Press Releases

02.04.22

Lankford, Colleagues Raise Serious Concerns with Intrusive IRS Identity Verification Measures

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), member of the Senate Finance Committee, joined Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) and their Senate Republican colleagues to raise serious questions and concerns with the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) announcement of a major expansion of its collaboration with ID.me that will require taxpayers to have an ID.me account to access key IRS online resources. In order to register with ID.me, taxpayers will need to submit to ID.me a trove of personal informat… Continue Reading


02.03.22

Lankford, Colleagues Want Answers on Biden’s Plan for a Database of Federal Employees’ Religious Beliefs

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) and 40 of their colleagues in a letter to the Comptroller General of the United States after the District of Columbia's Pretrial Services Agency (PSA) published a notice of its intent to create a database known as the "Employee Religious Exception Request Information System." The Members ask GAO to tell them whether the notice constitutes a rule for purposes of the Congressional Review Act, which Congress can i… Continue Reading


02.03.22

Lankford: We Are 13 Months Into this Administration and They Still Have No Plan to Secure the 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) addressed his colleagues on the Senate floor on his recent oversight trip to the US/Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley section. Since returning, Lankford has been focused on sharing the ongoing national crisis at the border which is a direct result of the Biden Administration's lack of leadership and enforcement of US law. Lankford, alon… Continue Reading


02.02.22

Lankford: Biden's Open Border is the Greatest Profit-Maker for the Mexican Cartel

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on Rumble. CLICK HERE to watch Fox Business remarks on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Fox Business remarks on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined several of his colleagues today to highlight the ongoing national security crisis at the US/Mexico border which is a direct result of the Biden Administration's lack of leadership and enforcement of US law. Last week, Lankford revis… Continue Reading


01.31.22

Lankford, Daines Fight for Pregnant Moms to Receive Tax Relief

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Steve Daines (R-MT) today, joined by several of their Senate colleagues, reintroduced the Child Tax Credit for Pregnant Moms Act, which allows pregnant moms to claim the Child Tax Credit for their unborn children. "A mom with a baby in her womb and a mom with a baby in her arms are both moms who deserve to be treated as such under our laws and policies," said Lankford. "Federal benefits available to moms should be available to all moms. I'm gl… Continue Reading


01.31.22

Lankford, Colleagues Demand Biden Enforce Sanctions on Iranian Oil Tankers

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) along with Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and eight of their Senate colleagues sent a letter to President Joe Biden demanding that he enforce mandatory sanctions against the growing fleet of oil tankers selling Iranian oil and against the entities purchasing this oil, including in China. President Biden has so far refused to take action against the sharp rise in Iranian oil exports and has instead engaged in talks with the Iranian regime on a pathway to … Continue Reading


01.31.22

Lankford, Colleagues Ask EPA to Reconsider Their Proposed Denial of Small Refinery Exemptions

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), along with several of their colleagues sent a letter to US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan. The letter asks EPA to reconsider its proposed blanket denial of small refinery exemptions (SRE) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program as this runs counter to congressional intent under the Clean Air Act. "We are puzzled by the action EPA took in these proposals, including the un… Continue Reading


01.29.22

Lankford Assesses Situation at US-Mexico Border

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Facebook Live of new construction on the border on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Facebook Live of new construction on the border on Rumble. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Facebook Live from border night watch on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Facebook Live from border night watch on Rumble. OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today returned from the Rio Grande Valley sector of the southern border, near Brownsville, TX, wit… Continue Reading


01.27.22

Lankford Issues Statement on the Retirement of Justice Breyer

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement following Supreme Court Justice Breyer's official announcement that he plans to retire later this year: "President Biden has demonstrated for months that he is intent on pushing his progressive agenda on our nation. Supreme Court Justices should not push an agenda; they should follow the original meaning of the Constitution and the clear intent of the law. Selecting justices should focus on who is going to honor the la… Continue Reading


01.27.22

After Alarmingly High Border Crossings in December, Lankford Calls Out Biden’s Ongoing Open Border Policies

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) offered the following statement after US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released its report on illegal crossings and counterfeit drugs and materials smuggled across or southern border as of December 2021: "CBP encountered over two million migrants at the southwest border in 2021. That is a staggering number," said Lankford. "The daily and monthly numbers remain overwhelming for our border law enforcement whose hands they've told me 'are t… Continue Reading


01.26.22

Lankford, Colleagues Want Investigation Into Biden Administration, National School Boards Association & National Education Association Efforts to Silence Parent Protests of School Policies

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), along with nine Senators, wrote to Department of Education Inspector General Sandra Bruce and Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz urging them to investigate multiple coordinated efforts between the Biden Administration, the National School Boards Association (NSBA), and the National Education Association (NEA) to silence parents protesting school policies related to COVID-19 and Critical Race Theor… Continue Reading


01.25.22

Lankford Outraged That Defense Department Has Granted Nearly ZERO Religious Accommodations for COVID-19 Vaccine

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin demanding to know why, despite 19,979 known requests for religious accommodations from the COVID-19 vaccine, the Department has granted nearly zero requests for religious accommodations among the service branches. The US Marines reportedly have two religious accommodations-out of 3,367 requests. In his letter, Lankford wrote that according to information his office obtained: the US Army ha… Continue Reading


01.25.22

Lankford Holds IRS Accountable for Data Leaks, Targeting, Months of Backlogs

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), who serves on the Senate Finance Committee, today sent a letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig concerning the IRS's ability to process Americans' private information in a safe and timely way, and the many troublesome issues facing the agency. Lankford's letter presses the IRS for answers about the ProPublica data leak, the targeting of religious organizations seeking tax-exempt status, IT security failures, return … Continue Reading


01.24.22

Lankford, Colleagues Look to Protect Christians from Finnish Hate Speech Law

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Mike Braun (R-IN) in sending a letter to the newly-confirmed US Ambassador-At-Large for International Religious Freedom, urging his office to monitor the alarming case in Finland against two Christians accused of violating Finland's hate speech law due to their deeply held religious convictions. Today, Finnish courts held a hearing on charges brought against a member o… Continue Reading


01.24.22

Lankford, Colleagues Champion Parents’ Rights in Education

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) introduced a resolution to recognize the need to stand up for parents' choices in their children's education during National School Choice Week. The resolution recognizes the necessity of school choice as a tool to empower parents with the freedom to choose the best educational environment for their children, particularly as it relates to COVID-19 and to combat destructive ideologies like Critic… Continue Reading


01.21.22

Lankford: Election Assistance Commission Must Stop Promoting Partisan Election Group Information Immediately

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to the chairman of the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) after being made aware that the independent commission is using data from political and activist resources. The EAC is supposed to be an independent, bipartisan commission charged with providing resources for free and fair elections by voting or by volunteering. Lankford wrote in the letter, "On January 19th, one of the most consequential days in the history of th… Continue Reading


01.21.22

Lankford, Rubio Call on Olympic Committee to Relocate 2022 Winter Games

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a resolution calling on the International Olympic Committee to relocate the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games in response to China's refusal to acknowledge and stop their egregious human rights abuses. These abuses include genocide, forced labor, and crimes against humanity as a direct attempt to forcibly "assimilate," or eventually eliminate, vulnerable ethnic and religious groups such as the Uyghurs in the Xinjia… Continue Reading


01.20.22

Lankford Wants to Stop Hypocritical Vaccine ID Requirements

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Rand Paul, M.D. (R-KY), Rick Scott (R-FL), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) to introduce legislation to overturn the COVID-19 vaccination requirements on consumers and students imposed by the District of Columbia. The Restore Parental and Consumer Medical Rights in the Nation's Capital Act repeals the mandate requiring a vaccine to enter any indoor food and drink establishments, indoor cultural and entertainment establishm… Continue Reading


01.20.22

Lankford Calls on the Senate to Pass His Conscience Protection Act

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today took to the Senate floor to protect the conscience rights of all Americans by asking the Senate for unanimous consent to pass his Conscience Protection Act, which he introduced to protect healthcare providers, including health insurance plans from government discrimination if they decline to participate in abortions. Unfortunately, Democrats blocked Lankford's bill to ensure all Americans hav… Continue Reading


01.20.22

Lankford Receives A+ for His Pro-Life Leadership in the Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), ahead of the annual March for Life, received an A+ score on the latest Susan B. Anthony List National Pro-Life Scorecard, a tool for holding members of Congress accountable for their legislative records on life and highlighting leadership in the fight to protect unborn children and their mothers. "Every life, born or unborn, has value and worth. As elected officials who swear to uphold life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we should work to … Continue Reading

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