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Inhofe, Markey Introduce NDAA Amendment on Micro-Purchasing

May 24, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of Senate Armed Services Committee, and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced amendment #4094 to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 that would raise the micro-purchase threshold for universities, Independent Research Institutes and non-profit research organizations to $10,000, the same level that was included in the NDAA for Department of Defense (DOD) research programs. “Our research institutes and... Continue Reading »


Oklahoma Lawmakers Tell Administration to Retract School Bathroom Guidance

May 24, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford, and U.S. Reps. Markwayne Mullin, Tom Cole, Frank Lucas, Steve Russell, and Jim Bridenstine have sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Department of Education (ED) demanding that the administration retract the May 13, 2016, guidance on transgender students. In the letter, the Oklahoma congressional delegation told Education Secretary, John King, and U.S. Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, that the ED and DOJ do... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes for THUD, MilCon-Va Appropriations Bill, Funding Oklahoma Priorities

May 19, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted today to advance H.R. 2577, the Military Construction (MilCon) and Veterans Affairs (VA) Appropriations and the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2017. The Senate passed the legislation by a vote of 89 – 8, which included an amendment authored by... Continue Reading »


Bipartisan Advanced Nuclear Energy Bill Clears Senate EPW Committee

May 18, 2016

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee voted 17 to 3 to clear the bipartisan Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act (NEIMA), which would create a new licensing framework for advanced reactors at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  The bill’s sponsors, Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Cory Booker (D-NJ), applauded the Committee’s vote. “I’m proud to join... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Introduce Amendment to Provide Additional Resources for Private Investigations into Local VA Medical Facilities

May 17, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford (R-Okla.) introduced today amendment 3969 to the Military Construction-VA Appropriations bill that would set aside $18 million for Veterans Integrated Services Networks (VISN) to contract with outside entities to investigate and audit VA medical facilities within their regions.  “Our amendment would empower regional VA leaders to partner with the private sector to provide a second layer of scrutiny for improving the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises SCOTUS Decision on Zubik v. Burwell

May 17, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision on Monday to send Zubik v. Burwell and related cases back to the lower courts to examine an alternative accommodation to the mandate: “I applaud the Supreme Court for protecting religious liberty and religious non-profits like the Little Sisters of the Poor from the Obama administration’s attacks on the right of conscience. The Sisters, and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Visits Altus AFB Commissary, Pledges to Defeat Senate Effort to Privatize Without First Studying Impacts

May 16, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, toured on Friday the military commissary at Altus Air Force Base, meeting with commissary employees and military families who depend on the commissaries benefit. Inhofe’s visit took place on the heels of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2017 (FY’17) passing out of the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday with a provision that would begin the... Continue Reading »


Senators Praise Inclusion of Provision in NDAA to Block Executive Order to Blacklist Contractors

May 13, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; and Sen. Lamar Alexandar (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and Sens. David Vitter (R-La.), Tom Tills (R-N.C.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wy.) today praised the inclusion of a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2017 (FY17) that severely limits the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Advance NDAA in Senate, Announces Oklahoma Provisions

May 13, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Thursday voted to advance the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2017 (FY17). The legislation passed out of the Senate Armed Services Committee by a vote of 23 to 3 and is expected to be considered on the Senate floor in May. “It is Congress’ constitutional responsibility to provide for our national defense and to care for the men and women in uniform who... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Thune Praise Impact Aid Provision in NDAA

May 13, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) today praised the inclusion of a provision to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2017 that fixes statutory language negatively affecting the Impact Aid program, which provides funds to eligible public schools in all 50 states.  “Impact Aid is a crucial program for our local schools that are impacted from the loss of local tax revenue due to the presence of military... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Delisting of Lesser Prairie Chicken

May 11, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today praised the decision by the Obama administration to abandon its effort to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by dropping its appeal of a Texas federal court’s ruling that vacated the listing. “The Obama administration’s decision not to appeal a district court ruling, throwing out the listing of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe and Mullin Statement on New Muskogee VA Director

May 6, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) released the following statements on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) announcement that Mark E. Morgan will serve as the new director of the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System, which encompasses the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee: “The announcement of a new director of the Muskogee VA is a promise fulfilled from the VA Deputy... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Congratulates Teacher of the Year Finalist

May 3, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) congratulated Shawn Sheehan of Norman for being recognized today at a White House ceremony for being one of four finalists for Teacher of the Year. Sheehan teaches special education and Algebra I at Norman High School and was awarded State Teacher of the Year for Oklahoma in August 2015. “Shawn Sheehan has made Oklahoma proud for the national recognition he has received for his dedicated service to the Norman community and its high... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford, Mullin Question Obama Administration on Revoking Education Benefit for Veterans

April 29, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford and Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) sent a letter Thursday to the Acting Under Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Danny Pummill, to request clarification as to why the Obama administration has revoked veterans’ eligibility for benefits when attaining postsecondary career and technical education (CTE) that involve an online or distance learning component.  After six years of these programs being... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Addresses F-35 Advancements During SASC Hearing

April 28, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Tuesday participated in a SASC hearing titled "F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program.” During the hearing, Inhofe questioned Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan, USAF, program executive officer for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program, about the strategic significance of the F-35 for the United States to retain its military strength and remain competitive with its adversaries.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Secures Victories for Oklahoma Water Infrastructure

April 28, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, praised the committee passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, which was reported out of the committee by a 19-1 vote, and announced provisions in the legislation that will directly benefit Oklahoma.  “In 2014, Congress passed the first WRDA authorization in seven years, providing much needed reforms and advancing critical Oklahoma... Continue Reading »


Inhofe’s Statement on OIG Investigation into Wait Times at Tulsa VA Facility

April 27, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement regarding the investigation report by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) on the wait times at the Tulsa VA Outpatient Clinic: “The VA Inspector General’s report was largely inconclusive and conflicts with the stories I hear on a regular basis from local veterans and whistleblowers. It’s a... Continue Reading »


Senators Inhofe, Lankford Statement on Meeting with Judge Garland

April 27, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and James Lankford (R-OK) today met with Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland to extend their deep appreciation for his critical role following the 1995 investigation into the Oklahoma City Bombing. Following the Court’s vacancy, both Senators firmly stated that they are not supporting a President Obama nomination to the Supreme  Court during this presidential election year.  “During our time with Judge Garland, we... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Obama Administration's Latest Payout to Iran

April 22, 2016

WASHINGTON — Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement regarding news that the Obama administration intends to purchase 32 tons of heavy water from Iran at the cost of $8.6 million in order to help the country comply with the Iran Nuclear Deal:  “Iran's failure to comply with the deal made by the Obama administration to reduce Iran's nuclear stock pile is not surprising.  Nor is it... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Receives American Conservative Union Award

April 21, 2016

WASHINGTON — American Conservative Union (ACU) announced today that U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) received a 92 score out of 100 for his strong conservative voting record in the Senate during 2015. Throughout his time in Congress, Inhofe has earned an average ACU score of 96.49 percent.  “It is a great honor to be recognized with the American Conservative Union award for my legislative record this past year,” said Inhofe. “With the return of a Republican... Continue Reading »