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Senator Lankford, Rep. Forbes Lead Congressional Challenge to Washington School District in Support of Praying Football Coach

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA), co-chairmen of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, today led a Member of Congress letter to Bremerton, Washington School District officials to defend the First Amendment right of Bremerton High School football coach Joseph Kennedy to pray after games. Since 2008, Assistant Coach Kennedy has practiced a tradition of praying at the fifty yard line after the conclusion of games. At times, students have chosen to pray with him… Continue Reading


Lankford, Senators, Co-Sponsor Resolution Opposing the EPA’s Clean Power Plan Regulations

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined with 47 Senators today to co-sponsor a resolution to disapprove of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan regulations for existing power sources. Lankford spoke out against the Clean Power Plan in an energy speech on the floor of the Senate recently. He said, "It seems to be another day for the EPA to release massive regulations. People wonder why food costs more, products cost more and why energy costs more. I'… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Greets Oklahoma Honor Flight in Washington, DC as Program Winds Down

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today greeted veterans from central Oklahoma during a one-day trip to Washington, DC war memorials with the Honor Flight charity. The Oklahomans visited the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Wall, the Lincoln Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery. "The Oklahoma Honor Flight has allowed many veterans to see the World War II memorial, as well as other memorials in Washington, DC for the first time,… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford and Congressman Forbes Question State and Homeland Security Departments on Syrian Refugee Process

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) today sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to encourage the prioritization of refugee assistance for religiously persecuted Syrians, while also ensuring a thorough security process that protects Americans from undercover terrorists. Lankford and Forbes are co-chairmen of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, which works to protect the fundamental human right of religious … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Votes To Stop Sanctuary Cities

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act (S. 2146). Sanctuary cities are localities with policies that prohibit or restrict police cooperation with federal immigration enforcement efforts. The bill addresses the threat to community safety by releasing illegal immigrants with criminal records back into our neighborhoods and providing a safe harbor for those here illegally. "Failure to enforce ex… Continue Reading


Senator James Lankford Statement on Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, DC-- Senator James Lankford made the following statement on today's news that Planned Parenthood will not receive funds for fetal tissue research: "It is clear that Planned Parenthood knows it is wrong to profit from the sale of baby body parts, but their decision to stop selling organs doesn't change the fact that Planned Parenthood still profits from the death of children. This organization still engages in the inhumane treatment of children, and our federal government forces taxp… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Questions Obama Administration Commitment to International Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry to question the Obama administration's commitment to promoting international religious freedom through diplomatic relations, as is stated as a "key objective of U.S. foreign policy." Among several concerns for Lankford, the State Department left the role of special envoy for religious freedom in the Middle East vacant for a year and demoted the position to a lower level that does not report to Sec… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford: It’s time to remove barrier for domestic energy production

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on U.S. House passage of legislation (HR 702) to lift the ban on U.S. crude oil exports. The bill passed with a vote of 261-159: "The House's strong bipartisan vote to lift the ban on oil exports sends a powerful message that the American people want policies that will provide more jobs and a stronger economy. Oklahomans know that a consistent energy market means consistent energy jobs. Responsible and safe… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Praises Congressional-Executive Commission on China Report

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today praised the release of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China's (CECC) yearly report, his first as a new member of the Commission. As part of the CECC's mandate, a report detailing their findings is submitted annually to the President and Congress. The CECC was created in October 2000 by Congress to monitor human rights and the development of the rule of law in China. Lankford was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on… Continue Reading


VIDEO: Senator Lankford Praises Passage of NDAA, Slams President Obama’s Veto Threat

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor applauding passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed by a vote of 70-27- a bipartisan, veto-proof majority in the Senate. The NDAA is an annual comprehensive bill to authorize the budget authority of the Department of Defense and some national security programs. Despite bipartisan support of the bill, the Obama administration has threatened to veto the bill several times. Senator Lankfor… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Heitkamp Regulatory Improvement Bills Pass Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Three bipartisan regulatory improvement bills introduced by Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) today passed the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The bills aim to facilitate greater transparency and accountability in the federal rulemaking process. The Smarter Regulations Through Advance Planning and Review Act would require agencies to plan for and conduct regular mandatory retrospective reviews on their most expensive rules; the Early… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Introduces Bill To Phase Out Federal Energy Tax Credit

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced the PTC Elimination Act, a bill that would phase out federal renewable energy tax credits, including wind, by 2026. PTC stands for the Production Tax Credit, which was established 23 years ago as part of the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Specifically, the bill will remove the credit from the tax code making it a permanent sunset of the credit. Currently, the credit expired in December 2014, however, it is routinely retroactively extend… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Applauds Passage of Bill to Protect Small Employers From Obamacare Mandate

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded Senate passage of an Obamacare reform bill that he co-sponsored, the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act. This bill would protect small businesses from healthcare premium increases under Obamacare, by allowing states to maintain the current small group market definition, which applies to businesses with up to 50 employees. Doing so would prevent premium increases and disruption for small and mid-sized businesses, … Continue Reading


Lankford, Senators Challenge Department of Labor Regulatory Actions

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today led a letter with Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Steve Daines (R-MT) to Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to challenge the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) recent use of an expedited regulatory guidance process rather than a more transparent and deliberative regulatory rule-making process that allows input from the American people. The letter comes less than a week after the Senators part… Continue Reading


Lankford-Peters Remanufacturing Bill Headed to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today applauded the passage in the U.S. House of Representatives of legislation they introduced, the Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act, which requires federal agencies to encourage the use of remanufactured parts in federal vehicle repairs when doing so lowers costs, maintains quality and performance and does not compromise safety. Lankford and Peters introduced the legislation in February, and the bill now heads to the… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Speaker Boehner

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on the announcement of Speaker Boehner's resignation: "I've always appreciated Speaker Boehner's sincere love for his family, his country and his party. It is admirable that he demonstrated a willingness to work on important issues, such as government transparency, energy, regulatory reform, defense, transportation and education. Leadership in Congress is a challenge for anyone, especially during a time when A… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Pope Francis Speech to Congress

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today made the following statement on Pope Francis' address to a Joint Session of Congress: "Pope Francis' first ever address before Congress was an historic event not just for our Catholic brothers and sisters, but for all Americans. I appreciate Pope Francis' encouragement for us to learn from Biblical leaders as we engage one another in everyday life, as well as in our political discourse. Faith greatly contributes to the building and strengtheni… Continue Reading


Lankford Subcommittee Examines the Proper Use of Regulatory Guidance by Federal Agencies

WASHINGTON, DC - The 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 examine whether federal agencies use regulatory guidance appropriately. Representatives from the Government Accountability Office, Department of Labor and Department of Education testified at the hearing. "Today's hearing provided dialogue about the use of regulatory guidance by federal agencie… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Votes For Pain-Capable Bill, Files Motion For Senate Vote on Defund Planned Parenthood Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted in favor of The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HR 36) after advocating for a Senate vote on the bill for two months. The Pain-Capable legislation would prohibit abortions past five months of pregnancy in light of the fact that indisputable science has proven that unborn babies feel pain at this stage. The United States is one of only seven countries that allow abortion at five months of pregnancy, including nations such as Nor… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford’s Truth in Settlements Act Passes the Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - The Truth in Settlements Act (S.1109), bipartisan legislation to increase transparency around major settlements reached by federal agencies, introduced by Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in April, passed the Senate by unanimous consent late Monday. "I am grateful to my colleagues in the Senate for supporting legislation that ensures the American taxpayer has full access to review settlements negotiated on their behalf," said Lankford. "The Tru… Continue Reading

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