According to Talking Points Memo, Senator Inhofe has indicated that the late-Justice Antonine Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court should remain vacant for now, he had no objection in talking to Judge Merrick Garland, and his office did confirm that he did, in fact, meet with him by phone.
That being said, Inhofe’s actions beg the question: If you’re not going to confirm Garland, then why meet with him in the first place?
First elected to the U.S. Senate in 1994, Senator Inhofe has served as a senator for over two decades. He was previously a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 until 1994. He so strongly stands behind his convictions, he is one of the few U.S. Senators who proudly puts their Senate voting record on his own website.
Senator Inhofe has been extremely involved in the intricacies of war and what constitutes war crimes. In 2006, the Senator was one of nine senators who voted against the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005. As Senior Member of the Armed Services Committee, Senator Inhofe has a deep understanding of the severity of the threats facing U.S. security.
His commitment is so strong to the U.S. Military that in June 2015 Senator Inhofe, as a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), attempting to prevent the Department of Defense (DOD) from privatizing commissaries. The well-being and care for those serving in our U.S. Military and their families has been a cornerstone of Senator Inhofe’s tenure in the Senate.