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SENS. LANKFORD And BRAUN: Biden Is Forcing American Families To Bend Until They Break

by Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Mike Braun (R-IN)

In early September, an annoyed and impatient President Biden gave a speech on the state of COVID-19 in which he said Americans were testing his patience by not lining up to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. That day, he announced a vaccine mandate on our military, federal employees, federal contractors, all health care workers and everyone who works in a company with 100 or more employees - in other words, most Americans. People watched in disbelief and wondered, the president can't just give a s… Continue Reading


Supreme Court's Mississippi abortion case is a pivotal moment for all who value life

by US Senator James Lankford

The sound of a baby's heartbeat in the womb is a sound you will never forget. But every two seconds a baby is aborted, meaning that with every beat of your heart, a baby loses his or her right to life. If that sounds sad and shocking, it's because it is. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Dec. 1 in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which is about a Mississippi law that prohibits abortion after 15 weeks. Roe v. Wade in 1973 forced every state to legalize abortion before a b… Continue Reading


Oklahoma veterans deserve access to top-quality care

by By Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK)

Veterans Day marks an important moment each year when we make sure those who've worn the cloth of our nation know how much we appreciate all they've done for us. Thank you. Most Oklahoma veterans we meet and personally thank humbly shrug off the "thank yous" from friends, family and even strangers and say they were just doing their job to serve our country. But it is important that we still say thank you and that they still hear our gratitude. The mothers, fathers, daughters and sons who've p… Continue Reading


The Choas of Biden's America

by US Senator James Lankford (R-OK)

A year ago, Oklahomans paid an average of $1.87/gallon for gas, now we pay nearly $3 per gallon, just one element of the widespread inflation hitting our families. As of the end of September, there have been more illegal border crossings on our Southwest border than any time in American history. The vaccine mandates are pushing good experienced workers out of their jobs all over the country. Empty grocery shelves caused by delays and disruptions in our supply chain give Oklahomans an eerie remin… Continue Reading


Biden is Ignoring Our Very Open Southern Border

by US Senator James Lankford (R-OK)

Oklahomans know there is a crisis at our border, and they know who is responsible - Joe Biden. Each month, President Biden has released thousands of illegal border crossers into the US. This has motivated a record number of migrants to illegally cross the border this year. The situation is so bad that we will exceed a 21-year high of illegal crossings at our southern border-all while President Biden pretends the crisis does not exist. To build on top of an already growing crisis, last week Bid… Continue Reading


Americans Believe in the Value of Work

by US Senator James Lankford (R-OK)

Oklahomans from Kenton to Idabel and Hollis to Quapaw understand the value of work and supporting our families. As Proverbs 14:23 states, "All hard work brings profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty." Unfortunately, the "talk" among Democrats in Washington, D.C., will lead many of our families to poverty. In the 1990s, Democrats and Republicans cheered as President Clinton declared the United States was "ending welfare as we know it" by promoting the dignity of work and offering solutio… Continue Reading


Why is Biden Celebrating His Failed Afghanistan Withdrawal?

Last week, President Biden addressed the United Nations and bragged that this was the first time in 20 years the US was not at war. He declared that we had turned the page and we couldn't afford to waste any more time. Oklahomans remember why we were in Afghanistan. The attacks on September 11, 2001, changed the world forever. Nearly 3,000 Americans were killed that day including seven of our fathers, mothers, daughters, and sons from Muskogee, Lawton, Norman, and Sperry. Fifty-one Oklahomans m… Continue Reading


Someone remind Joe Biden he works for Americans, not the other way around

Oklahomans don't like the government telling them what to do. No matter what it is. I've talked to countless Oklahomans who were as shocked as I was when Joe Biden said in a recent speech that he had "lost patience" with the American people and demanded that Americans get a COVID- 19 shot. China and Russia lay down demands on their citizens. In America, we have personal responsibility and freedom. The president can advise and encourage, but not demand. President Trump's Operation Warp Speed o… Continue Reading


Let’s make Congress do its work

by US Senator James Lankford (R-OK)

This looks familiar. Days away from federal funding running out and the Senate still hasn't passed a single spending bill. Murphy's law of "whatever can happen, will happen" certainly applies to Congress. It's likely that as Congress inches towards midnight on September 30th, we will once again pass what's known as a "continuing resolution" to fund the government-not putting in any work and punting the tough decisions for some time later. If that sounds irresponsible to you, you're right. It is.… Continue Reading


Twenty years later, we remember the fallen from that day and in the wars that followed

by Senator James Lankford

Twenty-one years ago, Sept. 11 was just another day in the fall. Not anymore. Twenty years after the worst terrorist attack in American history, Sept. 11 remains a day that we pause and remember. Especially this year. In the 20 years since Sept. 11, 2001, we've added new phrases to our national vocabulary like "War on Terror," "terrorist watch list," "global entry," "TSA," "Department of Homeland Security" and, painfully, many others. But old words like "remember" also have new meaning and a ne… Continue Reading


Oklahomans Can Protect the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Without the Federal Government Stepping In

by US Senator James Lankford (R-OK)

When Oklahomans think about chicken, they might think about the fried kind in Okarche or multiple other great chicken places in Oklahoma. But, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is locked in on a different kind of chicken in western Oklahoma, the lesser prairie-chicken. Since 2012, Oklahoma farmers, ranchers, and businesses have spent countless hours and dollars to keep the lesser prairie-chicken off the threatened list under the Endangered Species Act. All of that voluntary conservation has led… Continue Reading


Lankford: What do $28 trillion and 1 million years have in common?

by US Senator James Lankford

The buzz in Democratic circles in Washington, DC, is the constant comparison of President Biden to Franklin D. Roosevelt. A multitude of stories have been written in the national media comparing President Roosevelt's transformational change to President Biden's legislative aspirations. But in many of those conversations or articles, there will be a little comment toward the end that says something like, "FDR's New Deal cost about $856 billion (almost $1 trillion) in today's dollars, but Presiden… Continue Reading


What do $28 trillion and 1 million years have in common?

by James Lankford

The buzz in Democratic circles in Washington, D.C., is the constant comparison of President Biden to Franklin D. Roosevelt. A multitude of stories have been written in the national media comparing President Roosevelt's transformational change to President Biden's legislative aspirations. But in many of those conversations or articles, there will be a little comment toward the end that says something like, "FDR's New Deal cost about $856 billion (almost $1 trillion) in today's dollars, but Presid… Continue Reading


To Eliminate Government Waste, Shine a Light on the Bureaucracy

by Senator James Lankford

The federal government is an expert at spending other people's money. March of this year made that clear. Congress responded to the pandemic throughout 2020 with "rainy day" debt spending during a very "rainy" year. But when the economy was recovering and it was time to pull back spending and start paying down the deficit, Democrats opened the flood gates to spending under the umbrella of "COVID," which has added trillions to our debt. In the first week of March, congressional Democrats pushed … Continue Reading


Lankford: Democrats’ federal election takeover bill Is not 'For the People'

by Senator James Lankford

Senate Democrats are once again trying to push through their massive federal election takeover bill, S. 1/H.R. 1, the "For the People Act." S. 1/H.R. 1 takes authority away from Oklahoma and gives Washington, DC, the power to manage and control our elections. This D.C. power grab is a horrible idea, and I will vote against it. The Constitution is clear that states run elections. It may surprise you to know that both the left-leaning American Civil Liberties Union and the conservative Heritage … Continue Reading


SEN. LANKFORD: The Biden Administration Has Literally Left The Gates Open On The Southern Border

by Senator James Lankford

On day one, President Biden started his presidency by declaring the "emergency" on the southern border over, halting border fence construction and loosening deportation policies - even for dangerous criminals. Those reckless actions sent the message to the "coyote" human smugglers and cartel drug traffickers in Mexico that the US border is now open. It is reasonable for any nation to know who is crossing their borders and when and where they're crossing. Enforcing legal immigration and travel a… Continue Reading


Sens. Lankford & Rubio: Daylight Saving Time should be permanent. Spring ahead and lock the clock, America

by Sen. James Lankford, Sen. Marco Rbuio

This weekend, millions of Americans will go to sleep knowing that they will wake up tired because we will arbitrarily lose an hour of sleep by "springing forward." After the dark year we've had, we could all really use that extra hour of rest, an extra hour of sunlight, and more consistency in our schedules. Who else is annoyed by having to get all the clocks changed in your home and car because of a 100-year-old practice that is no longer necessary? This is an idea whose time has come. As… Continue Reading


Lankford, Inhofe Want to Preserve Sleep for Oklahoma Families By Making Daylight Saving Time Permanent

Washington, DC - Oklahoma's Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) to reintroduce the Sunshine Protection Act, legislation that would make Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent across the country. The Senators were joined by Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Ed Markey (D-MA) in the reintroduction. Fifteen states - Arkansas, Alabama, California, Delaware, Georgia… Continue Reading


Sen. James Lankford: Our American experiment of religious liberty – you can have your faith and live it, too

by US Senator James Lankford

It is remarkable we still have to discuss this question, but we do. Can a person believe the faith of their choice or can they only believe the faith of the "in" group? One of my favorite paintings is in the Capitol Rotunda, the Embarkation of the Pilgrims by Robert Weir. It depicts a group of Pilgrims on the deck of the Speedwell July 22, 1620, before its departure from Delfs Haven, Holland as it prepares to sail to England to join the Mayflower. The painting shows how America began: a small … Continue Reading


Cancelling Traditional Energy Isn’t the Solution

by US Senator James Lankford

Did you enjoy the recent free trial of living in Alaska? The sub-zero temperatures in the entire region challenged our families, our first responders, our churches, our nonprofits, and our energy infrastructure. The weather tested our resolve and our power framework. The first was proven again; the second was pushed beyond its limits. Ice-encased wind towers, snow-covered solar panels, frozen natural gas well heads all decreased electricity production and dramatically increased the costs to heat… Continue Reading

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