Press Releases

12.08.22

Lankford Ensures OK Military Installations Have Necessary Resources

CLICK HERE to download Lankford's additional video remarks from Box. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today highlighted numerous provisions he worked to secure in the $847 billion Fiscal Year 2023 James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act (FY23 NDAA) for Oklahoma's military installations and defense initiatives and highlighted funding and legislative language to move Oklahomans' priorities and stop non-defense-related progressive policies that Democrats attempted to snea… Continue Reading


12.08.22

Lankford, Braun, Colleagues Urge NLRB Chairman to Drop Harmful Franchise Rule

WASHINGON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) and their colleagues in a letter to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chairman Lauren McFerran urging the Board to reconsider the joint employer rule that would negatively impact workers and businesses during a time that many are already struggling after the COVID-19 pandemic. "As Members of Congress, we have sought to protect the franchise model through legislation due to the opportunity franchises provide worke… Continue Reading


12.07.22

Lankford Secures an End to COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Military Members, Funding for Tulsa VA Construction in Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Among many priorities secured for Oklahoma's military installations, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today highlighted two major overall wins for Oklahoma service members and veterans and for the nation in the Fiscal Year 2023 James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act (FY23 NDAA), otherwise known as the "defense bill." Lankford secured language to roll back the existing COVID-19 vaccine mandate for military service members in all branches of service. Lankford also secured… Continue Reading


12.06.22

Lankford, Rosen Urge the Development of a National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism, Strengthen Interagency Coordination

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Representatives Kathy Manning (D-NC) and Chris Smith (R-NJ), co-chairs of the Senate and House Bipartisan Task Forces for Combating Antisemitism, and 122 colleagues in a letter to President Biden calling for the development of a unified national strategy to monitor and combat antisemitism and ensure closer interagency coordination with the goal of adopting a whole-of-government approach. With antisemitism risi… Continue Reading


12.05.22

Lankford Calls Out DHS for Conflicting Information on Title 42 Termination

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas calling out a major lack of transparency regarding the expected migrant surge following the termination of Title 42. DHS has Shared Conflicting Information with Congress "DHS recently shared 25 pages of information with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) regarding its efforts to 'secure and ensure order at the southwest border.' Buried within th… Continue Reading


12.02.22

Lankford, Inhofe, Cruz Want to Give Additional National Recognition to Route 66

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was joined by Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) to introduce a bill to amend the National Trails System Act to designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail. Importantly, this bill incorporates important safeguards to ensure no future potential harm to energy development projects occur as a result of the designation. "Oklahomans know well the value Route 66 has had on tourism, transportation, and culture in our state," said Lankfo… Continue Reading


12.02.22

Lankford, Colleagues Warn CCP Against Violent Crackdown on Protesters

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), along with Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and colleagues, sent a bipartisan letter to the Chinese ambassador to the United States warning the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime of the consequences of a violent crackdown on peaceful protesters. Demonstrations have erupted across China in response to the CCP's severe measures restricting freedoms to contain rising COVID-19 infections. "We caution the CCP in the strong… Continue Reading


12.01.22

Lankford: Rail Workers and the American People Need the Rail Carriers to take seriously the Quality of Life for Rail Workers

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement after he voted in favor of the current rail contract negotiation. After three years of negotiations, rail unions and rail carriers are currently deadlocked. Now, a potential strike looms next week if negotiations do not conclude, which would severely disrupt our economy and make the American people collateral damage of this labor dispute. "There are no good options available for Congress in the current rail … Continue Reading


12.01.22

PASSED: Lankford’s Bill to Make It Easier for Military Spouses To Find Permanent Careers Advances to the House

WASHINGTON, DC - In a victory for service members and their families today, Senator James Lankford's (R-OK) bill, the Military Spouse Employment Act, which gives federal agencies clear authority to hire military spouses to fully remote positions, unanimously passed the Senate and now heads to the House. With a fully remote position, a military spouse can have a federal career even if they are transferred with their spouse anywhere in the world. Lankford is the lead Republican on the Homeland Sec… Continue Reading


11.29.22

Lankford Pushes for Equal Protection in the Respect for Marriage Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted against the Respect for Marriage Act, which has the potential to cause even more division among Americans. "The Respect for Marriage Act has serious problems in the text that will create years of litigation and distrust across the country. The bill was intentionally written to exclude religious and conscience protections for individuals, non-profits, and businesses by creating a new 'private right of action' lawsuit option to file ch… Continue Reading


11.29.22

Lankford Stands Up for Religious Liberty in Marriage Bill

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke in support of his religious liberty amendment to the Respect for Marriage Act. Lankford opposes the bill because it will lead to the violation of Americans' religious liberty and their constitutional freedom to live their faith. His amendment would clean up the vague language in the bill to ensure equality for everyone and protection fo… Continue Reading


11.18.22

Lankford, Finance Committee Republicans Push to Protect Taxpayers, Hold IRS More Accountable

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator John Thune (R-SD), Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and their colleagues to introduce the IRS Funding Accountability Act, which responds to the Democrats' so-called "Inflation Reduction Act" that will infuse the IRS with $80 billion of new funding without any oversight measures to prevent waste, protect taxpayer rights, or measure improvements of service. The bill would give Congress a direct say in how this new funding could be spent, … Continue Reading


11.17.22

Lankford, Colleagues Push to Stop Government Spending on Woke Military Programs

WASHINGTON, DC - While Russian aggression, Chinese belligerence, and other threats jeopardize international stability, the Biden Administration devotes valuable taxpayer funding and resources to woke diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives within the US Department of Defense (DoD). As part of this effort, the administration has created a Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) position within the DoD. Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Restoring Military Fo… Continue Reading


11.17.22

Lankford, Daines Introduce Resolution Calling on President Biden to Rejoin the U.S. to the Geneva Consensus Declaration

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Steve Daines (R-MT) today introduced a Senate resolution to celebrate the second anniversary of the signing of the Geneva Consensus Declaration and urging that the United States once again be added as a signatory to the coalition of now 36 countries making a shared commitment to defending life, the family, and national sovereignty. "Oklahomans know that every life is precious, and signing onto the Geneva Consensus Declaration Resolutio… Continue Reading


11.17.22

Lankford Questions Mayorkas about National Security Threats from Wide Open Southern Border

CLICK HERE to download Lankford's Q&A from Box. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned national security officials in a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing entitled "Threats to the Homeland," an annual hearing that seeks to address some of the most pressing issues facing US national security and the ways in which the Federal Bureau of Inves… Continue Reading


11.16.22

Lankford Stands Up for Religious Liberty

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today took to the Senate floor to share his opposition to the Respect for Marriage Act, which he believes will lead to the violation of Americans' religious liberty and their constitutional freedom to live their faith. Lankford remains the strongest voice for religious liberty, both domestically and internationally, in the Senate. Existing laws … Continue Reading


11.16.22

Lankford Calls Out DHS for “Disinformation” Expansion

WASHINGTON, DC - Following a leaked report exposing the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) efforts to expand disinformation efforts across agencies, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) sent a letter to the DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas demanding clear answers about their disinformation campaign and silencing efforts. The Government is Controlling Narratives Under the Guise of "Security" "Now, new reports and documentation show that DHS is going even further by seeking to expand disinformati… Continue Reading


11.16.22

Lankford Calls Out DHS for Silencing Free Speech Using “Disinformation” Expansion

WASHINGTON, DC - Following a leaked report exposing the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) efforts to expand disinformation efforts across agencies, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) sent a letter to the DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas demanding clear answers about their disinformation campaign and silencing efforts. The Government is Controlling Narratives Under the Guise of "Security" "Now, new reports and documentation show that DHS is going even further by seeking to expand disinformati… Continue Reading


11.16.22

Lankford Votes to End COVID-19 Pandemic National Emergency

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today supported a Senate resolution to end the national emergency declaration for COVID-19. In March, Lankford supported the same Senate resolution to end the national emergency, but after a veto threat from President Biden, the House of Representatives never took up the measure. However, now that President Biden himself declared the COVID-19 pandemic over, it's time for Congress to fulfill its responsibility to provide ongoing consideration of nati… Continue Reading


11.15.22

Lankford Secures Big Win for Service Members, Local Pharmacies

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced a big win for service members health care access and for rural and family-owned pharmacies as Express Scripts Inc. (ESI), the government contractor in charge of administering TRICARE benefits through the Defense Health Agency (DHA), announced that independent pharmacies will soon be notified that they will have an opportunity to re-enter the TRICARE network and receive reimbursements for providing pharmacy services to service members… Continue Reading

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