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Inhofe Statement on Airstrikes Targeting Iran's Quds Force Leader

January 2, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement after he was informed by the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that the United States military, at the direction of President Trump, executed a successful air strike against Qasem Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. “President Trump has been clear all along –... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Hail Naming of USS Oklahoma

December 23, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) announced today that the Navy’s newest Virginia-class fast attack submarine will be named the USS Oklahoma:“Acting Secretary Modly called today to tell me that the Navy has chosen to name the next Virginia-class fast attack submarine after the great state of Oklahoma. Oklahoma has a proud and somber history within the Navy—the battleship USS Oklahoma lost 429 souls during the... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Enactment of Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act

December 20, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2020.“The United States is in the most threatened position I’ve experienced in my lifetime, and it’s vital we have the policy and resources in place to meet the needs of a nation increasingly at risk. After President Obama degraded and underfunded our military for years, President Trump and I promised to... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Senate Confirmation of Senior Pentagon Civilian Leadership

December 20, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the Senate voted by voice to confirm three individuals to senior Pentagon civilian leadership positions: “Yesterday the Senate confirmed three more civilian leaders for the Department of Defense: the Chief Management Officer, the Chief Information Officer and the Navy General Counsel. Lisa Hershman, Dana Deasy and Robert Sander are well-qualified for their positions, and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Propose Plan to Give VA Greater Ability to Provide Chaplaincy Services

December 20, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today introduced a bill to realign chaplains at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) under the Secretary of the VA and also enhance their ability to provide mental health, counseling, and pastoral services to our nation’s veterans and VA employees. The move will centralize and streamline all faith-based programs and policies across the entire VA to improve consistency and the opportunity... Continue Reading »


In Their Words: Praise for Inhofe's Work on Year-End Appropriations Bills

December 20, 2019

Stakeholders from Oklahoma and across the country praised Sen. Inhofe’s work on the appropriations bills which passed the Senate yesterday to fully fund the Department of Defense as authorized in Inhofe’s National Defense Authorization Act. In addition to defense funding, these bills provide the necessary funding for critical Oklahoma priorities. Click here for a comment from Sen. Inhofe and a summary of the provisions he secured in the legislation. “The Army has been... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on Lankford Being Named Chair of Ethics Committee

December 20, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the selection of fellow Oklahoman, U.S. Sen. James Lankford, to serve as chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics. “I am incredibly pleased to hear my good friend, James Lankford, has been chosen to serve as chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics,” Inhofe said. “I really cannot think of a better person for this job. James has the integrity and the trust to be a well-respected chairman for the Ethics... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Senate Passage of Year-End Appropriations Bills to Fund Defense

December 19, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) applauded the passage of appropriations bills today to fully fund the Department of Defense as authorized in Inhofe’s National Defense Authorization Act. In addition to defense funding, these bills provide the necessary funding for critical Oklahoma priorities. “Defending America is the most important job of Congress,” Inhofe said. “During the Obama administration, our military was degraded to staggeringly low funding levels—reduced by... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Lankford Applaud Confirmation of Oklahomans to Serve as U.S. District Court Judges

December 19, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) the Senate confirmation of Mrs. Jodi Dishman and Judge Bernard Jones to serve as judges on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. “I am glad to see the confirmation of two exemplary Oklahomans, Jodi Dishman and Bernard Jones, on the Senate floor today,” Inhofe said. “Jodi and Bernard each have unique experiences and esteemed reputations appreciated across the state of Oklahoma. Jodi has... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Joins Hyde-Smith in Introducing Bill to Protect Moms & Babies Through Control of Chemical Abortion Pills

December 18, 2019

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), introduced legislation this week to protect the lives of women by controlling the distribution of chemical abortion drugs, which have high complication rates for incomplete abortions, infections, severe bleeding, and death. The... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Statement on House Impeachment Vote

December 18, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement today ahead of the House Floor vote on the Articles of Impeachment against President Trump:  “The President is not going to be removed from office – period. The House’s action is nothing more than a political sham – one that the vast majority of Oklahomans and I are sick and tired of.” Inhofe said. “Nothing speaks to the political motivation of this action more than Speaker Pelosi’s... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises EPW Advancement of ACE Act and OKC Courthouse Modernizations

December 18, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee, praised the committee’s advancement of America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, a bill Sen. Inhofe cosponsored, the nomination of Robert Feitel, to be Inspector General of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and 19 General Services Administration resolutions, one of which authorizes $144 million for needed modernizations to the Walter J. Holloway, Jr. U.S. Post Office and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe's NDAA Passes Senate: Includes Key Oklahoma Support

December 17, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, praised final passage of the conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. This legislation, approved by a vote of 86-8, provides necessary authorities and policies for the Department of Defense and critical national security programs within the Department of Energy.  This year’s legislation provides for a total of $738 billion in base discretionary funding.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Applauds Passage of Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act

December 17, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, praised final passage of the conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. This legislation provides necessary authorities and policies for the Department of Defense and critical national security programs within the Department of Energy. This year’s legislation provides for a total of $738 billion in base discretionary funding, as well as $5.3 billion in emergency disaster... Continue Reading »


Inhofe: We're Not Going to Win With a Strong Military Alone - But We Will Lose Without One

December 16, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke on the Senate floor today in support of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act conference report:As Prepared for Delivery:We’re here today to pass the conferenced National Defense Authorization Act.This is the 59th year in a row we’ll be passing an NDAA. That’s because it’s the most important bill Congress does all year, the one that fulfills our constitutional responsibilities.There is an old... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Fischer Applaud Nebraska National Guard – Rwanda Defense Force State Partnership

December 12, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), chairwoman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, today commended the Nebraska National Guard and Rwanda for beginning a new partnership as part of the National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program:“I’m encouraged by the announcement that the Nebraska National Guard will partner with the Rwanda Defense Force to help prepare, deploy and sustain peacekeeping forces.... Continue Reading »


Inhofe, Moran, Duckworth, Capito, Young, Bustos Introduce Bill To Promote Advancement in Technical Aviation Training

December 12, 2019

US Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.VA.), introduced a bill this week to improve education and training programs at aviation maintenance technician schools. The Promoting Aviation Regulations for Technical Training (PARTT) 147 Act of 2019 would establish performance-based regulations to ensure aviation maintenance education institutions have the flexibility to teach core curriculum reflective of the ongoing technical... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Senate Confirmation of Skipwith as FWS Secretary

December 12, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today praised the Senate confirmation of Aurelia Skipwith to serve as Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service: “I am pleased to see Ms. Aurelia Skipwith confirmed today as Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service,” Inhofe said. “When I met with her in July, I stressed the importance of ensuring the FWS completes the downlisting of the American Burying Beetle and... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Joins Cruz to Reintroduce the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act

December 12, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Ted Cruz (R-Texas) along with Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), John Kennedy (R-La.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), and Mike Braun (R-Ind.), to reintroduce the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act (S. 3003). This bill prohibits federal regulators from arbitrarily forcing banking institutions to terminate their relationships with legal businesses solely because the operations... Continue Reading »


Inhofe Praises Committee Passage of CONTRACT Act of 2019

December 11, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation, submitted a statement for the record today ahead of the committee’s markup of the bill. The CONTRACT Act was reported favorably from the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation today. This legislation, sponsored by Sen. Inhofe, is cosponsored by 26 Members of the United States Senate, which can be viewed here. Mr. Chairman, thank you for including my... Continue Reading »