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05.12.15

The Oklahoman: OSU grads received sound advice from Sen. James Lankford

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board

OKLAHOMA'S newest U.S. senator, James Lankford, is a conservative Republican through and through yet he had no trouble working with an ideological opposite to accomplish something constructive. This shouldn't come as a surprise - since going to Washington as a House member in 2011, Lankford has tried to get things done for the good of the country. We recall Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, telling us he was struck during his first few months in Congress with how much time members spent talking about … Continue Reading


04.17.15

Senator Lankford in The Norman Transcript: My Concern With The Iran Nuclear Negotiations

by Senator James Lankford

Amidst the various twists and turns of our nation's negotiation with Iran on a nuclear deal, one thing is clear: the American people are skeptical. Americans know that a nuclear Iran is a threat to every nation. Our concern is not just Iran in possession of a nuclear bomb; we all know that the leadership of Iran continues to threaten its neighbors and the World. Iran is the world's largest state-sponsor of terrorism and there is little doubt that if they had nuclear weapons, they could transfer… Continue Reading


04.17.15

Senator Lankford in Tulsa World: On the 20th Anniversary, we remember bombing tragedy by embracing the 'Oklahoma Standard'

by Senator James Lankford

It's been 20 years since we experienced the worst act of American home-grown terrorism at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. This solemn day stands as a reminder of the 168 souls that were lost. On a day where anger lashed out, Oklahomans responded with compassion. Every year since April 19, 1995, we stand together and read aloud the names of those who lost their lives. We remember the first responders who acted selflessly in a time of need. We remember the families impac… Continue Reading


04.03.15

Tulsa World: In Sapulpa: U.S. Sen. James Lankford cautious on Iran agreement

by Randy Krehbiel

U.S. Sen. James Lankford said Thursday that he will wait for details before passing judgment on the Obama administration's nuclear arms agreement with Iran but said, "If it's to the left of the U.N., that's probably a problem." Lankford was one of 47 U.S. senators who signed a letter sent last month to Iranian leaders cautioning against putting much faith in a deal with the Obama administration. Thursday evening, speaking to about 20 people at a community forum at Sapulpa City Hall, Lankford… Continue Reading


03.20.15

Senator Lankford on CNBC.com: What Sustainability and Religious Freedom Have in Common

by Sen. James Lankford and Rep. Randy Forbes

Avid Chipotle customers seeking carnitas burritos for dinner may be disappointed over the coming weeks. The restaurant giant is reportedly no longer serving pork at about a third of its locations after it dropped a pork supplier that failed to live up to the corporation's standards of humane animal care. Despite the possibility that Chipotle's decision to pull pork from almost a third of its restaurants will come at a cost, the corporation's commitment to serving "food with integrity" has outwe… Continue Reading


03.10.15

Breitbart News: Exclusive—Sen. Lankford: Obama’s Exec Amnesty Unclear, ‘Intolerable Situation’ for Immigration Officers

by Matthew Boyle

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol officers-along with their families-are living in fear and uncertainty every day under President Barack Obama's executive amnesty, Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Monday night. "What does the average family member of an ICE agent think?" Lankford said when asked what's going through the minds of agents as the president is telling them to ignore the law. They know their spouse, their husband o… Continue Reading


02.11.15

Senator Lankford in Tulsa World: Obama's Budget Ignores Fiscal Realities

by Senator James Lankford

A government budget should demonstrate financial priorities, spending and policy to address our nation's biggest challenges. Sadly, President Obama's latest budget proposal demonstrates an attitude of "close enough for government work" rather than excellence and forward thinking. Over the decades, presidential budgets have become more of a campaign document than an actual budget. But, it is the first legal step of the formal budget process. By law, the president's annual budget request must be … Continue Reading


01.30.15

The Edmond Sun: Government hides facts from citizens; Lankford fights back

by James Coburn

U.S. Sen. James Lankford pushed for better information for taxpayers when he was in Congress. Now the Edmond Republican is fighting for Americans right to know about detailed data for agency programs. Lankford introduced the Taxpayers Right to Know Act in the Senate along with a group of bipartisan senators. There remains a lack of transparency regarding the overlapping roles of federal agencies in duplicating services, Lankford said. Agencies would have to provide detailed information and per… Continue Reading


01.29.15

Federal Times: Bill requires agencies to provide detailed program data

by Andy Medici

Agencies would have to provide detailed information and performance data for each of its programs, under legislation introduced by a bipartisan group of senators Jan. 28. The Taxpayers Right to Know Act would require OMB to post detailed financial data for each program as well as the number of employees and contractors who administer each program. OMB would also have to post links to the latest performance reviews and metrics for the program. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., who introduced the bi… Continue Reading


01.26.15

The Christian Post: Sen. James Lankford Named New Co-Chair of Congressional Prayer Caucus; Brings 'Staunch Commitment' to Protect Religious Liberties

by Samuel Smith

Oklahoma's newly elected Republican Senator, James Lankford, was appointed the new co-chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, the caucus' co-chair and founding member, Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., announced on Thursday. The caucus, which works to protect individuals' rights to religious freedoms, including the right to freely pray, consists of a bipartisan group of 80 Congress members. The 46-year-old Lankford, who joined the caucus when he first won election as a representative in 2010, beco… Continue Reading


01.26.15

Tulsa World: Send Uncle Sam to the principal's office, but keep him out of the classroom

by World's Editorial Writers

U.S. Sen. James Lankford is co-sponsoring a proposal to halt federal mandates for state academic standards on testing. The Local Leadership in Education Act would amend the federal No Child Left Behind law to prohibit it from providing any direction or control over academic standards or curriculum, incentivizing the adoption of certain standards, or making financial support conditional for standards, curriculum or student test administration. Additionally, the legislation calls for a ban on req… Continue Reading


01.15.15

Senator Lankford in Fox News: Religious Freedom Day 2015: What our Founders understood about freedom of faith

by Senator James Lankford

Today is Religious Freedom Day, a celebration of one of the powerful and unique freedoms within our nation's founding and fabric. In 1992, the House and Senate joined together to pass a resolution designating January 16th as Religious Freedom Day. This day is based on the anniversary of the 1786 passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, originally authored by Thomas Jefferson. Congress formally recognized that the "Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom inspired and shaped the gu… Continue Reading


01.07.15

Tulsa World: James Lankford joins a long, short list of Oklahoma senators

by Randy Krehbiel

U.S. Sen. James Lankford is not a native Oklahoman, but he knows the history of the Senate seat he assumed on Tuesday. Lankford became only the 18th person - all men - to serve in the U.S. Senate from Oklahoma and only the eighth to hold what is officially Seat No. 1 in the state's delegation. "I understand the significance of being one of 18 senators in Oklahoma history," he said in a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon. Some of the most important and colorful figures in state history have… Continue Reading

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