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Inhofe Joins Letter Urging Education Department to Protect Funding for Oklahoma’s Rural Schools

March 4, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) in writing a letter expressing their strong opposition to an abrupt decision by the Department of Education that jeopardizes funding eligibility for more than 800 rural, low-income schools. In their letter to Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Senators objected to the Department’s abrupt change to the methodology that determines which rural schools are eligible for funding through the Rural... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Joins Colleagues in Resolution Calling on Olympic Committee to Move 2022 Olympic Games Out of Communist China

March 4, 2020

Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fl.) to introduce a bipartisan resolution calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to move the 2022 Winter Olympics out of Communist China and rebid it to a country that respects human rights. This resolution was also sponsored by Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). Sen. Jim Inhofe said,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Leads Letter Urging EPA to Continue Granting Regulatory Relief to Small Refineries

March 4, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) led a letter to EPA Administrator Wheeler urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continue granting relief to small refiners as required by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Inhofe was joined in sending the letter by Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho). The full text of the letter to EPA... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds $1.1 Million Grant to Tulsa Port of Catoosa

March 3, 2020

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) applauded a $1.1 million grant to the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, Oklahoma, to improve the critical freight rail infrastructure in the busy port city. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), will be matched with $1.1 million in local investment and is expected to help retain 735 jobs. “Hundreds of jobs at the Port of Catoosa and in the surrounding area rely on accessible rail... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks for the Record at Air Force Posture Hearing

March 3, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, submitted opening remarks for the record this morning at a SASC hearing on the posture of the U.S. Air Force.  Witnesses included the Honorable Barbara Barrett, Secretary of the Air Force, and General David Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the Air Force.  Inhofe’s full statement for the record follows:  The Committee meets today to receive testimony on the posture of the U.S. Air Force and its fiscal... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Commends Nomination of General Brown as Air Force Chief of Staff

March 2, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s announced that President Trump has nominated Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. to be the next Air Force Chief of Staff: “Congratulations to Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. on his historic nomination to be Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force. Over the course of his 37-year career, he has completed multiple combat tours across the world, is... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Afghanistan Agreement

March 2, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s announcement of an agreement with representatives of the Taliban and joint declaration with the government of Afghanistan:  “I commend President Trump and his administration for this weekend’s historic steps towards peace in Afghanistan. These diplomatic efforts have the potential to end America’s longest war, in which over... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Duckworth Introduce Bill to Create National Center for the Advancement of Aviation

February 27, 2020

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) introduced S. 3360 today, a bill to establish the National Center for the Advancement of Aviation. The National Center for the Advancement of Aviation would serve as a national, independent forum to facilitate collaboration and cooperation between all sectors of aviation and aerospace stakeholders and related partners, with a particular focus on aviation and aerospace workforce development. It would allow these sectors to coordinate,... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Speaks on Senate Floor in Support of Life

February 27, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) spoke on the Senate floor today about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Democrats voted to block both bills this week, while Inhofe voted in favor of them. Inhofe is an original cosponsor of both bills.  Click here to watch Sen. Inhofe’s remarks. As prepared for delivery:  This week, we voted on two very important bills: the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the Born-Alive... Continue Reading »


Inhofe-Reed: DOD’s Tenant Bill of Rights Does Not Go Far Enough to Protect our Military Families

February 26, 2020

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the Department of Defense’s recently released Military Housing Privatization Initiative Tenant Bill of Rights:  “We are glad to see the Department of Defense is taking steps in the right direction to ensure our military families have basic tenant rights and fair treatment by housing companies. Unfortunately, it... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes for Pro-Life Bills

February 25, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Inhofe is an original cosponsor of both bills. Senate Democrats blocked both pieces of legislation. “I am proud to vote in favor of the two pro-life bills we considered in the Senate today,” Inhofe said. “The fight to defend unborn babies—the most vulnerable of our entire population—is the single greatest moral... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Chairman Inhofe Opening Remarks at SASC Hearing on EUCOM and TRANSCOM

February 25, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, gave opening remarks this morning at a SASC hearing in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2021 for United States European Command and United States Transportation Command. Witnesses include: General Tod D. Wolters, Commander, United States European Command and North Atlantic Treaty Organization Supreme Allied Commander Europe; and General Stephen R. Lyons, Commander, United States... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: Chairman Inhofe Questions Witnesses at SASC Hearing on EUCOM and TRANSCOM

February 25, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned witnesses this morning at a SASC hearing in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2021 for United States European Command and United States Transportation Command. Witnesses included: General Tod D. Wolters, Commander, United States European Command and North Atlantic Treaty Organization Supreme Allied Commander Europe; and General Stephen R. Lyons, Commander, United States... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Leads Delegation to Africa

February 19, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, led a delegation to Africa to discuss the importance of continued military cooperation in the region. The delegation, which included Sen. Rounds, Sen. Boozman, Rep. Kelly and Rep. Walberg, visited partners in Uganda, Ghana and Mauritania, in addition to meeting with the leadership of the G5 Sahel. Specific meetings included President Yoweri Museveni and Minister of Defense Adolf Mwesige, Uganda; Minister of Defense... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Receives Waterways Council Leadership Service Award

February 18, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), released the following statement after receiving the 19th Annual Leadership Service Award from the Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) for his leadership and commitment to America’s inland waterways. The WCI announcement can be viewed here.       “Waterways are a vital and often unseen mode of our nation’s infrastructure,” Inhofe said. “I am proud to highlight how waterways complement road and bridge... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Leads Delegation to Iraq

February 17, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, led a delegation to Iraq, with stops in Baghdad and Erbil. The delegation, which included Senator Rounds, Sen. Boozman, Sen. Cramer, Rep. Kelly and Rep. Walberg was the first congressional visit to Iraq since the successful strike against the Quds Force commander Soleimani. In Baghdad, they received a briefing from General White about current conditions in Iraq, regional tensions and the security and stability of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Leads Delegation to Munich Security Conference

February 16, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, led a delegation to the Munich Security Conference on February 15, 2020. The delegation, which included Senator Rounds, Sen. Boozman, Sen. Cramer, Rep. Kelly and Rep. Walberg, conducted bilateral meetings with key leaders, including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Other meetings included the Norwegian Minister of Defense Frank Bakke Jensen, Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Receives "True Blue" Award for Perfect Voting Record on Faith, Family Values and Religious Freedom

February 14, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement after receiving the Family Research Council’s “True Blue” Award, an annual recognition for Members of Congress with a perfect voting record on faith, family values and religious freedoms. “My faith and my family are my greatest blessings,” Inhofe said. “I am humbled to receive the ‘True Blue’ Award from the Family Research Council for voting to support family values, life, and... Continue Reading »


ICYMI: SASC Chairman Inhofe Questions Witnesses at STRATCOM/NORTHCOM Hearing

February 13, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioned witnesses this morning at a SASC hearing on United States Northern Command and United States Strategic Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2021. Witnesses included: Admiral Charles Richard, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command; and General Terry O’Shaughnessy, Commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command.   Inhofe: We’ll... Continue Reading »


SASC Chairman Inhofe Remarks for the Record at NORTHCOM and STRATCOM Hearing

February 13, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, submitted opening remarks for the record this morning at a SASC hearing on United States Northern Command and United States Strategic Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2021. Witnesses included: Admiral Charles Richard, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command; and General Terry O’Shaughnessy, Commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command. As... Continue Reading »