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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 »


Small Business Committee, Inhofe Award Oklahoma Small Business During "National Small Business Week"

May 5, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship today honored HydroHoist from Oklahoma as the Small Business of the Day for National Small Business Week. This business, which was nominated by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), will be recognized in the Congressional Record of the U.S. Senate.  “Small businesses play an integral role in Oklahoma’s economy. In fact, over 52 percent of all employees in Oklahoma work for small businesses and 84 percent of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017

May 4, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today released a statement following Senate Passage of H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017. This bill includes a $25 billion increase in defense spending over last year, funds a significant increase in force levels for all services, and provides the largest military pay raise in six years.  H.R. 244 also includes $1.52 billion to increase border security that will be used for border infrastructure maintenance including... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Protect Employees, Stop DOL Overreach

May 3, 2017

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today voted in favor of H.J. Res 66, a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), to overturn a Department of Labor (DOL) rule allowing state-run retirement plans for non-governmental employees. The DOL rule allows states to bypass protections required by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and would allow states to force private-sector employees onto state-run retirement plans.  “Congress passed... Continue Reading »


Gen. McDew: Transportation Command Fleet "In Jeopardy"

May 2, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and Gen. Darren McDew, commander of U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM), discussed the challenges facing TRANSCOM at a SASC hearing today.                                                                     ... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Executive Action Aimed at VA Accountability

April 28, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today applauded President Trump’s executive action creating an Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at the Department of Veterans Affairs. “Ensuring our Veterans receive the best care possible is and has been a top priority of mine and I am pleased to see that the president is prioritizing our veterans as well by creating this office of accountability,” Inhofe... Continue Reading »


Adm. Harris on North Korean threat "not a matter of if, but when"

April 27, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today discussed U.S. response capabilities in the Asia-Pacific with Commander of U.S. Pacific Command Adm. Harry Harris at the SASC hearing entitled United States Pacific Command and United States Forces Korea. “What’s happened in the last few days has served as a wakeup call for the American people…people now realize that [North Korea] is an imminent threat,”... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Confirm Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture

April 24, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted to confirm Gov. Sonny Perdue as secretary of agriculture and released the following statement. He was confirmed by a vote of 87-11.  “I am proud to vote for my friend, Sonny Perdue, to be the secretary of agriculture. Agriculture is a vibrant cornerstone of the Oklahoma economy, and Governor Perdue understands this firsthand. Last month Gov. Perdue and I discussed Oklahoma’s agriculture priorities, including crop... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Beginning of BasicMed

April 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and certified flight instructor with more than 11,000 flight hours, today praised the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) announcement of BasicMed requirements, which will go into effect May 1. BasicMed provides a new alternative to the FAA’s existing, onerous process to qualify for third class medical certificates. These needed reforms were required by the FAA Extension, Safety, and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Tours U.S.-Mexico Border, Touts Trump's Immigration Reform Successes

April 20, 2017

  BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today released a statement following a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border accompanied by an official from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. “Because of Trump’s strong rhetoric for enforcing our laws, illegal border crossings have seen a decline of over 60% since the beginning of his administration,” Inhofe said. “America has long been a welcoming home to those who wish to enter our country legally, and by securing... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on MOAB Use in Afghanistan

April 13, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released a statement following reports that the U.S. military dropped a GBU-43B, a 21,000-pound conventional bomb—the largest U.S. non-nuclear bomb—in Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan.  The Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB), also known as the “Mother Of All Bombs,” was dropped on an ISIS tunnel complex in the Achin district of Nangarhar... Continue Reading »


MEDIA ADVISORY: Inhofe to Present Chief Barwick with Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery

April 7, 2017

**Media Advisory**  On Monday, April 10 at 2:30PM (CT) at the Enid Woodring Regional Airport, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) will honor the late Chief Timothy Barwick with the State and Local Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery for Extraordinary Bravery Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.  WHAT:     Chief Barwick Badge of Bravery Presentation WHEN:     Monday, April 10 at 2:30PM (CT) WHERE:   Enid Woodring Regional... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe Joins Jeremy Hobson on Here & Now

April 7, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), joined Jeremy Hobson on NPR’s Here & Now to discuss on the U.S. tomahawk strike against a Syrian airfield in response to Bashar al-Assad’s April 4 chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in northwest Syria that killed over 70 people, including dozens of children, and left hundreds wounded.   “[Trump] acted quickly. He acted properly. He acted... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

April 7, 2017

WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the next Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. He was confirmed by a vote of 54-45.  “I am proud to join my colleagues in voting to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch as the newest justice of the Supreme Court of the United States,” Inhofe said. “Throughout his confirmation process, I have been increasingly impressed with Judge Gorsuch’s unwavering commitment to the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Supports Immediate U.S. Response to Syrian Attack

April 7, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), provided the following statement on the U.S. tomahawk strike against a Syrian airfield in response to Bashar al-Assad’s April 4 chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in northwest Syria that killed over 70 people, including dozens of children, and left hundreds wounded.  “The immediate and proportional airstrike against the Syrian’s Shayrat... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe Speaks on Senate Floor Following Senate Democrats Historic Partisan Filibuster of Judge Gorsuch

April 6, 2017

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today spoke on the Senate floor following Senate Democrats historic partisan filibuster attempting to block Judge Neil Gorsuch from serving on the U.S. Supreme Court. Earlier this week, The Oklahoman published an op-ed by Inhofe on why he supports Gorsuch and the hypocrisy of Senate Democrats wishing to filibuster his nomination. Remarks as prepared for delivery:  Mr. President, the Honorable Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away more than a... Continue Reading »


Co-Chairmen of the Senate Taiwan Caucus Send Letter to Trump in Ahead of Chinese President's Visit

April 6, 2017

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), co-chairmen of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, sent a bipartisan letter in advance of the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the United States urging President Trump to be mindful of the longstanding and vital relationship between the United States and the people of Taiwan.   The letter reads in full:  Dear Mr. President:  We understand that you plan to meet this week with President Xi Jinping... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Set Up Confirmation of Judge Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court

April 6, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today released a statement in response to Senate Democrats’ attempt to filibuster and block Judge Neil Gorsuch from receiving an up-or-down vote to be the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.  “I am extremely disappointed in the last-ditch partisan and unprecedented attempt by Senate Democrats to block Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the bench of the Supreme Court. Neil Gorsuch is supremely qualified,... Continue Reading »