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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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