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Inhofe Reintroduces Federal Land Freedom Act and FRESH Act

February 7, 2017

WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today reintroduced S. 335, the Federal Land Freedom Act, and S. 334, the Fracturing Regulations are Effective in State Hands (FRESH) Act.  “The United States is capable of reaching domestic energy independence; in fact, since 2008 we’ve increased our domestic oil production by 80 percent. This increase, however, has all occurred on private and state... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford, Boozman Meet with Jim Downing, Pearl Harbor Survivor

February 7, 2017

WASHINGTON—This morning U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and John Boozman (R-Ark.), met with Jim Downing, the second oldest known Pearl Harbor survivor at 103 years old and author of The Other Side of Infamy: My Journey through Pearl Harbor and the World of War. Downing was also an early member of The Navigators, a Christian organization founded in the 1930’s.    Click Here to Download  "It was an honor to meet with Navy veteran Jim Downing... Continue Reading »


Media Advisory: Inhofe to Chair SASC Readiness Subcommittee Hearing On Current Readiness of U.S. Forces

February 7, 2017

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** INHOFE TO CHAIR SASC SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING ON CURRENT READINESS OF U.S.FORCES  WASHINGTON—On Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 2:30 p.m. EST, U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, will hold a hearing entitled: “Current Readiness of U.S. Forces.”  DETAILS: WHAT: A subcommittee hearing on “Current Readiness of U.S. Forces.”  WHEN: 2:30 p.m. EST,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

February 7, 2017

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. The Senate confirmed DeVos by a vote of 51–50, with Vice President Pence casting the deciding vote in her favor.  “Throughout her 30-year career as an education reform advocate and as the chairman for the American Federation for Children, Betsy DeVos has fought to give parents the ability to choose a better school for their children. I am confident she will use her... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Speaks on Senate Floor in Support of Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch

February 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today spoke on the Senate floor in support of Judge Neil Gorsuch of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to be confirmed to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States.  Remarks as prepared for delivery:  Mr. President, President Trump announced that he is nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court of the United States.  As someone who has been following the news and rumors on who... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Speaks on Senate Floor in Support of Sen. Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General

February 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today spoke on the Senate floor in support of Sen. Jeff Session (R-Ala.) to be U.S. attorney general.    Remarks as prepared for delivery:   Mr. President, I have been fortunate enough to work with, and get to know Sen. Jeff Sessions over the past 20 years. Not only is he a colleague that I admire and respect, but he is also one of my very best friends.   As you know, Sen. Sessions has been nominated by our president to be... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Supports Trump Administration Sanctions on Iran

February 3, 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 the Trump administration’s announcement of new sanctions against Iran. “According to UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR), Iran is not to undertake activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons. While the Iranian government has stated that the ballistic missile test the country... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Passage of CRA to Protect U.S. Energy Producers

February 3, 2017

  WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today issued a statement on Senate passage of H. J. Res 41, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution of Disapproval against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) rule on resource extraction issuers under Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The CRA was introduced by Inhofe in the Senate and Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) in the House. The resolution passed the Senate by a vote of 52-47. “Overturning this SEC... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes for CRA to Overturn DOI's Stream Protection Rule

February 2, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today voted in favor of a H. J. Res 38, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution of Disapproval to overturn the Stream Protection Rule issued by the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI). The CRA passed the Senate by a final vote of 54-45. “Despite its title, the stream protection rule, would hurt our economy while doing little to actually protect our streams and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds EPW Committee Vote on Pruitt

February 2, 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 committee’s 11–0 vote approving Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but criticized EPW Democrats who boycotted the vote for the second day in a row. “While I am pleased that the EPW Committee has reported the nomination of Scott Pruitt to be EPA... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Confirm Tillerson as Secretary of State

February 1, 2017

  WASHINGTON – U.S Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today voted to confirm Rex Tillerson as the U.S. Secretary of State. The Senate confirmed Tillerson by a vote of 56–43. “I am pleased that the Senate has voted to confirm Rex Tillerson to be our secretary of state,” Inhofe said. “Not only is Rex a world-class business man who has worked with companies in countries all around the globe, but he is an accomplished leader and tough negotiator. I believe that his... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: "Pruitt Has Gone Above and Beyond," Criticizes Democrat Boycott of EPW Hearing

February 1, 2017

  WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today made remarks at the a committee business meeting to consider the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s nomination to be administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.) Democrat members boycotted today’s business meeting.  Click here to View Sen. Inhofe’s Remarks   Remarks as prepared for... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Neil Gorsuch for SCOTUS

January 31, 2017

  WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released the following statement in support of President Trump’s selection of Judge Neil Gorsuch for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. “President Trump’s selection of Neil Gorsuch to fill the late Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court not only fills the bench but does so with a smart, thoughtful, constitutional conservative,” Inhofe said. “Gorsuch’s work as a judge on the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Receives U.S. Army Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service

January 31, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today was awarded the U.S. Army Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service. It is the highest award that the Secretary of the Army can grant to a private citizen and recognizes distinguished civilian service. The award was presented on behalf of Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning.  “I am humbled and honored to receive this award,” Inhofe said. “I’m... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Senate Confirmation of Elaine Chao to be Secretary of Transportation

January 31, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released a statement following the Senate confirmation of Elaine Chao to be secretary of transportation. She was confirmed by a vote of 93–6.  “Elaine Chao is exactly who our country needs to implement President Trump’s ambitious infrastructure agenda,” Inhofe said. “Elaine has a strong record as a civil servant and effective negotiator and I have said many times that she was the best secretary of labor... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Huizenga File CRA Disapproving of SEC Rule 1504

January 30, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) today filed S. J. Res 9, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution of Disapproval in the Senate against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) rule on resource extraction issuers under Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act. This rule requires companies registered with the SEC to report, on an annual basis, payments made to a foreign government or the U.S. federal government relating to the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Trump Executive Order on Immigration

January 30, 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 temporarily suspending refugee admittance and issuance of visas for individuals from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. The seven countries were recognized by the Obama administration and Congress as countries of concern in 2015. “President Trump’s executive order... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Appluads March For Life, Co-Sponsors Pro-Life Bills

January 27, 2017

WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, today applauded the annual March for Life. In conjunction with the march, Inhofe co-sponsored three pro-life bills this week.  “In the 44 years since Roe v. Wade, more than 58 million babies have not had a chance at life. I stand with the thousands of people gathered in Washington, D.C., fighting to end the era of on-demand abortion,” Inhofe said. “In Congress, I have... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Cosponsors Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017

January 24, 2017

  WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today cosponsored legislation to permanently repeal the federal estate tax, more commonly known as the death tax. The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017 would finally end this purely punitive tax that has the potential to hit family farms, ranches and small businesses as the result of the owner’s death. “For too long the death tax has burdened our farmers, ranchers and small business owners in Oklahoma,” Inhofe said. “I’m... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement in Trump Executive Order advancing Keystone, Dakota Pipelines

January 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee and member of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today released a statement following President Trump’s executive action to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.  “The completion of these important pipelines is long overdue and great news for domestic energy producers, our economy and our national... Continue Reading »