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Inhofe Applauds Senate Passage of 21st Century Cures Act

December 7, 2016

WASHINGTON– U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today voted for H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act, which provides $4.8 billion in new funding to the National Institute of Health (NIH),  increased funding for Alzheimer’s and cancer research and provides $1 billion in grants to states to fight the opioid abuse epidemic. The funding is fully offset. This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 94-5. “The 21st Century Cures Act is an important piece of legislation that addresses the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Firmly Stands in Support of Reauthorizing the Iran Sanctions Act

December 1, 2016

WASHINGTON– U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today praised the passage H.R. 6297, the Iran Sanctions Extension Act. The bill renews current non-nuclear sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran for another ten years. The Legislation passed the Senate by a vote of  99-0 and the House of Representatives by a vote of 419-1. “In failing to adhere to United Nations Security Council Resolutions, Iran has repeatedly... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford, Russell, Cole and Industry Leaders Praise Senate Passage of H.R. 5785

November 30, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla) and Congressmen Steve Russell (R-Okla.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.), today praised the passage of H.R. 5785, a bill which would ensure the continued safety of our nation’s airways by eliminating an unintended barrier to the hiring and retention of full-time Air Traffic Controller (ATC) Instructors. The bill removes a financial penalty for instructors willing to work full time in training our next generation... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation

November 29, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released a statement in support of President-elect Trump's announcement of his intention to nominate Elaine Chao to be secretary of transportation. “By selecting Elaine Chao as his choice for secretary of transportation, President-elect Trump confirms his interest in addressing our nation’s infrastructure needs head on,” Inhofe said. “Chao is a fantastic pick for this role; she is ambitious and her prior cabinet... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes for ECHO Act

November 29, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted for S. 2873, the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act, which requires the Department of Health to study models that use interactive videoconferencing to link specialist teams with primary care providers in rural and underserved areas. This bill passed the Senate 97-0. “I am proud to have co-sponsored and voted for the ECHO Act,” Inhofe said. “Using technology to improve access to specialized health care... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Remembers Larry Derryberry

November 20, 2016

  WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today released a statement remembering former Oklahoma Attorney General, Larry Derryberry:    "Larry Derryberry has been a close friend for many years and my thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time," Inhofe said. "When I was elected, Larry was in the leadership for Democrats but nonetheless he and I became fast friends and our friendship has endured throughout the years. Larry's legacy and service to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Sen. Sessions for Attorney General

November 18, 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released a statement in support of President-elect Trump's announcement of his intention to nominate Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to be attorney general of the United States:  "I am pleased that President-elect Trump has announced his intention to nominate my good friend and colleague Jeff Sessions as attorney general," Inhofe said.  "Sen. Sessions and I have worked closely together in the Senate for the last 20 years on the Armed... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes for Gold Star Families Voices Act

November 15, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted for H.R. 4511, The Gold Star Families Voices Act, which authorizes the Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) to collect audio and video recordings of biographical histories by immediate family members of service members who died as a result of their wartime service or became missing in action. “I am proud to vote for the Gold Star Families Voice Act so that the legacies of our service members who made the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement Ahead of Veterans Day

November 10, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today in recognition of Veterans Day: “This Veterans Day we pause to honor the men and women who have faithfully served and protected the liberties and freedoms we hold dear as Americans. These patriots and their families have made great sacrifices for our freedoms, many having paid the ultimate price – a constant reminder that freedom isn’t... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Announces New Communications Director

November 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today announced that Daisy Letendre will serve as his Communications Director, starting Thursday. Letendre has served in various press roles on the Senate (EPW) Environment and Public Works Committee, with her most recent title being press secretary for Chairman Inhofe. She replaces Donelle Harder, who has been serving as Communications Director for both the personal office and for the EPW Committee and will be moving on for a new... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on 2016 Election Results

November 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on the 2016 elections:  “Congratulations to President-elect Donald J. Trump who the American people voted to serve this great nation as our 45th president. A Republican-led Congress is ready to work with Trump and move our nation forward with a platform that promotes economic... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Invites Oklahoma Students to Apply for Senate Page Program

November 8, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced today that his office is accepting applications to the U.S. Senate Page Program from now until Dec. 10, 2016. Rising high school juniors or seniors will have an opportunity to apply to be part of the page program for the spring 2017 session, which starts on Jan. 30, 2017. The Senate Page Program provides a unique opportunity for high school students who have a desire to learn and contribute to our nation’s legislative... Continue Reading »


Bicameral, Bipartisan Group of 84 Members of Congress Urge FAA to Implement Intent of Third Class Medical Reform

November 2, 2016

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan, bicameral group of 84 Members of Congress sent letters on Wednesday to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Adm. Michael Huerta encouraging the agency to implement new regulations that follow Congress’ intent of the third class medical reform language signed into law on July 15, 2016, as part of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016.  U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), authors of the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Remembers Aviation Legend Bob Hoover

October 26, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released a statement remembering legendary pilot Robert A. “Bob” Hoover “I am saddened by the passing of Bob Hoover and my thoughts and prayers are with his family. Bob was one of the best pilots in history and has been a stalwart in the aviation community for decades. Not only did Bob honorably serve our nation as a U.S. Air Force test pilot during World War II, but he worked tirelessly on behalf of pilots everywhere.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford and Mullin Statements on Oklahoman Killed in Afghanistan

October 21, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC); Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) released the following statements today regarding news that Michael G. Sauro of McAlester, Okla. was killed Wednesday from hostile fire at an Afghan military ammunition supply point outside of Kabul, Afghanistan: “My prayers and thoughts go out to the family and friends of Michael Sauro who was killed in Afghanistan... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Question Top Pentagon Officials About Obama Administration’s $1.7 Billion Cash Payment to Iran

October 12, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford regarding their recent testimony before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about the Obama administration’s $1.7 billion cash payment to Iran, and the fact that top military officials were not notified before the payment was made. Following... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Menendez Congratulate Taiwan on Double Ten Day

October 11, 2016

WASHINGTON — In a letter to President Tsai Ing-wen, Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, congratulated the people of Taiwan on "Double Ten Day," the national day of celebration. The letter follows: October 10, 2016 Her Excellency Tsai Ing-wen President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) No. 122, Sec. 1, Chongqing South Road, Zhongzeng District Taipei City 10048, Taiwan (ROC) Dear Madam President:   As the Co-Chairs of the Senate... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on 76% Increase in Oklahomans' Obamacare Premiums for 2017

October 5, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement on the announcement that Oklahomans’ healthcare premiums on the ObamaCare exchange will increase by 76 percent in fiscal year 2017: “Democrats said the goal of ObamaCare was to address access and affordability of healthcare, yet Oklahomans and a majority of Americans have experienced the opposite. For the second year in a row, Oklahoma will have one of the highest premium increases in the nation,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Bill to Make Permanent the Indian Lands Accelerated Depreciation Tax Provision

September 29, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced legislation that would make permanent the Indian Lands Accelerated Depreciation tax provision for property placed into service after December 2016. This new bill maintains the flexibility for a taxpayer to choose the depreciation schedule that best suits their needs, a tax code provision that is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2016. “Congress continues to pass into law short-term extensions of the Indian Lands... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Join 41 Senators in Encouraging Administration to Abandon Proposed Estate Tax Regulations

September 29, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford (R-Okla.) joined 41 Senate Republicans on Wednesday in sending a letter to  Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew encouraging the Treasury Department to abandon proposed regulations that would significantly increase the estate tax burden on family farms and businesses. The proposed regulations, if finalized, would contradict long-standing legal precedent and greatly discourage families from continuing to operate and grow... Continue Reading »