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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


Supporting nonprofits is investing in our nation


Every company and nonprofit in America that had a "Vision 20/20" plan for this year was wrong. We're midway through one of the most tumultuous years in our nation's history, and there is no way to know what will happen next. But we can be certain that people will need help, and American nonprofits will be the first to step up and meet that need. Whether you care about faith-based initiatives, spiritual or wellness programs, addressing hunger in your community, combatting climate change, or suppo… Continue Reading


It’s time to work together to prevent an upsurge of anti-Semitism

by Gary Bauer, Gayle Manchin, and James Lankford

While the United States was celebrating American Jewish Heritage Month in May, the global Jewish community was experiencing a further increase in anti-Semitic incidents, which cannot continue. As the world reeled from the COVID-19 global pandemic in March, the Iranian Ministry of Health decided to hold a cartoon contest entitled "We Defeat Coronavirus," garnering thousands of submissions. Coming from Iran - a government that Elan Carr, the U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism,… Continue Reading


Oklahomans Will Weather This Storm

by Senator James Lankford

As Oklahomans, we know all too well how to weather a storm. This spring we are experiencing more than hailstones; we are facing a health and economic storm as we have never faced. We have done what it takes to "flatten the curve" to protect our friends and neighbors by staying home, practicing social distancing and washing our hands. In the past two months, Congress took unprecedented action for an unprecedented crisis to provide aid to millions of Americans who have been directly impacted when… Continue Reading


Embrace Hope in Southwest Oklahoma

by Senator James Lankford and Brenda Spencer-Ragland

Oklahomans are generous people. We give our time, our finances, and our prayers for each other. Even in good economic times, there are so many people around us with so many needs. Serving your neighbor is not about how much money you have or the title you hold; it's about compassion, duty, and hope. While we each do a great deal individually, we can do even more when we work together. That's the vision behind this weekend's Embrace Hope event. On March 14, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. a… Continue Reading


Coming Together to Combat Anti-Semitism

by Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV)

Too often, Members of Congress feel compelled to highlight what divides us. In an age of intense partisanship and ideological division, it is an easy trap - one that can distract us from addressing the core issues on which we agree and can take action. Today, the two of us - a practicing Jewish Democrat from Nevada and a devoted Christian Republican from Oklahoma - are calling on our colleagues to set aside the labels, the bickering, and the grandstanding to join together to take on one of the m… Continue Reading


The Prevent Government Shutdowns Act Will Not Cost $12.6 Trillion

by Staff of Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

The Prevent Government Shutdowns Act (PGSA) would establish an automatic continuing resolution (auto-CR) to prevent shutdowns and would put into place incentives to encourage Congress to enact its own CR or appropriations bill. Its fiscal effect would be minimal, as the legislation itself is not intended to take effect on a permanent basis. Rather, it is intended to serve as a bridge while policymakers agree to appropriations levels. Due to scorekeeping technicalities, the Congressional Budget … Continue Reading


Office Visit: PBMs on hot seat

by David Holden

If I were to guess, I have a feeling most people don't know what the acronym PBM stands for? PBM is short for pharmacy benefit manager. According to Wikipedia, PBMs are middlemen that were originally designed to reduce administrative costs for insurers, validate patient eligibility, administer plan benefits as well as negotiate costs between pharmacies and health plans. However, according to the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, PBMs reduce prescription drug costs and improve convenie… Continue Reading


Lowering drug prices with bipartisan, market-based proposals

by Senator James Lankford

Most Americans are affected in some way by rising prescription drug and healthcare prices. Whether you're personally impacted or hear about the effects of rising costs on a family member or friend, you know things aren't getting better. The Senate Finance Committee, on which I serve, started working this year on a series of hearings to better understand the complexity of drug pricing, especially in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. We've heard from pharmaceutical experts, federal r… Continue Reading


Lowering Drug Prices with Bipartisan, Market-based Proposals

by Senator James Lankford

Most Americans are affected in some way by rising prescription drug and healthcare prices. Whether you're personally impacted or hear about the effects of rising costs on a family member or friend, you know things aren't getting better. The Senate Finance Committee, on which I serve, started working this year on a series of hearings to better understand the complexity of drug pricing, especially in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. We've heard from pharmaceutical experts, federal r… Continue Reading


Senators: Abolishing ICE would worsen child smuggling and other US-Mexico border problems

by Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA)

Last month we visited the Rio Grande Valley sector of our southern border near McAllen, Texas. We toured the Hidalgo Port of Entry - a large pedestrian access and processing point for individuals, families and unaccompanied minors. We saw the Donna Holding Facility, a large temporary facility for processing families who cross the border between the legal ports of entry. The Donna facility was added because Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is limited in funding, so there is no place to … Continue Reading


Countdown to Ending Government Shutdowns

by By Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH)

It's a sad but true reality: Congress functions best on a deadline. In theory, when Congress established the annual budget and appropriations process in 1974 it gave itself a number of deadlines to set a budget and fund the government. The problem is Congress has only met those deadlines four times since 1974. You've probably seen the "Countdown to Shut Down" clocks on the major news networks as the nation waits impatiently for Congress to fund the government, usually in late September or right… Continue Reading


Let’s Talk about Life

by Senator James Lankford and Cindy Lankford

All of society respects the man who cares for the homeless because as a culture we believe no life should be just thrown away. Everyone grieves, prays, and works to help those struggling with addiction because we care about human dignity. We all admire the woman who feeds a hungry child or serves as a reading mentor because we universally acknowledge that every person deserves a chance. Why not also celebrate and recognize the potential in every child's life, no matter how small? The recent na… Continue Reading


Crossing the Aisle to Streamline Regulation

by By Susan E. Dudley, Sally Katzen

Bipartisanship isn't dead, even when it comes to streamlining regulation. Sens. James Lankford (R., Okla.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D., Ariz.) have introduced two bills with surgical fixes to the regulatory process-one to promote public engagement; the other, a review of existing regulations with an eye toward changing course if they aren't working. Presidents from both parties have pursued both objectives with uneven results, so a legislative fix would be salutary. Government agencies have long bee… Continue Reading


Point of View: It's almost Tax Day and the news is good

by Senator James Lankford

Tax Day is a significant day for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Since January, I've been able to hear from Oklahomans about how the tax changes affected their families and small businesses, but soon we'll see the final numbers. Some national media have done all they can to find problems, and since no one likes paying taxes, it's not hard to find negative stories. But there are some undeniable facts. Wages are up, unemployment is down and business investment is up. The economy has added over 3 milli… Continue Reading


It’s Gold Star Families Remembrance Week This Week

by Senator James Lankford

Each year before Christmas, a team of volunteers from Wreaths Across America brings thousands of wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C., to give families and volunteers a chance to place a wreath at a fallen service member's grave. The solemn experience is one that the volunteers will never forget. In addition to honoring our fallen service members, we also honor their families' sacrifices. They experience the empty chair (sometimes even more tragically chairs) at the hol… Continue Reading


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

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