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Inhofe Statement on Oklahoma City Bombing Plot

August 14, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) issued the following statement after the FBI foiled a bombing plot in Oklahoma City. “This weekend the FBI, working with local law enforcement, successfully prevented a hateful act of domestic terrorism that could have mirrored the Alfred P. Murrah Building bombing of 1995. I am grateful for the service of state and federal law enforcement who not only foiled the attempted terrorist, but did so without putting the community at... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Senate Confirmation of FERC Nominees

August 4, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today praised Senate confirmation of Neil Chatterjee and Rob Powelson to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). “Neil Chatterjee and Rob Powelson will bring strong, pro-energy perspectives to FERC,” Inhofe said. “Neil is a good friend of mine and I have seen first-hand his robust knowledge of energy issues and I am confident that Rob is a strong... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Mullin Applaud Passage of GI Bill Reforms

August 3, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2) praised the Senate passage of H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017. The bill passed the House last week and now goes to President Trump’s desk for his signature. The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 is  broad, bipartisan legislation that will improve veterans’ education... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Confirm Kaplan to NLRB

August 2, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted to confirm Marvin Kaplan to serve on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). His confirmation gives Republicans two seats on a five-member board, a big step toward rolling back Obama-era regulations. “Marvin Kaplan has led the charge against waste, fraud and abuse caused by burdensome and unnecessary Obama-era labor rules” Inhofe said. “His confirmation to the NLRB takes the next step in undoing policies such as... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Extension of Veterans Choice Program

August 2, 2017

WASHINGTON —U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), praised last night’s Senate passage of the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 which provides $2.1 billion to extend the Veterans Choice program.  “In Oklahoma, we have seen firsthand the widespread dysfunction that has plagued our VA nation-wide,” Inhofe said. “The Veterans Choice program is a bipartisan effort to ensure our vets have access to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Confirm Wray FBI Director

August 1, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted to confirm Christopher Wray as FBI Director. He was confirmed by a vote of  92-5. “We are facing greater threats from around the globe than I have seen in my lifetime. Strong leadership at all of our national intelligence agencies is essential for our national security. Christopher Wray is a competent and capable leader who has received support from across the political spectrum and I am pleased the Senate has confirmed him... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Obamacare Repeal Vote

July 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released a statement following tonight’s vote to repeal Obamacare.  “While I am proud I voted numerous times this week to repeal Obamacare and provide relief for suffering Oklahomans, I am deeply disappointed the effort came up short. Under Obamacare, Oklahomans have seen Obamacare premiums triple, deductibles skyrocket and options shrink to just one insurer on our exchange. I remain committed to working with my colleagues on the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Increase Sanctions on Iran, Russia, North Korea

July 27, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) today applauded Senate passage of H.R. 3364, the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act. The measure passed the Senate 98–2 and now goes to President Trump’s desk for his signature.  “Just this week, U.S. intelligence confirmed North Korea will be capable of launching a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) before the end of next... Continue Reading »


Sportsmen Legislation Advances with Inhofe Amendment

July 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, released a statement following EPW’s advancement of S. 1514, the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation (HELP) for Wildlife Act, of which he is a cosponsor. The bipartisan bill reauthorizes and establishes several government wildlife conservation programs and provides regulatory clarity for sportsmen.  Today’s markup of S. 1514 included an... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Begin Debate on Obamacare Repeal

July 25, 2017

  WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted in favor of a procedural motion to begin debate in the U.S. Senate on repealing the Affordable Care Act. The vote allows the Senate to begin amending the budget reconciliation bill the U.S. House passed earlier this year.     “Now is the time to begin debate on the repeal of Obamacare. Oklahomans are suffering—premiums have tripled in the last three years, four rural hospitals have closed and only one... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Supports Comprehensive G.I. Bill Reforms

July 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), joined U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Jon Tester (D-Montana) in introducing the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017;  broad, bipartisan legislation that will improve veterans’ education benefits and enhance the post-9/11 G.I. Bill.  This legislation includes an Inhofe provision, S. 1356, the Veterans Education Improvement Act of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Speaks on Senate Floor on Threats to American Energy

July 19, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor on the need for Republicans to come together to address threats towards American energy.  “With the election of a Republican-led Congress and with a Republican in the White House, we should be working together to address the concerns of the industries that provide cheap, reliable fuel for American energy consumers,” Inhofe... Continue Reading »


Inhofe to Speak on Senate Floor on Threats to Fossil Fuels, Renewable Fuel Standard

July 19, 2017

WASHINGTON —  On Wednesday, July 19 at 4:40 p.m. EST, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, will speak on the Senate floor on the need for Republicans to come together to address threats towards fossil fuels.  DETAILS:  WHAT:      Inhofe floor speech on threats to fossil fuels  WHO:        U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe  WHEN:... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Missile Test Demonstrates North Korea Range Capability

July 18, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and Gen. Paul Selva, agreed North Korea’s recent intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests demonstrated they have the range capability of attacking the United States, during this morning’s SASC hearing on Selva’s reappointment to be vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Inhofe is chairing SASC hearings this week, in Chairman McCain’s (R-Ariz.)... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement for Hearing on Gibson, Lord, Niemeyer, Donovan Nominations

July 18, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), gave the following opening statement at a SASC hearing to consider the nominations of John Gibson to be the deputy chief management officer of the Department of Defense; Ellen Lord to be undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics; Lucian Niemeyer to be assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations, and environment; and Matthew Donovan to be... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement for SASC Hearing on Selva's Nomination to be Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

July 18, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), gave the following opening statement at a SASC hearing to consider the nomination of Gen. Paul Selva for reappointment to be vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Inhofe chaired the committee in absence of SASC Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) Remarks as prepared for delivery: The Senate Armed Services Committee meets this morning to consider the nomination of Gen. Paul Selva... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Supports Bill to Reform VA Hiring Practices

July 14, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), cosponsored S. 1550, the VA Quality Employment Act of 2017, which would revamp hiring and employee management processes at the agency’s health service centers. The bill includes reforms designed to help the VA attract and retain top talent, hold poor performance accountable and deliver exceptional services and care to America’s veteran population.  Sen. Luther Strange... Continue Reading »


American LNG Exports Reduce Russia's European Influence

July 13, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and Damon Wilson, executive vice president of the Atlantic Council, emphasized how American exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Eastern Europe reduce Russian influence in the region at a SASC hearing on the attempted coup in Montenegro and malign Russian influence in Europe.  Quoting the former commander of U.S. European Command, Gen. Philip Breedlove’s testimony from... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Meets with Oklahoma VA Leaders

July 12, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), met with Ralph Gigliotti, director of Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) Region 19 and Mark Morgan, director of the Muskogee VA Health Care System. They met discussed a VA Inspector General (IG) report released this week on an investigation done in conjunction with a third party, the Joint Commission, into the Muskogee VA.  This investigation was promised to Inhofe... Continue Reading »


EPW Advances Nominees, Inhofe Bills

July 12, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today praised EPW  advancement of the nominations of Annie Caputo and David Wright to serve on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Susan Bodine’s nomination to be EPA assistant administrator of the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. Caputo and Bodine previously worked for Inhofe during his tenure as EPW chairman.  Inhofe also... Continue Reading »