Press Releases

02.02.23

Lankford, Manchin Crank Up the Heat on Biden’s Quiet Push to Ban Gas Stoves

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today sent a letter to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) Chairman Alexander Hoehn-Saric amid rumors swirling that the Biden Administration is looking to ban gas stoves in his near-constant pursuit of a Green New Deal agenda to cater to progressive Democrats instead of letting Americans buy what they want. Lankford and Manchin wrote in their letter, "While a gas stove ban is not yet on the table, the lead up … Continue Reading


02.02.23

Lankford, Capito, All Republican Senators Formally Challenge Biden WOTUS Rule through Congressional Review Act

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and all of their Senate Republican colleagues in introducing a formal challenge to the Biden administration's Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule through a Congressional Review Act (CRA) joint resolution of disapproval. The resolution comes after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers announced a new rule in December 2022 repealing the Navigable Waters Protection R… Continue Reading


02.01.23

Lankford Applauds ODOT’s Selection for Competitive Grant Funds for I-44, US Highway 75 in Tulsa

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement to applaud Oklahoma's selection for a massive $85 million federal Department of Transportation (DOT) competitive "mega grant" award to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) to upgrade the I-44 & US-75 interchange in Tulsa along with pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure improvements. "This is big news and a big win for Oklahoma and Tulsa," said Lankford. "This interstate and US highway are essential fed… Continue Reading


02.01.23

Lankford Puts Forward Real Solutions to Start Solving Biden’s Border Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released two bills that are critical to fixing the crisis at the border as illegal border crossers continue to take the dangerous journey across the US-Mexico southern border. The Public Health and Border Security Act would require all COVID-related national states of emergency to be lifted before Title 42 is officially terminated, and require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to put in place a workable plan to manage the chaos at the … Continue Reading


02.01.23

Lankford Announces Committee Assignments for 118th Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) announced his Senate Committee assignments for the 118th Congress. Lankford will rejoin the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence while retaining membership on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Finance Committee, and the Select Committee on Ethics.Lankford previously served on the Senate Intelligence Committee from 2015-2018. “The Oklahoma delegation continues to lead the nation on vital committees important to our… Continue Reading


02.01.23

Lankford, Thune Introduce Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and John Thune (R-SD) today introduced the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, legislation that protects infants who survive an attempted abortion to ensure they receive the same care as any other newborn. The US House of Representatives passed its version of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act on January 11, 2023, by a vote of 220 to 210. “Every life is valuable—born or unborn,” said Lankford. “It shouldn’t be controversial… Continue Reading


02.01.23

Braun, Lankford, 48 Senators Challenge to Biden Woke Rule Politicizing Americans’ 401(k)s

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Mike Braun (R-IN) along with 48 of their Senate colleagues Senators will be introducing their bipartisan bill to challenge to President Biden’s 401K ESG rule which politicizes millions of Americans’ retirement investments to favor Biden’s ideological preferences rather than getting the best returns for Americans. Every Senate Republican joined as a cosponsor of the bill: Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), John Thune (R-SD), John Barrasso (R-WY), Ma… Continue Reading


01.31.23

Lankford Continues to Push for Congress to be Held Accountable for Government Shutdowns

WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) introduced the Prevent Government Shutdowns Act of 2023, which would take government shutdowns off the table and force Congress to stay in town until the work is done. Supporters endorsing the Prevent Government Shutdowns Act include Citizens Against Government Waste, National Taxpayer Union (NTU), The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, America First Policy Institute, and Americans for Tax… Continue Reading


01.31.23

Lankford Calls for Secretary Blinken to Discuss CCP’s Many Human Rights Abuses Ahead of Trip to China

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) sent a letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken ahead of his trip to meet with China’s Foreign Minister Qin Gang. In the letter, Lankford is urging Blinken to highlight China’s ongoing human rights abuses, including genocide. Lankford wrote, “In anticipation of your upcoming trip to China during which time you are expected to meet with leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), I want to express my sincere hope and expectation that you wil… Continue Reading


01.31.23

Lankford, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Exempt Trafficking Survivors’ Restitution from Federal Taxes

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) introduced their Human Trafficking Survivor Tax Relief Act, which would exempt civil damages, restitution, and other monetary awards given to human trafficking survivors from federal income taxes. It would also codify current Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance that makes restitution payments made to survivors in criminal cases free f… Continue Reading


01.30.23

Lankford, Sinema Want to Crack Down on Cartel Recruitment and Smuggling

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford and Kyrsten Sinema introduced Combating Cartels on Social Media Act, bipartisan legislation they introduced Senators Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Bill Hagerty (R-TN). “Social media companies (like YouTube and Facebook) list in their ‘terms of service’ that the platform cannot be used for illegal activities, but at the same time they allow human smugglers to buy ads, promote how to illegally enter the US, and demonstrate how to avoid the US Border Patrol when cro… Continue Reading


01.30.23

Lankford, Hassan, Colleagues Want to Stop Government Shutdowns, Force Congress to Do Its Job

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was joined by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and their colleagues to reintroduce the Prevent Government Shutdowns Act of 2023, which would take government shutdowns off the table and force Congress to stay in town until their work is done. "We need to change our spending and our spending process. Our national debt is now skyrocketing past $31.5 trillion, and Congress continues to ignore the tough decisions to stop our debt from continuing to spiral o… Continue Reading


01.27.23

Lankford, Lee Lead Letter to President Biden on Debt-Ceiling Negotiations

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and 23 of their Senate colleagues sent a letter to President Biden expressing opposition to a debt-ceiling hike without real structural spending reforms that reduces deficit spending. The Senators expressed their intention to abide by the policy of the Senate Republican conference, which states that “any increase in the debt ceiling must be accompanied by cuts in federal spending of an equal or greater amount as the debt… Continue Reading


01.27.23

Lankford, Menendez, Risch, Blackburn, Coons, Lead 28 Senate Colleagues in Reintroducing Bipartisan Resolution in Support of Anti-Regime Protests in Iran

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jim Risch (R-ID), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Chris Coons (D-DE) today were joined by 28 Senate colleagues in reintroducing a bipartisan resolution reaffirming the United States’ support for the Iranian citizens who have taken to the streets in peaceful protest and condemning Iranian security forces for human rights… Continue Reading


01.26.23

Lankford, Hyde-Smith, Colleagues Stand for Life Against FDA’s Chemical Abortion Expansion

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) and their colleagues to renew their legislative effort to fight actions taken by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to broaden the use of chemical abortion drugs by introducing the Support and Value Expectant (SAVE) Moms and Babies Act. This measure would reinstate the in-person dispensing requirement for abortion drugs, block their remote distribution by mail or through telemedicine, and improve reporting … Continue Reading


01.26.23

Lankford, Barrasso, Colleagues Push Back on Biden Tapping Strategic Petroleum Reserve except for US Energy Emergencies

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), who serves on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Committee, along with Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), Mike Lee (R-UT), Steve Daines (R-MT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John Hoeven (R-ND), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Roger Marshall (R-KS), and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) to introduce the Strategic Production Response (SPR) Act to prioritize American energy production. The SP… Continue Reading


01.25.23

Lankford Exposes DOJ Memo for Violating Law & Promoting Abortion on Demand

WASHINGTON, DC - Earlier this month, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) released a memorandum claiming that abortion drugs can be mailed into states that prohibit abortions—directly violating existing law. In response, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland condemning the Biden Administration’s willingness to jeopardize the health and safety of women to further the left’s abortion-on-demand agenda. Lankford is joined on his letter by Senators Stev… Continue Reading


01.25.23

US Fish and Wildlife Service Delays Northern Long-Eared Bat Listing

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, following a letter from Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee and 10 of their colleagues, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced it is delaying the effective date of the final rule to reclassify the northern long-eared bat from threatened to endangered under the Endangered Species Act from January 30, 2023 to March 31, 2023.The letter expressed concerns to … Continue Reading


01.25.23

Lankford, Marshall, Colleagues, Renew Effort to Place Moratorium on Federally-Funded Risky Gain-of-Function Projects

WASHINGTON, DC - Today Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS) reintroduced the Viral Gain-of-Function Research Moratorium Act, legislation to place a moratorium on all federal research grants involving risky gain-of-function research on potential pandemic pathogens. A new report from a federal watchdog agency concluded that the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) failed to meet key elements of its mandated oversight program responsibility. “The Communist Ch… Continue Reading


01.25.23

Lankford Exposes Crisis at the Southern Border

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), lead Republican on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, today spoke on the importance of his recent congressional delegation tour of the southern border in El Paso, Texas, and Yuma, Arizona, to take an in-depth look at the issues facing our border law enforcement along the US… Continue Reading

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