Press Releases

11.15.18

Senator Lankford Urges Colleagues to Make Significant Reforms to the Budget and Appropriations Process

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor about his work on the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform and the Committee's discussion and votes to finalize recommendations to Congress for ways to improve the inefficient federal and appropriations process. The Joint Select Committee was formed under the Bipartisan Budget Act which passed in February 2018. Under the law, the Joint Select Committee was required to hold … Continue Reading


11.06.18

Senator Lankford Congratulates Oklahomans Selected for the 400 Years of African-American History Commission

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement congratulating two Oklahomans, Mr. Hannibal Johnson and Dr. Myron Pope, on their selection for the 15-member, 400 Years of African-American History Commission that will help coordinate the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the English colonies in 1619. Established through bipartisan legislation on January 8, 2018, the Commission, under the Department of Inter… Continue Reading


10.26.18

Senator Lankford Honored by National Federation of Independent Business as “Guardian of Small Business”

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today received the "Guardian of Small Business" award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in Edmond, OK, for his strong voting record in support of small business. "With small businesses being responsible for two-thirds of the job growth in America, it is vital their needs and priorities are taken into account," said Lankford. "I'm honored to be recognized by the NFIB as a Guardian of Small Business. During the last two y… Continue Reading


10.25.18

Senator Lankford Requests Treasury Secretary to Secure Sensitive Information

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to the Treasury Department regarding the policies and procedures the agency has in place to prevent the unauthorized disclosure of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs). The letter comes after a Senior Advisor within the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) was charged for the unauthorized disclosure of SARs and the conspiracy to make unauthorized disclosures of SARs, both of which carry a maximum sentence of five years in … Continue Reading


10.23.18

Senator Lankford and Congressman Russell Tour New Amazon Delivery Facility in OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Congressman Steve Russell (R-OK) spent Tuesday morning touring an Amazon delivery station in Oklahoma City. The 60,000 square-foot delivery center is the first of its kind in Oklahoma. "Amazon continues to revolutionize online shopping by striving to ensure its customers receive their purchases on time and as promised, including in Oklahoma," said Lankford. "As internet commerce continues to take shape, Amazon remains at the forefront of mer… Continue Reading


10.12.18

Senator Lankford Statement on Pastor Brunson’s Release from Turkish Prison

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement on the announcement that Turkey has released Pastor Andrew Brunson. Pastor Brunson was detained by Turkish officials two years ago on unjust charges of espionage. "I am thankful that Pastor Brunson can finally return home to his family," said Lankford. "This has been a long and difficult journey for the Brunson family. The entire country is grateful they will finally be able to start the next season of their life reun… Continue Reading


10.11.18

Senators Lankford, Tillis, Shaheen, & Graham Issue Joint Statement on Pastor Brunson’s Hearing Tomorrow

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Thom Tillis (R-NC) Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) issued the following joint statement on Pastor Brunson's hearing date scheduled for tomorrow: "Pastor Andrew Brunson and his family have been through an incredibly trying ordeal for the last two years. Their faith and strength have been an example to us all. It is our greatest hope that the Pastor will finally be allowed to return home to his family in the United States af… Continue Reading


10.10.18

Senator Lankford Questions Top Homeland Security and FBI Officials on Threats to the Homeland

CLICK HERE to view the video of Lankford's Q&A. WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned Department of Homeland Security Secretary (DHS) Kirstjen Nielsen and FBI Director Christopher Wray during a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) hearing entitled "Threats to the Homeland." Lankford's questions focused on protecting the US through supply chain management after a recent news report identified China placed microchips in motherboards to gain acc… Continue Reading


10.10.18

Senator Lankford Supports Bill to Strengthen US Water Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today supported the passage of America's Water Infrastructure Act, a bill to improve the nation's water infrastructure. The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 99 to 1. The bill will head to the president to be signed into law. "This is a commonsense bill that promotes good governance, removes cumbersome red tape, and addresses unnecessary spending while providing updates to the nation's water infrastructure," said Lankford. "Congress continues t… Continue Reading


10.07.18

Senator Lankford Urges Turkey to Release Dr. Brunson on Second Anniversary of Imprisonment

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on the two-year anniversary of an American pastor, Dr. Andrew Brunson, unjust imprisonment by the Turkish government: "Today is a solemn reminder that it has been two full years that a NATO-ally is unjustly holding a US citizen, Dr. Andrew Brunson," said Lankford. "President Trump and Vice President Pence have been staunch advocates for releasing Dr. Brunson, and I urge them to impose additional sanctions and … Continue Reading


10.06.18

Senator Lankford Supports Judge Kavanaugh to be Supreme Court Justice

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on his support for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The nomination of Judge Kavanaugh passed the Senate by a vote of 50-48. "I support Judge Kavanaugh to be the next Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court," said Lankford. "Judge Kavanaugh is qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. I made it my priority to read his judicial opinions, understand his legal perspe… Continue Reading


10.05.18

Senator Lankford Releases Podcast on Judge Brett Kavanaugh

CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast WASHINGTON, DC - The Office of Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the fourth episode of Lankford's podcast called "The Breakdown with James Lankford." The fourth episode focuses on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination process to be Associate Justice to the US Supreme Court. During the episode, Lankford discusses the Senate's role in regards to Supreme Court nominees, the completed FBI investigation, his support for Judge Kavanaugh, and what our nat… Continue Reading


10.05.18

Senator Lankford Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators to Denounce China’s Human Rights Abuses

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and a bipartisan group of 17 Senators condemn the Chinese Communist Party's persecution of religious minorities and actions to limit the free expression and practice of faith in the People's Republic of China. Joining Lankford in this effort are Senators David Perdue (R-GA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Cornyn (R-TX), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA)… Continue Reading


10.04.18

Senator Lankford Addresses Judge Kavanaugh’s Recent FBI Investigation, Gives Encouraging Message to Parents with Teens

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor in support of the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the United States Supreme Court. During his speech, Lankford addressed the report completed by the FBI regarding recent allegations against Judge Kavanaugh. Lankford also took the opportunity to provide a message to parents to speak with their teenage kids on topics of sexual assault and underage drinking. Last week, Lankford is… Continue Reading


10.03.18

Senator Lankford Speaks on the Senate Floor about the Tragic Aftermath of the Indonesian Earthquake and about the Positive Impact of the USMCA on Oklahoma Agriculture

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lankford (R-OK) today provided remarks on the Senate floor in support of the people of Indonesia after the horrific earthquake and subsequent tsunami have devastated lives and property. Lankford also addressed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on trade, which is the result of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and how the new agreement will impact Oklahoma farmers and ranchers. Lankford has encouraged the Administrati… Continue Reading


10.03.18

Senator Lankford Backs Bipartisan FAA Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement on the passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which includes funding for federal disaster programs, the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018. The legislation also includes necessary reforms to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The bill passed the House of Representatives last week by a vote of 398 to 23 and passed the Senate today by a vote of 93 to… Continue Reading


10.01.18

Senator Lankford Statement on US, Mexico, and Canada Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement on today's announcement from the Administration on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), formally known as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): "Oklahoma and the entire country will benefit from the Trump Administration's agreement with Mexico and Canada. The decades-old NAFTA agreement needed re-negotiation to provide more markets for our farmers, businesses, and manufacturers. Since Canada a… Continue Reading


09.27.18

Senator Lankford Statement on Judge Kavanaugh's Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing: "Like many other Oklahomans, I watched the Supreme Court nomination hearing of Judge Kavanaugh today to hear the accusation by Dr. Ford and the complete and unequivocal denial of the accusation by Judge Kavanaugh. Dr. Ford deserved to be heard and her allegations taken seriously. But, Judge Kavanaugh also deserved the right to be heard. It was apparent that Dr. F… Continue Reading


09.27.18

Senator Lankford Subcommittee Examines the Effects of Regulations on Businesses and the Economy

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, under the chairmanship of Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today held a hearing to review how the Administration's regulatory policy has influenced the US economy. "There are necessary regulations that provide guidelines to protect the safety of families and businesses, but we do not need to overregulate to the point that we excessively burden small and large business a… Continue Reading


09.27.18

It’s Gold Star Families Remembrance Week This Week

by Senator James Lankford

Each year before Christmas, a team of volunteers from Wreaths Across America brings thousands of wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C., to give families and volunteers a chance to place a wreath at a fallen service member's grave. The solemn experience is one that the volunteers will never forget. In addition to honoring our fallen service members, we also honor their families' sacrifices. They experience the empty chair (sometimes even more tragically chairs) at the hol… Continue Reading

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