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Inhofe Votes Against Amendment to Limit the Use of OCO Funds for National Defense

June 9, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voted against amendment #1521, an amendment to the Senate's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2016 that would limit the use of $38 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding contained in the bill unless the Budget Control Act (BCA) caps are increased or eliminated. The amendment was authored by Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.)... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Announces New Support for NDAA Amendment to Protect Military Commissaries

June 9, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced growing support for the Inhofe-Mikulski amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016 as passed out of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Amendment #1728, which would protect military commissaries for another year and require a study to be conducted on the benefits and costs of privatizing commissaries, has garnered the support of four... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces NDAA Amendment to Prevent GITMO Detainee Transfer to U.S.

June 4, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced Wednesday afternoon amendment #1533 to the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would prevent individuals detained at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Gitmo) from being transferred to the United States. “Our nation is a war, and by working to close Gitmo, the president is looking to end one of our... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Mikulski Introduce NDAA Amendment to Protect Military Commissaries

June 4, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) today introduced an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would prevent the Department of Defense (DOD) from privatizing commissaries at five major installations next year and instead require the DOD to first conduct an assessment for the purpose of reporting to Congress the potential costs and benefits of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on the Passage of the USA Freedom Act

June 2, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voted in favor of the USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048), which passed the Senate by a vote of 67 to 32. The USA Freedom Act reforms Section 215 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978 by ending the bulk collection by the National Security Agency (NSA) of telephone data  and instead requiring the NSA to coordinate with telecommunication companies for the same... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Comments on Temporary Extension of Taliban Five Travel Ban

June 1, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today about the temporary extension that was agreed to between the United States and Qatar on the travel ban of the Taliban Five: “A last minute agreement between Qatar and the U.S. Department of State has temporarily extended the travel ban on the Taliban Five terrorists. This was done because the State Department is concerned... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Expiring Provisions for Counterterrorism Intelligence Gathering

May 31, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement about key provisions in counterterrorism intelligence gathering that will expire at midnight without Congressional action:  "Our nation is being confronted with terrorists who do not recognize the law of war. As their presence grows rapidly overseas, so do their capabilities and tactics in influencing Westerners and potential sleeper... Continue Reading »


Members of Congress Call For Open, Transparent Elections in Burundi

May 29, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Sen Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.),  Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) released the following joint statement today regarding the upcoming elections in Burundi on June 26, 2015: “We are deeply concerned about the increased violence in Burundi and we urge the government and people of Burundi to refrain from violence and to work together as the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Senate Passage of TPA

May 22, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the Senate passage of legislation to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which received a vote of 62 to 37. “Reauthorization of Trade Promotion Authority gives the American people a strong voice in the trade deals being negotiated by the president,” Inhofe said. “This six-year reauthorization sets the stage for the United... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Awards American Fighter Aces with Congressional Gold Medal

May 21, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Wednesday evening participated in a reception at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum to award American Fighter Aces with the congressional gold medal. Inhofe delivered remarks as a guest speaker and awarded the congressional gold medal to several of the recipients, to including two from Oklahoma, Capt. Steve Bonner of Guymon and Lt. Col Jack Lennox of Enid. An American Fighter Ace... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Responds to President’s Speech at U.S. Coast Guard Academy

May 20, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement in response to President Obama’s commencement address in New London, Connecticut at the United States Coast Guard Academy:  “It’s no wonder that our military personnel's trust in their commander-in-chief is at an all time low. The president’s speech at the Coast Guard... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Coons Introduce African Free Trade Initiative Act

May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) today introduced the African Free Trade Initiative Act, which would require the president to establish a plan to negotiate and enter into Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) in sub-Saharan Africa and would require the United States Trade Representative, the Millennium Challenge Corporation and USAID to coordinate and collaborate together on how to implement the goals... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises House Amendment to NDAA to Delist American Burying Beetle, Lesser Prairie Chicken

May 15, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and  Public Works Committee and senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today praised the passage of Congressman Frank Lucas' (R-OK-3) amendment to the fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that subsequently passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives today. The amendment effectively removes the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) from being listed under the Endangered Species Act... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Advance FY'16 NDAA in the Senate

May 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voted to advance the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2016 in the Senate. The legislation passed out of the Senate Armed Services Committee by a vote of 21 to 5. "I am proud to be part of a strong bipartisan effort to ensure our men and women in uniform have the support they need to defend our nation,” said Inhofe. “This year's National Defense... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Join Bipartisan Senate Coalition To Introduce Bill to End Ban on Crude Oil Exports

May 13, 2015

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today joined Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Heidi Heitkam (D-N.D.) along with 10 of their Senate colleagues today in introducing the Energy Supply and Distribution Act of 2015 (S.1312). This bipartisan legislation would modernize federal energy policy by ending the outdated ban on crude oil exports. “I am proud to support Chairman... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Completed Work of Lead Impacted Communities Relocation Assistance Trust

May 11, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today praised the Lead Impacted Communities Relocation Assistance Trust (LICRAT) at the Tar Creek Superfund Site for completing its work to assist residents and businesses of Picher and Cardin, Oklahoma to voluntarily relocate and for then appropriately voting to dissolve the board on Thursday. “President Reagan would sometimes remark, ‘Nothing is so permanent... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Passage of Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act

May 7, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, praised Senate passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which received a strong bipartisan vote of 98 to 1. “The Senate voted overwhelmingly to give Americans a voice in the president’s nuclear arms agreement he is currently seeking with Iran,” said Inhofe. “The United States cannot afford to play games with a country that sponsors terrorism... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Urges Support for the Kurds and Their Armed Forces

May 7, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), met with the president of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, on Wednesday about U.S. assistance to the Peshmerga. Inhofe gave his support of their request for assistance to continue their fight against ISIS.  “The Kurds have been an ally of the United States since 1991 and have been boldly fighting ISIS shortly after its rise in 2013,”... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Klobuchar Raise Awareness of West Africa Orphan Crisis Due to Ebola Epidemic

May 7, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today praised the passage of S.Res.155, which supports the goals and work of those who are addressing the developing Ebola orphan crisis in West Africa. The Senators introduced the legislation on April 29, 2015, and it passed by a voice vote Tuesday evening. “After learning about the Crawford family and their willingness to open their hearts to create a home for children orphaned in West Africa... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Final Passage of Budget Resolution

May 5, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the final passage of a conference report on the budget resolution S.Con.Res. 11. The report passed by a vote of 51 to 48. “With final passage of the budget resolution, the new Republican controlled Congress has shown it is ready to work hard to put our country on a more fiscally sound path for generations to come,” Inhofe said. “The budget resolution balances the budget within 10... Continue Reading »