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03.30.18

Senator Lankford & Dr. Coburn in National Review: 21 Trillion Reasons to Fix the Budget Process

by Senator James Lankford and Dr. Tom Coburn

In the wee hours of the morning last Friday, the Senate passed a 2,232-page, $1.3 trillion budget-busting spending bill barely 24 hours after it was introduced to the public. The bill provides funding for the 2018 fiscal year, which began six months ago. Members did not even have time to read and digest the bill, let alone debate and amend its provisions. Unfortunately, this unseemly process of dropping a take-it-or-leave-it spending bill right before the deadline is not an outlier; it has becom… Continue Reading


03.04.18

Senator Lankford in The Tulsa World: Tax reform is working For Oklahomans

by Senator James Lankford

Just before Christmas, Congress passed and the President signed into law, a tax reform bill that makes major improvements to our tax code. It's only been two months, but tax reform is already working for Oklahomans. Many companies across the nation and across Oklahoma are using their tax savings to reinvest in their employees and add new equipment. It feels like almost every day there are new stories of employee bonuses and increased wages announced for workers. American Airlines announced $1… Continue Reading


01.15.18

Senators James Lankford & Tim Scott in The Atlantic: Honor MLK’s Legacy By Engaging People Who Are Different

by Senators James Lankford & Tim Scott

This year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day carries additional significance, as it marks the 50th anniversary of his tragic death. In April of 1968, King was killed in Memphis, Tennessee, at the hands of a ruthless murderer who was filled with hate and racism. One of the reasons we, as Americans and citizens around the world, remember King's legacy is his call to freedom and racial unity through love and engagement for all people-a message he still shares with the world a half-century later. Love is… Continue Reading


12.06.17

Senator Lankford in The Oklahoman: Tax reform will help Oklahoma's economy

by Senator James Lankford

It has been more than 30 years since there was a major change in federal tax policy. Thankfully, the Senate passed a tax reform bill last week that will simplify our tax code, cut taxes in all brackets and help grow the economy. During the past 70 years, the American economy has grown at around 3 percent or more a year, on average. But in the past 10 years, economic growth has collectively averaged only 2 percent, and last year, our GDP was just 1.5 percent for the year. We must get our economy… Continue Reading


10.02.17

Senators Lankford, Tillis in The Washington Times: A conservative approach to DACA

by Senators James Lankford & Thom Tillis

No one in America, from all sides of the political spectrum, thinks the current immigration system works well. It hasn't been updated in 30-plus years and the lack of action has led to a system that has incentivized illegal immigration and encouraged parents to take their children on the dangerous and often deadly trek across our southern border. Essentially, Congress ignoring the problem has actually encouraged more illegal immigration and facilitated a form of amnesty. It is past time for Con… Continue Reading


09.05.17

Senator Lankford on FoxNews.com: What To Do With The Debt Ceiling? Reform It

by Senator James Lankford

It happens like clockwork in Washington. Every year or two when we approach the federal debt limit, countdown clocks start, doomsday scenarios are assumed, and backroom negotiations begin in earnest to prevent our country from defaulting on our obligations. The prevailing theme of debt ceiling negotiations is usually avoiding default. Lost in the conversation is how we got here in the first place, and how we can get out of the cycle of deficit spending. Debt limit debate should push Congress to … Continue Reading


08.15.17

The Truth About The Trade Deficit

by Senator James Lankford

Last month, the Trump administration issued its objectives for a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. There is much about the trade agreement that should be modernized, such as updated rules for e-commerce and stronger intellectual property protections. I support the president's objective to maintain existing duty-free market access for agricultural goods, as it is important for industries in many states, including my home state of Oklahoma. However, the administration has a… Continue Reading


08.02.17

Senator Lankford in The Wall Street Journal: How to Make the Senate Work Again

by Senator James Lankford

James Madison explained that the Constitution's authors considered the Senate to be the great "anchor" of the government. The upper chamber has become an anchor, but I don't think today's dilatory Senate is what the Founders had in mind. Many Americans see the main issue in the Senate as the filibuster rule, the 60 vote requirement to move on legislation. The Senate should not go to a 51 vote majority for every vote. Because the Senate is the one entity in the federal government where the mino… Continue Reading


07.03.17

Senator Lankford in The Atlantic: Finding Unity in a Divided Washington

by Senator James Lankford

Several weeks ago, a routine early morning baseball practice for a charity game became the site of an unthinkable attack. Republican members of Congress were shot by a gunman who had made clear his antipathy for their party and the president who leads it. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise suffered wounds that resulted in an "imminent risk of death," according to hospital staff. Zach Barth, a congressional staffer, was wounded and Matt Mika, a former congressional staffer, spent days in the hos… Continue Reading


06.06.17

Senator Lankford Joins Senators to Introduce Bill to Extend Key Intelligence Program

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined 14 Senators today to introduce legislation making Section 702, and the entirety of Title VII, of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) permanent. Surveillance under Section 702 applies only to the communications of non-US persons located outside of the United States, is authorized only for valid purposes such as counterterrorism, and is one of the most effective tools available to the intelligence community to combat threats again… Continue Reading


04.28.17

Sen. Lankford & Mr. Graham in The Hill: Congress’ next 100 days: Small businesses need regulatory relief

by Senator James Lankford and John Graham

As the nation evaluates the new President's First 100 Days and Washington looks ahead to the next 100, we must ask a simple question, do we want vibrant small businesses in America or not? The complexity and cost of the regulatory burden placed on each small business shows the evidence of our answer. When the regulatory burden drowns out productivity and innovation, the flowery rhetoric we often hear from politicians about small businesses is seen for what it is: lip service. When each new id… Continue Reading


04.07.17

Repeal of FCC rule is no loss for privacy

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board

THERE are times when the art of politics involves pretending trivial events are actually earth-shaking. That certainly seems to be the case with the reaction to a congressional vote repealing a Federal Communications Commission rule on customer privacy. As many have noted, the FCC rule had not yet taken effect, so no one lost any existing privacy protections. And the proposed rule actually exempted many online entities, so even had it taken effect the alleged benefits were far less than suggest… Continue Reading


03.17.17

Senator Lankford in The Hill: One year ago today, we declared ISIS atrocities as genocide

by Senator James Lankford

On year ago today, on March 17, 2016, then-Secretary of State John Kerry formally designated the actions of ISIS as genocide. As part of that declaration he said: "[ISIS] is… responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing directed at these same groups and in some cases also against Sunni Muslims, Kurds, and other minorities… [ISIS] kills Christians because they are Christians; Yezidis because they are Yezidis; Shia because they are Shia. …naming these crimes is… Continue Reading


10.07.16

Senator Lankford in The Bartlesville Examiner: Giving away control of the internet

by Senator James Lankford

When Oklahomans asked me to represent them in Washington D.C., I knew that I would not win every fight on every policy, but I understood many issues are worth the fight and the stand, even if you do not win. But I can honestly say, I never dreamed I would have to fight with the president and other members of the Senate over the future of the Internet. In case you have not heard, on Oct. 1, President Obama inexplicably gave away American stewardship of one of the greatest technological advancemen… Continue Reading


07.28.16

Senators Lankford & Scott in Time Magazine: Americans Should Dine With Families of Other Races

by Senators James Lankford & Tim Scott

Our nation continues to reel from the race-related murders of eight police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, as well as the deaths of two African-American men in Baton Rouge and St. Paul, Minnesota, several weeks ago. These events have brought the issue of race to the forefront of the national conversation, and forced us to re-evaluate where the American family currently stands. Our states have experienced the hatred and injustice of racism-for example, the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot in Oklahoma an… Continue Reading


06.17.16

Senator Lankford in U.S. News & World Report: On Father's Day, Remember that stable families can address many societal and economic problems

by Senator James Lankford

It was only a snow globe, but it mattered to me. For 24 years, a wedding present had sat next to my side of the bed, a snow globe with a red headed tux clad groom, looking adoringly into the eyes of a blonde haired bride. One day recently in a moment of carelessness, I bumped the snow globe and it came crashing to the wood floor. While the snow globe seemed small all these years, it apparently contained ten feet of glass and at least a gallon of glitter-filled water. After an hour of clean up, I… Continue Reading


05.24.16

Senator Lankford in The Daily Signal: Obama Raided $500M for Zika to Finance UN’s Green Climate Fund

by Senator James Lankford

Last week, the Senate passed legislation to address and prevent the spread of the Zika virus. However, the Senate failed to pay for it, and instead approved a $1.1 billion "emergency" spending supplemental bill that is not subject to the budgetary caps that were agreed to last year. While congressional inattention to the budget crisis is inexcusable, it is even more disturbing that the Obama administration already has the authority to pay for a Zika response from existing agency budgets, but cho… Continue Reading


05.23.16

Sens. Cotton and Lankford on Fox News Online: Why the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty is still a bad idea

by Senator James Lankford and Senator Tom Cotton

The Obama administration has recently started to pitch the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) to the American people. As they begin yet another politically motivated public relations campaign, it's important to remember the Senate rejected this deeply defective treaty in 1999, and the case against ratification today is stronger than it was then. In the shadow of another North Korean nuclear test, illicit rocket launch, and the catastrophic Iran nuclear deal, the Obama administration advocat… Continue Reading


05.10.16

Senator Lankford in The Hill: Emergency spending not needed for international crises

by Senator James Lankford

What started as a peaceful Syrian uprising has grown into a global proxy war, with the United States, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Turkey opposing the Assad regime, Iran and Russia trying to support it, and everyone randomly fighting the terrorist forces of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). At the same time, world governments continue to scramble for resources to stem the flow of migrants and provide aid for the victims. For five years, Syria has gradually collapsed into chaos, with no fo… Continue Reading


04.25.16

The Oklahoman Editorial Board: Federal officials disregard their land management failures

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board

In the private sector, if someone allows a home to become dilapidated because he lacks the funds to properly maintain it, no one argues the situation will improve if that person buys another home. Yet that's the model recently embraced by federal lawmakers. The federal government owns more than 600 million acres of land in the United States, which is roughly 30 percent of the entire country and as much as half of some Western states. That number is likely to increase, thanks in part to the fed… Continue Reading

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