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Inhofe Attends "Pass the Gavel" Meeting

October 25, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), attended the ceremonial “pass the gavel” meeting today. This was the first formal meeting of the NDAA conferees, who work together to resolve differences between the defense authorization bills passed separately by the House and the Senate. "I am proud to serve on the Conference Committee for the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act and participate in the annual 'pass the gavel' event... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Committee Passage of EPA Nominees

October 25, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today praised the committee passage of four nominees to fill positions at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the nomination of Paul Trombino to be Administrator for the Federal Highway Administration. “I am pleased that the Environment and Public Works Committee advanced the nominations of Michael Dourson, William Wehrum, Matthew Leopold and David Ross to key positions at... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes for CRA to Overturn CFPB Regulation

October 24, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) supported using a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to undo an overreaching regulation from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The rule, which discusses how banks resolve disputes with consumers, would limit the use of arbitration as a means of settling a dispute. The CRA passed the Senate by a vote of 51 to 50. “Since the CFPB was created under President Obama, it has been an out of control bureaucracy, passing... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Receives Prestigious Award for Conservative Leadership

October 23, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe was recognized at the annual awards dinner by the Weyrich Lunch and Coalitions for America last week. Honoring the legacy of Paul Weyrich, the awards committee presented Sen. Inhofe their highest award, the Paul Weyrich Enduring Impact Award in recognition of his conservative leadership and steadfast principles. “Paul Weyrich was a good friend, not only to me, but to everyone who fights for conservative principles,” Inhofe said. “He showed the value of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Supports Balanced Budget that Paves Way for Tax Cut

October 19, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a committed fiscal conservative, praised the Senate for passing a budget resolution for fiscal year 2018, paving the way for the Senate to pass a comprehensive tax cut. The budget resolution would also provide a path to a balanced budget by restraining federal spending, reducing tax burdens and boosting economic growth: “Passage of the budget today paves the way for the Senate to cut taxes through comprehensive tax reform. This budget also cuts over $5... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks at SASC SOCOM and CYBERCOM Hearing

October 19, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, gave opening remarks this morning at a SASC hearing to receive testimony on United States Special Operations Command and United States Cyber Command. A list of the witnesses and live stream can be found here. As prepared for delivery: Good morning. The committee meets today to receive testimony on the posture of U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Cyber Command. I’d like to welcome our witnesses: The... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Discusses Iran Deal with Netanyahu

October 17, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Inhofe met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to Israel on Sunday. Inhofe, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke with Netanyahu about Iran’s increasing aggression in the Middle East and the important strategic alliance between the United States and Israel. “I appreciated meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu on Sunday in Jerusalem,” Inhofe said. “We agree—President Trump’s action... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Visits Oklahoma National Guard In Ukraine

October 17, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released a statement following his return from a visit to the National Guard soldiers of Oklahoma’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “I was honored to visit our Oklahoma National Guard service members last week in Ukraine and see the positive results of their mission to train Ukrainian Army forces. The 45th is playing a crucial role in supporting the United States and our allies by ensuring... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on EPA Directive to End 'Sue and Settle'

October 16, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), released the following statement praising EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to end the practice of “sue and settle” within the agency: “I am pleased with Administrator Pruitt’s memorandum today effectively ending the ‘sue and settle’ practice at the Environmental Protection Agency. For the past eight years, the EPA has used consent... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Supports President's Decision on Iran Deal

October 13, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, praised the President’s decision to not certify the agreement under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA): “Denying presidential certification of the flawed Iran deal is the right call. The Iran deal clearly does not have sufficient means of preventing Iran's ability to acquire nuclear technology and does nothing to check their litany of other abuses, including developing ICBMs, funding... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, McCaskill Lead Bipartisan Call for Congressional Action to Renew Career and Technical Education Programs

October 12, 2017

U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma are leading a bipartisan group of 57 other Senators in calling on Senate leaders to renew the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides funding for critical career and technical education. “I have long believed in the benefits of vocational education,” Inhofe said. “During my days in the State Legislature, I helped start Oklahoma's vocational and technical education system. It is only getting... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Proposed Repeal of Clean Power Plan

October 10, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today praised the EPA for starting the process to repeal the Clean Power Plan: “When the Supreme Court placed an unprecedented stay on the Clean Power Plan in 2016, it became clear that the rule would not withstand the many legal challenges it faced. I applaud Administrator Pruitt for taking the first step to repeal the Clean Power Plan, continuing his difficult task of restoring the proper... Continue Reading »


Senators Introduce Legislation to Honor Heroes Killed in Libyan Consulate Attack: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Glen A. Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith

October 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) this week introduced bipartisan legislation to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to J. Christopher Stevens, Glen A. Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith in recognition of their contributions to the nation. Stevens, Doherty, Woods and Smith were killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in September... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Senate Confirmation of Howard Elliott

October 5, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, released the following statement today after the Senate confirmed Howard R. Elliott to be Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the Department of Transportation. “I’m pleased the Senate confirmed the nomination of Howard Elliott to be Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration,” Inhofe said. “With... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Nomination of Andrew Wheeler to Deputy Administrator of EPA

October 5, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) praised the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: “I am pleased that President Trump has nominated Andrew Wheeler to serve as Deputy Administrator at the EPA. There is no one more qualified than Andrew to help Scott Pruitt restore EPA to its proper size and scope. When he served as my Staff Director of the Environment and Public... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Supports Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

October 5, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and 44 other Senators to introduce S. 1922, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, legislation that would prohibit abortions from being performed on unborn babies who are at or older than 20 weeks gestation: “Permitting elective abortions after 20 weeks is an injustice to the unborn. At 20 weeks in a pregnancy, babies can swallow and yawn. They can hear. But most importantly, at 20 weeks in a pregnancy, babies can... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Committee Passage of AV START Act

October 4, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised the passage of the AV START Act by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Technology today. The bipartisan legislation establishes a framework for the testing, certification, and deployment of self-driving vehicles.  “I was proud to support the passage of the AV START Act today out of the Commerce committee,” Sen. Inhofe said. “This bill will foster innovation in emerging technology full of potential that... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Reaffirm Support of Judge Charles Goodwin

October 3, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford (R-Okla.) reaffirmed their support of the President’s nomination of Judge Charles Goodwin to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma in a joint statement: “Charles Goodwin was appointed by his peers and has served as a U.S. magistrate judge in the Western District of Oklahoma for four years, demonstrating a strong reputation for being fair and ethical. Judge Goodwin was nominated because of his strong credentials and the... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe Questions Sec. Mattis and Gen. Dunford on Afghanistan

October 3, 2017

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), participated in a SASC hearing about the political and security situation in Afghanistan. Inhofe questioned both Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford.   As Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee, Inhofe’s questions to the panel highlighted the importance of not publicly disclosing specific troop numbers or setting timetables.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Applaud U.S. Marshal Appointments for Oklahoma

October 3, 2017

WASHINGTON – Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today applauded the President’s nomination of Frank Coffman to be the U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Oklahoma and Johnny Lee Kuhlman to be the U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Oklahoma. “Frank Coffman and Johnny Lee Kuhlman have distinguished and exemplary careers in law enforcement,” Sen. Inhofe said. “I commend Frank Coffman for his nomination to serve as U.S. Marshal for the... Continue Reading »