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SASC Chairman Inhofe and SFRC Chairman Risch Statement on End of INF Treaty

August 1, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement ahead of the end of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, expected tomorrow: “Tomorrow, as a result of Russia’s deliberate violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and its refusal to return to full and verifiable compliance, the treaty is set to... Continue Reading »


Community Leaders Praise Inhofe Provisions on MKARNS in Infrastructure Bill

August 1, 2019

Community leaders from across Oklahoma praised Sen. Inhofe (R-Okla.)’s work on America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act. Click here for a comment from the Senator and a summary of the provisions. “Long range planning and funding of our nation’s transportation systems, including the interstate highways and inland waterways, helps lower freight costs and speed delivery to market,” said David Yarbrough, Port Director of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Hails Senate Passage of Defense Budget Agreement as the 'Right Thing to Do'

August 1, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today praised the Senate vote on the defense budget agreement, which passed 67-28. “Passing this defense budget deal is the right thing to do—for our troops, for our veterans and for the American people. Providing sufficient funding for our military and eliminating the threat of sequestration for good are absolutely necessary for our military to have the budgetary stability and predictability they so... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Questions Chief of Naval Operations Nominee

July 31, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned Vice Admiral Michael M. Gilday, nominated for appointment to the grade of admiral and to be Chief of Naval Operations at a SASC nomination hearing. Inhofe: I mentioned the USS Gerald R. Ford in my opening statement. This ship was accepted by the Navy, incomplete, nearly two years late in 2017, $2.5 billion over budget, and nine of 11 weapons elevators still don’t work with costs... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Urges Senate to Support Defense Budget Deal

July 31, 2019

Ahead of the Senate vote on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on the Senate floor urging his colleagues to support the agreement: Madam President, I am here to speak about some other good news, which is that we have an opportunity with a vote that is coming up. Some people call it the budget vote or the budget agreement. I don’t refer to it as such. I call it a defense agreement. I think... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Commends Senate Confirmation of David Norquist as Deputy Secretary of Defense

July 31, 2019

After the Senate voted by unanimous voice vote to confirm Mr. David Norquist to serve as Deputy Secretary of Defense, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement: “I can think of no one more fit to serve as Deputy Secretary of Defense than David Norquist. Over his long, successful career of public service in the budget and national security spaces, he has demonstrated the managerial skills and strategic leadership needed... Continue Reading »


Senators Introduce Pro-Life Legislation to Save Human Embryos

July 31, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.), along with Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) introduced the Patients First Act, which would promote stem cell research without the creation, use, destruction, or discarding of human embryos. “Protecting the rights of the unborn is nonnegotiable,” Inhofe said. “I am proud to... Continue Reading »


Oklahoma, Arkansas Leaders Show Future of MKARNS

July 31, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.), along with Governors Kevin Stitt (R-Okla.) and Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.), announced provisions in America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act that outline the future for modernizing the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. These provisions will open up $250 million in non-highway formula funding for Oklahoma to use for MKARNS and will allow Oklahoma and Arkansas to jointly apply for federal freight grants that will total... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks At Nomination Hearing for Chief of Naval Operations

July 31, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, gave opening remarks this morning at a SASC nomination hearing for Vice Admiral Michael M. Gilday, for appointment to the grade of admiral and to be Chief of Naval Operations:  As prepared for delivery: Good morning. The Committee meets today to consider the nomination of Vice Admiral Michael M. Gilday for appointment to the grade of admiral and to be Chief of Naval Operations. Thank you for being here... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Oklahoma Provisions in America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019

July 30, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today praised the unanimous committee passage of America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 and announced provisions in the legislation that will benefit Oklahoma. Inhofe’s provisions focus on the future of Oklahoma, specifically: sufficient funding to prioritize Oklahoma highway projects, using freight dollars to modernize MKARNS to support economic development and... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks At Nomination Hearing for General Hyten To Be Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

July 30, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, gave opening remarks this morning at a SASC nomination hearing for General John E. Hyten, to be Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  As prepared for delivery: Good morning. The Committee meets today to consider the nomination of General John E. Hyten to be Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Thank you for being here today and for your decades of dedicated service to the country. The world is... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Seeks Comments on Legislation to Secure the Future of Aviation

July 26, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a general aviation pilot with more than 11,000 flight hours, announced a discussion draft for legislation to establish a National Center for the Advancement of Aviation and requested comments and feedback from the general aviation community. “Standing up a national center to advance aviation by facilitating ideas and cooperation would help us address the demands and opportunities associated with a safe and vibrant national aviation system and would foster... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Blackburn, Cramer, Rounds, Cassidy, Hern Introduce Asylum Abuse Reduction Act

July 25, 2019

Today, as the border crisis becomes increasingly concerning, Sen. Inhofe, along with Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) introduced the Asylum Abuse Reduction Act. Rep. Kevin Hern (OK-01) introduced the companion legislation in the House of Representatives. This legislation will complement the President’s work to build a wall by addressing immigration loopholes to strengthen the integrity of the asylum process to... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Praises Senate Confirmation of General Milley as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

July 25, 2019

Today, by a vote of 89-1, the Senate voted to confirm General Mark A. Milley to be the 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement after the vote: “The nature and scope of threats to our national security have changed—and our world is more dangerous than it’s ever been in my lifetime. As our civilian leaders decide how best to handle these threats, they rely on the... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Statement on Committee Vote to Advance Norquist Nomination

July 25, 2019

Today after the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to advance the nomination of David Norquist to be Deputy Secretary of Defense, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement: “As we implement the National Defense Strategy and prepare our military for the future, we’ll rely on civilian leadership to make tough decisions, prioritize threats appropriately, and manage the Pentagon effectively. I’ve said for a... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Questions Deputy Secretary of Defense Nominee at Hearing

July 24, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned David Norquist, nominated to be Deputy Secretary of Defense, this morning at a SASC nomination hearing: Inhofe: First of all, one of my priorities as chairman of this committee, and I think of the whole committee, it goes without saying—we’ve talked about this over and over again is to use this [the National Defense Strategy Commission report] as the blueprint, what this is all about and what... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Confirmation of FAA Administrator

July 24, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a general aviation pilot with over 11,000 flight hours, praised the confirmation of Stephen Dickson to be Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today. Inhofe met with Dickson in May to discuss shared aviation priorities and FAA investment in Oklahoma. “Stephen Dickson is a great choice to lead the FAA and I am pleased that he was confirmed today. He’s got the right background—with a decade of service in the Air Force and over... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks at Nomination Hearing for Deputy Secretary of Defense

July 24, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, gave opening remarks this morning at a SASC nomination hearing for Mr. David Norquist, to be Deputy Secretary of Defense.  As Prepared for Delivery: Good morning. The Committee meets today to consider the nomination of: David Norquist to be Deputy Secretary of Defense. Thank you for being here today. We also welcome your family and friends and invite you to introduce your guests during your opening... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Praises Senate Confirmation of Esper as Defense Secretary

July 23, 2019

Today, by a vote of 90-8, the Senate overwhelmingly voted to confirm Dr. Mark Esper to be the 27th United States Secretary of Defense. U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement praising the confirmation:  “For nearly four decades, Dr. Mark Esper has served as a soldier, public servant, industry leader and, most recently, as Secretary of the Army,” Inhofe said. “In that time, he has demonstrated integrity,... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Urges the Senate to Confirm Esper as Secretary of Defense

July 23, 2019

Ahead of the Senate's vote to confirm Dr. Mark Esper as Secretary of Defense, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following remarks in support of Dr. Esper: As Prepared for Delivery: We all agree that we need Senate-confirmed leadership in place at the Department of Defense—namely Secretary of Defense. A confirmed Secretary of Defense sends a signal to the world. This is the person who has the trust of our President, our... Continue Reading »