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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 »


Inhofe Statement on Withdrawal From Trans-Pacific Partnership

January 23, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today released a statement following President Trump’s executive order to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  “I am pleased to see President Trump working to ensure that our country gets a fair shake in trade agreements,” Inhofe said. “As President Trump evaluates the trade agreements negotiated under the Obama Administration, I encourage him to swiftly negotiate new deals with our allies around the globe.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Releases Accomplishments Report for EPW Committee in the 114th Congress

January 19, 2017

   WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), outgoing chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today released the EPW Majority Staff’s accomplishments report for the 114th Congress (2015-2016). “I am proud to release this accomplishments report for the 114th Congress which details legislative achievements, extensive oversight, reports published, hearings held and bills signed into law under my chairmanship over the course of the... Continue Reading »


SASC Approves Mattis Nomination to be Secretary of Defense 26–1

January 18, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released a statement following the SASC voting 26–1 to recommend that the Senate give its advice and consent to the nomination of retired Gen. James N. Mattis to be Secretary of Defense when it is received by the Senate from the President. Mattis’s official nomination will be sent directly to the Senate without referral to the committee.  “Today’s... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Scott Pruitt at EPW Confirmation Hearing

January 18, 2017

  WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today delivered remarks introducing Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt at the EPW hearing entitled: Hearing on Nomination of Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Remarks as Prepared for Delivery: Thank you Chairman Barrasso, Ranking Member Carper, and colleagues for this opportunity. I am honored... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe Discusses Sessions, Mattis, Pruitt on Red & Blue with Elaine Quijano

January 12, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of both the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, last night discussed the nominations of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to be attorney general of the United States, retired Gen. James N. Mattis to be secretary of defense and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Inhofe emphasized their qualifications and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Senate Vote on Mattis Waiver

January 12, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today applauded the Senate passage of S. 84, legislation to provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of retired Gen. James N. Mattis to serve as secretary of defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the armed forces.  Earlier today the SASC voted 24-3 in favor of the Mattis waiver. The Senate final vote was... Continue Reading »