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Lankford Provides Keynote Address at USS Tulsa Commissioning in San Francisco

WASHINGTON, DC-Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today provided the keynote address at the commissioning of the new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the USS Tulsa. Lankford attended the commissioning at Embarcadero Pier 30/32 in San Francisco, CA. "It is a great honor to join so many Oklahomans to officially welcome the USS Tulsa into the Navy's LCS fleet," said Lankford. "The USS Tulsa truly represents the future of naval vessels. It is a high honor and a testament to the innovative spirit of the pe… Continue Reading


Lankford Commemorates Black History Month

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today praised the important work in the US Senate to honor Black History Month and to continue to address improving race relations in the US. This week, Lankford cosponsored a Senate resolution to formally commemorate Black History Month. Lankford also joined Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Tim Scott (R-SC) to finally address the crime of lynching through the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act. "In February, our nation pause… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Votes to Fully Fund the Government, Provide Border Security

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted to support a bill to fully fund the federal government for the remaining seven months of the fiscal year (ends September 30, 2019). The bill, which passed in a bipartisan vote of 83 to 16, notably includes funding for the Department of Homeland Security and related agencies after a Conference Committee negotiated the final version following passage of a continuing resolution on January 25, 2019. It also contains funding for the six remai… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Blunt Resolution to Reduce Needless Delays for Senate-Confirmed Nominees Passes Rules Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Senate Rules and Administration Committee Chairman Roy Blunt's (R-MO) resolution (S. Res. 50) to update the Senate rules for most Senate-confirmed nominees passed out of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee in a vote of 10-9. The resolution will reduce the 30 hours of post-cloture debate time to two hours for most nominees, including many Executive Branch nominees and district court judges, while maintaining 30 hours for high-level nom… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Saddened by the Passing of Bill Burgess

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) offered his deepest condolences to the family of Oklahoma favorite son, Bill Burgess, after his passing yesterday: "I learned of Bill Burgess's passing last night as I was driving through Lawton on the highway named for him. Like that highway, Bill was such a foundational part of the Lawton community. He was a fierce defender of Lawton, a visionary for growing the community, and an endless advocate for Fort Sill. I will miss his leadership and h… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Inhofe, Governor Stitt, Congressman Lucas Welcome Delivery of Altus' First KC-46

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Governor Kevin Stitt, and Congressman Frank Lucas (R-OK) celebrated the delivery of the second KC-46 in the country and the first delivery for a training mission today. Altus Air Force Base is home to the training mission for the KC-46 tanker, the next generation of aerial refueling, and maintenance will be done at Tinker Air Force Base near Oklahoma City. "I am honored today to join my colleagues, Senator Inhofe and Rep. Lu… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford, Chairman Blunt Introduce Resolution to Reduce Needless Delays for Senate-Confirmed Nominees

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Senate Rules and Administration Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) today introduced a resolution to update the Senate rules for most Senate-confirmed nominees. The resolution would reduce the 30 hours of post-cloture debate time to two hours for most nominees, including many Executive Branch nominees and district court judges, while maintaining 30 hours for high-level nominees, including Supreme Court Justices and Cabinet-level officials. The r… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford, Congressmen Scalise, Hice, Johnson Reintroduce Free Speech Fairness Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), Congressmen Jody Hice (R-GA), and Mike Johnson (R-LA) today announced the reintroduction of the Free Speech Fairness Act, legislation designed to repeal the Johnson Amendment's censorship of 501(c)3 employees, including religious leaders, and restore their First Amendment rights. "The Free Speech Fairness Act is needed to prevent government intrusion and suppression of free speech by removing a restricti… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Joins Senators to Introduce Bill to Urge Taiwan Participation in WHO

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who are the co-chairs of the US Senate Taiwan Caucus, to introduce S. 24. The legislation calls for the Secretary of State to develop a strategy for Taiwan to regain observer status in the World Health Organization ahead of its annual global assembly later this year. They were joined by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Edward Markey (D-MA), Bill Ca… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Attends First Finance Committee Hearing on Drug Pricing in America

CLICK HERE to listen to Lankford's questions. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in his first full Committee hearing of the Senate Finance Committee. Lankford was selected to serve on the Finance Committee at the start of the 116th Congress. Today's hearing was entitled, "Drug Pricing in America: A Prescription for Change, Part 1." Lankford had the opportunity to question Dr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President of American Action Forum and former Director of the Congre… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Discusses Proposal to Change Senate Rules on Nomination Debates

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on the Senate floor. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) spoke on the Senate floor about the Senate's requirements for debate on Executive and Judicial Branch nominations. Nominees that require Senate confirmation first go through an extensive background check by the FBI and then the committee of jurisdiction when their nomination arrives on Capitol Hill. Once they receive hearings in the relevant committees of jurisdiction and meet with individ… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Meets with Attorney General Nominee William Barr

CLICK HERE for a photo of Senator Lankford and William Barr. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today met with President Trump's nominee for Attorney General (AG) of the United States, William Barr. On December 7, 2018, President Trump announced his intention to nominate Barr to fill the vacancy after the resignation of former AG Jeff Sessions: "I was glad to get an opportunity today to meet with President Trump's nominee for Attorney General of the United States, William Barr. Mr… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Pleased with Plan to Reopen Government, Repay Federal Workers, and Continue Border Security Negotiations

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today offered cautious optimism after the Senate voted to approve a continuing resolution to fund the government through February 15th, pay federal employees, and establish a conference committee process for working through funding for border security during the three-week period. "The President and leaders in the House and Senate agreed that we need to pay federal workers and continue the ongoing dialogue on immigration and border security," sai… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Sends Letter to Secretary of Labor on iCERT Crash

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) sent a letter to Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta regarding the iCERT system's crash after a staggering increase in logins bombarded the system and ultimately led to its failure and inability for many businesses to apply for necessary workers. The iCERT system is the Department of Labor's online application resource for business owners who, because of a lack of available American workers to fill positions, seek temporary labor certification for H-… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Supports Bill to Reopen Government and Provide Border Security

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted in favor of a proposal to reopen the rest of the federal government, provide appropriations for the remainder of the fiscal year, provide funding for border security including additional fencing and technology along the southern border, fund additional judges to hear pending immigration cases, and provide additional resources to ensure we protect UACs in US custody and directives for the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program. The bill… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Supports HHS Waiver for Religious Freedom in South Carolina

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today supported the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) decision to provide South Carolina a waiver to continue to allow faith-based child welfare providers such as Miracle Hill Ministries to provide foster care and family services in accordance with their religious beliefs. "I am pleased to see HHS protect the religious beliefs of child welfare agencies across South Carolina today," said Lankford. "The government should not tell Ameri… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Welcomes President’s Proposal on Border Security to Help Reopen Government

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement today after President Trump offered a proposal to reopen the remainder of the government, fund border security, and work through several immigration policy issues: "After meeting with members from both parties and hearing the major elements needed to end the shutdown, the President put out a reasonable compromise, which extends DACA protections beyond the next presidential election, adds humanitarian relief at the … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford introduces Conscience Protection Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) introduced S. 183, the Conscience Protection Act, to protect healthcare providers, including health care professionals, entities, and health insurance plans from government discrimination if they decline to participate in abortions. The Conscience Protection Act also provides a private right of action for victims of discrimination. "The Conscience Protection Act will ensure that health providers have the ability to defend their religious or moral… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Releases Podcast Discussing Pro-Life Issues

WASHINGTON, DC - The Office of Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the sixth episode of Lankford's podcast, The Breakdown with James Lankford. The sixth episode focuses on pro-life issues in our nation, how people can find common ground on ways to support life at all stages of development, and how we can continue to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. During the episode Lankford speaks on life in the womb, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and the Hyde Amendment… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Ernst, Perdue Call for No Recess without a Budget

WASHINGTON, DC - Following years of Congress' repeated ineffectiveness to responsibly fund the federal government on time, Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and David Perdue (R-GA), introduced legislation that would prohibit members of Congress from leaving Washington if we fail to pass a budget on time. "If the government shuts down due to congressional dysfunction and failure to agree on spending bills, Members of the Senate and House, the President, and his Cabinet should… Continue Reading

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