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Inhofe Presses Ross on 232 Tariffs Against Russia and Saudi Arabia

April 20, 2020

As Russia and Saudi Arabia continue to flood the global oil market, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) wrote to Secretary of Commerce Wilber Ross today, requesting he continue to investigate their anticompetitive practices.“Despite recently agreed to production cuts by Russia, Saudi Arabia and members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the global oil market is still well oversupplied as the price of oil has failed to stabilize,” Inhofe wrote. “It remains clear that the... Continue Reading »

Oklahoma Delegation Urges Trump Administration to Make Publicly Owned Hospitals Eligible for CARES Act Programs

April 17, 2020

Today, Oklahoma’s Congressional Delegation, led by Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03), penned a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza, and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell urging that publicly trusted hospitals be made eligible for Paycheck Protection Program loans and other financial assistance programs. In Oklahoma, 43 rural hospitals are designated as a Public Trust making them ineligible for the Paycheck Protection Program... Continue Reading »

SASC Chairman Inhofe Praises Air Force for Progress on Privatized Housing

April 17, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement praising the U.S. Air Force's new Performance Incentive Fee agreement with Corvias:"While we wait for the Department of Defense to make updates to the Tenant Bill of Rights, I’m glad to see the Air Force making progress with housing companies to give our military families the quality housing they deserve. Two of the biggest problems we saw in the privatized military housing... Continue Reading »

Oklahoma Delegation Commemorates 25th Anniversary of Oklahoma City Bombing

April 17, 2020

Today, Oklahoma’s Congressional Delegation joined to honor and remember the tragic loss of lives in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on April 19, 1995. Twenty-five years ago, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was the target of America’s deadliest act of domestic terrorism, claiming the lives of 168 individuals, including 19 children.  Click here to watch video.U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe: “It’s hard to imagine 25 years have passed since the... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Joins Lankford Letter to HHS to Advocate for Relief for Senior Communities and Health Care Workers

April 17, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined James Lankford (R-Okla.) yesterday on a bipartisan letter with 25 senators to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to ensure that as HHS sets guidelines for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF), they do not overlook the providers within nursing homes, skilled nursing centers, senior living communities, independent living, assisted living, memory care and continuing care retirement communities who are devotedly caring for our... Continue Reading »

Inhofe, Lankford Selected by President Trump for Task Force on Economic Recovery

April 16, 2020

Today, President Trump asked U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) to serve on the Task Force on Economic Recovery. The bipartisan task force, comprised of other members of the Senate and House of Representatives, will advise the president on the re-opening of America in the wake of COVID-19.“It is an honor to be named to President Trump’s Task Force on Economic Recovery, and I look forward to working with him and the other members on reopening the economy and getting... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Joins Effort to Urge USDA to Assist Cotton Industry in Wake of Coronavirus

April 16, 2020

As the coronavirus continues to take an economic toll on agriculture producers, U.S. senators from both parties have come together to encourage the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to work with the cotton industry so that needed aid can be delivered in a timely manner.Inhofe joined a letter from 21 senators to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue—led by Sens. John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.)—that noted while all sectors of the agricultural economy have been impacted by this public... Continue Reading »

Inhofe, Armed Services Committee Maintain Coronavirus Oversight

April 16, 2020

The Senate Armed Services Committee, chaired by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), held a telephone briefing yesterday with the Department of Defense to review and discuss the department’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.During the call, committee members focused on the Department’s acquisition and sustainment efforts and support for the defense industrial base, as well as overall force health.Ellen Lord, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, and Dr. David Smith,... Continue Reading »

Inhofe, Reed and Thornberry Urge President Trump to Prevent FCC from Approving Ligado Bandwidth Request That Could Harm GPS, Cost Taxpayers Billions

April 15, 2020

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, today sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to intervene to prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from granting the license modification request of Ligado Networks, which wants to use a part of the communications spectrum that will interfere with Global... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Announces $198 Million in Relief for Oklahoma Educational Institutions

April 15, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced today that the Department of Education will distribute more than $198 million in funding to the state of Oklahoma’s educational institutions from the Education Stabilization Fund as authorized by the CARES Act. Of the funding provided to the state of Oklahoma, over $159 million will be allocated to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for higher education institutions to assist their students. From this funding, $79 million will be used to... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Joins Bicameral Group Pressing FDA to Enforce Medication Abortion Restrictions During COVID-19

April 15, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), U.S. Representative Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and a significant number of lawmakers from both chambers of Congress to urge the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to resist efforts by pro-abortion activists to expand medication abortions during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.Thirty-eight Senators and 121 Representatives sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, M.D., encouraging “robust enforcement” of the existing Risk... Continue Reading »

Inhofe, Lankford Lead Letter to Treasury, SBA to Ensure Protection for Faith-based Entities

April 14, 2020

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today led a letter joined by 17 Senators to Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, and Jovita Carranza, Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), to thank them for the recently issued interim final rule on protections for faith-based entities during the continued rollout of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and related federal economic relief. The administration also issued an FAQ for... Continue Reading »

Inhofe, Cornyn, Cotton, Crapo, Rubio, Young Urge Administration Action to Clear Path for American Involvement in 5G Standard Setting

April 14, 2020

Today, U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging their departments to issue regulations as soon as possible confirming that U.S. participation in 5G standards-setting is not restricted by export control... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Praises Corps’ Response Letter to Complete Tulsa-West Tulsa Levees Chief's Report

April 13, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today applauded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for responding to and taking action on a letter Inhofe sent on February 06, 2020 to Lt. General Semonite urging the Corps to take all appropriate measures to review and complete the Chief’s Report for the Tulsa-West Tulsa levees as soon as practical. He also urged that the Corps include financing recommendations to allow a 30-year repayment eligibility for this project, which they agreed to.“I am incredibly glad to... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Announces Nearly $490 Million in Relief for Oklahoma Hospitals and Health Care Providers

April 10, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced today that hospitals and medical providers in Oklahoma will receive $489 million in funds from the Department of Health and Human Services as authorized by the CARES Act. These funds, distributed directly to approximately 4,100 providers throughout the state will be delivered today, and do not have to be paid back.This is part of the first installment of funds to support hospitals and medical providers that are both overstretched from the COVID-19... Continue Reading »

Inhofe, Senators Applaud President Trump and Urge Strong CFIUS Review During Pandemic

April 9, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) led a letter to President Trump today encouraging the administration to continue to aggressively use the CFIUS authorities to scrutinize any transaction or investment by People's Republic of China (PRC) state-owned or private enterprises that could threaten or undermine the national security of the United States during the coronavirus pandemic. The senators write in part, “The stark reality is this: our adversaries are waging economic and financial warfare against... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Holds Virtual Town Halls with Oklahoma City and McAlester Communities on COVID-19 Resources

April 9, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) held two virtual town halls with the Oklahoma City and McAlester communities yesterday afternoon on the COVID-19 response and resources available for families, individuals and small businesses. A comprehensive list of frequently asked questions associated with COVID-19 can be found here.Inhofe’s statement on March 25, 2020, after voting in favor of the CARES Act can be viewed here. A detailed list of what the CARES will provide to Oklahoma is below.The CARES... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Statement after Senate Democrats Block Coronavirus Relief for A Second Time

April 9, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe made the following statement today after Senate Democrats blocked a motion by Leader McConnell to pass standalone emergency funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) by unanimous consent.“While we face the greatest public health crisis in over 100 years, Senate Democrats have decided to once again play partisan games and block the advancement of legislation that would provide more desperately needed coronavirus relief to our small businesses and their... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Joins Bipartisan Push for HHS to Prioritize Rural Hospitals

April 8, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today along with a bipartisan group of 18 other Senators in urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to consider the needs of rural hospitals and hospitals with high percentages of Medicaid and Medicare patients as HHS distributes the $100 billion healthcare fund included in the CARES Act.The Senators request an equitable distribution of funding from Public Health and Social... Continue Reading »

Inhofe, Armed Services Committee Focus on Oversight of Force Health Protection at DOD Briefing

April 8, 2020

The Senate Armed Services Committee, chaired by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today received a telephone briefing from the Department of Defense (DOD) on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the Members’ briefing, DOD officials updated committee members on what DOD is doing to protect the force and maintain readiness, among other topics.Briefers included: Bob G. Salesses, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Integration and Defense Support of Civil... Continue Reading »