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Inhofe Visits with State Chamber of Oklahoma

September 11, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) spoke with the State Chamber of Oklahoma today during their annual visit to Washington. Inhofe discussed the successes Oklahoma has seen as a result of joint efforts between the Senator and President Trump and the work they are doing to build on this momentum.    “My visits with the State Chamber of Oklahoma are always great opportunities for me to hear from folks across the state, including small business owners, large employers, local chambers,... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Honors the Life and Legacy of T. Boone Pickens

September 11, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after learning of the death of Thomas Boone Pickens: “There’s much you can say about T. Boone Pickens and the impact he had on Oklahoma, but I will keep it simple: he embodied the spirit of Oklahoma and lived the American dream. “A graduate of Oklahoma State University, he grew frustrated with the bureaucracy of working for a large company and decided to start his own in 1956. This company was the basis for what became... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Applauds $7.6 Million Grant For Oklahoma To Fight Opioid Crisis

September 6, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after President Trump and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced state-based grants to combat the opioid crisis, including $7.6 million for Oklahoma. “Too many families in Oklahoma and across the country have felt the impact of the opioid crisis. Working with President Trump, I’ve made addressing the crisis a priority—passing legislation that gave HHS the tools to combat the epidemic and... Continue Reading »

Inhofe-Reed Statement on Army Inspector General Report on Privatized Housing

September 5, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after the Department of the Army Inspector General released an assessment of the Army’s privatized housing program: “We’ve been clear for months: the problems plaguing military privatized housing are unacceptable. From the first hearing about the conditions within the program, it was clear that serious changes need to... Continue Reading »

Inhofe, Lankford, Hern Support Border Wall Construction

September 4, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Congressman Kevin Hern (OK-01) released the following statements today regarding the notification that military construction funding will be used for border security: “The president knows we need to finish the wall on the southern border. I was there last month where I clearly saw yet again that border security is national security – plain and simple. We’re working... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Joins Senate Republicans, Sends Unified Message Against Democrats’ Court-Packing Threat

August 30, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined the entirety of his Republican colleagues in the Senate, led by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), in sending a letter to the Supreme Court of the United States condemning Democrats’ recent threats to pack the Supreme Court.     “I’m proud to stand up and rebuke the Democrats blatant attempt to play politics with our Second Amendment rights by... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Applauds Launch of U.S. Space Command

August 29, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today praised the official establishment of the United States Space Command. “I applaud President Trump for standing up United States Space Command as a Unified Combatant Command today,” Inhofe said. “This is an important step to support the space warfighting domain and ensures our strategic competitors, Russia and China, realize we are serious about implementing our National Defense Strategy. The... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Applauds EPA Draft Rule to Replace Obama-Era Methane Rule

August 29, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today released the following statement following the release by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler of a new draft rule to replace the Obama-era oil and gas industry methane emissions standards. “I applaud Administrator Wheeler for releasing the draft rule today which will replace the burdensome and unnecessary methane rule crafted by the Obama... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Applauds American Airlines for Growing Tulsa Workforce, Bringing 400 New Jobs

August 28, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today applauded American Airlines’ announcement that they will be expanding the work conducted at the world's largest commercial aviation base maintenance facility, which is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma (Tech Ops – Tulsa). With this expansion, American Airlines will hire more than 400 new team members. “I am proud of American Airlines for expanding the scope of maintenance work performed at the Tulsa Tech Ops Center, bringing more than 400 new jobs... Continue Reading »

Oklahoma Receives Two Grants for Graduate Medical Education

August 23, 2019

The Department of Health and Human Services announced that Oklahoma has earned two grants from the Medical Student Education Program, totaling $9.25 million over four years. The program, created by Sen. Inhofe’s and Congressman Cole’s provision in the FY19 appropriations bill, provides grants to support graduate medical education in rural states. Both the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Oklahoma State University (OSU) received these grants that will allow them to support physician... Continue Reading »

ICYMI: Inhofe's Historic Border Visit

August 22, 2019

US and Mexico hold first-of-its-kind border immigration meeting Kristine Frazao | Sinclair Broadcasting Group Watch the full video and read the article here.  Excerpt: On Tuesday, at a military base near Matamoros, Mexico, an unprecedented meeting took place between the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and top Mexican military officials. Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., traveled to the base for what he described as a “first of its kind” meeting, marking a... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Visits Troops, Mexican National Security Officials in Historic Border Visit

August 21, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, visited the U.S.-Mexico border yesterday where he met with U.S. Army officials, including Lt. General Laura Richardson, commander of Army North, and discussed Department of Defense (DOD) support to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) along the southern border, including the operation of mobile surveillance units. “After my visit yesterday, I am confident that our soldiers at the border are benefiting from their... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Congratulates Castilla on Appointment

August 20, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement after the U.S. Army appointed Jill Castilla as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army during an Investiture Ceremony last week: “Jill Castilla is a superb choice for Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army and I congratulate her on her appointment. With her experience serving in the U.S. Army and Oklahoma National Guard coupled with her time spent working hard for... Continue Reading »

Inhofe, Cornyn Statement on Proposed F-16 Sales to Taiwan

August 16, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today praised the announcement by the State Department that the U.S. will sell 66 F-16 Block 70/72 aircraft to Taiwan: “As we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act this year, our defense cooperation with Taiwan remains an important pillar of security and stability in the Taiwan Strait and the Indo-Pacific region as a whole. The sale of F-16 aircraft will help... Continue Reading »

Inhofe, Lankford Applaud Oklahoma Nominee for U.S. District Court

August 14, 2019

Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) announced their support of President Trump’s intent to nominate Jodi Dishman to serve as U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma. “I am glad to see President Trump nominate Jodi Dishman to serve the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma,” Inhofe said. “Jodi is incredibly well qualified. Following law school at the University of Oklahoma, Jodi spent time clerking for the... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Statement on New Rule Prohibiting Federal Work with Contractors Using Equipment from Certain Chinese Companies

August 13, 2019

Today, after President Donald Trump’s administration posted a new rule prohibiting federal work with contractors who use certain equipment from five companies in the People’s Republic of China, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement: “I applaud President Trump and his administration for taking necessary steps to protect American families and businesses. These companies, like Huawei and ZTE, pose a very... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Introduces Workforce Development Legislation

August 13, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced yesterday that he will be introducing legislation to promote workforce development when the Senate returns in September. He was joined by local community and business leaders to speak to the need of enhancing workforce development.       “The one downside to a strong economy is that businesses are having trouble finding skilled workers,” Inhofe said. “We need to do more to encourage and make it possible for young... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Praises EPA for Granting SREs

August 12, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised the EPA for granting 31 small refinery exemptions (SRE) in accordance with the law on Friday. These exemptions help small, local refiners deal with outdated, burdensome regulations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  Furthermore studies done by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign show that retroactive SREs do not harm ethanol and demand has remained at an all-time high. “I’m pleased that President Trump and... Continue Reading »

Senators Applaud EPA’s Proposal to Reform Water Quality Certification Process

August 9, 2019

Today, U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.VA.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) praised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal regarding the water quality certification process. The proposal would reform implementation of the water quality certification process under section 401 of the Clean Water Act. “Today, we are... Continue Reading »

Inhofe-Led Senate Armed Services Committee Wraps Up Busy Summer with Additional Confirmations

August 2, 2019

Throughout the month of July, the Senate Armed Services Committee, led by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), took on an aggressive hearing schedule in order to clear as many nominations as possible while continuing its oversight work and efforts to complete annual defense authorization legislation on time. Chairman Inhofe released the following statement on the Committee’s process throughout the summer: “The Department of Defense is tasked with the most important federal responsibility:... Continue Reading »