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Inhofe Statement on Passage of the Energy Policy Modernization Act

April 20, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today praised Senate passage of the Energy Policy Modernization Act (EPMA), which passed by a vote of 85 to 12. The EPMA contains valuable provisions from S.659, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2016, as well as several amendments sponsored by Inhofe.  “Energy development and production is a vital... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement for the Nomination Hearing of Mitchell, Palk to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

April 20, 2016

WASHINGTON  — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today submitted for the record the following statement in the Senate Judiciary Committee nomination hearing of Judge Suzanne Mitchell and Judge Scott Palk to fill vacancies on the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma: As submitted to the record: Chairman Lee, thank you for the opportunity to introduce my support for the two nominees from my home state of Oklahoma.  Both Judge Suzanne Mitchell and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Passage of FAA Reauthorization Act of 2016

April 19, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and certified flight instructor with more than 11,000 flight hours, today voted in favor of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016 that passed the Senate by a vote of 95 to 3. “I applaud the Senate for passing the FAA Reauthorization Act with broad bipartisan support,” said Inhofe. “It is a comprehensive bill with many important... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Booker, Whitehouse, Crapo Introduce the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act

April 13, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today joined Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) in introducing 2.795, Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act, a bill to modernize the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) by establishing new transparency and accountability measures to the NRC’s budget and fee programs as well as to develop the regulatory... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Senators Introduce Detainee Transfer Transparency Act

April 13, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, along with 12 Senators today introduced  the Detainee Transfer Transparency Act, legislation that would require the Secretary of Defense to make available to the public the intended transfer or release of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba at least 21 days in advance. Cosponsors at the time of introduction include Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Tom Cotton... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Calls on Congress to Look Into Reopening Military Base on Vieques Island

April 12, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) spoke on the Senate floor last night on how the departure of the U.S. military from Puerto Rico beginning in 2003 has contributed to the country's economic turmoil and discussed the strategic importance of reopening the military range on the island of Vieques. As Inhofe highlighted in his speech, Vieques is the only range in the Western Hemisphere that could accommodate naval surface, aviation and artillery live ordnance delivery, and he quoted... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Booker Praise Senate Adoption of Critical Infrastructure Amendment

April 12, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) praised Senate adoption of amendment #3492 to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act (H.R. 636). The Inhofe-Booker amendment was adopted by voice vote Monday evening and would ensure operators of critical infrastructure are able to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to assist with compliance of federal regulations and to respond to natural disasters. “I applaud the Senate... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Heinrich Introduce Bill to Accelerate Directed Energy Weapon Systems for the Military

April 12, 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of Senate Armed Services Committee, and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.)  introduced today the Directed Energy Weapon Systems Acquisition Act of 2016, a bill to accelerate the development and transition of directed energy technology capabilities for our nation's military. The bill authorizes the Secretary of Defense to use rapid acquisition authorities for directed energy weapon systems development and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Bill to Advance Veterans’ Access to Mental Health Services

April 11, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced the Advancing Veterans’ Access to Mental Health Services (S. 2771), legislation that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to hire individuals who hold doctoral degrees in mental health as Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselors (LPMHC). The law currently requires the VA to hire mental health professionals that hold a master’s degree, inadvertently preventing the hiring of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Menendez Celebrate Anniversary of Taiwan Relations Act

April 11, 2016

WASHINGTON— U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, today released the following statements in celebration of the 37th anniversary of the enactment of the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and the continuing and growing partnership between Taiwan and the United States: “As we celebrate the anniversary of this vital legislation, the importance of the relationship between Taiwan and the United States cannot be... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe Delivers Floor Speech About FAA Reauthorization Act

April 7, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday evening about the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act (H.R. 636), which includes the bipartisan Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 sponsored by Inhofe, and also spoke on amendment #3492 that he sponsored with Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), which would ensure operators of critical infrastructure are able to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to assist with compliance of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Booker Introduce Bipartisan Amendment to Allow Drone Use for Critical Infrastructure Needs

April 6, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) today introduced amendment #3492 to the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act (H.R. 636) that would ensure operators of critical infrastructure are able to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to assist with compliance of existing federal regulations and to respond to natural disasters.  “Recent advancements made with drone technology gives companies with large-scale critical... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Receives Guarantee from Army to Continue with Paladin Integrated Management Program

April 6, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), participated Tuesday in a SASC Airland Subcommittee hearing on Army modernization where Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson confirmed that the Army’s contract with BAE Systems in Elgin, Okla. for the Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) program is not only on track but will likely be awarded a full-rate production contract within the year. Lt. Gen. Williamson further acknowledged that... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Encourages Oklahomans to Submit Nominations for the Angels in Adoption Program

April 5, 2016

WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, today encouraged Oklahomans to nominate by April 22 a friend, family or organization to the Angels in Adoption program who have made a difference in the lives of children by giving them a loving home, whether through adoption or fostering. The Angels in Adoption program is supported by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) and gives Members of Congress the chance... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Files Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Case on Obama’s Unconstitutional Amnesty Executive Order

April 4, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined a group of 43 Senate Republicans today in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a challenge by a majority of the nation’s governors and attorneys general of the states, led by the State of Texas, to the Obama administration’s November 2014 executive actions on immigration.  The Supreme Court took up this case (United States of America vs. State of Texas) after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement in Remembrance of Phil Tomlinson

March 31, 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement in remembrance of Phil Tomlinson, former Oklahoma secretary of transportation: “My prayers are with the family and loved ones of Phil Tomlinson during this difficult time. While Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works, I had the privilege of working with Phil as part of the ODOT team. Together we worked to ensure SAFETEA-LU met the needs of Oklahomans and to make our highways an economic gateway for... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Belgium

March 22, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in response to the three terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium today: “We stand in prayer and in unity with the people of Belgium and the families of those who were killed in these barbaric attacks. While the attacks are most likely in response to last week’s arrest of Salah Abdeslam who was involved in the terrorist attacks in Paris late... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on the Passing of Enid Oilman Lew Ward

March 21, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe today released the following statement on the passing of Enid oilman Lew Ward:  “It was a great honor to know Lew Ward personally. We were close friends, having both served as committeemen for the Republican National Committee. He was one of the early Republicans in Oklahoma before it was popular, and a trailblazer for the robust energy sector we see in Oklahoma today. In Enid, he was known for his intimate community... Continue Reading »


Inhofe’s Statement on President Obama’s Visit to Cuba

March 20, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement in response to President Obama beginning his three-day visit to communist Cuba, the first visit from a sitting U.S. president since 1928: “President Obama’s visit to Cuba is solidifying a legacy of foreign policy bent towards appeasing dictators and turning a blind eye to oppressive regimes. His visit will not advance America’s security... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on SCOTUS Nomination

March 16, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement today regarding President Obama’s nomination to the Supreme Court: “While I will evaluate the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, the next president should be the one to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. President Obama has worked to ram through his liberal agenda by way of executive actions, of which many are now tied up in the courts. This has created a situation where... Continue Reading »