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Inhofe Cosponsors Sen. Tim Scott’s JUSTICE Act

June 17, 2020

This morning, U.S Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) cosponsored the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act, introduced by Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and a number of their Senate colleagues. The legislation provides long-term solutions focused on police reform, accountability and transparency, while also promoting efforts to find solutions to issues affecting people of color.“I am proud to cosponsor the JUSTICE Act and want to thank Sen. Scott for his leadership on... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Statement on Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act

June 17, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee, opposed passage of S. 3422, the Great American Outdoors Act:   "The federal government owns about 640 million acres of land in the United States—about 28 percent of all land in the U.S.,” Inhofe said. “While I agree that we should be taking care of our parks and other public lands, I simply cannot get on board with making permanent the funding used by the government to acquire more land when... Continue Reading »

Inhofe, Mullin Praise $6.1 Million INFRA Grant for City of Tulsa

June 16, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) announced today that the City of Tulsa – Rogers County Port Authority will be awarded a $6.1 million grant to support the construction and improvement of rail transportation and utility infrastructure in support of a new two million square foot manufacturing and distribution facility at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. In February, Sen. Inhofe sent a letter to Secretary Chao in support of Oklahoma’s grant... Continue Reading »

Schumer Objects to Funding Police, Justice for George Floyd

June 11, 2020

This week, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) opposed a resolution co-sponsored by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and introduced by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) calling for justice for George Floyd and opposing recent calls to defund the police.  Co-sponsoring the resolution with Inhofe and Cotton are Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Roy Blunt (R-Miss.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas),... Continue Reading »

Inhofe’s FY21 NDAA Clears Committee, Reflects Victories for Oklahoma Military Installations

June 11, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, praised the committee passage of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, which was reported out of committee by a vote of 25-2, and announced provisions that will directly benefit Oklahoma installations and communities. “This is no ordinary legislative year – not only are we facing the most devastating global pandemic in nearly 100 years, but we are also marking 60 consecutive years of the National... Continue Reading »

SASC Chairman Inhofe Congratulates General Brown on Historic Confirmation

June 9, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, applauded Senate confirmation of General Charles Q. “C.Q.” Brown, nominated to serve as the 22nd Chief of Staff of the Air Force. “Today, the Senate confirmed General C.Q. Brown as the Chief of Staff of the Air Force – the first African-American service chief in U.S. history,” Inhofe said. “General Brown’s experience as Commander of Pacific Air Forces and the Air Component Commander of the Indo-Pacific... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Questions Witness at EPW Hearing about Impact of FCC Ligado Order

June 5, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) questioned witness Steve McGough, Chairman of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, President and Chief Financial Officer of HCSS, yesterday at an Environmental Public Works (EPW) Hearing entitled, “Infrastructure: The Road to Recovery.”Inhofe: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I'm going to get into another subject here and I would like to address this to Mr. McGough.First of all, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has just done the Ligado... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Questions Witness at Senate Hearing on Small Business

June 3, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe questioned Mr. Joe Shamess, Co-Founder, Flags of Valor today at a Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee Hearing titled: Perspectives from Main Street: COVID-19’s Impact on Small Business.   Inhofe: Thank you very much Mr. Chairman. I’ll be brief, but I’ve become a real fan of this Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). It’s been very successful.Mr. Shamess, it’s nice that I can talk to someone’s who live and present—I appreciate that. I would like to thank you for your... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Speaks in Support of Peaceful Protests, Military's Role

June 3, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke on the Senate floor today on recent protest activity across the nation, offering support to those peacefully protesting against injustice and hate, while correcting the record on the U.S. military’s role maintaining peaceful order. As Prepared for Delivery: This has been a trying time for our nation. I want to begin with the obvious. What happened to George Floyd was a crime. It was horrible.... Continue Reading »

After FCC Acknowledges Its Ligado Order Fails to Address Widespread Federal Government Concern, Turner and Inhofe Question Process

May 27, 2020

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officials admitted Thursday on a House Armed Services Committee conference call that, despite conditions placed on Ligado in the FCC Order to mitigate the concerns of harmful interference to GPS receivers, 13 federal agencies and departments remain opposed the FCC’s Ligado decision. In addition, FCC officials indicated no one at the FCC received any classified briefings from these agencies on the harm that could be done if Ligado’s application was... Continue Reading »

Inhofe, Cruz Applaud FERC Rejection of Partisan Calls to Halt Review of Energy Infrastructure Projects

May 26, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and John Kennedy (R-La.) in sending a letter applauding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for continuing to process applications to improve America’s energy infrastructure – despite partisan requests from House Democrats and Democratic Attorneys General to halt the review of new natural gas pipeline projects and Liquefied... Continue Reading »

Inhofe, Reed Announce FY 2021 NDAA Markup Schedule

May 26, 2020

U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced the full committee and subcommittee markup schedule for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. “While we continue to address the coronavirus, we still have a sworn duty to address the threats facing our nation. For the past 59 years—in spite of any and all obstacles—the Armed Services Committee has enacted a bipartisan... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Joins Rubio, Colleagues in Requesting Full SBA Investigation Over Planned Parenthood Improperly Receiving PPP Loans

May 22, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, joined Chairman Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), 31 of their Senate colleagues and 94 Members of the House of Representatives in requesting that Jovita Carranza, Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), conduct a full investigation into how 37 Planned Parenthood affiliates applied for and improperly received a total of $80 million in loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).... Continue Reading »

SASC Chairman Inhofe Praises Senate Confirmation of Next Secretary of the Navy

May 21, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement praising the Senate's confirmation of Ambassador Kenneth Braithwaite to be Secretary of the Navy: “I’m glad the Senate has confirmed the next Secretary of the Navy. We need stability and strong leadership, especially as we navigate the coronavirus crisis. I’m confident Ambassador Braithwaite will do right by our sailors, and will keep us on track to build the fleet we need... Continue Reading »

Inhofe, Lankford Introduce Resolution Honoring Life and Legacy of Judge West

May 21, 2020

Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today announced the introduction of a Senate Resolution to honor the life and contributions to the field of law of former Chief Justice of the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Judge Lee Roy West, who passed away on April 24, 2020. Judge West served on the federal court for more than 40 years and received numerous accolades throughout his career. West was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2012. “It was an... Continue Reading »

With Senate Back in Session, Inhofe, SASC, Continue Critical Tele-Briefings on DOD COVID-19 Response, Impacts on Readiness

May 21, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today convened a tele-briefing with the Department of Defense (DOD), during which DOD officials outlined how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting military readiness and what steps the Department is taking to mitigate and reduce readiness deficits. DOD briefers included: The Honorable Matthew Donovan, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, and Lieutenant General Andrew Poppas, Joint Staff Director... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Statement on President Trump's Decision to Withdraw from Open Skies Treaty

May 21, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty:“For years, the United States, together with allies and partners, attempted to engage Russia to resolve concerns about its compliance with the Open Skies Treaty. Russia refused to engage and continued to violate the treaty. Because Putin refuses to change course, I support President Trump’s decision to move... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Joins Cotton, Colleagues in Urging DOJ to Investigate Improper PPP Funding for Planned Parenthood

May 21, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) along with Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mitt... Continue Reading »

Inhofe, Lankford Praise Senate Confirmation of Oklahoman John Heil

May 20, 2020

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today praised the Senate confirmation of Oklahoma attorney, Mr. John F. Heil, III, to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma.“John Heil will do a fantastic job serving Oklahoma in this new capacity and I am glad the Senate chose to confirm him today,” Inhofe said. “With more than 25 years of law experience in Tulsa County, John truly understands what it takes to serve his fellow... Continue Reading »

Inhofe Questions Administrator Wheeler at EPW Hearing

May 20, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee, questioned the Honorable Andrew Wheeler, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency this morning at an EPW hearing entitled, “Oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency.”   Inhofe: Nothing has been said so far about the disastrous Obama-era fuel economy standards. We all knew what was happening at that time and I'd like to have you look at the SAFE Vehicle Rule and... Continue Reading »