Press Releases

06.14.18

Senators Lankford and Inhofe Praise Committee Passage of Justice Wyrick’s Nomination

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today released the following statements to applaud Senate Judiciary Committee passage of Justice Patrick Wyrick's judicial nomination. Wyrick was nominated by President Trump in April to serve as District Judge on the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. The committee passed Wyrick's nomination today by a vote of 11-10 and it will now head to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. "I am glad to see Justic… Continue Reading


06.13.18

Senator Lankford Touts Oklahoma Economic Progress In Floor Speech

CLICK HERE to view the speech WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a floor speech about the improving economy in Oklahoma and across America, in part, due to tax reform. Excerpts: (00:00-00:48) I talk to a lot of Oklahomans who say we like to hear good news every once in a while. So, let me just pause and read a couple of headlines and give good news. One of them came out of the Oklahoma legislature and out of our research branch dealing with our finances. Oklaho… Continue Reading


06.12.18

Senators Lankford, Peters, Paul, Jones Introduce Bill Streamlining Federal Property Review Process

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Gary Peters (D-MI), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced bipartisan legislation to streamline the federal inventory review process and save taxpayer money by directing federal agencies to more frequently assess unneeded federal property. Currently, many federal agencies only declare property as excess during office moves or space reductions often resulting in agencies retaining or storing unneeded property that could be utilized by o… Continue Reading


06.08.18

Senators Lankford and Klobuchar Submit Election Security Legislation As NDAA Amendment

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today submitted provisions from their Secure Elections Act as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The purpose of the amendment is to strengthen America's election cybersecurity and protect against the possibility of future foreign interference by streamlining cybersecurity information-sharing between federal intelligence entities and state election agencies and providing security clearances to sta… Continue Reading


06.06.18

Senator Lankford Agrees: We Need to Work Through August to Get the Work Done

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a floor speech to outline why it is important for the Senate to work through August if significant work isn't done to complete nominations and the appropriations process before the September 30 deadline. Lankford also discussed the historic gridlock for presidential nominees and his solution to speed up the nomination process during the speech. On May 11, Lankford joined 15 Senators in a letter to urge M… Continue Reading


06.05.18

Senator Lankford Statement on Announcement to Cancel August Recess

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued a statement following the announcement from Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to cancel the August state work period to continue the work the American people elected Congress to do: "I appreciate Leader McConnell hearing our call to keep the Senate in session and continue our work to confirm pending executive branch and judicial nominees and to complete the appropriations process before the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2018," said L… Continue Reading


06.04.18

Senator Lankford Applauds Supreme Court Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission: "For the second time in a little over one year, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 to uphold the foundational principle and constitutional right to the free exercise of religion and the dignity of all persons. No one should be treated as inferior or with hostility from their government. The Court also reiterated again that governm… Continue Reading


05.29.18

Senator Lankford to Speak at Race Reconciliation Symposium in Tulsa FRIDAY

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) will speak at the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation 2018 Reconciliation in America National Symposium: "The DNA of Reconciliation: The Substance of Peacemaking" in Tulsa on Friday, June 1, 2018. This is the ninth annual symposium hosted by the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation. The symposium starts on May 30, 2018, and concludes on Friday, June 1. The symposium focus is to unite, discuss effective practices, and encourage p… Continue Reading


05.25.18

Senator Lankford Applauds NDAA Provision To Stop Transfer of Fighter Aircraft To Turkey

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) for securing a provision in the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that directs the Secretary of Defense to submit a plan to Congress to remove Turkey from participation in the F-35 program. This provision is similar to a standalone bill introduced by Lankford, Shaheen, and Tillis last month. Under the US-led, multinational Joint Strike Fighter program, Turkey was ex… Continue Reading


05.24.18

Oklahoma Veteran Greg Slavonic Confirmed to be Assistant Secretary of the Navy

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate today unanimously confirmed Oklahoma veteran and Retired Rear Admiral Gregory Slavonic to be the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Slavonic is a native Oklahoman and former Chief of Staff for Senator James Lankford (R-OK). On May 10, Lankford introduced Slavonic during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. "Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic is the model of public service and I am glad he will be our nation's ne… Continue Reading


05.24.18

Senator Lankford Statement on Cancellation of North Korea Summit

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made the following statement on President Trump pulling out of the upcoming North Korea Summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore: "For decades, North Korea has threatened the world with a growing nuclear weapons program. We should work to get North Korea to the table to have real dialogue, but just meeting to meet does not solve the problem. We should focus on tangible progress for the sake of our own, our neighbors', and the world's security. We shou… Continue Reading


05.24.18

Senators Lankford, Ernst, Perdue Introduce ‘No Budget, No Vacation Act’ to Ensure Congress Passes Budget

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK), along with Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and David Perdue (R-GA), introduced the No Budget, No Vacation Act. This bill would prohibit Senators from traveling during August recess until the budget and appropriations process is completed. "The current budget process has been in place since the 1970s but has only worked four times as it was intended, said Lankford. "To avoid yet another massive Omnibus spending bill, we must finish our budget and approp… Continue Reading


05.23.18

Senator Lankford Applauds Passage of Bill to Expand Veterans’ Access to Healthcare

CLICK HERE to view the speech WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted in support of the VA MISSION Act (S. 2372). The VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act, or VA MISSION Act for short, includes significant reforms to improve the VA's current healthcare delivery system and help provide veterans with more choice and fewer barriers to healthcare. The bill passed the Senate with bipartisan support by a vote of 92-5. The bill … Continue Reading


05.23.18

Senator Lankford Introduces Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Wyrick at Confirmation Hearing

CLICK HERE to view the video of Lankford's introduction and Wyrick's opening statement WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Patrick Wyrick during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to be United States District Court judge for the Western District of Oklahoma. Wyrick was nominated for this position in April. Excerpts: Senator Lankford: (1:02-1:27) He is a native of Atoka, Oklahoma. Does anyone else know where Atoka is … Continue Reading


05.22.18

Senators Lankford, Ernst, Blunt, Daines Applaud HHS Proposal To Redirect Title X Funding

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Steve Daines (R-MT) today applauded the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) proposed regulation that would change how Title X grants are awarded. In this change, the health of mothers and babies are prioritized. It also clarifies the policy that abortion is not a family planning method. Specifically, HHS today filed a rule-making proposal with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to restore … Continue Reading


05.22.18

On NAFTA, Senator Lankford & GOP Senators Urge Administration Against Take-or-Leave Strategy

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined a group of Senators in sending a letter to the United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, urging the Administration to work closely with Members of Congress to ensure an updated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has the Congressional support necessary to be enacted into law as negotiations on the agreement near conclusion. "As you near the conclusion of NAFTA negotiations, we urge you to closely consider the… Continue Reading


05.17.18

Senator Lankford Applauds Gina Haspel’s Confirmation as CIA Director

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement after voting for Gina Haspel to be the next CIA Director: "Gina Haspel is the right person to be the director of the CIA with more than three decades of nonpartisan CIA experience during the administrations of the last five Presidents. She has the support of six former CIA Directors serving under both Republican and Democratic administrations. During my open and classified meetings, it was evident that she kn… Continue Reading


05.17.18

Senator Lankford Subcommittee Examines FTC and FCC Spending and Regulations

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today chaired his first hearing as the new chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee. The hearing examined the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) FY2019 budget requests and explored a wide range of issues, including net neutrality, rural access to broadband internet, anticompetitive mergers and business practices, consumer protections, contraband cell phones, and the… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Senator Lankford Questions FBI Director on Background Checks and Growing Transnational Criminal Organizations

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - During an Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies hearing, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray about the department's work to be more expeditious when completing background checks for nominations and administration staff, and the FBI's efforts to work with DHS and the US Attorney's office to stop transnational criminal organizations. Excerpts: (2:42-4:09) Senator Lan… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Senator Lankford Opposes Net Neutrality Regulations on Senate Floor

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a floor speech in opposition to burdensome net neutrality regulations and a vote in the Senate on the Net Neutrality Congressional Review Act (S.J.Res.52). A CRA permits Congress to overturn an agency rule within 60 legislative days after an agency has submitted the rule to Congress, with a simple majority vote. Today's CRA aimed to reverse a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision, in December … Continue Reading

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