of Oklahoma’s K-12 educational institutions from the Education Stabilization Fund as authorized by the CARES Act. Education leaders will have the flexibility to use funds from the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief Fund (ESSER Fund) for immediate needs, such as tools and resources for distance education, ensuring student health and safety and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Joins Cornyn, GOP Colleagues in Urging Against Release of Violent Criminals

April 23, 2020

Today,  U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined John Cornyn (R-Texas) and 26 other Senate Republican colleagues in sending a letter in support of Attorney General William Barr’s efforts to prioritize public safety as the Department of Justice seeks to address the consequences of the coronavirus in federal prisons.They wrote: “We understand that BOP is responding to address the impact of COVID-19 on correctional officers and inmates, and DOJ is using its authorities to allow for individualized... Continue Reading »