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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 »


Inhofe Statement on Speaker Boehner’s Resignation

September 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement today on the announcement of Speaker John Boehner’s resignation:  “I was serving in the U.S. House when John Boehner was first elected, and I consider him a friend. We knew then that he would be a leader in our party. While he took positions that were not always popular, John led with conviction and was a true public servant. John will be remembered for his commitment in bringing about a... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood in Continuing Resolution

September 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted in favor of a continuing resolution that would fund the federal government until mid-December while also defunding Planned Parenthood of its federal taxpayer subsidies. The continuing resolution failed on a motion to proceed by a vote of 47-52.  “I have long advocated for Congress to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood,” said Inhofe. “Oklahomans do not support their tax dollars being sent to an... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Co-Sponsors Born-Alive Protection Act

September 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Tuesday joined 20 other Senators in introducing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Authored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), the legislation would protect babies that survive abortions by requiring appropriate care and admission to a hospital.  “No matter the conditions which result in a newborn being brought into the world, we should always fight to give that... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

September 22, 2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), legislation that would prohibit abortions from being performed on unborn babies who are at or older than 20 weeks post-fertilization. Senate Democrats blocked the legislation with a 54-42 vote on a motion to proceed to cloture.  “The United States is only one of seven countries that permits abortion after 20 weeks – or five months of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Announces Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 Support Surpasses 60 Cosponsors

September 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus, today announced his Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (S.571) has surpassed 60 cosponsors in the Senate and continues to garner support from outside organizations.  On Feb. 26, Inhofe introduced the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, legislation that would expand the 3rd class medical exemption for recreational pilots and broaden the protections provided in the original Pilot’s... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Receives 2015 Award of Merit from the Military Coalition

September 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Thursday received the 2015 Award of Merit from The Military Coalition, which is comprised of 31 organizations representing more than 5.5 million member of the uniformed services and their families. The award was given in recognition of Inhofe’s work to prevent the privatization of commissaries on military bases in the National Defense Authorization Act for... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Calls for Renewed Commitment to National Defense on Anniversary of 9/11

September 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released a statement remembering the men and women who lost their lives during the September 11 attacks in 2001 and 2012 and to honor those who continue to fight the War on Terror: “The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, forever changed America. On this day each year, we remember the more than 3,000 innocent American lives lost at the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Senate Democrats Shut Out Americans’ Voice on President’s Deal with Iran

September 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked a vote on the president’s nuclear deal with Iran, which failed 58-42:  "Earlier this year, the Senate acknowledged that the Obama Administration was circumventing Congress in its negotiations with Iran by working towards an 'agreement' when clearly, by any historical standard, this deal is a treaty. By... Continue Reading »