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Senate Confirms Oklahoman Patrick Wyrick as District Court Judge

April 9, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford (R-Okla.) praised the confirmation of Patrick Wyrick to the Western District of Oklahoma: “I am pleased the Senate made the right choice to confirm Patrick Wyrick today,” said Inhofe. “His service to Oklahoma and his deep roots in the state provide him a well-rounded background to serve the Western District well. As a Justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court and former Solicitor General for the State of Oklahoma, Justice Wyrick values the... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Questions Witnesses at SASC Department of the Navy Posture Hearing

April 9, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned witnesses this morning at a SASC hearing to receive testimony on the posture of the United States Department of the Navy. Witnesses included the Honorable Richard V. Spencer, Secretary of the Navy; Admiral John M. Richardson, USN, Chief of Naval Operations; and General Robert B. Neller, USMC, Commandant of the Marine Corps. Click to watch Sen. Inhofe’s remarks.  Remarks: Inhofe: I’ve had... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks at SASC Navy Posture Hearing

April 9, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, gave opening remarks this morning at a SASC hearing on the posture of the United States Department of the Navy. Witnesses included the Honorable Richard V. Spencer, Secretary of the Navy; Admiral John M. Richardson, USN, Chief of Naval Operations; and General Robert B. Neller, USMC, Commandant of the Marine Corps. As prepared for delivery: The Committee meets today to receive testimony on the posture of the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises $1.5 Million EDA Grant to the City of Durant

April 5, 2019

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.5 million grant to the city of Durant, Okla., to make critical water infrastructure improvements needed to support business expansion in the region. The investment will bring new growth to a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act-designated Opportunity Zone and, according to grantee estimates, is expected to create 73 jobs and spur $12 million in private... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Menendez, Gardner, Markey and Risch Introduce Legislation Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act

April 4, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, today along with Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), introduced a resolution in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and the continuing and growing partnership between Taiwan and the United States: “As Co-Chair of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, I am incredibly proud to introduce this resolution in... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe Questions Witness at a Small Business Committee Hearing on SBA's Access to Capital Programs

April 4, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), questioned Mr. William Manger, Associate Administrator of the Office of Capital Access Small Business Administration, at a Senate Small Business hearing to receive testimony on the reauthorization of the SBA’s access to capital programs.  Click to watch Sen. Inhofe’s remarks.  Remarks: Inhofe: Mr. Manger, the SBA acted in two policy notices early in 2017 that have resulted in staffing firm franchisees’ inability to qualify for SBA... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks at SASC Air Force Hearing

April 4, 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 the posture of the Department of the Air Force. Witnesses included Dr. Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force, and General David Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the Air Force.  As prepared for delivery:  The Committee meets today to receive testimony on the posture of the U.S. Air Force and its fiscal year 2020 budget request. We... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Visits with Oklahoma Farm Bureau in Washington

April 3, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) met with members of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau this week in Washington. They discussed a number of issues including the crisis at the border, success under the direction of President Trump and Inhofe’s work to include key provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill to support Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers.                “The Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s annual trip to Washington is one I look forward to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe First Senator to Receive AFGE Lawmaker of the Year Award for Work on Military-Civilian Work Force

April 2, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla) was honored with the 2018-2019 Lawmaker of the Year Award by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Depot/Arsenal Caucus, which represents those who work at Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps facilities, as well as the Defense Logistics Agency.  It was endorsed by AFGE DEFCON (Defense Conference), which represents more than 300,000 DOD civilians, including the workforce at Tinker Air Force Base and McAlester Army Ammunition Plant in... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks at SASC Nomination Hearing

April 2, 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. Nominees included General Tod D. Wolters, as Commander of U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe; and General Stephen J. Townsend as Commander of U.S. Africa Command. As prepared for delivery: Good morning. The Committee meets today to consider the nominations of: General Tod D. Wolters, to be Commander of U.S. European Command and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Visits with Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce in Washington

March 29, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) was pleased to meet with members of the Lawton Chamber of Commerce and Fort Sill community this week during their annual trip to Washington D.C. They discussed a variety of topics including legislation moving through Congress, infrastructure and national defense.       “I always value the people in my home state who work hard to ensure the best for our citizens,“ Inhofe said. “I enjoyed visiting with the Lawton-Fort Sill... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Whitehouse Introduce Bill to Train Next Generation of Manufacturing Workforce

March 29, 2019

U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have introduced a bipartisan proposal aimed at helping younger workers hit the ground running in manufacturing jobs that require highly specialized skills.  The Retain Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence Act would establish a pilot program to allow businesses to retain retiring employees long enough to train replacement workers – tackling a significant challenge for manufacturing companies.  “Manufacturing is... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks at SASC Department of Energy Hearing

March 28, 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 the Department of Energy’s atomic energy defense programs. Witnesses included the Hon. J. Richard Perry, Secretary of Energy; and the Hon. Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, Under Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Security and Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration.  As prepared for delivery: Good morning. The committee... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Questions Witnesses at SASC Department of Energy Hearing

March 28, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned witnesses this morning at a SASC hearing to receive testimony on the Department of Energy’s atomic energy defense programs. Witnesses included the Hon. J. Richard Perry, Secretary of Energy; and the Hon. Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, Under Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Security and Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration.  Click to watch Sen. Inhofe’s... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Questions Witnesses at SASC Department of the Army Posture Hearing

March 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — 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 the Department of the Army Posture Hearing. Witnesses included Dr. Mark Esper, Secretary of the Army, and General Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army. Click to watch Sen. Inhofe’s remarks. Remarks: Inhofe: Unfortunately, the Army missed our recruiting goals in both fiscal year '18 and '19, coming up short about 9,500... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: “The Green New Deal is a Bad Deal…”

March 26, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after the Green New Deal failed to receive enough votes to clear a procedural hurdle for consideration: “In short, the Green New Deal is a bad deal for America. This is especially true for the hard-working people of Oklahoma,” Inhofe said. “The Democrats’ plan seeks to ‘reorient our entire economy,’ including overhauling whole industries such as energy, transportation, manufacturing, farming and... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks at SASC Department of the Army Posture Hearing

March 26, 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 the posture of the Department of the Army. Witnesses included Dr. Mark Esper, Secretary of the Army, and General Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army.   As prepared for delivery:  The Committee meets today to receive testimony on the posture of the U.S. Army and its fiscal year 2020 budget request. We welcome Dr. Mark Esper,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Mueller Report

March 24, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after Attorney General Barr released his primary conclusions from the Mueller investigation:   “The summary of the Mueller report Attorney General Barr provided to Congress today was clear: there was no evidence of collusion or obstruction of justice—and this was after nearly a two-year investigation with virtually bottomless resources. Maybe now the Democrats can stop feeding Russia’s goal of sowing discord... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Trump is Right to Veto

March 15, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised President Trump’s commitment to securing the southern border by vetoing legislation that would have revoked the emergency declaration: “President Trump is exactly right to veto this misguided, partisan legislation. The case for the emergency is clear—we need to take action now to build the wall. I applaud the president for his veto today and look forward to working with him to secure our border.”   Read Inhofe’s... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Senators Introduce Hearing Protection Act

March 15, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) in introducing the Hearing Protection Act (HPA) in the Senate. The HPA, S. 817, would reclassify suppressors to regulate them like a regular firearm. Additional co-sponsors include Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Joni Ernst (Iowa). On... Continue Reading »