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ICYMI: Inhofe Questions Intelligence Leaders at SASC Hearing on Foreign Cyber Threats to the U.S.

January 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), participated in a SASC hearing on foreign cyber-threats to the United States on Thursday.  In the hearing, Inhofe questioned James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, Hon. Marcel J. Lettre II, under secretary of Defense for Intelligence, and Adm. Michael Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command about recent foreign cyber-attacks.  Inhofe highlighted that because... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Introduces Keep Our Communities Safe Act, Co-Sponsors Four Additional Immigration Bills

January 5, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today introduced the Keep Our Communities Safe Act, S. 36, with Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), John Boozman (R-Ark.), and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). The legislation would close the legal loophole that requires immigration authorities to release back into the United States illegal aliens who have not been accepted for deportation to other countries after being detained for six months; a practice also referred to as "catch and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Meeting with Retired Gen. Mattis, Nominee for Secretary of Defense

January 4, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, Senior Member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, today met with retired Gen. James N. Mattis, President-elect Trump’s nominee to be secretary of defense. Sen. Inhofe released the following statement: “It was a pleasure to sit down with Jim Mattis and I feel strongly that he is the right pick to lead the Department of Defense,” Inhofe said. “He understands the need to address the issues our military faces head on,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Meeting with Scott Pruitt, Nominee for EPA Administrator

January 3, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Senior Member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee, today met with Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt. This was Pruitt’s first meeting on Capitol Hill since being selected by President-elect Trump to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Sen. Inhofe released the following statement:  “Scott Pruitt is the ideal candidate to lead the EPA,” Inhofe said. “Pruitt has seen... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Announces Committee Assignments for the 115th Congress

January 3, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released the following statement on his committee assignments for the 115th Congress. Inhofe will continue to serve as the Senior Member on both the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. He will also serve on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation as well as the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. “I look forward... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Releases Video Wishing Oklahomans a Merry Christmas

December 25, 2016

TULSA  – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today released a video wishing Oklahomans everywhere a merry Christmas. “I want to take a moment to think about what’s really important, our lord and savior Jesus Christ. Christmas is a day that serves as a symbol and declaration of peace on earth and goodwill toward all,” Inhofe says in the video. “I also want to send our troops overseas, in harm’s way and fighting for our freedoms, an especially warm Christmas... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Perry for Energy Secretary

December 13, 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today released a statement in support of President-elect Trump's announcement of his intention to nominate Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to be Energy Secretary: “Rick Perry is an excellent choice to lead the Department of Energy,” Inhofe said.  “Perry understands the abundance of our domestic energy resources and what it takes to power our complex and growing economy. I am confident that under his leadership, the DOE will be right... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Tillerson for Secretary of State

December 13, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released a statement in support of President-elect Trump's announcement of his intention to nominate ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State:  "I am pleased by President-elect Trump’s announcement to nominate Rex Tillerson to be our Secretary of State," Inhofe said.  "I have known Rex for years and think he will be great for this position. He is an accomplished leader who has proven himself on the world stage as... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Praise Senate Passage of Veterans Healthcare & Education Priorities

December 12, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) today praised the passage of S. 3021, a bill that advances key healthcare and education priorities for our veterans. The bill passed the Senate on Dec. 10 by unanimous consent. “Improving health care and education benefits for our veterans has been one of my top priorities for my entire tenure in Congress,” said Inhofe. “I am... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford, Russell, Cole on ATC Bill Signed Into Law

December 12, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford, as well as U.S. Reps. Steve Russell and Tom Cole, today praised H.R. 5785, a measure that eliminated the annuity cap for retired Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) who work as ATC instructors, as it was signed into law by President Obama. This annuity income cap disincentivized retired air traffic controllers from working full-time as instructors and thus created the need for several part-time instructors to fill the void. The enactment of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Oklahoma Industry Leaders Praise Final Passage of WIIN, Oklahoma Priorities

December 9, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, praised the final passage of S. 612, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, which passed with a strong bipartisan vote of 78-21 and includes a number of provisions integral to Oklahoma. “I am pleased that the WIIN Act has crossed the finish line with strong, bipartisan support,” Inhofe said. “This bill – soon to be law... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Senate Passage of CR

December 9, 2016

  WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today released a statement in response to the Senate passage of H.R. 2028, the Continuing Resolution (CR), which prevents a government shutdown, provides additional funding for U.S. troops overseas and funds the government through April 28, 2017. The CR passed the Senate by a vote of 63-36. The CR passed the House of Representatives Dec. 8 by a vote of 326-96. “Unfortunately, and only because of Senate Democrats Obstruction, passing... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Supports Passage of FY’17 NDAA, Includes Key Oklahoma Provisions

December 8, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2017 (FY 17). The legislation passed by a vote of 92 to 7, sending the bill to the president for his signature. The NDAA passed the House by a vote of 375 to 34 on Friday, Dec. 2. “For the 55th consecutive year, Congress is sending a defense authorization bill to the president. This bill... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Statement in Support of Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator

December 7, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee, and U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), today released a statement in support of President-elect Trump's announcement of his intention to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Scott Pruitt has been a leader and a partner on environmental issues for many years,” Inhofe said.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Senate Passage of 21st Century Cures Act

December 7, 2016

WASHINGTON– U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today voted for H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act, which provides $4.8 billion in new funding to the National Institute of Health (NIH),  increased funding for Alzheimer’s and cancer research and provides $1 billion in grants to states to fight the opioid abuse epidemic. The funding is fully offset. This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 94-5. “The 21st Century Cures Act is an important piece of legislation that addresses the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Gen. Mattis as Secretary of Defense

December 2, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released a statement in support of President-elect Trump's announcement of his intention to nominate retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis as secretary of defense. “Our country is being confronted with more threats than I have seen in my lifetime,” Inhofe said. “This demands strong U.S. leadership and I believe that Jim Mattis can provide that leadership for the Department of Defense. I have great respect for retired... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Firmly Stands in Support of Reauthorizing the Iran Sanctions Act

December 1, 2016

WASHINGTON– U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today praised the passage H.R. 6297, the Iran Sanctions Extension Act. The bill renews current non-nuclear sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran for another ten years. The Legislation passed the Senate by a vote of  99-0 and the House of Representatives by a vote of 419-1. “In failing to adhere to United Nations Security Council Resolutions, Iran has repeatedly... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford, Russell, Cole and Industry Leaders Praise Senate Passage of H.R. 5785

November 30, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla) and Congressmen Steve Russell (R-Okla.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.), today praised the passage of H.R. 5785, a bill which would ensure the continued safety of our nation’s airways by eliminating an unintended barrier to the hiring and retention of full-time Air Traffic Controller (ATC) Instructors. The bill removes a financial penalty for instructors willing to work full time in training our next generation... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation

November 29, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released a statement in support of President-elect Trump's announcement of his intention to nominate Elaine Chao to be secretary of transportation. “By selecting Elaine Chao as his choice for secretary of transportation, President-elect Trump confirms his interest in addressing our nation’s infrastructure needs head on,” Inhofe said. “Chao is a fantastic pick for this role; she is ambitious and her prior cabinet... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes for ECHO Act

November 29, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted for S. 2873, the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act, which requires the Department of Health to study models that use interactive videoconferencing to link specialist teams with primary care providers in rural and underserved areas. This bill passed the Senate 97-0. “I am proud to have co-sponsored and voted for the ECHO Act,” Inhofe said. “Using technology to improve access to specialized health care... Continue Reading »