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Inhofe, Lankford Applaud Nomination of Scott Palk for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

May 8, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today applauded President Trump’s nomination of Judge Scott Palk to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma . “By nominating Scott Palk to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, President Trump is upholding his campaign promise to nominate to the federal bench principled jurists who are committed to enforcing the Constitution’s limits on federal... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Confirm Wilson as Secretary of the Air Force

May 8, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today voted to confirm Heather Wilson as secretary of the Air Force. She was confirmed by a vote of 76-22. “As an Air Force Academy Rhodes Scholar with seven years of service in the European Command and over a decade of service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Heather Wilson is uniquely qualified to serve as secretary of the Air Force,” Inhofe said. “During... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Consider "Price Tag" Before Adding New Airline Regulations

May 8, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) discussed how to best improve airline industry consumer satisfaction at a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing entitled Questions, Answers, and Perspectives on the Current State of Airline Travel on Thursday. The hearing was held in response to an April 9 incident when a passenger was forcibly removed from a United airlines flight.    Much of Inhofe’s dialogue was with Sharon Pinkerton, senior... Continue Reading »


Inhofe to Chair Subcommittee Hearing on Water Resources

May 8, 2017

WASHINGTON—On Tuesday, May 9 at 2:30 p.m. EST, U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, will hold a hearing entitled: “Water Resources: The Role of the Public and Private Sectors.”  DETAILS: WHAT: A subcommittee hearing on “Water Resources: The Role of the Public and Private Sectors.” WHEN: 2:30 p.m. EST, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  WHERE: 406 Dirksen... Continue Reading »


Senators Request Report On Obama Administration’s Iran Prisoner Swap

May 5, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), David Perdue (R-Ga), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Luther Strange (R-Ala.) are requesting information on the crimes of the seven individuals granted clemency and the 14 fugitives for whom charges were dropped as part of the prisoner exchange between the... Continue Reading »


Small Business Committee, Inhofe Award Oklahoma Small Business During "National Small Business Week"

May 5, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship today honored HydroHoist from Oklahoma as the Small Business of the Day for National Small Business Week. This business, which was nominated by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), will be recognized in the Congressional Record of the U.S. Senate.  “Small businesses play an integral role in Oklahoma’s economy. In fact, over 52 percent of all employees in Oklahoma work for small businesses and 84 percent of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017

May 4, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today released a statement following Senate Passage of H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017. This bill includes a $25 billion increase in defense spending over last year, funds a significant increase in force levels for all services, and provides the largest military pay raise in six years.  H.R. 244 also includes $1.52 billion to increase border security that will be used for border infrastructure maintenance including... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Protect Employees, Stop DOL Overreach

May 3, 2017

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today voted in favor of H.J. Res 66, a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), to overturn a Department of Labor (DOL) rule allowing state-run retirement plans for non-governmental employees. The DOL rule allows states to bypass protections required by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and would allow states to force private-sector employees onto state-run retirement plans.  “Congress passed... Continue Reading »


Gen. McDew: Transportation Command Fleet "In Jeopardy"

May 2, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and Gen. Darren McDew, commander of U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM), discussed the challenges facing TRANSCOM at a SASC hearing today.                                                                     ... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Executive Action Aimed at VA Accountability

April 28, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today applauded President Trump’s executive action creating an Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at the Department of Veterans Affairs. “Ensuring our Veterans receive the best care possible is and has been a top priority of mine and I am pleased to see that the president is prioritizing our veterans as well by creating this office of accountability,” Inhofe... Continue Reading »


Adm. Harris on North Korean threat "not a matter of if, but when"

April 27, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today discussed U.S. response capabilities in the Asia-Pacific with Commander of U.S. Pacific Command Adm. Harry Harris at the SASC hearing entitled United States Pacific Command and United States Forces Korea. “What’s happened in the last few days has served as a wakeup call for the American people…people now realize that [North Korea] is an imminent threat,”... Continue Reading »


North Korea is "the Most Imminent Threat"

April 25, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today emphasized the immediate and grave threat posed by North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles at the SASC hearing entitled, Policy and Strategy in the Asia-Pacific.  Inhofe outlined the pace of North Korea’s weapons development over the past several decades. “This country has been incredibly consistent in developing both its... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Confirm Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture

April 24, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted to confirm Gov. Sonny Perdue as secretary of agriculture and released the following statement. He was confirmed by a vote of 87-11.  “I am proud to vote for my friend, Sonny Perdue, to be the secretary of agriculture. Agriculture is a vibrant cornerstone of the Oklahoma economy, and Governor Perdue understands this firsthand. Last month Gov. Perdue and I discussed Oklahoma’s agriculture priorities, including crop... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Beginning of BasicMed

April 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and certified flight instructor with more than 11,000 flight hours, today praised the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) announcement of BasicMed requirements, which will go into effect May 1. BasicMed provides a new alternative to the FAA’s existing, onerous process to qualify for third class medical certificates. These needed reforms were required by the FAA Extension, Safety, and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Tours U.S.-Mexico Border, Touts Trump's Immigration Reform Successes

April 20, 2017

  BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today released a statement following a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border accompanied by an official from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. “Because of Trump’s strong rhetoric for enforcing our laws, illegal border crossings have seen a decline of over 60% since the beginning of his administration,” Inhofe said. “America has long been a welcoming home to those who wish to enter our country legally, and by securing... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on MOAB Use in Afghanistan

April 13, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released a statement following reports that the U.S. military dropped a GBU-43B, a 21,000-pound conventional bomb—the largest U.S. non-nuclear bomb—in Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan.  The Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB), also known as the “Mother Of All Bombs,” was dropped on an ISIS tunnel complex in the Achin district of Nangarhar... Continue Reading »


MEDIA ADVISORY: Inhofe to Present Chief Barwick with Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery

April 7, 2017

**Media Advisory**  On Monday, April 10 at 2:30PM (CT) at the Enid Woodring Regional Airport, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) will honor the late Chief Timothy Barwick with the State and Local Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery for Extraordinary Bravery Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.  WHAT:     Chief Barwick Badge of Bravery Presentation WHEN:     Monday, April 10 at 2:30PM (CT) WHERE:   Enid Woodring Regional... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe Joins Jeremy Hobson on Here & Now

April 7, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), joined Jeremy Hobson on NPR’s Here & Now to discuss on the U.S. tomahawk strike against a Syrian airfield in response to Bashar al-Assad’s April 4 chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in northwest Syria that killed over 70 people, including dozens of children, and left hundreds wounded.   “[Trump] acted quickly. He acted properly. He acted... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

April 7, 2017

WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the next Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. He was confirmed by a vote of 54-45.  “I am proud to join my colleagues in voting to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch as the newest justice of the Supreme Court of the United States,” Inhofe said. “Throughout his confirmation process, I have been increasingly impressed with Judge Gorsuch’s unwavering commitment to the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Supports Immediate U.S. Response to Syrian Attack

April 7, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), provided the following statement on the U.S. tomahawk strike against a Syrian airfield in response to Bashar al-Assad’s April 4 chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in northwest Syria that killed over 70 people, including dozens of children, and left hundreds wounded.  “The immediate and proportional airstrike against the Syrian’s Shayrat... Continue Reading »