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Inhofe Applauds Confirmation of Coats as Director of National Intelligence

March 15, 2017

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today voted to confirm Dan Coats to be Director of National Intelligence. Coats was confirmed by a vote of 85–12. “Dan is a great friend of mine, and we have worked together since I was first elected in the House in 1986,” Inhofe said. “Dan has received strong bipartisan support and I have tremendous faith that he will carry out this role with integrity and honor.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Speaks on Senate Floor on Undoing Obama's Climate Legacy

March 15, 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 actions President Trump and the Republican-led Congress are taking to undo President Obama’s climate legacy. Click here to watch the video Remarks as prepared for delivery: Mr. President, in the coming days, President Trump is going to sign an executive order rolling back the President’s Clean Power Plan. I will have more... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Give States Options on Unemployment Drug Testing

March 14, 2017

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted for H.J. Res. 42, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution of Disapproval, that blocks a Department of Labor (DOL) rule that limits the occupations for which states may require drug testing for those applying for unemployment benefits.  The 2012 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act permits states to drug test individuals applying for unemployment benefits who work in occupations that regularly require drug testing. When... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Holds Press Conference Addressing NW Oklahoma Wildfires

March 10, 2017

WOODWARD, OK—U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) addressed wildfires affecting northwest Oklahoma at a press conference at the West Woodward Airport this morning after surveying the damage caused by the fires in his twin engine airplane. Inhofe was joined at the press conference by U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Woodward County Emergency Manager Matt Lenhenbauer, Sen. Bryce Marlatt (OK-27), Rep. Casey Murdick (OK-61), Rep. Carl Newton (OK-58) and other community leaders.  Inhofe and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Release Info on Programs Available to Oklahomans Affected by Wildfires

March 9, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford today released information on the services available to provide assistance to Oklahomans impacted by the wildfires affecting northwestern Oklahoma.  Inhofe and Lankford will also hold a press conference tomorrow at 10:00AM CT at the West Woodward Airport. For press conference information, click here.    “My thoughts and prayers are with our friends and neighbors in Beaver, Harper, and Woodward Counties who are... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford To Hold Press Conference on Wildfires in NW Oklahoma

March 9, 2017

WOODWARD, OK – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford, and Woodward County Emergency Manager, Matt Lehenbauer, will hold a press conference to discuss the wildfires in northwest Oklahoma tomorrow, March 10, 2017 at 10:00AM CT at the West Woodward Airport.  WHO: U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford with Matt Lehenbauer, Woodward County Emergency Manager  WHAT: Press Conference  WHEN: Friday, March 10, 2017 at 10:00AM CT  WHERE: West Woodward... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Give States and Local School Districts Increased Flexibility in Determining Accountability Standards

March 9, 2017

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted for H. J. Res 57, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval relating to the Department of Education (DOE) final rule regarding accountability and state plans. The CRA resolution overturns a DOE rule that would have stripped state and local school boards of their ability to implement their own plans and accountability procedures when determining appropriate academic standards, quality metrics and identify struggling... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes for CRA to Prevent Further Teacher Shortages in Oklahoma

March 8, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted in favor of H. J. Res 58, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution of Disapproval to block the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) final rule relating to teacher preparation programs under the Higher Education Act. The final rule takes authority away from states that has been provided under existing law and imposes federal requirements and criteria on how states are to evaluate the performance, effectiveness and quality of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Passing of Oklahoma Journalist Mike McCarville

March 8, 2017

  WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released a statement on the passing of Oklahoma journalist and political commentator Mike McCarville. “Oklahoma has lost a great man and conservative voice. Mike was a staple of Oklahoma political journalism for decades and was known as a voice of reason around the state. I am fortunate to have known Mike and can tell you he was driven by a love for his family and his faith in God. My thoughts and prayers are with Mike... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opening Statement for EPW Hearing on Nuclear Innovation and Modernization Act

March 8, 2017

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee, submitted the following opening statement for the record today at the EPW hearing entitled: Legislative Hearing on S. 512, the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act (NEIMA). Inhofe introduced NEIMA during the 114th Congress as chairman of the EPW committee. He joined Sen. Barrasso (R-Wyo.) as an original cosponsor for its reintroduction this Congress.  Witnesses for... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on CRA Overturning BLM's Planning Rule

March 7, 2017

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee, today voted in favor of H.J Res 44, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution of Disapproval to overturn the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) “Planning 2.0” rule. In 2016, BLM upended years of well-established procedures that guide the management of federal lands by implementing the Planning 2.0 rule that rewrites how BLM prepares, revises and amends federal land use... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Overturn Blacklisting Rule

March 6, 2017

  WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted in favor of H. J. Res 37, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution of Disapproval to block the Obama administration’s “blacklisting” rule. The rule requires employers bidding on federal contracts to disclose violations and alleged violations of certain federal labor laws and similar state laws. The rule was blocked by a Texas District Court in October.  “This flawed and duplicative rule not only... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Revised Executive Order on Immigration

March 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released a statement in response to President Trump’s executive order revising the Jan. 27 order.  “Today’s executive order takes the necessary steps to address concerns with the original immigration suspension while still prioritizing the security of our country and protecting American citizens," Inhofe said. “The President campaigned on... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Cornyn, Barrasso, Moran, Johnson Introduce CRA to Walk Back Midnight RMP Reg

March 2, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, senior member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee, today with Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) introduced S. J. Res 28, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution of Disapproval that blocks the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act Rule (RMP rule).... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Responds to President Trump's Address before the Joint Session of Congress

February 28, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, senior member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee as well as Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), this evening released a video response to President Trump’s 2017 address before the joint session of Congress.   Click Here to Watch Sen. Inhofe’s Response   As prepared for delivery:   The message we heard tonight from President Trump is one of optimism and of great things to come for this country.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Trump EO To Begin Dismantling WOTUS Rule

February 28, 2017

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today released a statement on President Trump’s executive order that begins to dismantle the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The executive order directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers to start a formal review of the rule. The WOTUS rule seeks to expand the definition of the Waters of the United States under the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Announces Luke Holland as Chief of Staff

February 27, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today announced that Luke Holland will serve as his Chief of Staff, effective immediately. Holland has served in various roles in Inhofe’s office beginning in 2009 as a Staff Assistant, working as a Legislative Correspondent, Legislative Assistant, and most recently as Legislative Director where he has served since 2015. He replaces Ryan Jackson who has accepted a position as Chief of Staff for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “I... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Confirm Ross as Secretary of Commerce

February 27, 2017

  WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today voted to confirm Wilbur Ross as secretary of commerce. The Senate confirmed Ross by a vote of  72–27. “Wilbur Ross believes that cutting taxes and government red tape is the best way to invigorate our economy and create jobs,” Inhofe said. “Ross also understands the important role that trade plays in growing the American economy... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Confirmation of Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

February 17, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today applauded the Senate for confirming Scott Pruitt as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Pruitt was confirmed by a vote of 52-46. “Scott Pruitt is a highly qualified, principled man, and will make an exceptional EPA Administrator,” Inhofe said. “I have known Scott for many years and have been priviledgedto work with... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Questions Witnesses at Commerce Aviation Subcommittee

February 16, 2017

WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today questioned witnesses at the Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee hearing entitled: Stakeholder Perspectives on Improving TSA for the Security of the Traveling Public. This was Inhofe’s first Aviation subcommittee hearing since joining the Commerce committee for the 115th Congress.  Witnesses included Stephen Alterman, president of the Cargo Airline Association and chairman of the Aviation Security Advisory... Continue Reading »