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Inhofe Introduces Legislation to Allow Drone Use by Energy Infrastructure Operators

March 15, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced UAVs for Energy Infrastructure Act (S.2684), legislation to ensure critical infrastructure operators, including energy pipeline operators, are able to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to assist with compliance of existing federal regulations and to respond to natural disasters. “Energy companies that maintain critical infrastructure, such as pipelines, are required to comply... Continue Reading »


Sen. Jim Inhofe Awarded a “Taxpayer Super Hero” by CCAGW

March 15, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today was presented with the “Taxpayer Super Hero” award from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) for his perfect score of 100 percent, of which he was one of 17 lawmakers to earn. The score is based on CCAGW’s 2015 Congressional Ratings, which identifies members whose voting records helped protect and save the taxpayers’ money. The recent ratings scored 100 votes in the House of Representatives and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Cosponsors Resolution to Detain ISIL Fighters in Guantanamo

March 15, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined 14 Senators in introducing a resolution Thursday to detain ISIL fighters at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It was introduced following the announcement that U.S. Special Forces captured an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leader while carrying out Operation Inherent Resolve.  Sponsored by Sen. Seve Daines (R-Mont.), the legislation was also cosponsored by Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Tom... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes Against Department of Education Nominee

March 14, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted against the nomination of John B. King Jr. to be the next Secretary of Education. King was confirmed by a vote of 49 to 40.  “I voted against Mr. King because of his record for being a strong advocate of Common Core when he was the education commissioner of New York. Common Core became a vehicle of the Obama administration to infiltrate the local education system with Washington mandates. The new Secretary will be... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Meet with VA Deputy Secretary in OKC

March 11, 2016

Oklahoma City — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today met with Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Sloan Gibson at the conclusion of Gibson’s stakeholder meetings at the Muskogee VA hospital and the Oklahoma City VA hospital, which began on Thursday. Following the meeting, Inhofe, Lankford, and Gibson held a press conference where all three reaffirmed their commitments to improving the quality of care at Oklahoma’s VA medical facilities. Inhofe and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Supports Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

March 10, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today praised the Senate passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which passed by a vote of 94 to 1. “The abuse of prescription drugs and heroin is taking a serious toll on families across this nation,” Inhofe said. “In Oklahoma, prescription painkillers are linked to more overdoses than any other drug and our state leads the nation in painkiller abuse and sales. By providing... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Menendez Praise Senate Passage of Bill to Advance Taiwan Involvement at INTERPOL

March 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, yesterday praised the Senate passage of S. 2426 that allows Taiwan to participate in the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL). “Taiwan is a steadfast friend and ally and deserves to be treated as such,” Inhofe said. “Over the years, I have supported legislation that assists Taiwan’s free trade and security... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Celebrates New Vance Air Force Tower

March 4, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the new air traffic control tower at Vance Air Force base. Inhofe delivered remarks at the event and released the following statement to the press:  “The strong partnership between Enid and Vance Air Force base is known throughout the Air Force, which is what helped to make this new, needed tower... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Welcomes Announcement of Upcoming Visit by Deputy Secretary of VA to Oklahoma VA Centers

February 26, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today welcomed plans by Deputy Secretary of the VA Sloan Gibson to visit to the Oklahoma City and Muskogee VA Medical Centers in March. “As we continue to fight for the care of our veterans, I welcome the VA’s new focus on facilities serving Oklahoma veterans and the announcement that Deputy Secretary Gibson plans to visit both the Oklahoma City and Muskogee VA Medical... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Earns Award from Disabled American Veterans Organization

February 25, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today met with the Disabled American Veterans where he was presented with the DAV Award for his work to advance veterans priorities in Congress during 2015. “I am very honored to accept the Disabled American Veterans award and to have this opportunity to discuss the challenges that face our disabled veterans in Oklahoma,” Inhofe said. “Over the past year,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on President’s Latest Effort to Close Gitmo

February 23, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement regarding the submission of a document by President Obama and his administration to close the detainee detention center at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Gitmo): “The president’s announcement today is more about his legacy than ensuring the security of this nation and its people. Congress and the American people have... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Lifts Hold on VA IG Nominee

February 23, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today announced on the Senate floor that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has committed in writing to conduct investigations of Oklahoma’s VA hospitals in coordination with an outside entity. This commitment fulfills the request Inhofe made when he placed his hold on the VA Inspector General nominee, Michael Missal, on Feb. 1. Inhofe today released that hold.  Click here to watch the video As prepared for delivery: Mr.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Releases 2015 Annual Accomplishments Report

February 22, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released his annual accomplishments report outlining achievements made in 2015 for the people of Oklahoma, to include authoring and passing into law a long-term highway reauthorization bill, the FAST Act; passing out of the Senate a bill to reform federal regulation of toxic chemicals, the Lautenberg Act; amending and passing into law a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA); making significant progress at the state level with reforming... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on the Death of Justice Scalia

February 13, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement in remembrance of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died today at the age of 79: “My heart is broken learning the news of Justice Scalia’s passing. He was the enduring legacy of the Reagan Administration and the conservative standard for not only the Supreme Court but the American judiciary. History will remember Scalia as a stalwart defender of the constitution and a brilliant legal mind.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Introduce Bill to Expand Firing Authority in the VA System

February 12, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today introduced the Veterans Affairs Accountability Act (S.2554), legislation expanding authority at the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow directors of Veterans Integrated Services Network (VISN) chapters to remove or demote any VA employee within their network whose performance warrants such action and to authorize VISN directors to contract with an outside entity to conduct investigations of their VA medical... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Increase Sanctions on North Korea

February 10, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted for the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act, which passed the Senate by a vote of 96-0. “North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jung Un, has willfully and repeatedly violated U.N. Security Council Resolutions regarding the development of weapons of mass destruction and the means to deliver them,” said Inhofe. "North Korea is a habitual proliferator and will surely share its technology with... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Management Change at Muskogee VA Medical Center

February 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for beginning the process to establish new leadership over the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System, which encompasses the Jack C. Montgomery hospital in Muskogee, Okla.   “I applaud the work of VISN 19 and specifically its director, Ralph Gigliotti, for conducting a review of the Muskogee VA hospital over the last two months that prompted a... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on President Obama’s Last Budget Proposal

February 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, released the following statement today in response to President Obama’s last budget proposal:  “The president has been using his budget proposals to create a legacy of destroying fossil fuels and reducing our military and influence in the world. His proposals never balance and consistently expose his misguided spending priorities that both parties in... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Condemns North Korean Satellite Launch

February 7, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in response to North Korea’s satellite launch today and about an upcoming vote in the Senate on the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act, H.R. 757: "The continued actions by Kim Jong Un and North Korea threaten not just the Korean Peninsula but the entire Asia-Pacific region as well as the national security of the United States... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Menendez Offer Condolences, Prayers for Taiwan

February 6, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, today issued the following statements in response to the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck southern Taiwan early Saturday: “My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Taiwan as we mourn for those whose lives have been lost and offer our support to their families and all the people of Taiwan,” said Inhofe. “The ties between our two countries are... Continue Reading »