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Inhofe Praises Passage of Every Child Achieves Act

July 16, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U. S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the bipartisan passage of the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA), legislation to update the No Child Left Behind law by eliminating waivers, strengthening state and local control, prohibiting the federal government from certain enforcement measures, and reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act through 2021. The legislation passed by a vote of 81-17.  “The Every Child... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on President Obama's Visit to Oklahoma

July 15, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement in advance of President Obama’s visit to Oklahoma, where he will be visiting Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma this afternoon and then a correction facility in El Reno, Oklahoma, on Thursday to film an interview for a VICE documentary about our nation’s criminal justice system: "I hope President Obama enjoys his time in Oklahoma, a great state where we understand what it takes to create economic... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Passage of ECAA Amendment to Aid Foster Kids, Homeless Youth

July 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U. S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the passage of Senate amendment #2169 to the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA), which would add a separate reporting requirement on graduation rates for homeless and foster youth to state and district report cards. Inhofe was the lead Republican cosponsor of the amendment introduced on July 8 by Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.). The amendment passed 56-40. “Those in foster care and homeless youth are some of the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Responds to Iran Nuclear Deal

July 14, 2015

WASHINGTON. D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released the following statement regarding the Obama Administration’s announcement that the P5+1 reached an agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear program: “The president’s deal with Iran failed to meet the only standard that ensures the future safety of America and its allies, which is the complete dismantling of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Responds to Missed Iran Deadline

July 9, 2015

WASHINGTON. D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released the following statement about the lapsed deadline of the U.S.-Iran negotiations: “The Obama Administration's announcement of no deal and another delay in negotiations with Iran validates two key points: Iran is only interested in a deal that removes all sanctions while preserving its nuclear program, and the U.S. negotiators are... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Voice Concerns about the Osage Nation’s Oil and Gas Estate

July 9, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today sent a letter to Department of the Interior Sec. Sally Jewell expressing concerns about the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) management of Osage Nation’s oil and gas mineral estate on Osage County, Oklahoma. In the letter, the Senators said, “Oil and gas production in Osage County is at the heart of what sustains the livelihood of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Army Force Structure Reduction

July 9, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released the following statement about the Army’s announced force structure reduction of 40,000 soldiers and 17,000 civilians from its ranks over the next two years: “The announced cut to our Army, combined with the reduction to our overall Armed Forces the past couple of years, puts into question our... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Nomination of DOD Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness

July 7, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement on the nomination of former Oklahoma Congressman Brad Carson as Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness at the Department of Defense: “Brad Carson has done an outstanding job as Under Secretary of the Army, adeptly handling key issues for the Army to include force structure, training, readiness, infrastructure, acquisition and budget management. As a... Continue Reading »


Inhofe’s Statement on SCOTUS Lethal Injection Opinion

June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion delivered today in the Glossip v. Gross case, which upheld Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol as constitutional:  “I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to preserve the states’ ability to implement capital punishment for the most heinous of crimes. This ruling delivers justice in the case of individuals who brutally... Continue Reading »


Inhofe’s Statement on SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senate conservative, today made the following statement about the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage. “I am disappointed by today’s Supreme Court decision,” Inhofe said. “My position on this issue is clear and has not changed. It is unfortunate that the Court took it upon itself to decide for the people what was being appropriately debated and decided in the states through the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Announces Oklahoma Support for DRIVE Act

June 26, 2015

TULSA – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today held a press conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma to announce provisions of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act (S. 1647) that will directly benefit the state and to announce growing Oklahoma support for the legislation. Inhofe, along with EPW Ranking Member Barbara Boxer (D-Cali.) and Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.),... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on King vs. Burwell Decision

June 25, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senate conservative who has long opposed Obamacare, released the following statement today amidst the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare.   “I am disappointed the Supreme Court ignored the clear writing of the law,” said Inhofe. “By doing this, the Court is allowing subsidies to be awarded on federally established exchanges, further preserving the law.  Obamacare has been... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Receives Contract Tower 2015 Congressional Leadership Award

June 24, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) was recognized Tuesday by the American Association of Airport Executives and the U.S. Contract Tower Association and received the 2015 Congressional Leadership Award for his work on behalf of contract air traffic control towers. "Under the Budget Control Act spending caps, the Obama Administration attempted to use our nation's control towers as an unnecessary mechanism to make the public feel the pain of non-defense budget cuts," Inhofe... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Boxer, Vitter, Carper Introduce Six-Year Surface Transportation Reauthorization

June 23, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee; Barbara Boxer (D-CA), ranking member of the Senate EPW Committee; David Vitter (R-La.), chairman of the EPW Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure; and Tom Carper (D-Del.), senior member of the EPW Committee, today introduced a six-year surface transportation reauthorization bill titled the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act. The... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Protecting Adoption Act

June 19, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, today joined Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) in introducing The Protecting Adoption Act (S.1637), which would provide for a defined process to help expedite the placement of children in stable, permanent families. “I know firsthand the profound effects a loving and stable family can have on an adopted child. I believe all children deserve to grow up... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Supports Passage of the FY'16 NDAA in the Senate

June 18, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voted in favor of passing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2016 in the Senate. The legislation passed out of the Senate by a vote of 71 to 25, and will now be conferenced with the House-passed legislation.  “I applaud the Senate for progressing the National Defense Authorization Act in Congress,” said Inhofe. “This legislation... Continue Reading »


Inhofe and Mikulski Praise Passage of Amendment Protecting Commissary Benefits

June 17, 2015

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), today praised the passage of the Inhofe-Mikulski amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2016. The amendment requires an assessment to be conducted on the benefits and costs of privatizing commissaries prior to any pilot program on our military bases. The amendment garnered great bipartisan support of co-sponsors... Continue Reading »


Ahead of Tropical Storm Bill, Senators Lankford and Inhofe and Congressman Mullin Provide Disaster Assistance Information

June 17, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – To help Oklahomans prepare for possible weather-related emergencies from Tropical Storm Bill, Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) are providing Oklahomans with contact information for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Assistance Improvement Program.  Less than a month after severe flooding in Oklahoma, Tropical Storm Bill is expected to bring significant rainfall to an area still recovering from water damage and high... Continue Reading »


Inhofe’s Statement on Anti-Torture Amendment

June 16, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voted against amendment #1889 to the National Defense Authorization Act of fiscal year 2016 authored by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), which passed by a vote of 78-21. “The Senate vote on the McCain amendment was not about taking a stance on torture,” Inhofe said. “The Army Manual is public and easily accessible by terrorists,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Supports Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

June 11, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and 44 other Senators Tuesday to introduce the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, legislation that would prohibit abortions from being performed on unborn babies who are at or older than 20 weeks gestation. "For too long we have allowed our most innocent and vulnerable among us to be terminated despite having scientific evidence that an unborn baby at 5 months can feel the pain... Continue Reading »