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Lankford Continues to Push for Congress to be Held Accountable for Government Shutdowns

WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) introduced the Prevent Government Shutdowns Act of 2023, which would take government shutdowns off the table and force Congress to stay in town until the work is done. Supporters endorsing the Prevent Government Shutdowns Act include Citizens Against Government Waste, National Taxpayer Union (NTU), The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, America First Policy Institute, and Americans for Tax … Continue Reading


Chaos, Cartels, and Chinese Nationals at Our Southern Border

by By Senator James Lankford (R-OK)

Our southern border remains in chaos and in the grips of the cartels because the Biden Administration's goal for border security is to let more people into the country faster-not to actually secure our border and keep us safe. A day after Biden's three-hour choreographed trip to El Paso, I joined a bipartisan group of Senators on a deep dive on the real issues at our border. During our time in Texas and Arizona, we were briefed by the DEA, FBI, Border Patrol, local law enforcement, and communi… Continue Reading


Lankford, Colleagues Call for Improved Access to Brain Scans to Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) along with Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Edward Markey (D-MA) sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure requesting reconsideration of the 2013 national coverage determination (NCD) brain imaging procedures used for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease. Specifically, the NCD restricts brain imaging for Medicare recipien… Continue Reading


A Christmas prayer for our nation

by James Lankford

Rather than a typical editorial, let us shift from the anger and struggle in our world to a focus on the only One who can calm the storm and give real Christmas cheer. Would you join me in prayer? Lord, we come to You with grateful hearts because we know You provide every good gift. You give wisdom when we ask for guidance, You give mercy when we ask for a new start You give protection when we are afraid, and You give hope when we humble ourselves and pray. You are the One who meets our needs.… Continue Reading


VIEWPOINT: Marriage bill is disrespectful of religious liberty

by Senator James Lankford

Marriage is an attraction, a union, a joyous relationship, a moral conviction, and a legal commitment all rolled into one. Marriage has great diversity in our society, but, based on our frequency of divorce, it also has a very high failure rate. Not everyone has the same view of, or dedication to, marriage. But for many people of faith in our nation, God's design for marriage is a core aspect of their faith, not a secondary doctrine. For centuries that view of marriage has not always been uphel… Continue Reading


So much for American energy independence

by Senator James Lankford

I remember staring out the window of my mom's brown Pontiac LeMans as we waited in a two-block-long line at the gas station during the 1970s oil embargo. Even as a kid, I understood energy independence would have alleviated the crisis in which we found ourselves. Since then, we have innovated our way to energy independence. Not too long ago, a Democratic President and climate change activist named Barack Obama signed a bill to lift a 40-year ban on crude oil exports after it passed the Republi… Continue Reading


More IRS Audits Are Coming for Americans at All Income Levels

by Senator James Lankford

The Democrats in DC finally noticed the high inflation in the United States - caused by their $2 trillion spending bill last year - so they passed a bill to spend even more on green energy, environmental workshops, and labor-union credits. I'm sure this will fix inflation right away. (That's sarcasm.) One of the core elements of the "Inflation Reduction Act" is adding billions of dollars of new spending for IRS audits on Americans of all income brackets. I'm not sure why Democrats believe more… Continue Reading


Biden's Wide Open Border Is Killing Oklahomans

by Senator James Lankford

Oklahomans have told me they don't hear much about the southern border anymore on the national news, so it must be better. I'm sorry to tell you, it's worse. The national media has just stopped covering it. I'll let you guess why. Almost every family in our state knows someone who has destroyed their life with illegal narcotics. Recently, I spoke to leadership in the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and multiple district attorneys about our state's drug issues. They all spoke about the rise of il… Continue Reading


Our Families Need Us

by Senator James Lankford

If our families are strong, our nation is strong. If our families are weak, our nation is weak. Nations struggle when families struggle; it's just that simple. We are more interconnected than ever through social media, but we are also more isolated than ever. Government cannot solve our isolation; only families can solve that kind of deep hurt and loss. We have hard issues to solve as a nation because we have heart issues to solve. The federal government will never be able to solve heart issue… Continue Reading


Peace through strength is the right decision in Ukraine

by By US Senator James Lankford

Reagan fought for eight years to ensure the breakup of the Soviet Union. Now, Putin is working to rebuild it. We should not sit idly by and think we will not suffer consequences if Russia takes over Ukraine and the Black Sea. Standing with Ukraine as they fight Putin's domination of Europe is in the best interest of the United States. The world-especially China and Iran-are watching what we do now. "Peace through strength" still matters. If America gets distracted from the war in Ukraine after … Continue Reading


Lankford: Democrats Are Trying to Avoid Responsibility for High Gas Prices by Blaming “Big Oil”

by By US Senator James Lankford

On the first day of the Biden presidency, he announced he would not permit the Keystone Pipeline to bring heavy crude oil from Canada, but we could purchase the same amount of heavy crude oil from Russia. How did that foreign policy decision work out? Every month of the Biden presidency, gas prices have gone up because he shut off pipeline expansion, closed off leasing federal lands for oil production, changed the rules for energy development, and announced he wanted a big tax increase on small… Continue Reading


Why is Biden afraid of COVID-19 natural immunity information?

by Senator James Lankford

Raise your hand if you had a COVID vaccination and also got COVID. I see those hands. If you got COVID after you got the shot, usually you hear that you didn't get a really bad case of COVID because you had increased immunity from the vaccine. But the Centers for Disease Control currently refuses to say you have increased immunity if you recovered from COVID even though everyone knows the obvious. When you have recovered once from COVID, your body is better prepared to recover again. The Oklaho… Continue Reading


Why we march for life each January in Washington

by US Senator James Lankford

Blessed is he who has regard for the weak... Psalm 41:1 Each January, tens of thousands of students and adults come to Washington, DC, in a beautiful display of compassion for the dignity and value of every human life, no matter how small. They march for life, and I'm proud to join them as we march and pray together to end abortion in America. Since the devastating Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade 49 years ago, major advancements in science have changed the conversation on abortion from "… Continue Reading


Getting the US government out of human trafficking for good

by By US Senator James Lankford

Unfortunately, coyote human smugglers in Central America, child traffickers in Central Asia, and forced labor in the center of our government are all happening today. This month, during Human Trafficking Awareness Month-and everyday-hundreds of nonprofits in the U.S. and around the world are saving adults and children from being trafficked for forced labor, sexual exploitation, or other forms of the disgusting practice of trading, buying, and selling human beings. The U.S. government and each Am… Continue Reading


We're the land of the free and home of the brave. Let's live like it.

by Senator James Lankford (R-OK)

Pop quiz: Can a U.S. president drop by a local store and fire the manager and the assistant manager, then go fire the gas station attendant, then fire the cook and two wait staff at a restaurant? If you said, "no," you passed the test. In China, North Korea or Venezuela, leaders may be able to impose their will on local businesses, but our president cannot and has not - at least not until recently. On Sept. 9, President Biden declared his patience was "wearing thin" with the American people and… Continue Reading


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

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