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Inhofe, Menendez Offer Condolences, Prayers for Taiwan

February 6, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, today issued the following statements in response to the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck southern Taiwan early Saturday: “My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Taiwan as we mourn for those whose lives have been lost and offer our support to their families and all the people of Taiwan,” said Inhofe. “The ties between our two countries are... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Applauds Announcement of New Commercial Air Service into Stillwater

February 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today participated in an event at Stillwater Regional Airport where American Airlines announced it will be establishing its first commercial air service at the airport beginning in August. Inhofe delivered brief remarks and was joined by Casey Norton, director of external communications at American Airlines; Patrick Quayle, managing director, network and fleet strategy at American Airlines; Stillwater Mayor Gina Nobel; Oklahoma... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Cosponsors Bill To Protect Second Amendment Rights of Social Security Beneficiaries

February 4, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today joined Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) in introducing S.2495, a bill to amend the Social Security Act relating to the use of determinations made by the Commissioner. The legislation would protect Social Security beneficiaries from being stripped of their Second Amendment rights because of determinations used by the Social Security Administration about the management and payment of an individual’s benefits. The legislation is... Continue Reading »

Inhofe, Lankford, Cole Statements on Fort Sill’s Future Plans

February 2, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, today released the following statements about Fort Sill’s announcement regarding the vital role Fort Sill will continue to play as the Army plans for its future force structure: “I applaud Major General Rossi and the leadership of... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Places a Hold on VA Inspector General Nominee

February 1, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today announced that he has placed a hold on the nominee for the Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Michael Missal, until the department commits to investigating the Muskogee and Oklahoma City VA medical centers with the oversight of and in partnership with an outside private entity, such as the Joint Commission. “It’s time for heads to roll for the lack of progress that Oklahoma’s VA medical... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Supports Life at Conception Act

January 21, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, today joined Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to introduce the Life at Conception Act, which protects the unborn and guarantees them the right to life. “This week, as we celebrate both National Sanctity of Human Life Day and the annual March for Life, I am proud to coauthor legislation that will ensure that our most vulnerable children are protected. The Life at Conception Act will provide 14th... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Responds to Democrats’ Filibuster of American Safe Act

January 20, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released the following statement after Democrats blocked proceeding to the American SAFE Act (H.R. 4038). “The American SAFE Act, a bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House, was blocked by Democrats in the Senate today for purely political reasons. Our number one priority should be to keep Americans safe and this bill would have added an extra layer of security to our refugee program – a program... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Praises Inclusion of Price Protection Provision in School Lunch Reauthorization

January 20, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the Senate Agriculture Committee’s inclusion of his legislation blocking mandatory price increases on school lunches as a part of the Child Nutrition, Integrity and Access Act of 2016, which was today reported favorably out of the Agriculture Committee. “I am pleased that my provision from the School Lunch Price Protection Act was included in the Child Nutrition, Integrity and Access Act of 2016,” Inhofe said.... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Introduces Alternative Ammunition Manufacturing Act

January 19, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced the Alternative Ammunition Manufacturing Act (S. 2444) which will require the administration to act on an ammunition manufacturer's waiver application within 60 days of receiving the request or the waiver will be automatically granted. “As we’ve seen in the past weeks, it is no secret that the president and his administration have been trying to chip away at the 2nd Amendment since he took office,” Inhofe said.... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Responds to President's Press Conference on Iran Deal

January 17, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement in response to the president’s press briefing today on the implementation of the Iran Deal and the release of the Americans that were being detained by Iran: “I celebrate with the families of our five Americans who are coming home after years of being unjustly detained in Iran. As for the release of Pastor Saeed, his journey reminds us that religious persecution still exists in our world... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Calls for President to Hold Iran Accountable for Transgressions

January 15, 2016

WASHINGTON – In a letter today to President Obama, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sens. David Perdue (R-Ga.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Dan Coats (R-Ind.), raised concerns about the failure to punish Iran’s aggressive behavior and asked for a clear roadmap ahead of the forthcoming... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Opposes Any Plan to Close Gitmo and Bring Detainees to U.S.

January 15, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement regarding Defense Secretary Carter sending a plan to close the detention center at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Gitmo). “America is at war with these terrorists and will be for the foreseeable future. Our military commanders have testified this will be a generational fight. These terrorists attacked our country before... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Responds to the State of the Union Address

January 12, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following video response today to President Obama's 2016 State of the Union address:   Click here to watch the video As prepared for delivery: Tonight we heard the President talk about how his vision of America is what’s best for our future. As we count down the final months of his presidency, Americans need to remember that this... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Hails U.S.S. Tulsa Keel-Laying

January 11, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement regarding the keel-laying of the U.S.S. Tulsa, Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) and designated LCS-16. “Today is both a beginning and a continuation of a legacy. It celebrates the ceremonial beginning of the next ship to carry the name U.S.S. Tulsa, and it continues the legacy of the first U.S.S. Tulsa and all who served on her since her beginnings in... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Statement on President’s Veto of Reconciliation Bill

January 8, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released the following statement in response to the president’s veto of the reconciliation bill, which repeals Obamacare and defunds Planned Parenthood.  “President Obama has proven that he will continue to defend his signature healthcare law despite the fact that, time and again, the implementation has shown that it does not lower healthcare costs, expand access nor even simply let Americans keep their own... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Reacts to the President’s Executive Actions

January 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released the following statement in response to the president’s executive actions against guns. “In an effort to show off to his liberal base, Obama announced several executive actions on gun control that would not have prevented any of the mass shootings that he claims inspired this push. For months he has had his staff working night and day to find ways for him to push his gun control agenda unilaterally while... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Responds to Problems at OKC Veterans Affairs Center

December 23, 2015

TULSA, Oklahoma – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement on the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center and the problems at the facility that were brought to light in a USA Today article published in print today: "Taking care of Oklahoma's veterans has been a leading priority throughout my time in office. The stories of problems at our Oklahoma City VA Center is unacceptable, and I have already been in touch personally with the facility,the VA director... Continue Reading »

Oklahoma Delegation: Tulsa Air National Guard Best Choice For F-35a

December 21, 2015

WASHINGTON —  Members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation today sent a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Debra Lee James urging her to consider the 138th Fighter Wing (138th FW) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the next home for the F-35A. The Air Force is looking for two National Guard candidate wings as future bases for the F-35A. While these aircraft would not begin to arrive until 2022 or 2023, a decision is expected to be made sometime over the next year. Criteria that will be... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Supports Measure Lifting Ban On Oil Exports

December 18, 2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted in favor of H.R. 2029, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act, which lifts the ban on oil exports, makes permanent key tax provisions and provides 2016 funding for the Department of Defense and other agencies. “It is about time Congress acted to lift the ban on oil exports,” Inhofe said. “Over the past forty years, Oklahoma’s oil producers have been at a disadvantage because they haven’t been... Continue Reading »

Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill To Protect Federal Correctional Officers

December 18, 2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised last night’s Senate passage of the Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection Act (S. 238), a bill to ensure that federal correctional officers will be safer at work. Inhofe cosponsored this legislation introduced by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). “Every day correctional officers are confronted with the very real possibility that they could become the next victim of the violent offenders they supervise, yet they are left... Continue Reading »