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Inhofe, Lankford, Hern Urge Corps to Prioritize Tulsa Levees

June 27, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Congressman Kevin Hern (OK-01) wrote a letter to urge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete feasibility study for the Tulsa-West Tulsa levees by the end of this year. The feasibility study is a key first step to modernizing the aging levee system. The members also request the immediate implementation of critical improvements following the conclusion of the study. The letter is available here and pasted below. Dear Assistant... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes For Bipartisan Border Bill

June 26, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) voted today for a bipartisan, supplemental border spending package that would provide additional funds for border security and increase funding for the Department of Health and Human Services facilities for unaccompanied minors, including the influx facility planned for Fort Sill.  “As a former builder and developer in South Texas, I know the border and visit there often. I’ve seen firsthand how decades of immigration... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Senators Urge Administration to Uphold the Rule of Law and Block Senate Democrats’ Efforts to Roll Back President Trump’s Energy Independence Accomplishments

June 26, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Pat Toomey (R-Penn.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) today urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to stand with the hardworking men and women of small refineries across the country, and block Senate Democrats’ attempts to roll back President Trump’s energy independence accomplishments. Recently 12... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe on Importance of Passing the National Defense Authorization Act As Soon As Possible

June 25, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke today on the Senate floor about the importance of passing the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2020 as quickly as possible. Sen. Inhofe also highlighted the bipartisan process through which the bill was drafted. As Prepared for Delivery: Yesterday, we got down to work on amendments for the annual defense authorization legislation. We filed a substitute amendment that included 93 bipartisan... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe on President's Intent to Nominate Department of Defense Leadership

June 21, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on President Trump’s intent to nominate key positions at the Department of Defense: “President Trump has made a good choice in quickly signaling his intent to nominate Secretary Esper to be Secretary of Defense," Sen. Inhofe said. "This position is far too important to our national security to continue being filled on an acting basis for any longer. Secretary... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Visits with Boy Scouts at Hale Scout Reservation

June 21, 2019

Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), toured the Hale Scout Reservation in Talihina, Okla., and visited with Boy Scouts and troop leaders. Inhofe also engaged with Scouts working to earn their Citizenship in the Nation merit badge. Earlier this spring, the Indian Nations Council of Boy Scouts of America announced the dedication of The Senator James M. Inhofe Education Complex at the camp. This complex will support the thousands of youth who utilize a summer camp experience to advance through... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford, Mullin, Cole Welcome Naming Of USNS Cherokee Nation

June 21, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Representative Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), citizen of Cherokee Nation, and Representative Tom Cole (OK-04), citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, made the following statement after Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer announced the newest Towing, Salvage and Rescue ship (T-ATS) would be named Cherokee Nation in honor of the service and... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Introduces the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act on the Senate Floor

June 19, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor about S. 1790, the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, after the Senate voted to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the legislation.  As Prepared for Delivery: Over the next few days, the Senate will be considering the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. This is the most important bill we’ll debate all year.   There is an... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Trump Announcement Regarding Acting Secretary of Defense

June 18, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on President Trump's announcement that Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan would no longer continue with his confirmation process, and that current Secretary of the Army Mark Esper would step into the role of Acting Secretary of Defense. “I want to thank Patrick Shanahan for his service as Deputy Secretary of Defense and as Acting Secretary of Defense and wish... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Inhofe Questions Witnesses at WOTUS EPW Hearing

June 14, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, questioned witnesses at an EPW hearing entitled “A Review of Waters of the U.S. Regulations: Their Impact on States and the American People.” Witnesses included Mr. Todd Fornstrom, President of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation; The Honorable Doug C. Goehring, Commissioner of North Dakota Department of Agriculture; and Mr. Richard Elias, Supervisor of District five of the Pima... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Speaks on the Floor Against Joint Resolution of Disapproval Regarding Arms Sales to Bahrain and Qatar

June 13, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor against the joint resolutions of disapproval regarding arms sales to Bahrain and Qatar, which both failed.       As prepared: Mr. President, I strongly urge my colleagues to oppose the joint resolution of disapproval regarding arms sales to Bahrain and Qatar.  These two Arabian Peninsula states are important American partners in countering Iran and combating ISIS,... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Statement on U.S.-Poland Joint Defense Declaration

June 12, 2019

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released the following statement on the joint declaration on U.S. force posture in Poland signed today by President Trump and Polish President Duda: “Today’s joint declaration between President Trump and President Duda of Poland is a clear message to Putin that we’re serious about deterring Russian aggression,” Sen. Inhofe said. “It’s also a meaningful next step to the provision Sen.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford, Cole on Temporary Plan to House Unaccompanied Minors at Fort Sill

June 12, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) made the following statements after the Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services announced their temporary plan to house unaccompanied minors at military installations, including Fort Sill. “Decades of immigration failures, made worse by the Obama Administration, have created such a crisis on the southern border that it is necessary to turn to military resources to assist... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Blunt, Casey, Introduce Bill to Make Adoption More Affordable for Families

June 10, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), announced the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act, legislation that makes the current adoption tax credit fully refundable. Making the tax credit fully refundable will ensure that more families can benefit from this critical support. “My family knows firsthand the joys and blessings adoption brings,” Inhofe said. “But adoption is not without its difficulties and, too often, can... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises EPA’s Guidance to Improve the Water Quality Certification Process

June 7, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, released the following statement supporting the guidance issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the water quality certification process.  “The unfortunate trend of activist state governments blocking projects that they deem politically unsavory has to end,” Inhofe said. “By clarifying the scope of state reviews under the Clean Water... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Visits with Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce

June 7, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) met with members of the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce this week in Washington. They discussed current legislative priorities, specifically infrastructure investment and Inhofe’s ongoing work to modernize and repair the Tulsa-West Tulsa levee system.         “Very thankful to visit with the Tulsa Regional Chamber this week,” said Inhofe. “We discussed our joint efforts to ensure Tulsans are getting the... Continue Reading »


Oklahoma Communities Receive EPA Grants for Brownfields Sites

June 5, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for awarding grants to Brownfields sites in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Senator Inhofe authored the legislation to reauthorize the Brownfields program, which was signed into law on March 22, 2018. “The Brownfields program continues to prove itself a success in Oklahoma and across the country, which is why I authored and ensured passage... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Statement on Critical Minerals Strategy

June 5, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on the U.S. Department of Commerce report, “A Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals”, released yesterday: “The United States relies far too much on foreign nations for critical minerals used extensively throughout our military—making our nation vulnerable to the actions of foreign governments, natural disasters, and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on 30th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

June 4, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement on the 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square: “On June 4, 1989, with its actions in Tiananmen Square, the Chinese Communist Party revealed its true nature: a ruthless dictatorship that will stop at nothing to maintain its grip on power. The past 30 years haven’t changed the Party’s contempt for human rights. It has moved from slaughtering students in Tiananmen Square to incarcerating Uighurs and other Muslim... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Thanks Pence for Visiting Tulsa

June 4, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) thanked Vice President Mike Pence, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan, and Acting FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor for visiting northeast Oklahoma today to observe the recent flood damage.  “Thank you to Vice President Pence and other administration officials for coming out to Oklahoma today to see the impact recent flooding has had on our homes, businesses, infrastructure and communities. They share my commitment to making sure... Continue Reading »