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Inhofe Visits with Oklahoma State Chamber and Tulsa Chamber in Washington

September 29, 2021

Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), spoke with the State Chamber of Oklahoma and Tulsa Chamber during their annual fly-in trip to Washington. The group discussed a number of topics, including Inhofe’s work to fight against the Biden administration’s radical, socialist agenda and his continued efforts to uphold Oklahoma values in Congress."It is always a pleasure to visit with the Oklahoma State Chamber and the Tulsa Chamber in Washington,” Inhofe said. “We had a very productive conversation... Continue Reading »


After Afghanistan Hearing, Inhofe Praises U.S. Military, Criticizes Biden's Failures and Dishonesty

September 28, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released the following statement after leading SASC Republicans in an hours-long hearing on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan and plans for future counterterrorism operations: “Today’s hearing confirmed much of what I suspected: President Biden ignored the advice of his top military leaders, including his commanders on the ground – and then lied to the American people about... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Confirmation of Molly Phee

September 28, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised the confirmation of Molly Phee to be the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs today.  “I applaud the Senate confirmation of Ambassador Phee to be the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs today,” Inhofe said. “She has proven herself as a leader, serving as a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, working in numerous roles to move the U.S.- Africa relationship forward. As many know, Africa is near and dear to my heart and... Continue Reading »


DOD Officials Confirm Al-Qaeda Still 'At War' With U.S., Withdrawal Makes Counterterrorism More Difficult

September 28, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today questioned Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and General Kenneth McKenzie, Commander of U.S. Central Command, about whether Al-Qaeda is still a threat. The witnesses confirmed Al-Qaeda is still a threat to the homeland, that Al-Qaeda is still at war with the United States and that withdrawing from Afghanistan makes the United States less... Continue Reading »


Inhofe at Afghanistan Hearing: Withdrawal Was Avoidable, Foreseeable Horror of President Biden's Making

September 28, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today delivered opening remarks at a committee hearing to receive testimony on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan and plans for future counterterrorism operations. Witnesses include: Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin; General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and General Kenneth McKenzie, Commander of U.S. Central Command. As Prepared for Delivery:Thank you, Mr.... Continue Reading »


Milley, McKenzie Confirm President Biden Ignored Advice from Senior Military Leaders, Left Americans Behind in Afghanistan

September 28, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today questioned witnesses at a committee hearing to receive testimony on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan and plans for future counterterrorism operations.In response to Inhofe’s questions, General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and General Kenneth McKenzie, Commander of U.S. Central Command, confirmed that, although President Biden said on August 18 that none of his... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Votes Against Racking Up America’s Debt

September 27, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted against a continuing resolution and legislation that will allow Democrats to continue to increase their radical spending plans. “This debt limit increase and continuing resolution is all about paving the way for the Democrats’ reckless tax and spend package—so I had no choice but to oppose it,” Inhofe said. “Democrats are in disarray—they have a unified government yet still can’t seem to fix this mess they’ve created. Instead of focusing on funding the... Continue Reading »


Armed Services and Foreign Relations Republican Leaders Warn Administration Against Military Coordination with Russia

September 27, 2021

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Reps. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin regarding reports that the Biden Administration is in... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Questions Van Ovost About Afghanistan, Key TRANSCOM Contract at Nomination Hearing

September 23, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today questioned General Jacqueline Van Ovost at a SASC hearing. Sen. Inhofe asked Van Ovost, who is nominated to be Commander, United States Transportation Command (TRANSCOM), about her role in the noncombatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan and about TRANSCOM’s Global Household Goods Contract process. Inhofe: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The Biden administration’s horrific attempt at a... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Formally Requests Information on U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan From Secretary of Defense Austin

September 23, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin requesting additional information related to the United States withdrawal from Afghanistan. “Ahead of Secretary Austin, General Milley and General McKenzie appearing before the committee next week, I want to lay out the information I believe the committee needs to conduct robust, methodical oversight of the United States withdrawal from... Continue Reading »


SASC Ranking Member Inhofe Opening Remarks at Van Ovost Nomination Hearing

September 23, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today delivered opening remarks at a nomination hearing for General Jacqueline Van Ovost to be Commander, United States Transportation Command. As Prepared For Delivery: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. General Van Ovost, thank you for your decades of service, and for your continued willingness, as well as your family’s, to serve your country. If we have learned anything in... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Calls Out Biden Administration's Afghanistan Inconsistencies in Floor Speech

September 22, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called for accountability from the Biden Administration on their missteps and misinformation regarding Afghanistan. As Prepared For Delivery:First of all, let me start by something that, no matter how often it is said, isn’t said enough: Thank you. Thank you to our service members who bravely volunteer to go into harm’s way for the security of the nation.Thank you to those who served in Afghanistan over... Continue Reading »


Inhofe and Reed File Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act

September 22, 2021

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Ranking Member Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today announced they have filed S. 2792, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (NDAA). “Today we are one step closer to enacting the annual National Defense Authorization Act – something Congress has done every year for the last 60 years in a row,” said Senator Inhofe.  “This bill is the most important bill we do each year, but the current crises we... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Questions Witnesses on the Challenges Associated with Recycling Renewable Technologies

September 22, 2021

Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, questioned witnesses this morning at an EPW hearing about the importance of promoting a circular economy. Witnesses included: Secretary Elizabeth Biser, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality; Robert Elias, Director of Policy and Government Affairs for World Wildlife Fund; Billy Johnson, Chief Lobbyist for Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries; and Brian Hawkinson, Executive... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Continues Calls for Additional Open Hearings on Afghanistan

September 21, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today after the committee held a classified briefing on Afghanistan with Colin Kahl, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; Michael McCord, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) / Chief Financial Officer; and Rear Admiral Marc J. Miguez, Deputy Director for Operations, J3 Joint Staff:“Today, the Armed Services Committee held the second briefing in our fact-finding mission to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: Errant Strike in Kabul Is Latest Chapter in Unfolding Tragedy

September 17, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement about the results of Central Command investigation into the August 29 airstrike in Kabul: “I am deeply saddened to learn that up to 10 innocent civilians, including up to seven children, were killed in the August 29 U.S. airstrike in Kabul. The Armed Services Committee will hear from administration officials in the weeks ahead on the chaotic and... Continue Reading »


After Russia’s Major Military Exercise Along NATO’s Borders, Inhofe Calls on President Biden to do More to Support our Eastern European Allies and Partners

September 17, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement today after the Russian Federation concluded Zapad, its largest military exercise that takes place every four years: “Putin has twice before used the Zapad exercise—simulating a Russian fight with NATO—to set the stage for invasions: Georgia in 2008 and Crimea in 2014. The stakes are even higher this year as Putin, ever the opportunist, might believe America is too... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, King, Coons, Lankford Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation Promoting Civics Education

September 15, 2021

Yesterday, U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Angus King (I-Maine), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) reintroduced the Constitution education Is Valuable In Community Schools (CIVICS) Act – supporting the development of Constitution and civics education curriculum for students across the country. The legislation comes just ahead of Constitution Day on September 17th, a date established in 1952 to recognize the importance of the United States Constitution and the importance of... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Republican Members of Senate Armed Services Committee Highlight Inconsistencies, Concerns about Biden Administration's Handling of Afghanistan

September 14, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today made the following remarks at a press conference following a SASC briefing with General Scott Austin Miller, former commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan:“I’ll let you know we had quite an event with General Miller, and he did say… that he opposed the effort that took place and he did not tell the president that because the president wasn’t there, but he did talk to Austin, McKenzie, and Milley and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Remembers September 11 Attacks, Mourns Lives Lost

September 10, 2021

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today released a statement on the upcoming anniversaries of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 and September 11, 2012, when we lost four brave Americans in Benghazi, Libya. Inhofe remembered the men and women who lost their lives and honored our first responders and our service members who have and continue to fight the War on Terror:“As we remember and honor the lives lost twenty years ago on September 11, I wanted to remember the many brave men and women... Continue Reading »