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Inhofe Joins Senators To Encourage Trump Administration To Avoid Another Continuing Resolution

July 3, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and 14 other senators to encourage Trump Administration officials to reach consensus with congressional leaders on a two-year budget deal to fully fund the military. In a letter to Acting Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Russ Vought, Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the senators caution that another continuing... Continue Reading »


Senators Inhofe, Lankford Applaud Nomination for US Marshal

July 1, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded the nomination of Kerry Lee Pettingill to serve as United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. “Kerry Lee Pettingill has an outstanding and distinguished career in law enforcement,” said Inhofe. “I commend Kerry on his nomination to serve as United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. I know he will serve this new position and the people of Oklahoma well and look forward to... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Statement on Defeat of Amendment To Tie President's Hands When Responding to Iran

June 28, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after the Udall amendment, which could have tied the President’s hands when responding to Iran, was defeated in the Senate: “As we’ve seen from recent attacks, the threats from Iran and its proxies are real. President Trump and his administration have sought to prevent war, responding proportionately and appropriately to these provocations,” Sen.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Senators Lead Effort for Congress to Condemn the Houthi Movement in Yemen

June 28, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a concurrent resolution condemning the Houthi movement in Yemen for human rights violations, violence against civilians and its ties to Iran. U.S. Representatives Will Hurd (TX-23) and Michael McCaul (TX-10) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. “The Houthis’ armed takeover of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Joins Bipartisan Effort To Ease Burdens On Agricultural Trucking

June 28, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined U.S. Sens. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in a bipartisan effort to level the playing field for the transportation of agricultural products. The Agricultural Trucking Relief Act will expand the definition of an “agricultural commodity” to include horticultural and aquacultural products, promote consistency across all federal and state agencies, and ease regulatory burdens on the trucking industry. This bill is also cosponsored by U.S.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe's Senate-Passed NDAA Benefits Oklahoma Installations

June 27, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, praised the Senate passage of the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act with a bipartisan vote of 86-8. “The National Defense Authorization Act helps our military meet the goals of the National Defense Strategy, supports our troops, and protects American freedom and prosperity. It is the most important bill we’ll consider all year,” Sen. Inhofe said. “Congress has passed this critical... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Speaks on NDAA Ahead of Passage Vote

June 27, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor in support of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2020. As Prepared for Delivery: In just a few minutes, the Senate will vote on final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. Throughout the last week and a half, we have debated this legislation here on the Senate floor in a fair process. I want to thank my colleagues who... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford, Hern Urge Corps to Prioritize Tulsa Levees

June 27, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Congressman Kevin Hern (OK-01) wrote a letter to urge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete feasibility study for the Tulsa-West Tulsa levees by the end of this year. The feasibility study is a key first step to modernizing the aging levee system. The members also request the immediate implementation of critical improvements following the conclusion of the study. The letter is available here and pasted below. Dear Assistant... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes For Bipartisan Border Bill

June 26, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) voted today for a bipartisan, supplemental border spending package that would provide additional funds for border security and increase funding for the Department of Health and Human Services facilities for unaccompanied minors, including the influx facility planned for Fort Sill.  “As a former builder and developer in South Texas, I know the border and visit there often. I’ve seen firsthand how decades of immigration... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Senators Urge Administration to Uphold the Rule of Law and Block Senate Democrats’ Efforts to Roll Back President Trump’s Energy Independence Accomplishments

June 26, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Pat Toomey (R-Penn.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) today urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to stand with the hardworking men and women of small refineries across the country, and block Senate Democrats’ attempts to roll back President Trump’s energy independence accomplishments. Recently 12... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe on Importance of Passing the National Defense Authorization Act As Soon As Possible

June 25, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke today on the Senate floor about the importance of passing the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2020 as quickly as possible. Sen. Inhofe also highlighted the bipartisan process through which the bill was drafted. As Prepared for Delivery: Yesterday, we got down to work on amendments for the annual defense authorization legislation. We filed a substitute amendment that included 93 bipartisan... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe on President's Intent to Nominate Department of Defense Leadership

June 21, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on President Trump’s intent to nominate key positions at the Department of Defense: “President Trump has made a good choice in quickly signaling his intent to nominate Secretary Esper to be Secretary of Defense," Sen. Inhofe said. "This position is far too important to our national security to continue being filled on an acting basis for any longer. Secretary... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Visits with Boy Scouts at Hale Scout Reservation

June 21, 2019

Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), toured the Hale Scout Reservation in Talihina, Okla., and visited with Boy Scouts and troop leaders. Inhofe also engaged with Scouts working to earn their Citizenship in the Nation merit badge. Earlier this spring, the Indian Nations Council of Boy Scouts of America announced the dedication of The Senator James M. Inhofe Education Complex at the camp. This complex will support the thousands of youth who utilize a summer camp experience to advance through... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford, Mullin, Cole Welcome Naming Of USNS Cherokee Nation

June 21, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Representative Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), citizen of Cherokee Nation, and Representative Tom Cole (OK-04), citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, made the following statement after Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer announced the newest Towing, Salvage and Rescue ship (T-ATS) would be named Cherokee Nation in honor of the service and... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Introduces the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act on the Senate Floor

June 19, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor about S. 1790, the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, after the Senate voted to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the legislation.  As Prepared for Delivery: Over the next few days, the Senate will be considering the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. This is the most important bill we’ll debate all year.   There is an... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Duckworth Praise Committee Passage of Route 66 Centennial Commission Act

June 19, 2019

Today, U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) praised the committee’s passage of the Route 66 Centennial Commission Act, legislation to establish a commission in preparation of the centennial anniversary of Route 66. “I am proud to sponsor legislation to establish a commission that will recognize the importance and historical significance of our beloved highway—Route 66,”... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Trump Announcement Regarding Acting Secretary of Defense

June 18, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on President Trump's announcement that Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan would no longer continue with his confirmation process, and that current Secretary of the Army Mark Esper would step into the role of Acting Secretary of Defense. “I want to thank Patrick Shanahan for his service as Deputy Secretary of Defense and as Acting Secretary of Defense and wish... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe Questions Witnesses at WOTUS EPW Hearing

June 14, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, questioned witnesses at an EPW hearing entitled “A Review of Waters of the U.S. Regulations: Their Impact on States and the American People.” Witnesses included Mr. Todd Fornstrom, President of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation; The Honorable Doug C. Goehring, Commissioner of North Dakota Department of Agriculture; and Mr. Richard Elias, Supervisor of District five of the Pima... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Speaks on the Floor Against Joint Resolution of Disapproval Regarding Arms Sales to Bahrain and Qatar

June 13, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor against the joint resolutions of disapproval regarding arms sales to Bahrain and Qatar, which both failed.       As prepared: Mr. President, I strongly urge my colleagues to oppose the joint resolution of disapproval regarding arms sales to Bahrain and Qatar.  These two Arabian Peninsula states are important American partners in countering Iran and combating ISIS,... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Statement on U.S.-Poland Joint Defense Declaration

June 12, 2019

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released the following statement on the joint declaration on U.S. force posture in Poland signed today by President Trump and Polish President Duda: “Today’s joint declaration between President Trump and President Duda of Poland is a clear message to Putin that we’re serious about deterring Russian aggression,” Sen. Inhofe said. “It’s also a meaningful next step to the provision Sen.... Continue Reading »