Press Releases

11.20.20

Lankford Supports Move to Prevent Lender Discrimination

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement today after the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency at the Department of Treasury announced a new proposed rule that would codify that financial institutions may not discriminate against certain industries in their lending practices: "Financial institutions should consider credit-worthiness when deciding whether or not to issue a loan, not whether they agree with or use a legal business product or service," s… Continue Reading


11.19.20

Lankford Honored as First Senior Living Congressional Hero

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today was named the first Senior Living Congressional Hero by the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) for his work to keep seniors and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lankford has worked to highlight the benefit of senior living communities and ensure they have the resources they need to provide and care for their residents, especially since the outbreak of COVID-19. Lankford joined ASHA during their virtual event. "I am gratefu… Continue Reading


11.19.20

Lankford Prioritizes Public Safety, Needs of Rural Communities in Spending Bills

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) announced important policy updates in federal communications policies, provisions for the safe disposal of chemicals, and several provisions supporting law enforcement and drug interdiction in the Fiscal Year 2021 funding bills released by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Lankford serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee on the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Subcommittee. "Our rural Oklahoma communities are counting on co… Continue Reading


11.18.20

Lankford Chairs Hearing on Lessons Learned from Federal Telework Processes during COVID-19 Pandemic

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A. CLICK HERE to download Lankford's Q&A from Box. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today chaired a hearing of the Homeland Security Committee Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management entitled, "Modernizing Federal Telework: Moving Forward Using the Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic," to speak to federal agency leaders to help Congress assess how executive agencies viewed telework before COVID-19, which adjust… Continue Reading


11.17.20

Lankford Praises Ongoing Work of US Advancement of International Religious Freedom

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks. CLICK HERE to download Lankford's remarks from Box. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor to mark the Third Ministerial to Advance Freedom of Religion or Belief, a virtual event this week to which Lankford provided closing remarks today. In his speech, Lankford lauded our nation's vital protections for the freedom to have and live a faith or have no faith at all and his desire for others around the world to enjoy … Continue Reading


11.17.20

Lankford Presses for Pro-Life Protections, Support for Oklahoma Healthcare Providers and Assistance for Schools in Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) announced continued pro-life protections in the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and Related Agencies spending, bill released this week by the Senate Appropriations Committee, on which Lankford serves. Lankford helped secure health-related advancements in Alzheimer's research and rural health services as well as clarity for Oklahoma's rural school systems and for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). "While the coronavirus pan… Continue Reading


11.16.20

Lankford Applauds Streamlining & Funding Updates for Agriculture, Energy, & Transportation in Spending Bills

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) announced significant advancements for agriculture, energy and water, environmental, and transportation policies in the Fiscal Year 2021 funding bills released by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Lankford serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee. "I am pleased with the progress we made in these bills to streamline federal summer feeding programs, update federal land use policies that affect Oklahomans, and increase funding to Air Traffic C… Continue Reading


11.13.20

Lankford Successful in Push to Prevent Contraband Cellphones in Prisons

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -Senator James Lankford announced his request for funding of micro-jamming technology and managed-access systems in federal prisons to prevent the use of contraband cell phones in prisons was included in the Senate's Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) appropriations bills. In September, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution to fund the government at current levels through December 11, 2020. On Tuesday, the Senate Appropriations Committee released all 12 funding bills. Just this week, th… Continue Reading


11.11.20

Lankford Announces Major Advancement for Oklahoma Military and Veterans, US Foreign Policy in Federal Funding Bills

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded numerous funding provisions that directly benefit Oklahoma's military and veterans in the federal funding bills for the Veterans Administration, Department of Defense, and State and Foreign Operations released by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Lankford serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee. "I am proud of the work we did to secure funding and policy provisions for our Oklahoma service members and their families, our Ok… Continue Reading


11.10.20

Lankford Honors Oklahoma Heroes Ahead of Veterans Day

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on the Senate floor. CLICK HERE to download the video from Box. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today paid heartfelt tribute on the Senate floor to some of Oklahoma's esteemed veterans ahead of Veterans Day. Lankford highlighted the sacrifices of those who served and their families, those who support and care for our veterans, and the federal and state employees who work hard daily to ensure we keep our promises to our heroes. In August, L… Continue Reading


11.02.20

Lankford and Colleagues Send Letter to HHS Requesting Clarification on Free COVID-19 Testing

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Rick Scott (R-FL), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Ben Sasse (R-NE), David Perdue (R-GA), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar requesting that the agency clarify its guidance to ensure that individuals who need a COVID-19 test can receive one without any out-of-pocket costs, regardless of whether the individual is symptomatic. Read the Senators' letter HERE o… Continue Reading


10.29.20

Lankford Joins Colleagues to Urge State Department to Prioritize Intercountry Adoptions

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, along with Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Richard Burr (R-NC), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Roger Wicker (R-MS), to send a bipartisan letter to urge the State Department to prioritize policies to promote intercountry adoption as the Department searches for new accrediting entities for intercountry adoption service provide… Continue Reading


10.28.20

Lankford Offers Condolences to Family of Tulsa Police Officer

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued a statement on the passing of Tulsa Police Officer Jerad Lindsey: "Our whole state grieves the loss of Tulsa Officer Jerad Lindsey, someone who dedicated his life to protect and serve every Tulsan. Cindy and I pray for his family and the Tulsa family as they grieve this incredible loss. This is the second officer the Tulsa Police Department has lost this year. Our prayers are with all the men and women at TPD as they again walk through … Continue Reading


10.28.20

Lankford, Rosen Recognize First Anniversary of Formation of Bipartisan Task Force to Combat anti-Semitism

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV), co-founders and co-chairs of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism, released the following statements in recognition of the Task Force's one-year anniversary: "In the last year since Senator Rosen and I started the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism, more than a third of the Senate has joined with us in a bipartisan way to condemn acts of hate, promote a uniform definition of … Continue Reading


10.28.20

Lankford Honored with Guardian of Small Business Award

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was honored to receive the National Federation of Independent Business's (NFIB) esteemed Guardian of Small Business Award for his continued support for Oklahoma's small businesses. "I am honored to be recognized as a Guardian of Small Business, and I am committed to continue fighting for Oklahoma small businesses to ensure they have the resources and support they need during and after the COVID-19 pandemic," said Lankford. "Oklahoma small busi… Continue Reading


10.27.20

Lankford Joins Blackburn to Urge the College Board to Reevaluate Relationship with Chinese Communist Party’s Confucius Institutes

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged the CEO of the College Board to reexamine its relationship with the Confucius Institute Headquarters. "The National Association of Scholars (NAS) issued a report identifying College Board as a target for the Chinese influence campaign," the Senators wrote. "This report alleged that the College Boar… Continue Reading


10.26.20

Lankford Supports Judge Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on his support for Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Judge Barrett was confirmed by the Senate in a vote of 52-48. "I congratulate Judge Amy Coney Barrett and her family on her confirmation to the United States Supreme Court," said Lankford. "Throughout her nomination process, Judge Barrett's qualifications to serve on the Supreme Court were made abundantly cl… Continue Reading


10.26.20

Lankford Disappointed in Democrats’ Baseless Smear Campaign on Judge Barrett

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on the floor. CLICK HERE to download Lankford's remarks from Box. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a harsh rebuke of the Democrats' smear campaign of Judge Amy Coney Barrett on the floor of the Senate over the weekend and in the weeks prior that included misleading insinuations or outright accusations that she wants to take away health care, supports voter suppression, and even that she is some kind of closet segregationist. … Continue Reading


10.23.20

Lankford Congratulates OSU President on Retirement

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford released the following statement on the announcement from Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis on his retirement: "Oklahoma State has seen incredible growth and success under the guidance and leadership of Burns Hargis. Cowboys will miss his steady leadership. America's brightest orange shines because of the work, dedication, and pride he and Ann have for the entire OSU community. Burns will leave OSU better after his season of leadership, … Continue Reading


10.22.20

Lankford Supports Judge Barrett’s Supreme Court Nomination on Senate Floor

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on the floor. CLICK HERE to download Lankford's remarks from Box. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today offered his full support on the Senate floor for the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve as an Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court. Following Lankford's meeting with Judge Barrett yesterday, Lankford took to the floor today to thank Judge Barrett and her family and provide information on why he believes Judge Barrett wil… Continue Reading

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