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Inhofe, Lankford Applaud Nomination of Judge Charles Goodwin to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

July 13, 2017

  WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today applauded President Trump’s nomination of Judge Charles Goodwin to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.   “Charles Goodwin is a strong pick for the Western District of Oklahoma,” Inhofe said. “He has served as U.S. magistrate judge in the Western District for four years and has extensive experience as a civil... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Meets with Oklahoma VA Leaders

July 12, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), met with Ralph Gigliotti, director of Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) Region 19 and Mark Morgan, director of the Muskogee VA Health Care System. They met discussed a VA Inspector General (IG) report released this week on an investigation done in conjunction with a third party, the Joint Commission, into the Muskogee VA.  This investigation was promised to Inhofe... Continue Reading »


EPW Advances Nominees, Inhofe Bills

July 12, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today praised EPW  advancement of the nominations of Annie Caputo and David Wright to serve on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Susan Bodine’s nomination to be EPA assistant administrator of the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. Caputo and Bodine previously worked for Inhofe during his tenure as EPW chairman.  Inhofe also... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Testifies Before Senate Veterans Committee in Support of Bill to Improve Veterans Healthcare

July 11, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), testified in front of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in support of S. 1266, the Enhancing Veteran Care Act, which authorizes VA’s Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) directors and medical center directors to contract with outside entities to conduct investigations of their VA facilities. Inhofe introduced this legislation earlier this... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Muskogee VA Report

July 11, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released a statement following yesterday’s release of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Inspector General (IG) report on the results of an investigation of the Muskogee VA Health Care System. The VA IG conducted an investigation into the Muskogee system last year in conjunction with a third party, the Joint Commission. Inhofe held the VA IG’s nomination last year... Continue Reading »


Inhofe to Testify Before Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee on Bill to Improve Veteran Care

July 10, 2017

WASHINGTON —  On Tuesday, July 11 at 2:30 p.m. EST, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), will testify before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee in support of S. 1266, the Enhancing Veterans Care Act, which authorizes Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) directors to contract with an outside entity to conduct investigations of their VA medical facilities. Inhofe introduced this legislation earlier this... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Menendez Praise Announcement of Taiwan Arms Package

June 29, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, praised President Trump’s announcement today of a planned $1.3 billion arms sale to Taiwan, the first major sale of U.S. weapons to Taiwan since President Trump took office.  The sale includes technical support for early warning radar, anti-radiation missiles, torpedoes and components for air defense missiles. This package is an important step toward fulfilling the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Applaud U.S. Attorney Nomination to Federal District in Oklahoma

June 29, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today applauded the president’s nomination of R. Trent Shores to be US Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma. The United States Attorney serves as the chief Federal law enforcement officer within his Federal judicial district.   “Trent Shores has proven himself to be both fair and consistent in applying the law,” Inhofe said. “As a the current assistant U.S. attorney for the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Committee Advancement of FAA Reauthorization

June 29, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and certified pilot and flight instructor with over 11,000 flight hours, today praised the Commerce Committee’s passage of S. 1405, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2017. The bill reauthorizes FAA through Sept. 30, 2021 and includes a number of Inhofe authored or supported provisions including Inhofe’s S. 755, the Fairness... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Advance FY18 NDAA to Senate Floor

June 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and chairman of the SASC Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, voted today to advance the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018 (FY18). The legislation passed out of SASC by unanimous vote (27–0) and is expected to be considered on the Senate floor in July.  FY18 NDAA authorizes $640 billion in funding for the Department of Defense (DOD)... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Proposed WOTUS Repeal

June 27, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today praised the EPA’s announcement that it will replace the Obama administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which expanded the definition of Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act, granting the federal government sweeping authority to regulate virtually all waters or wet areas throughout the country.  Under today’s... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Carper, Barrasso and Whitehouse Introduce Legislation to Reauthorize Successful, Bipartisan DERA Program

June 27, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee, along with U.S. Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), today introduced the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) of 2017. The bill reauthorizes DERA, one of the most cost-effective federal clean air programs, through fiscal year 2022 at its current funding levels. The legislation also ensures equal funding opportunities between... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Confirm Svinicki to NRC

June 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, voted today to confirm Kristine Svinicki to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a third term. She has served as the commission’s chair since January. She was confirmed by a vote of 88-9. “Kristine Svinicki has fought alongside me against overregulation of the nuclear industry,” Inhofe said. “Time after time, Kristine has testified before the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Bills to Improve Oklahoma Aviation

June 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee and certified pilot with over 11,000 flight hours, today introduced two bills that will benefit Oklahoma’s aviation community. Inhofe introduced S. 1431, the Volunteer Pilot Protection Act of 2017, which extends limited liability protections to pilots who volunteer with nonprofit volunteer pilot organizations to fly individuals in need of medical treatment or for other... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises SCOTUS Rulings on Religious Liberty, Immigration EO

June 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised today’s 7-2 Supreme Court ruling in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Missouri. The court ruled against the state of Missouri, which denied Trinity Lutheran a grant to improve the playground at the church’s preschool on the basis that Trinity Lutheran is a church. Inhofe joined Congressional colleagues to submit an amicus brief in support of Trinity Lutheran in April 2016.  Inhofe also praised the court’s... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Signing of the VA Accountability Act

June 23, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), praised President Trump’s signing of S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act into law. Inhofe cosponsored this legislation.  “It is our responsibility to ensure that our veterans have access to the quality health care they deserve,” Inhofe said. “This legislation makes much needed reforms to ensure that... Continue Reading »


Senate FAA Reauthorization Includes Inhofe Provisions

June 22, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee and certified pilot with over 11,000 flight hours, today praised the introduction of S. 1405 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2017. This legislation reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and includes a number of Inhofe priorities including Inhofe’s S. 755, the Fairness for Pilots Act and S. 1320,the FLIGHT... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Speaks on Senate Floor on North Korea Threat

June 22, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), spoke on the Senate floor on North Korean ballistic missile threats and the need to pass the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in a timely manner. Click Here to Watch Video Remarks as prepared for delivery: Mr. President, as we begin markup on this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, I rise to express my deep concern over continued malign... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Statement on Republican Health Care Discussion Draft

June 22, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today released a statement following the release of the Senate Republican Health Care Discussion Draft. “Oklahomans are hurting from Obamacare,” Inhofe said. “With just one insurer left in the entire state, Obamacare premiums rose 76 percent last year and they have risen 201 percent since 2013. The Republican-led Senate is committed to repealing and replacing Obamacare, which will help to stabilize... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Changes to U.S.-Cuba Policy

June 16, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement today following President Trump’s announcement of new restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba.  “The Obama administration’s decision to warm relations with Cuba resulted in enriching the brutal Castro regime and their oppressive government rather than helping the Cuban people,” Inhofe said “President Trump’s... Continue Reading »