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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 »


Inhofe Applauds Announcement of New Commercial Air Service into Stillwater

February 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today participated in an event at Stillwater Regional Airport where American Airlines announced it will be establishing its first commercial air service at the airport beginning in August. Inhofe delivered brief remarks and was joined by Casey Norton, director of external communications at American Airlines; Patrick Quayle, managing director, network and fleet strategy at American Airlines; Stillwater Mayor Gina Nobel; Oklahoma... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Cosponsors Bill To Protect Second Amendment Rights of Social Security Beneficiaries

February 4, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today joined Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) in introducing S.2495, a bill to amend the Social Security Act relating to the use of determinations made by the Commissioner. The legislation would protect Social Security beneficiaries from being stripped of their Second Amendment rights because of determinations used by the Social Security Administration about the management and payment of an individual’s benefits. The legislation is... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford, Cole Statements on Fort Sill’s Future Plans

February 2, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, today released the following statements about Fort Sill’s announcement regarding the vital role Fort Sill will continue to play as the Army plans for its future force structure: “I applaud Major General Rossi and the leadership of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Places a Hold on VA Inspector General Nominee

February 1, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today announced that he has placed a hold on the nominee for the Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Michael Missal, until the department commits to investigating the Muskogee and Oklahoma City VA medical centers with the oversight of and in partnership with an outside private entity, such as the Joint Commission. “It’s time for heads to roll for the lack of progress that Oklahoma’s VA medical... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Supports Life at Conception Act

January 21, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, today joined Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to introduce the Life at Conception Act, which protects the unborn and guarantees them the right to life. “This week, as we celebrate both National Sanctity of Human Life Day and the annual March for Life, I am proud to coauthor legislation that will ensure that our most vulnerable children are protected. The Life at Conception Act will provide 14th... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Responds to Democrats’ Filibuster of American Safe Act

January 20, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released the following statement after Democrats blocked proceeding to the American SAFE Act (H.R. 4038). “The American SAFE Act, a bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House, was blocked by Democrats in the Senate today for purely political reasons. Our number one priority should be to keep Americans safe and this bill would have added an extra layer of security to our refugee program – a program... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Inclusion of Price Protection Provision in School Lunch Reauthorization

January 20, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the Senate Agriculture Committee’s inclusion of his legislation blocking mandatory price increases on school lunches as a part of the Child Nutrition, Integrity and Access Act of 2016, which was today reported favorably out of the Agriculture Committee. “I am pleased that my provision from the School Lunch Price Protection Act was included in the Child Nutrition, Integrity and Access Act of 2016,” Inhofe said.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Alternative Ammunition Manufacturing Act

January 19, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced the Alternative Ammunition Manufacturing Act (S. 2444) which will require the administration to act on an ammunition manufacturer's waiver application within 60 days of receiving the request or the waiver will be automatically granted. “As we’ve seen in the past weeks, it is no secret that the president and his administration have been trying to chip away at the 2nd Amendment since he took office,” Inhofe said.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Responds to President's Press Conference on Iran Deal

January 17, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement in response to the president’s press briefing today on the implementation of the Iran Deal and the release of the Americans that were being detained by Iran: “I celebrate with the families of our five Americans who are coming home after years of being unjustly detained in Iran. As for the release of Pastor Saeed, his journey reminds us that religious persecution still exists in our world... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Calls for President to Hold Iran Accountable for Transgressions

January 15, 2016

WASHINGTON – In a letter today to President Obama, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sens. David Perdue (R-Ga.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Dan Coats (R-Ind.), raised concerns about the failure to punish Iran’s aggressive behavior and asked for a clear roadmap ahead of the forthcoming... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Opposes Any Plan to Close Gitmo and Bring Detainees to U.S.

January 15, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement regarding Defense Secretary Carter sending a plan to close the detention center at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Gitmo). “America is at war with these terrorists and will be for the foreseeable future. Our military commanders have testified this will be a generational fight. These terrorists attacked our country before... Continue Reading »