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SASC Chairman Inhofe Releases Views and Estimates Letter

March 15, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, officially delivered his "views and estimates" on national defense spending for Fiscal Year 2020 to the Senate Budget Committee yesterday.   In part, Inhofe said: “…cutting defense spending is not the solution to our debt problem. It has long been documented that the driver of our debt is mandatory spending, rather than discretionary spending. Absent addressing the growth in mandatory spending... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Questions Witnesses at SASC DOD Budget Posture Hearing

March 14, 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 Department of Defense budget posture. Witnesses included Patrick M. Shanahan, Acting Secretary of Defense; General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; and David Norquist, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). Click to watch Sen. Inhofe’s remarks. Remarks: Inhofe: To kick it off, we talked about our... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Supports President Trump on Border Crisis

March 14, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) voted today to support President Trump by rejecting the Democrat-led resolution to rescind the president’s emergency declaration on border security. “I’ve made six trips to the border in the last five years. Each time, I’ve seen firsthand how the humanitarian crisis has gotten worse. The facts back this up too. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have testified before Congress repeatedly,... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks at SASC DOD Budget Posture Hearing

March 14, 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 Defense budget posture. Witnesses included Patrick M. Shanahan, Acting Secretary of Defense; General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; and David Norquist, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). As prepared for delivery:  The Senate Armed Services Committee meets today to receive testimony on... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Supports President Trump on Border Crisis

March 14, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) voted today to support President Trump by rejecting the Democrat-led resolution to rescind the president’s emergency declaration on border security. “I’ve made six trips to the border in the last five years. Each time, I’ve seen firsthand how the humanitarian crisis has gotten worse. The facts back this up too. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have testified before Congress repeatedly,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opposes Short-Sighted Yemen War Powers Resolution

March 13, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement regarding the passage of the Yemen resolution introduced by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.): “This fundamentally flawed resolution goes against our best interests. It will cause harm to our allies in the Middle East, embolden rogue regimes like Iran and put our national security at risk. “Its premise is misguided. The United States... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Rejection of His National Security Amendment to Yemen War Powers Resolution

March 13, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement regarding the Senate vote to table his amendment to the Yemen War Powers resolution introduced by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.): “I proposed a commonsense amendment to the flawed Sanders-Lee resolution that would allow us to continue supporting efforts to defend against missile attacks on civilians, including Americans. The... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Speaks on Senate Floor about Yemen War Powers Resolution

March 13, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke on the Senate floor today about his amendment to the Yemen resolution that would ensure that, despite the short-sightedness of the Sanders-Lee resolution, the United States could continue efforts to defend against missile and UAV attacks towards civilian population centers. Watch here. As prepared for delivery: Just like last year, I remain deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Yemen, as well... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on EPA Rule Proposal to Allow E15 Waiver and to Improve RIN Market Transparency

March 13, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed rule to improve renewable identification number (RIN) transparency and allow the sale of E15 year round under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). “I’ve never supported E15 and the Clean Air Act is clear in its prohibition of year-round E15 sales, but I appreciate that Administrator Andrew Wheeler followed through on President Trump’s commitment to RIN... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Bipartisan Group of EPW Senators Introduce Bill to Reauthorize Popular, Effective Diesel Emissions Reduction Act

March 12, 2019

Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, joined with EPW Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) in introducing the Diesel Emissions... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds EPA Announcement of Tar Creek Strategic Plan to Improve Cleanup Progress

March 12, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), yesterday applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in cooperation with the state of Oklahoma and the Quapaw Nation, for their release of a draft plan to advance the cleanup of the Tar Creek Superfund site. The strategic plan provides an update on the cleanup progress and outlines how EPA, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, the Quapaw Nation, and the Tar Creek... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Statement on President's Budget Proposal

March 11, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement today on the President’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget: “I applaud the President’s topline defense budget of $750 billion dollars. As we face growing threats from around the globe, while still fighting to restore our readiness, this topline makes the needed investment in our national defense and meets the recommendations of the National Defense Strategy Commission to... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Statement on Secretary Wilson

March 8, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement after Secretary Wilson announced she would be stepping down at the end of May to become president of the University of Texas El Paso: “Secretary Wilson was a true champion for Airmen and their families. I will greatly miss the leadership and strategic perspective she brought to driving innovation and modernizing the Air Force, as well as restoring readiness and investing in the... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Questions Witnesses at SASC Privatized Housing Hearing

March 8, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned witnesses yesterday morning at a SASC hearing to receive testimony on the chain of command’s accountability to provide safe military housing and other building infrastructure to service members and their families. Witnesses included the Honorable Mark T. Esper, Secretary of the Army; the Honorable Richard V. Spencer, Secretary of the Navy; the Honorable Heather A. Wilson, Secretary of the Air... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe Questions Witnesses at EPW Hearing about Highway Infrastructure Investment

March 7, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) questioned witnesses at an EPW hearing yesterday to receive testimony on highway infrastructure and accelerated project delivery. Witnesses included Patrick McKenna, Vice President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials; Steven Demetriou, Member of the Business Roundtable Infrastructure Committee; and Michael Replogle, Deputy Commissioner for Policy at the New York City Department of Transportation. Click to watch Sen.... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks at SASC Privatized Housing Hearing

March 7, 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 chain of command’s accountability to provide safe military housing and other building infrastructure to servicemembers and their families. As prepared for delivery: The committee meets today to receive testimony from the service secretaries and service chiefs of our nation’s military.  At the end of December, I heard... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Rounds Reintroduce English Language Unity Act

March 6, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today reintroduced S. 678, the English Language Unity Act of 2019, which establishes English as the official language of the United States. The legislation is cosponsored by Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.). “I am pleased to reintroduce the English Language Unity Act today and take the first steps in enabling increased communication, assimilation and the success of those legally immigrating to the United States and working to become citizens,” Inhofe said.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Visits with Norman Chamber of Commerce in Washington

March 6, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) met with members of the Norman Chamber of Commerce yesterday in Washington. They discussed current legislative priorities, including infrastructure, aviation and economic growth.           “What a pleasure it was to meet with the Norman Chamber of Commerce,” said Inhofe. “We had a great conversation on Oklahoma aviation, military, infrastructure and economic growth. I was especially pleased to discuss the Lindsey... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Questions Witnesses at SASC EUCOM and TRANSCOM Hearing

March 5, 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 United States European Command and United States Transportation Command. Witnesses included General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, USA Commander, United States European Command and North Atlantic Treaty Organization Supreme Allied Commander Europe and General Stephen R. Lyons, USA Commander, United States Transportation Command.  Click to... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks at SASC EUCOM and TRANSCOM Hearing

March 5, 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 United States European Command and United States Transportation Command. As prepared for delivery: The Senate Armed Services Committee meets today to continue receiving the posture statements from our combatant commands. Testifying today, we have: General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, Commander, United States European Command and North Atlantic... Continue Reading »