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ICYMI: Inhofe Introduces Fellow Oklahoman at EPW Hearing

January 11, 2018

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, introduced fellow Oklahoman Scott Robinson—Port Director for the Muskogee City-County Port Authority—in a committee hearing yesterday entitled “America’s Water Infrastructure Needs and Challenges.”   Click to watch Sen. Inhofe’s remarks. Remarks as prepared for delivery: Thank you Mr. Chairman, I appreciate the opportunity to invite Scott as a witness... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Receives Distinguished Service Award from American Farm Bureau

January 8, 2018

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) presented its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, to Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) during AFBF’s 2018 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show. AFBF established the Distinguished Service Award in 1928 to honor individuals who have devoted their careers to serving the national interest of American agriculture. Sen. Inhofe is a longtime friend of America’s farm and ranch families and an eight-time recipient of AFBF’s Friend of... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Speaks on Senate Floor About Climate Change, Iran Protests and Tax Reform

January 3, 2018

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), spoke on the Senate floor today about climate change, protests in Iran and tax reform. Remarks as prepared for delivery: Mr. President, well, I’d like to begin with wishing everyone a Happy New Year, and I’m hoping that everyone had a great Christmas. We did and I have three observations consistent with 2018.   First, here in Washington we’re experiencing some really frigid temperatures this week and in Oklahoma—let me tell... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Statement on President's Authorization of Lethal Aid to Ukraine

December 21, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement after President Trump authorized the sale of lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine. Sen. Inhofe sent a letter to President Trump in November urging him to provide lethal aid to Ukraine. “It is the right call to provide defensive lethal aid to Ukraine. Russia has continued to escalate their dangerous and illegal aggression in Ukraine, and President Trump’s bold action... Continue Reading »

ICYMI: Inhofe Holds EPW Subcommittee Hearing About Freight Movement

December 21, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation & Infrastructure, held a subcommittee hearing yesterday entitled “Freight Movement: Assessing Where We are Now and Where We Need to Go.” This hearing was especially timely as the Oklahoma Freight Transportation plan received federal approval this week.   Click here to view Inhofe's opening statement. Remarks as prepared for delivery:  Thank you all... Continue Reading »

ICYMI: Inhofe Speaks About Enhancing Veterans Care: "They Deserve It and They're Going to Get It"

December 21, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), spoke on the Senate floor today about the Enhancing Veterans Care Act and veterans care in Oklahoma.    Click here to view remarks. Key Excerpts:  “… two years ago today I picked up the USA Today and in the USA Today they singled out my state of Oklahoma and said that we are not treating our veterans right and we were in shock at that time. …” “… This isn’t how we take care of veterans in... Continue Reading »

Inhofe, Lankford, Cole Statement After Meeting with CMS Administrator

December 21, 2017

U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) issued the following statement after meeting with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma yesterday: “We appreciate the opportunity to meet with Administrator Verma and highlight the importance of the continuing the physician training program to support Medicaid patients. We were encouraged by Administrator Verma’s commitment to prioritizing... Continue Reading »

President Trump Signs the Enhancing Veterans Care Act

December 20, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and U.S. Sen. James Lankford praised the president for signing S.1266, the Enhancing Veterans Care Act today. Sen. Inhofe, Sen. Lankford and Rep. Mullin, authored this legislation to provide greater accountability and allow independent oversight at Veterans Affairs facilities. “Two years ago this week, a front page story in USA Today outlined problems in Oklahoma’s VA facilities. I immediately got to work, fighting to ensure that our VA facilities are... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Talks Tax Overhaul and Veterans on the Radio

December 20, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) spoke on the radio yesterday about important topics including tax reform, enhancing veteran care and government reform.  Sen. Inhofe and Charlie Taraboletti of KWON Radio in Bartlesville talked tax reform and veterans. On how tax reform will help Oklahomans: “There is an independent group called The Tax Foundation that makes an evaluation—They’re not Democrat, Republican—they’re all economists… They have said the bottom... Continue Reading »

Inhofe: "This is a Reagan Tax Cut"

December 20, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised the Senate’s passage of tax reform overhaul. The legislation will be sent back to the House of Representatives before it goes to the President and becomes law.    “This is a Reagan tax cut – a truly pro-growth reform that will grow our economy and create jobs. The tax cut package passed by the Senate tonight will support working families in Oklahoma with an average tax cut of approximately $2,000 by doubling the standard... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Praises President's National Security Strategy

December 18, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, praised the president’s speech today on the National Security Strategy for the United States: “President Trump’s bold national security strategy leaves little question that he is charting a new course for American foreign policy, leaving behind the failed policies of President Obama. His strategy puts American leadership at the forefront of our security and economic growth and I look forward... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Secures Amendments Protecting Oklahoma Businesses in Tax Bill Conference Report

December 15, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised the release of the conference agreement on H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act today, which included key Inhofe amendments that would ensure the tax cut bill treats all Oklahoma companies fairly, protecting jobs and economic growth in Oklahoma: “I am pleased the conference committee demonstrated Congress’ commitment to making the tax code fair and simple by including my amendment to ensure family-owned businesses of all types are treated the same... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Praises Senate Confirmation of EPA Nominees

December 14, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, praised the Senate’s confirmation of Matthew Leopold and David Ross to serve in key positions at the EPA. Matthew Leopold was confirmed by voice vote to serve as EPA General Counsel and David Ross was confirmed by voice vote to lead the EPA’s Office of Water.   “I am pleased that the Senate continues to confirm highly qualified, experienced nominees for the... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Talks NDAA and Tax Reform Updates on the Radio

December 14, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) participated in local radio calls today where he discussed a wide range of topics, including tax reform, the NDAA and the threat posed by North Korea.                                                                Sen.   Inhofe and J... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Highlights FERC Legislation at Senate Energy Committee

December 12, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) submitted comments for the record during today’s Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing regarding the permitting process for energy and resource infrastructure projects. Sen. Inhofe’s comments highlighted the importance of S.1844, legislation he authored with Sen. Angus King (I-ME) on streamlining pipeline approval processes. Key excerpts: “Our infrastructure is failing us and we are falling behind our international competitors... Continue Reading »

Senators Urge Nationwide Review of VA Providers in Light of USA Today Report

December 11, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined a bipartisan group of U.S. senators calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct a nationwide review of its providers after a USA Today investigation found multiple providers hired by the Department had at least one state medical license revoked due to malpractice. In a letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin led by Sen. John Boozman (R-AR), the senators presented a series of questions. “For years, states have experienced provider... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Applauds Senate Confirmation of Susan Bodine

December 7, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Susan Bodine to be assistant administrator of the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at the EPA: “I am pleased the Senate has finally confirmed Susan Bodine. As the former general counsel of the Environment and Public Works Committee and a former EPA staffer during President George W. Bush’s administration, Susan has a wealth of knowledge and experience making her the right person... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Talks Tax Reform and National Defense on the Radio

December 6, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) spoke on the radio yesterday about prominent issues including tax reform, national defense and deregulation.   Sen. Inhofe and Hugh Hewitt talked national defense and the Hewitt Amendment, an amendment to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that Inhofe introduced in the Senate after taking in to consideration what he previously heard on The Hugh Hewitt Show. On the Hewitt Amendment: “I think it is ingenious, and it is the only thing out there. I cannot think of... Continue Reading »

Inhofe, Lankford, Mullin Praise Passage of Bill to Enhance Veteran Care

December 6, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) praised the passage of S. 1266, the Enhancing Veteran Care Act, today in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Enhancing Veteran Care Act will allow the Directors of Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN) to enter into contracts with nonprofit organizations that accredit health care organization entities in order to ensure... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Praises President's Statement on Jerusalem

December 6, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), one of the most pro-Israel members of the Senate, praised President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and eventually locate the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem: “I applaud President Trump for officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and beginning the process of moving our embassy to the Holy City. Not since supporting the creation of Israel in 1947 has the United States done more to uphold our strategic and... Continue Reading »