Press Releases

01.19.22

Lankford: Friday Will be an Absolutely Spectacular Display of Value of Human Life

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) gave his annual floor speech today in support of the lives of unborn babies ahead of the annual March for Life that will take place on Friday, January 21, 2022, in Washington, DC-which Lankford plans to attend and will also attend Oklahoma's March for Life on Saturday, January 22, 2022. Lankford has been the leading voice in Congress for the protection of life. Lankford pushed back on the Biden A… Continue Reading


01.19.22

Lankford Votes To Put Final Nail in the Coffin of Democrats’ Federal Takeover of Elections Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement following his vote to stop Democrats'election takeover bill: "Last year, Democrats brought up their so-called "voting rights" bill four times and four times it failed. Their fifth attempt has resulted in the same outcome. Americans have been clear-we do not want to federalize our elections. In 1965, our nation took a strong, bold step to protect the rights of every single individual to vote. Federal courts still have the a… Continue Reading


01.18.22

Lankford Celebrates Win in Demand for Action to Address Prescription Drug Costs for Oklahoma Seniors, Pharmacies

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), a member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee with jurisdiction over the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), celebrated a huge win for Oklahoma seniors and local pharmacies as Medicare officials announced a proposal for sweeping changes to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans for seniors. Part of this new proposal from CMS mimics plans for lowering out-of-pocket drug costs for beneficiaries on which Lankford has advocat… Continue Reading


01.16.22

Lankford, Rosen Condemn Hostage Situation at Texas Synagogue

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV), co-chairs of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combatting Antisemitism, today offered the following statement in response to yesterday's dangerous hostage situation at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, that was peacefully resolved: "On a day that should have been for rest and prayer at Congregation Beth Israel, federal and state first responders were called to help a frightening hostage situation in Coll… Continue Reading


01.14.22

Lankford, Scott, Colleagues Demand Answers on Scheme to Label Parents “Domestic Terrorists”

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and a group of their Republican colleagues to send a letter demanding answers from US Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on reports that he played a key role in orchestrating a letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) that called concerned parents "domestic terrorists." "The National School Boards Association's letter to the President of the United States, which he then turned into a… Continue Reading


01.14.22

Lankford, Scott, Colleagues Want to Stop Congress from Overspending When Inflation Soars

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and John Thune (R-SD), and eight of their colleagues to introduce the Inflation Prevention Act (IPA) to help combat inflationary spending. Due to record government spending over the last two years, many Americans face rapidly rising costs of consumer goods. This bill would bar legislation estimated to increase inflation until the year-over-year inflation rate drops below 4.5 percent. Lankford, Scott, and Thune are… Continue Reading


01.13.22

Lankford Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Stop Biden’s Vaccine Mandate on Private Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement after the Supreme Court issued a decision following an emergency hearing on whether a stay on vaccine mandates impacting private businesses should remain in place: "This is a big day for every Oklahoman and American who has lived in fear of having to choose between their healthdecisions or keeping their job. Today's ruling states what every Oklahoman has known for months-President Biden does not have the authority to reac… Continue Reading


01.13.22

Lankford Votes for US to Sanction Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement after the Senate voted on legislation to impose US sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Nord Stream 2 is a natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany running through the Baltic Sea. Earlier this year, Biden waived sanctions on those involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which threatens the energy security of the US and our European allies. By contrast, President Trump imposed a total of 25 sanction… Continue Reading


01.11.22

Lankford Warns Senate Democrats Against Destroying Filibuster for Schumer’s Progressive Tantrum

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) spoke on the Senate floor today about Majority Leader Schumer's (D-NY) scheme to get rid of the legislative filibuster in order to get his "voting rights" bill passed. Earlier today, Lankford joined Senate Republicans in a press conference on his firm stance that the filibuster remain in place. Lankford joined Fox News Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy to discuss Democrats' latest effort… Continue Reading


01.11.22

Lankford Challenges Burdensome Regulations on Hydropower

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) participated in a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing today focused on hydropower, which Oklahoma has 10 hydropower facilities. Lankford focused on the challenges with permitting and the relicensing process. Lankford noted that it takes longer to relicense hydropower facilities than to relicense a nuclear power plant. Lankford questioned Mr. Malcolm Woolf, President and CEO… Continue Reading


01.11.22

Lankford, Colleagues Want to Sanction China for Interfering with Investigation into COVID Origins

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), along with Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tim Scott (R-SC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Rick Scott (R-FL), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Steve Daines (R-MT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Mike Braun (R-IN), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), and John Kennedy (R-LA) introduced the Coronavirus Origin Validation, Investigation, and Determination (COVID) Act of 2022. The bi… Continue Reading


01.11.22

Lankford, Ernst Want to Put a Stop to Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today was joined by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) to introduce the End Human Trafficking in Government Contracts Act of 2022 to ensure the US government is not funding or participating in human trafficking of vulnerable third-country workers through our contracts overseas, including those in defense and national security. The bill terminates contracts found to be involved in human trafficking and importantly contractors known to have participated in tra… Continue Reading


01.10.22

Lankford, Colleagues Launch Abraham Accords Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today announced the launch of the Senate Abraham Accords Caucus in order to build on the success of the historic Abraham Accords. For decades, Congress has played a key role in promoting peace between Israel and its neighbors. The Caucus will provide an opportunity to strengthen the Abraham Accords by encouraging and partnerships among the existing Abraham Accords countries and expandin… Continue Reading


01.07.22

Lankford: Biden’s Vaccine Mandate is an Overreach of Executive Power and Should Remain Blocked by the Court

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued a statement following the Supreme Court's emergency hearings on whether two separate stays on vaccine mandates impacting private businesses and health care professionals should remain in place: "Today the Supreme Court heard arguments in two very important cases regarding Biden's vaccine mandates. Our Constitution does not give the Executive Branch the authority to reach into every private business and tell them what to do. I have been c… Continue Reading


01.06.22

Lankford, Daines, 47 Senators to Schumer: We Will Vote to Block Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Steve Daines (R-MT), today led a letter with 46 other pro-life senators to send a unified message to Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer pledging that they will vote to block any bill that would undermine the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding for abortion, or any other pro-life protections. "We write to express our unwavering support for the Hyde Amendment and all other longstanding pro-life protections. For more than 45 years, th… Continue Reading


01.03.22

Lankford Responds to Schumer's Senate Rules Threat

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement on Senator Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) threat to override Senate rules to bend to his progressive legislative agenda: "Schumer's threat to change the rules of the Senate unless he gets his way is not just a temper tantrum; it is a threat to our Republic. For over two centuries, the Senate is the one place in our government where minority opinions have a voice, unless Senator Schumer gets his way. In 2017, 32 Senate Demo… Continue Reading


12.30.21

Lankford, Senate GOP Join House of Representatives in Opposition to Biden Vaccine Mandate in Upcoming Supreme Court Case

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Mike Braun, along with 45 of their Republican Senate Colleagues, joined Congressman Rick W. Allen (GA-12), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Virginia Foxx (NC-05), Jim Banks (IN-03), and 132 other Representatives in filing an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States in the upcoming case considering the Biden Administration's top-down Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring private… Continue Reading


12.27.21

Lankford, Hawley Demand Homeland Security Stop Hiding Required Report on Visa Overstays

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), lead Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operation and Border Management, and Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas after the Senators uncovered that DHS has not provided the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee or the public with the Fiscal Year 2020 Entry/Exit Overstay Report. The Senators wrote i… Continue Reading


12.22.21

Lankford, Finance Committee Republicans Demand Treasury Analysis of OECD Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senate Finance Committee Republicans, led by Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID), to send a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen renewing requests for information regarding international tax negotiations. To date, Treasury has been unwilling or unable to fully engage with Congress to provide details on the negotiations, which will have a significant impact on American workers, businesses and revenue. The senators raise concerns with … Continue Reading


12.21.21

Lankford, Capito, Colleagues Support States Against EPA’s Overreaching Rules on Electricity Production

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) to lead 46 senators and 44 House members on an amicus curiae brief filed in the US Supreme Court in support of the petitioners in the pending case West Virginia, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency. "Presidents cannot invent a law or change the law to fit their preferences; they can only follow the law. The law does not give Biden the authority to co… Continue Reading

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