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Inhofe Praises Passage of Border Jobs for Veterans Act

October 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today praised the Senate passage of the Border Jobs for Veterans Act of 2015 (H.R. 2835), which recruits veterans to serve as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers. “Our servicemembers sacrifice so much for our nation, and in return it is our job to care for them when they come home,” said Inhofe. “One way to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Milcon-Va Appropriations Bill

October 1, 2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voted for the cloture motion on the motion to proceed to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2029). By a vote of 50-44, Senate Democrats blocked the Senate from proceeding to the bill to fund veterans’ services, military housing and family support, and hospital and military construction. “I am disappointed that Democrats would... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on NDAA Conference Report

September 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voiced supported for the conferenced National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2016, of which he was a conferee member. The legislation was filed last night in the U.S. House of Representatives. “I applaud Chairmen McCain and Thornberry and Ranking Members Reed and Smith for working together to put forward a final National Defense... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes Against Final Passage of Continuing Resolution

September 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted against final passage of a clean continuing resolution to fund the federal government through Dec. 11, 2015. The continuing resolution passed by a vote of 78 to 20.  “Since Republicans regained majority in the Senate, we have been working to restore regular order. For the first time in six years, all 12 appropriations bills have been passed out of committee and with significant conservative victories. These bills are... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises $1.5 Million EDA Grant to the City of Durant

September 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, praised the City of Durant for being awarded an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant of $1.5 million to expand local surface transportation infrastructure and support the relocation of Commercial Metals, a global steel company, to Durant. “EDA's $1.5 million grant is being given to Durant in recognition for the hard work of city leaders to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Speaker Boehner’s Resignation

September 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement today on the announcement of Speaker John Boehner’s resignation:  “I was serving in the U.S. House when John Boehner was first elected, and I consider him a friend. We knew then that he would be a leader in our party. While he took positions that were not always popular, John led with conviction and was a true public servant. John will be remembered for his commitment in bringing about a... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood in Continuing Resolution

September 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted in favor of a continuing resolution that would fund the federal government until mid-December while also defunding Planned Parenthood of its federal taxpayer subsidies. The continuing resolution failed on a motion to proceed by a vote of 47-52.  “I have long advocated for Congress to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood,” said Inhofe. “Oklahomans do not support their tax dollars being sent to an... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Co-Sponsors Born-Alive Protection Act

September 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Tuesday joined 20 other Senators in introducing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Authored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), the legislation would protect babies that survive abortions by requiring appropriate care and admission to a hospital.  “No matter the conditions which result in a newborn being brought into the world, we should always fight to give that... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

September 22, 2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), legislation that would prohibit abortions from being performed on unborn babies who are at or older than 20 weeks post-fertilization. Senate Democrats blocked the legislation with a 54-42 vote on a motion to proceed to cloture.  “The United States is only one of seven countries that permits abortion after 20 weeks – or five months of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Announces Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 Support Surpasses 60 Cosponsors

September 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus, today announced his Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (S.571) has surpassed 60 cosponsors in the Senate and continues to garner support from outside organizations.  On Feb. 26, Inhofe introduced the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, legislation that would expand the 3rd class medical exemption for recreational pilots and broaden the protections provided in the original Pilot’s... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Receives 2015 Award of Merit from the Military Coalition

September 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Thursday received the 2015 Award of Merit from The Military Coalition, which is comprised of 31 organizations representing more than 5.5 million member of the uniformed services and their families. The award was given in recognition of Inhofe’s work to prevent the privatization of commissaries on military bases in the National Defense Authorization Act for... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Calls for Renewed Commitment to National Defense on Anniversary of 9/11

September 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released a statement remembering the men and women who lost their lives during the September 11 attacks in 2001 and 2012 and to honor those who continue to fight the War on Terror: “The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, forever changed America. On this day each year, we remember the more than 3,000 innocent American lives lost at the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Senate Democrats Shut Out Americans’ Voice on President’s Deal with Iran

September 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked a vote on the president’s nuclear deal with Iran, which failed 58-42:  "Earlier this year, the Senate acknowledged that the Obama Administration was circumventing Congress in its negotiations with Iran by working towards an 'agreement' when clearly, by any historical standard, this deal is a treaty. By... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Death of Commissioner Mark Costello

August 24, 2015

TULSA, Okla. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement today about the death of Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello: "Mark Costello was a true servant to the state of Oklahoma and considered to be an up-and-coming leader in our state. He passionately worked to represent conservative values not only as Labor Commissioner, but also in other areas, such as his work to give a voice to the unborn through the pro-life movement. His presence in the state will be missed.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Bill to Investigate, Defund Planned Parenthood

July 28, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced legislation S.1877 to require a special prosecutor to be appointed by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals for the purpose of investigating Planned Parenthood’s alleged violation of federal law, including changing or delaying abortion procedures for the sole purpose of harvesting fetal tissue and selling fetal tissue for profit. The legislation would also rescind... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Joins Sessions to Combat Sanctuary Cities

July 28, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sen. Jeff Session (R-Ala.) on Wednesday in introducing the Protecting American Lives Act (S.1842), which would combat sanctuary cities and illegal re-entry by enforcing state and local compliance with all federal immigration detainers on aliens in custody. “We cannot stand by and allow more innocent lives to be lost at the hands of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Repeal Obamacare

July 26, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today voted in favor of amendment #2328 to the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act (H.R. 22), an amendment that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, commonly called "ObamaCare." The amendment failed by a vote of 49 to 43.  "ObamaCare has amounted to a failed law and a broken promise to the American people, and I continue to support its... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Joins 49 Fellow Senators to Raise Concerns with Planned Parenthood Practices

July 22, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined 49 of his fellow senators today in a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell following the release of footage by the Center for Medical Progress depicting senior Planned Parenthood Federation of America executives discussing in gruesome detail the organization’s role in the harvesting of the organs of unborn babies. In the letter, the senators draw attention to the legal, ethical, and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe and King Cosponsor School Lunch Price Protection Act

July 22, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U. S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Angus King (I-Maine) on Tuesday introduced the School Lunch Price Protection Act (S.1805), which would prevent School Food Authorities (SFAs) from being forced to raise meal prices when a school's program is financially solvent, a federal mandate known as Paid Lunch Equity.  “School districts have seen a decline in full-price lunch participation and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Requests Hearing in Response to Chattanooga Shootings

July 20, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today sent a letter to Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-R.I.) of the Senate Armed Services Committee requesting a hearing to cover the efforts the Department of Defense (DOD) is taking regarding the protection of its service members and their families on U.S. military installations and satellite locations.  In the letter, Inhofe said, “The attacks on the Combined... Continue Reading »