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Inhofe Blocks Democrat Effort to Increase Health Care Costs

October 30, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) voted today against Democrat efforts that would have overturned President Trump’s guidance giving states more flexibility to offer affordable health insurance. “Time and time again, Democrats have shown that they care more about attacking President Trump than they do about American families. The latest example: they want to overturn guidance that helps drive down the cost of health insurance. Again – they want to undo guidance that... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Introduces Bill to Maintain National Defense, Support for Troops

October 29, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today introduced the “skinny” National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA). This basic version of the annual defense authorization fulfills Congress’s duty to provide for the common defense by extending essential, noncontroversial authorities for national security programs that would otherwise expire soon. While conference negotiations between the House and Senate continue, the... Continue Reading »


Chairman Inhofe On Senate Floor: We Need to Put Our Service Members First - No Matter What

October 29, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor about his plan to move essential national security legislation if Congress is unable to complete a conference report on full-year defense authorization legislation by the end of the calendar year. The legislation would extend essential, noncontroversial authorities that take care of our troops, support our nation’s defense strategy and protect American... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Chairman Inhofe Questions CIO, CMO, Navy General Counsel Nominees at SASC Hearing

October 29, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned nominees Lisa Hershman to be Chief Management Officer (CMO) of the Department of Defense (DOD); Mr. Dana Deasy to be Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Department of Defense; and Robert Sander to be General Counsel of the Department of the Navy this morning at a SASC nomination hearing. Click here to watch Sen. Inhofe’s remarks.  Inhofe: I appreciate the fact that all three of you, in the... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks at Nomination Hearing for Pentagon Chief Information Officer and Chief Management Officer, Navy General Counsel

October 29, 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 Lisa Hershman to be Chief Management Officer (CMO) of the Department of Defense (DOD); Mr. Dana Deasy to be Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Department of Defense; and Robert Sander to be General Counsel of the Department of the Navy.  As prepared for delivery: Good morning. The Committee meets today to consider the nomination of: Ms. Lisa... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Receives Award for Support of Rural Economic Development

October 28, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) was recently honored with the 2019 NRLA Congressional Leadership Award from the National Rural Lenders Association in recognition of his work and leadership in supporting rural communities and rural economies in Oklahoma and around the nation.      “I’m proud of the work the National Rural Lenders Association accomplishes on behalf of rural America,” Inhofe said. “The private lending institutions they advocate for support... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

October 27, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on the White House announcement of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: “Last night, our brave special operations forces successfully executed a dangerous mission—to get ISIS leader al-Baghdadi. I want to thank President Trump for making the call to bring down one of the most dangerous terrorists who is responsible for the death of hundreds, including... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Cosponsors Resolution to Condemn the Democrat Impeachment Process

October 24, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) cosponsored a resolution today that condemns House Democrats for their biased, unprecedented impeachment process:    “Because they lack evidence of any wrongdoing by President Trump, House Democrats have tried to keep Americans in the dark about their impeachment inquiry by holding hearings behind closed doors and denying the President his right to due process. Worse, they are ignoring the established, bipartisan precedent followed during the... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Questions Strategic Command Nominee at Hearing

October 24, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), questioned Vice Admiral Charles A. Richard, nominated to be Admiral and Commander, United States Strategic Command, at a SASC nomination hearing today.  Click here to watch Sen. Inhofe’s remarks. Inhofe: Thank you very much, Admiral. I have a couple things I want to be sure that we get out of the way early. One is a problem, now and then you hear about it. I haven’t heard recently, and I... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Readies Plan to Move Defense Authorization Legislation Forward, Take Care of Troops

October 24, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on progress toward a final conference agreement on the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. While Inhofe does not believe that it is necessary to move to a ‘skinny bill’ now, he wants to be ready in the event conference negotiators are unable to reach an agreement before the end of the year. “My fellow conferees and I have made good progress on... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes Against Democrats Attempt to Undercut Tax Reform

October 23, 2019

Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) stood up for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 by voting against the Democrats’ attempt to roll back parts of the first comprehensive tax reform in 30 years. “The historic tax reforms of 2017 gave Oklahomans and families across the country a tax cut, but Democrats want to dismantle it. Why? High tax, liberal legislators are being forced to realize the consequences of their astronomical state and local property tax rates. Rather than adjust local... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Questions Witnesses at EPW Hearing on Water Resources Infrastructure

October 23, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) senior member of the Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee, questioned a federal panel of witnesses at an Environmental Public Works (EPW) hearing to receive testimony on Improving American Economic Competitiveness Through Water Resources Infrastructure. Witnesses included Rickey Dale “R.D.” James, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works; Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite, Commanding General and Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army Corps of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Senate Republicans Introduce Legislation to Affirm American Leadership in Syria

October 22, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, alongside Senate leaders from the national security and foreign relations committees, introduced a resolution condemning Turkey for escalating hostilities in northeastern Syria, calling for a halt to the withdrawal of U.S. armed forces from Syria, and asserting America’s integral role in maintaining security and stability in the region. Inhofe joins Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Majority Leader; Sen.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Add North Macedonia to NATO

October 22, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voted for Treaties Calendar #5, Treaty Document #116-1, Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on the Accession of the Republic of North Macedonia, which adds North Macedonia to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as a member state. The legislation passed by a vote of 91-2. “Expanding and strengthening our alliances, like those with NATO countries, is key to our national security. I look... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Submits Comment on Tulsa-West Tulsa Feasibility Study

October 21, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) submitted a comment to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the feasibility study for the Tulsa-West Tulsa levees. 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. Inhofe praised the release of the study here. The letter is available here and below. Re: Tulsa and West Tulsa Levees Integrated Feasibility Study Draft... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Cosponsors Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

October 21, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) cosponsored the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019. “What began as the people of Hong Kong standing up to peacefully protest an unjust proposal that would have given the Communist Party in Beijing unprecedented overreach into their judicial system has become a brave stand for democracy and the future of Hong Kong in the face of tyrannical communist rule and religious persecution. The leadership in Beijing, fearful of empowered citizenry and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on U.S.-Turkey Agreement Regarding Turkey's Incursion in Northeast Syria

October 19, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement on the recently announced agreement between Turkey and the United States: “I thank President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Secretary Pompeo for their work to negotiate an agreement between Turkey and the United States regarding Turkey’s incursion in northeast Syria. The next few days will be critical, and I will be watching closely as the situation... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Discusses Efforts to Improve CAFE Standards

October 18, 2019

Yesterday, 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 Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee hearing titled “Reducing Emissions While Driving Economic Growth: Industry-led Initiatives.” Mr. Chairman, thank you for hosting this hearing on the important ways industry has both voluntarily and effectively reduced its impact on the environment. This is a necessary discussion as,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Heinrich, Hern Introduce GROWTH Act to Generate Workforce Opportunities

October 17, 2019

Today, U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced S. 2620, the Generating Real Opportunities for Workforce Training and Hiring (GROWTH) Act. This legislation will support career and technical education opportunities, consistent communication between career and technical education institutions regarding curriculum, and the importance for elementary and secondary education institutions to highlight enrollment in these professions as desirable high-skill, high wage... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Supports President Trump in Efforts to Build the Wall

October 17, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised President Trump’s commitment to securing the southern border by voting to uphold the president’s veto on legislation that would have revoked the emergency declaration. “The case for the President’s emergency declaration is clear—we need to take action now to build the wall. I’ve visited the border seven times and this fact is more apparent than ever. I applaud the president for his veto and look forward to continuing... Continue Reading »