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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


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


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


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


Oklahomans and the Nation Deserve Confidence in the Election Results

by US Senator James Lankford

If you randomly catch any 10 Oklahomans on the street today and ask them if there was at least some voter fraud in the November election, my suspicion is a majority of them would say yes. In the last two months, my office has received thousands of calls and questions from Oklahomans in every corner of the state about the 2020 presidential election. I've also had conversations with people at the grocery store, gas station, through text messages, and on personal phone calls. Some Oklahomans say Bi… Continue Reading


The Price of Turkey’s Russian Dalliance

by BY US Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

Turkey has been an American ally since 1952. Incirlik Air Force Base has been essential in the war on terror. The Turks helped thousands of Syrian refugees. For decades Turkey worked to build a society open to people of all faiths, and stood against Russian aggression. But a valuable ally has drifted. The US agreed to sell Turkey 100 F-35 jet fighters and include Turkish companies in manufacturing components of the aircraft. But three years ago, Ankara decided to purchase the Russian S-400 miss… Continue Reading


Sen. James Lankford: What Our Nation Needs Most

by US Senator James Lankford

Usually after a couple of snide comments about Washington, DC, and the state of the nation, people say to me, "I could never work with the people you work with; they would drive me crazy." I typically just smile and ask, "Would you join me in praying for them? They are my mission field." As a US senator who loves God and is grateful for His work in our nation, I know when we pray, God changes our attitude and their lives. Two-thousand years ago, the Apostle Paul left Timothy in Ephesus to lea… Continue Reading


Stay in Touch with the Veterans in Your Life

by US Senator James Lankford

Veterans Day represents an opportunity to thank our heroes and reflect on how our nation serves those who served us. Some of our veterans and their families are suffering from the health effects of COVID-19, while many also are suffering from the isolation and loneliness caused by social distancing and heightened precautions for those who are in high-risk categories. Isolation can breed despair, but outreach, connection, and love can counter depressing thoughts and loneliness. Our churches and c… Continue Reading


Judge Amy Coney Barrett will serve well on US Supreme Court

by US Senators James Lankford and Jim Inhofe

The recent death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman and first Jewish American justice, left a significant vacancy on the Supreme Court. Although we did not agree with her interpretation of the law, she was a poised and fierce fighter for her views. On Sept. 26, President Trump exercised his constitutional duty and nominated Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy. The Senate began our advice and consent process two weeks later, which is consis… Continue Reading


Opinion: Election security getting deserved attention

by Oklahoman Editorial Board

Concerns about mailed ballots have been a dominant theme during this election season, with President Trump saying "fraud" is likely to result and Democrats saying the U.S. Postal Service will be overwhelmed due to changes made within the agency by this administration. But what about election security, which was front and center after 2016 when Russia tried to meddle in the outcome? Are America's voting systems secure as we approach Nov. 3? Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, believes the ans… Continue Reading


US Stands with Hong Kong

by US Senator James Lankford (R-OK)

While the world was distracted, Beijing escalated its threats against Hongkongers, eroded their autonomy, and removed their civil liberties. China's newly implemented security law, which makes secession, subversion, terrorism, and foreign intervention criminal offenses, was immediately met with mass protests from pro-democracy groups in Hong Kong, which predictably led to mass arrests and oppression from China. Hundreds of people yearning to live free have been arrested and jailed as a result. … Continue Reading


The 2020 Election won't destroy the Post Office

by Senator James Lankford

Remember when institutions like the Post Office were non-partisan? Over the past weeks, media outlets have reported fears and accusations of sabotage about the USPS and mail-in voting for the 2020 presidential election. Some quick facts may help in the midst of the political noise. The Postmaster General is not a Trump appointee. He was unanimously selected by the non-partisan Postal Board of Governors just a few months ago. The Post Office can handle a surge of millions of pieces of first cla… Continue Reading


Preventing the Disappearance of America’s Rural Hospitals

by By US Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and James Lankford (R-OK)

When it can often take hours to drive to access the best medical care, rural hospitals are essential. Whether in downstate Illinois or in small-town Oklahoma, rural hospitals are the backbone of our communities. They don't just provide critical health care to communities, they also drive the local economy and are among the largest employers in the area. The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing many rural hospitals to the brink of extinction and poses a dire threat to the economies of rural America. Eve… Continue Reading

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