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Inhofe Statement On Budget Agreement Of 2015

October 30, 2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voted against H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015. The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 64 to 35. “I could not support a budget deal that continues to underfund our national defense, especially while our nation is at war, and maintains the discriminatory nature of the Budget Control Act where non-defense and defense spending are treated equally,”... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes in Favor of Bipartisan Cybersecurity Bill

October 27, 2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted in favor of the bipartisan Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (S.754), legislation that would encourage private businesses to voluntarily collaborate with the government on cyber security threats and defenses. The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 74 to 21.    “Whether conducted by a single person or a foreign government, cyber attacks to garner Americans’ personal and private information or a... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement On Oklahoma Soldier Killed Freeing 70 ISIS Hostages In Iraq

October 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement today regarding news that Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler of Roland, Okla. was killed Thursday during a special operations raid in Iraq: “My prayers and my thoughts go out to the family of Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, an American hero and Oklahoman who was killed in action in Iraq. Wheeler’s death was not in vain. Because of his bravery and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Welcomes 22nd Oklahoma Honor Flight

October 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a U.S. Army veteran and senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Wednesday welcomed 83 Oklahoma veterans, who served in WWII, Korea and/or Vietnam, to Washington, DC as part of the 22nd Oklahoma Honor Flight.  “Meeting the WWII, Vietnam and Korean War veterans from Oklahoma and welcoming them to their monuments in Washington, D.C. is always an... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on President's Veto of NDAA

October 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement in response to the president vetoing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016: “By vetoing the National Defense Authorization Act, the president has chosen to prioritize the funding of his domestic pet projects above the security of our nation. Since the president first sent over his defense budget, he has increased U.S.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Questions Former Defense Sec. Gates on Pentagon Budget

October 21, 2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, senior member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today participated in a SASC full committee hearing on the future of defense reform with former Defense Sec. Robert Gates as a witness. Inhofe questioned Gates about how the Pentagon can best absorb budget cuts in a way that effectively and responsibly streamlines operations and continues to meet our current national security needs.  In his question, Inhofe highlighted how... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes for the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act

October 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted in favor of the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act  (S.2146), legislation cosponsored by Inhofe that would prevent federal grants from going to sanctuary jurisdictions and would redirect the funds to compliant jurisdictions. S.2146 was blocked by Senate Democrats on a cloture vote of 54 to 45.  “As a cosponsor of the Stop Sanctuary Polices and Protect... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Enactment of Adoptive Family Relief Act into Law

October 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, today praised the enactment of the Adoptive Family Relief Act (S. 1300), which will offer American families visa renewal relief when in the process of adopting overseas and confronted with extraordinary circumstances. Sen. Inhofe is a cosponsor of S. 1300. “For people who are willing to open their hearts and homes to children in need... Continue Reading »


Inhofe’s Statement on the President’s Decision to Not Reduce Number of U.S. Troops in Afghanistan in 2016

October 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released the following statement about the president’s decision to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2016: “The president’s recognition of the need to retain the existing force presence in Afghanistan is long overdue. I have consistently criticized the administration for picking a date on the calendar to withdraw U.S. troops instead... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises House Action to End Ban on Crude Oil Exports

October 9, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised action today taken by the U.S. House of Representatives to approve legislation that would lift the current ban on U.S. crude oil exports. The legislation passed by a vote of 261 to 159.  “I applaud the House’s action to lift the ban on exporting our nation’s abundant supply of crude oil,” said Inhofe. “This policy was first put into place to address reasonable concerns of a global oil shortage, but four... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Announces State Staff Changes

October 9, 2015

TULSA, Okla. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today announced the following staff changes in his state office: BRIAN HACKLER has been promoted to state director. Hackler has worked for Inhofe since 2009, serving as the field representative for the southwest portion of Oklahoma. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Central Oklahoma and is currently pursuing a Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law. Prior to joining the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Advance Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 2016

October 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, released the following statement today after Senate Democrats blocked the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 2016 from being considered in the Senate:   "For the first time in six years, the Senate is working to consider under regular order all 12 appropriations bills to fund the federal government. It’s a shame that Senate Democrats are... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Passage of the PACE Act

October 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised Congress for working to send the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act (H.R. 1624) to the president’s desk, which was enacted into law today. H.R. 1624 is the companion legislation to Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-S.C.) S. 1099, of which Sen. Inhofe is a cosponsor. “As seen with the enactment of the PACE Act, the new Republican majority in Congress is getting work done to address concerns that are being... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Passage of FY’16 NDAA

October 7, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2016. The legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 270 to 156 on Thursday and the Senate by a vote of 70 to 27, sending the bill to the president for his signature. “I applaud Congress for passing the National Defense Authorization Act for the 54th consecutive year. This vital... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Sends Letter to President Obama on Syrian Refugee Crisis

October 5, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), sent a letter to President Obama on Sept. 25 calling for a strong vetting process of Syrian refugees eligible to be resettled in the United States and for prioritization of orphaned children and persecuted religious minority groups. In the letter, Inhofe also emphasizes that ultimately the Obama administration must put forward a comprehensive strategy in the region to provide a... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Passage of Border Jobs for Veterans Act

October 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today praised the Senate passage of the Border Jobs for Veterans Act of 2015 (H.R. 2835), which recruits veterans to serve as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers. “Our servicemembers sacrifice so much for our nation, and in return it is our job to care for them when they come home,” said Inhofe. “One way to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Milcon-Va Appropriations Bill

October 1, 2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voted for the cloture motion on the motion to proceed to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2029). By a vote of 50-44, Senate Democrats blocked the Senate from proceeding to the bill to fund veterans’ services, military housing and family support, and hospital and military construction. “I am disappointed that Democrats would... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on NDAA Conference Report

September 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voiced supported for the conferenced National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2016, of which he was a conferee member. The legislation was filed last night in the U.S. House of Representatives. “I applaud Chairmen McCain and Thornberry and Ranking Members Reed and Smith for working together to put forward a final National Defense... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes Against Final Passage of Continuing Resolution

September 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted against final passage of a clean continuing resolution to fund the federal government through Dec. 11, 2015. The continuing resolution passed by a vote of 78 to 20.  “Since Republicans regained majority in the Senate, we have been working to restore regular order. For the first time in six years, all 12 appropriations bills have been passed out of committee and with significant conservative victories. These bills are... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises $1.5 Million EDA Grant to the City of Durant

September 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, praised the City of Durant for being awarded an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant of $1.5 million to expand local surface transportation infrastructure and support the relocation of Commercial Metals, a global steel company, to Durant. “EDA's $1.5 million grant is being given to Durant in recognition for the hard work of city leaders to... Continue Reading »