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Senators Press White House For Increased Transparency On Guantanamo Detainees

November 13, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today join Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Michael Rounds (R-SD), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tim Scott (R-SC) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), in sending a letter urging President Obama to adhere to his own promise of increasing transparency, a commitment on which the administration has fallen short when it comes to detainees at Guantanamo and their transfer to other countries.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Senate Republican Conference Release Videos Thanking Veterans

November 10, 2015

WASHINGTON – In advance of Veterans Day tomorrow, the office of Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released a video extending thanks to Oklahoma’s veterans for their sacrifices and service to our nation. In the video, Inhofe urges veterans to share their stories of service on this Veterans Day, stating: “We are looking now at an all-volunteer military, and these people need to hear from veterans what they are missing if they don’t join in.”  Click here to watch... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on the Appointment of Melissa McLawhorn Houston as Oklahoma Labor Commissioner

November 10, 2015

TULSA – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released the following statement congratulating Melissa McLawhorn Houston for being nominated by Gov. Mary Fallin to be the state’s labor commissioner. “My sincere congratulations go to Melissa McLawhorn Houston on her appointment to become Oklahoma’s Labor Commissioner. Melissa follows in a strong family tradition of public service, to include her mother who currently serves as the city planner in Altus and her... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on MilCon-VA Appropriations Bill

November 10, 2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voted in favor of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2029). The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 93 to 0. “I am pleased that under a Republican majority, the Senate was able to pass the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill for the first time under regular order in four years,”... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Nelson Introduce Bill To Provide CT Colonography Screening Under Medicare

November 10, 2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) today introduced S. 2262, legislation that would provide coverage under Medicare for CT (virtual) Colonography (CTC) screening.   “More than two years ago, a virtual colonoscopy saved my life,” said Inhofe. “When my friend Gen. Tom Stafford advised me to get this procedure done, I never imagined that it would alert me of other health conditions. With this advanced... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on US Boots on the Ground in Syria

October 30, 2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement responding to the president’s announcement that the administration is placing special operation forces on the ground in Syria: “For more than a year, the president has bucked the advice of his top military leaders to not rule out American boots on the ground as part of the United States’ strategy against ISIS. His talking points... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement On Budget Agreement Of 2015

October 30, 2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voted against H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015. The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 64 to 35. “I could not support a budget deal that continues to underfund our national defense, especially while our nation is at war, and maintains the discriminatory nature of the Budget Control Act where non-defense and defense spending are treated equally,”... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes in Favor of Bipartisan Cybersecurity Bill

October 27, 2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted in favor of the bipartisan Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (S.754), legislation that would encourage private businesses to voluntarily collaborate with the government on cyber security threats and defenses. The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 74 to 21.    “Whether conducted by a single person or a foreign government, cyber attacks to garner Americans’ personal and private information or a... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement On Oklahoma Soldier Killed Freeing 70 ISIS Hostages In Iraq

October 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement today regarding news that Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler of Roland, Okla. was killed Thursday during a special operations raid in Iraq: “My prayers and my thoughts go out to the family of Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, an American hero and Oklahoman who was killed in action in Iraq. Wheeler’s death was not in vain. Because of his bravery and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on President's Veto of NDAA

October 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement in response to the president vetoing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016: “By vetoing the National Defense Authorization Act, the president has chosen to prioritize the funding of his domestic pet projects above the security of our nation. Since the president first sent over his defense budget, he has increased U.S.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Questions Former Defense Sec. Gates on Pentagon Budget

October 21, 2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, senior member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today participated in a SASC full committee hearing on the future of defense reform with former Defense Sec. Robert Gates as a witness. Inhofe questioned Gates about how the Pentagon can best absorb budget cuts in a way that effectively and responsibly streamlines operations and continues to meet our current national security needs.  In his question, Inhofe highlighted how... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes for the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act

October 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted in favor of the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act  (S.2146), legislation cosponsored by Inhofe that would prevent federal grants from going to sanctuary jurisdictions and would redirect the funds to compliant jurisdictions. S.2146 was blocked by Senate Democrats on a cloture vote of 54 to 45.  “As a cosponsor of the Stop Sanctuary Polices and Protect... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Enactment of Adoptive Family Relief Act into Law

October 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, today praised the enactment of the Adoptive Family Relief Act (S. 1300), which will offer American families visa renewal relief when in the process of adopting overseas and confronted with extraordinary circumstances. Sen. Inhofe is a cosponsor of S. 1300. “For people who are willing to open their hearts and homes to children in need... Continue Reading »


Inhofe’s Statement on the President’s Decision to Not Reduce Number of U.S. Troops in Afghanistan in 2016

October 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released the following statement about the president’s decision to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2016: “The president’s recognition of the need to retain the existing force presence in Afghanistan is long overdue. I have consistently criticized the administration for picking a date on the calendar to withdraw U.S. troops instead... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises House Action to End Ban on Crude Oil Exports

October 9, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised action today taken by the U.S. House of Representatives to approve legislation that would lift the current ban on U.S. crude oil exports. The legislation passed by a vote of 261 to 159.  “I applaud the House’s action to lift the ban on exporting our nation’s abundant supply of crude oil,” said Inhofe. “This policy was first put into place to address reasonable concerns of a global oil shortage, but four... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Announces State Staff Changes

October 9, 2015

TULSA, Okla. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today announced the following staff changes in his state office: BRIAN HACKLER has been promoted to state director. Hackler has worked for Inhofe since 2009, serving as the field representative for the southwest portion of Oklahoma. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Central Oklahoma and is currently pursuing a Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law. Prior to joining the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Advance Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 2016

October 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, released the following statement today after Senate Democrats blocked the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 2016 from being considered in the Senate:   "For the first time in six years, the Senate is working to consider under regular order all 12 appropriations bills to fund the federal government. It’s a shame that Senate Democrats are... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Passage of the PACE Act

October 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised Congress for working to send the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act (H.R. 1624) to the president’s desk, which was enacted into law today. H.R. 1624 is the companion legislation to Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-S.C.) S. 1099, of which Sen. Inhofe is a cosponsor. “As seen with the enactment of the PACE Act, the new Republican majority in Congress is getting work done to address concerns that are being... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Passage of FY’16 NDAA

October 7, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2016. The legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 270 to 156 on Thursday and the Senate by a vote of 70 to 27, sending the bill to the president for his signature. “I applaud Congress for passing the National Defense Authorization Act for the 54th consecutive year. This vital... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Sends Letter to President Obama on Syrian Refugee Crisis

October 5, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), sent a letter to President Obama on Sept. 25 calling for a strong vetting process of Syrian refugees eligible to be resettled in the United States and for prioritization of orphaned children and persecuted religious minority groups. In the letter, Inhofe also emphasizes that ultimately the Obama administration must put forward a comprehensive strategy in the region to provide a... Continue Reading »