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In a new ad, Oklahoma Republican U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe continues to use rhetoric about a socialist takeover and suggests Democratic opponent Abby Broyles’ political views aren’t Oklahoman and that she should run for Senate in a different state.


Oklahoma U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe and James Lankford have issued statements saying there should be a vote on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

The senators issued separate statements saying because Republicans control the White House and the Senate, it’s different than it was four years ago, when the Republican-controlled Senate refused to hold a hearing for 293 days on President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Court, Merrick Garland.

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Oklahoma's U.S. Senators, Republicans Jim Inhofe and James Lankford, blamed Democrats as the most recent coronavirus relief proposal failed to reach enough votes to survive a filibuster.

"Disappointed, but not surprised Senate Democrats blocked our targeted COVID-19 relief bill," Lankford said in a statement. "Only in Washington, D.C., would a $300 billion dollar piece of legislation be considered 'skinny', not even mentioning the $3 trillion we've already spent. We shouldn't continue spending money just because we can, we have to focus on what's needed."

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Following reporting in the Tulsa World that Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) falsely claimed on Wednesday that demonstrators in Portland, Ore., were "killing" people, a spokesperson for the senator said they were not familiar with his thinking or what he may have meant.

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Oklahoma's senior United States senator said Thursday that allegations of ethics violations made by the state Democratic party were unfounded.

"Yet again, the only thing the Democrats can come up with are false attacks against me," Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said in an emailed statement provided by a spokesperson for his reelection campaign. "They won’t distract me from doing my only job: protecting Oklahoma families from a radical liberal agenda.”

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The New York Times has obtained a recording of a phone call between President Trump and Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe this week in which they discuss keeping the name of at least one Confederate leader on a military base.

"We’re going to keep the name of Robert E. Lee," Trump said on the call.

"Just trust me, I’ll make it happen," Inhofe replied.

President Trump tweeted Friday morning he has Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe’s assurance that when the National Defense Authorization Act reaches his desk, it will not include a provision to remove confederate leaders’ names from military installations.

Inhofe confirmed to the Oklahoman he would work to remove the provision.

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe expects a vote on their annual military spending bill soon after the Senate returns from recess in two weeks.

The $731 billion National Defense Authorization Act includes a 3% pay raise for troops and authorizes around three dozen kinds of special pay classifications. It also includes provisions to help military spouses move occupational licenses across state lines and to boost funding for school districts serving military families.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A question on whether to expand Medicaid in Oklahoma and a crowded Republican field vying to challenge the state’s lone congressional Democratare drawing the most attention ahead of Tuesday’s primary election.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has closed investigations into stock trading by Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, according to people familiar with notifications sent to the senators. The senators came under scrutiny for transactions made in the weeks before the coronavirus sent markets downhill.

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) said Wednesday that he is not yet convinced that Americans need more federal aid to deal with the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. 

In a Zoom videoconference organized by the Tulsa Regional Chamber, Inhofe said a package being put forward by House Democrats this week is too costly, too ideological, and too premature.

"Nancy Pelosi came dancing in and decided that she wanted to have a fourth round," Inhofe said. "So far we've spent $3 trillion, and she thought it would be fair to spend $3 trillion more."

In a webinar hosted by the Tulsa Regional Chamber on Monday, U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) said he fears that the amount of money paid out to Americans as federal unemployment benefits under new coronavirus legislation may be overly generous and bad economic policy.

"That's been the challenge of unemployment during this time period," Lankford said. "That we have a disincentive to get back to work." 

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Oklahoma’s congressional delegation is urging the Trump administration to let public hospitals access funding available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The only U.S. Senate seat up for grabs in Oklahoma drew a crowded field of challengers as the state’s three-day filing period for political office ended Friday.

Four Democrats, three Republicans, two independents and a Libertarian filed this week to challenge Sen. Jim Inhofe for the seat. The Republican incumbent, who has held the seat since 1994, is seeking another six-year term.


An animal rights group is protesting Senator Jim Inhofe’s pigeon shoot fundraising event. The group, SHARK or Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, claims the pigeon shoot in Southwestern Oklahoma violates the state’s animal humane laws. President Steve Hindi says they’ve asked law enforcement to halt the fundraiser, with no result. He has harsh words for those who take part, calling them cowards and serial animal killers.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe predicts his party will regain the majority in the U.S. Senate after the November elections — but even with that advantage, he believes Republicans won't have a veto-proof majority.

Inhofe made the remarks Monday morning during a breakfast in Tulsa sponsored by the State Chamber of Oklahoma.

The 77-year-old senator, who is not up for re-election this year, touted several recent accomplishments, including funding state transportation projects and passing into law his so-called Pilot's Bill of Rights.