Press Releases

12.11.20

Lankford Supports Annual Defense Bill Prioritizing Service Members and National Security

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today supported the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report. Lankford worked to secure a number of provisions to continue or enhance the missions of our Oklahoma military installations and a number of important policy provisions that benefit our nation and our national defense in the long-term. This year's defense bill includes a provision on which Lankford has worked for almost a decade, the Taxpayers Right-to-K… Continue Reading


12.10.20

Lankford, Coons, and Tillis Honor Human Rights Day

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK), Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Representatives Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) today introduced resolutions in the United States Senate and House of Representatives recognizing Human Rights Day and the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations' adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Forty-seven also joined the resolution. "Seventy-two years ago, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights was adopte… Continue Reading


12.10.20

Lankford Issues Statement on Israel and Morocco’s Peace Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement today after President Trump announced that Morocco and Israel have reached an agreement to normalize relations between the two nations: "As we begin to celebrate the Jewish tradition of the festival of lights, President Trump has continued to lead the region to greater peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors. I commend both nations for taking this step and encourage other nations to open diplomatic ties with Israe… Continue Reading


12.10.20

Lankford, Colleagues Push Bill to Help Communities Better Prepare for Disasters

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) applauded passage of the Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation (STORM) Act, which the senators introduced earlier this year to establish loans that local governments could access to help mitigate the damage caus… Continue Reading


12.10.20

Lankford Discusses Work to Protect Religious Freedom Around the World at Virtual Event Hosted by US Agency to Advance International Freedom of Religion

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's opening remarks. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) provided opening remarks at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom's (USCIRF) virtual hearing entitled, "Blasphemy Laws and the Violation of International Religious Freedom," about new findings from USCIRF's new report on the enforcement of global blasphemy laws and the multiple ways they promote violence against minority religious communities. Today the world recognizes the 72nd anniv… Continue Reading


12.09.20

Lankford, Colleagues Lead Letter to Request Additional Grant Funds to Protect Nonprofits from Terrorist Attacks

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), co-chair of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force to Combat Anti-Semitism and member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee today requesting that the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) be adequately funded to meet the needs of at-risk organizations this fiscal year. The funding allocated by this program will support nonprofit organizations most at risk of terror attacks th… Continue Reading


12.08.20

Lankford Pushes for Targeted COVID-19 Relief, Gives Update on Vaccine

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor about the ongoing negotiations in the Senate to finalize an additional COVID-19 relief package before the end of the year. Lankford offered an update on the timeline for a first vaccine available to certain groups, particularly essential workers, in Oklahoma by as soon as this weekend. Lankford has worked for months in the negotiations toward further targeted COVID-19 relief an… Continue Reading


12.08.20

Lankford, Sinema Introduce Bill to Clarify Federal Retirement Pension for Federal Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, today introduced the Retirement Annuity Supplement Clarity Act. The bill addresses an issue with the way the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) calculates the retirement annuity supplement for federal employees, mainly federal law enforcement officers, who have a divorce sett… Continue Reading


12.07.20

Lankford Applauds Department of Labor’s Rule to Ensure Faith-Based Organizations Can Contract with the Federal Government

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded the finalization by the US Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) to clarify the equal participation of religious organizations as federal contractors. After six years of questions as to the scope of the religious exemption for entities that seek to contract with the federal government, today's rule makes clear that "the religious exemption allows religious contractors not only to prefer in emplo… Continue Reading


12.07.20

Lankford Joins Cruz and Colleagues to Submit Amicus Brief to Supreme Court in Brnovich v. DNC

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK), led by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), along with Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Mike Lee (R-UT), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Rick Scott (R-FL), Thom Tills (R-NC), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Mike Braun (R-IN) today submitted a joint amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States in support of the petitioners in the case of Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee and in defense of laws that combat election fraud. … Continue Reading


12.04.20

Lankford Joins 37 Senate Republicans to File Brief Urging Supreme Court to Reaffirm Religious Liberty Still Exists in a Pandemic

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), David Perdue (R-GA), John Thune (R-SD) ,John Barasso (R-WY), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Todd Young (R-IN), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), John Boozman (R-AZ), Mike Braun (R-IN), Richard Burr (R-NC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-M… Continue Reading


12.03.20

Lankford Presses for Accountability in Crossfire Hurricane Oversight Investigation

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing entitled, "Congressional Oversight in the Face of Executive Branch and Media Suppression: The Case Study of Crossfire Hurricane." Lankford questioned investigative journalists Lee Smith and Sharyl Attkisson and Former Assistant Director for Intelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Kevin Brock. On June 4, … Continue Reading


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. 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 adjustments they made in the midst of the pandemic, and which… 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

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