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Inhofe Leads Senators in Letter to Trump Calling for Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement

May 25, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) today sent a letter to President Trump calling for the United States to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.   The letter was also signed by Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), John Cornyn (R-Texas),  Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Thad Cochran... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds NRC Nominations

May 23, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee, applauded President Trump’s announcement last night of his intent to nominate Annie Caputo to serve on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Caputo previously served as Inhofe’s senior policy advisor during his tenure as chairman and ranking member of the Senate EPW committee from 2007 to 2012. She has also worked for the House Energy and Commerce Committee and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on President Trump's FY 18 Budget

May 23, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), today released the following statement following the announcement of President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 18) budget. “After eight years of little-to-no economic growth, our government agencies are bloated, wasting taxpayer dollars to enforce duplicative, over-reaching regulations, all while our national debt has grown to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe to Join Chuck Todd at Axios, NBC Infrastructure Event

May 19, 2017

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, May 23 at 8:00 a.m. EST, U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, will join “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd and Axios CEO Jim VandeHei for an Axios, NBC News exclusive discussion on Infrastructure in 2017.  DETAILS: WHAT: Axios, NBC News “Infrastructure in 2017” event  WHO: U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe Mayor of Atlanta,... Continue Reading »


Commerce Committee Advances Coast Guard Reauthorization, Includes Inhofe Provisions

May 18, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, today praised the committee’s approval of S. 1129, which reauthorizes the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. Inhofe authored Section 314 of S. 1129, which directs the U.S. Coast Guard to create a plan to replace aging inland waterways and river tender vessels, which are responsible for maintaining the navigation aids and buoys that mark water channels.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement for EPW Subcommittee Hearing on Highway Program

May 16, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, delivered the following opening statement today at the EPW hearing entitled: “Leveraging Federal Funding; Innovative Solutions for Infrastructure.”  Witnesses for the hearing included: Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles, chair of the Conference of Mayors Infrastructure task force; Tim Gatz, executive director... Continue Reading »


Inhofe to Chair EPW Subcommittee Hearing on Highway Program

May 15, 2017

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, May 16 at 3:15 p.m. EST, U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, will hold a hearing entitled: “Leveraging Federal Funding; Innovative Solutions for Infrastructure.” The purpose of this hearing is for Senators to examine the need for more public sector funding and private sector financing in the Federal Highway Program.  DETAILS: WHAT: A... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Tours Oklahoma Infrastructure Projects, Holds Press Conference

May 12, 2017

NORMAN, OK — U.S. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) held a press conference following his tour of water and surface transportation projects throughout the state. The press conference focused on President Trump’s upcoming infrastructure package, his priorities as the EPW T&I chairman and plans to improve Oklahoma’s surface transportation. Inhofe was joined by... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Confirm Lighthizer as USTR

May 11, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) voted to confirm Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative. He was confirmed by a vote of 82–14. “Robert Lighthizer will play an important role as United States Trade Representative when it comes to upgrading U.S. trade agreements, including NAFTA,” Inhofe said. “Lighthizer will ensure that the United States gets a fair deal in accessing overseas markets. I am pleased the Senate has voted to confirm him. For years,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Speaks on Senate Floor on Republican CRA Success

May 11, 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 Republicans effective use of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to undo Obama administration midnight regulations. He highlighted his CRA resolution of disapproval that overturns the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) rule on resource extraction issuers under Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which was signed into law... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Confirm Scott Gottlieb to Lead FDA

May 9, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted to confirm Dr. Scott Gottlieb as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He was confirmed by the Senate.  “Dr. Gottlieb is a great fit to lead FDA,” Inhofe said. “His confirmation ensures the successful rollout of the Republican-led Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and 21st Century Cures Act, which were passed last Congress and will address the opioid... Continue Reading »


Inhofe to Hold Press Conference in Norman, OK on Infrastructure Priorities

May 9, 2017

NORMAN, OK – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, will hold a press conference Friday, May 12, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. CT at 2604 W Lindsey St, Norman, OK 73072, with Gary Ridley and Mike Patterson, secretary and executive director respectively of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. This press conference will address Inhofe’s infrastructure priorities in the 115th... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Menendez Release Statement on Taiwan's Exclusion from WHO

May 9, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), co-chairs of the U.S. Senate Taiwan Caucus, today released a statement on Taiwan’s exclusion from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Health Assembley (WHA).  “We are disappointed that the World Health Organization has not invited Taiwan to participate in the 70th World Health Assembly meeting in Geneva later this month. The annual meeting, which Taiwan has attended in the past as an... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement for EPW Subcommittee Hearing on Water Infrastructure

May 9, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, delivered the following opening statement today at the EPW hearing entitled: “Water Resources: The Role of the Public and Private Sectors.”  Witnesses for the hearing included: Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, commanding general and chief of engineers of the Army Corps of Engineers; James Lyons, director and CEO of the Alabama... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds FERC Nominees Chatterjee and Powelson

May 9, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee, today praised President Trump’s announcement that he will appoint Neil Chatterjee and Rob Powelson to fill two of the three vacancies at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  “Neil Chatterjee is a good friend of mine and I’m thrilled that he has been nominated to fill one of the vacancies at FERC,” Inhofe said. “I am also... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Applaud Nomination of Scott Palk for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

May 8, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today applauded President Trump’s nomination of Judge Scott Palk to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma . “By nominating Scott Palk to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, President Trump is upholding his campaign promise to nominate to the federal bench principled jurists who are committed to enforcing the Constitution’s limits on federal... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Confirm Wilson as Secretary of the Air Force

May 8, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today voted to confirm Heather Wilson as secretary of the Air Force. She was confirmed by a vote of 76-22. “As an Air Force Academy Rhodes Scholar with seven years of service in the European Command and over a decade of service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Heather Wilson is uniquely qualified to serve as secretary of the Air Force,” Inhofe said. “During... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Consider "Price Tag" Before Adding New Airline Regulations

May 8, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) discussed how to best improve airline industry consumer satisfaction at a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing entitled Questions, Answers, and Perspectives on the Current State of Airline Travel on Thursday. The hearing was held in response to an April 9 incident when a passenger was forcibly removed from a United airlines flight.    Much of Inhofe’s dialogue was with Sharon Pinkerton, senior... Continue Reading »


Inhofe to Chair Subcommittee Hearing on Water Resources

May 8, 2017

WASHINGTON—On Tuesday, May 9 at 2:30 p.m. EST, U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, will hold a hearing entitled: “Water Resources: The Role of the Public and Private Sectors.”  DETAILS: WHAT: A subcommittee hearing on “Water Resources: The Role of the Public and Private Sectors.” WHEN: 2:30 p.m. EST, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  WHERE: 406 Dirksen... Continue Reading »


Senators Request Report On Obama Administration’s Iran Prisoner Swap

May 5, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), David Perdue (R-Ga), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Luther Strange (R-Ala.) are requesting information on the crimes of the seven individuals granted clemency and the 14 fugitives for whom charges were dropped as part of the prisoner exchange between the... Continue Reading »