Press Releases


Oklahoma Congressional Delegation Thanks OK National Guard for Protecting US Capitol

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK), along with Representatives Stephanie Bice (OK-05), Kevin Hern (OK-01), Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), Frank Lucas (OK-03), and Tom Cole (OK-04) sent a letter to the Oklahoma National Guard, thanking them for their exemplary service at the US Capitol last month. "It was my highest honor to personally thank our Oklahoma National Guard members, who kept everyone safe during President Biden's inauguration," said Lankford. "Their fami… Continue Reading


Lankford, Colleagues Advocate to Protect Hongkongers From Chinese Oppression

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Todd Young (R-IN), Ben Cardin (D-MD), John Cornyn (R-TX), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Chris Coons (D-DE) to reintroduce the bipartisan Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act, which would ensure those Hongkongers who peacefully protested Beijing's corrupt justice system and have a well-founded fear of persecution ar… Continue Reading


Lankford Questions OMB Nominee Whose Social Media Tone Doesn’t Match President Biden’s Call for Unity

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 to consider the nomination of Ms. Neera Tanden to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Lankford questioned Ms. Tanden on disparaging remarks she's made on social media, especially her depiction of people of faith as using their faith as a "cudgel." Lankford also asked Ms. Tanden about President Biden… Continue Reading


Lankford Joins Lee to Support Employees’ Flexibility on How to Use Their Overtime

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined an effort let by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and 11 of their colleagues to introduce the Working Families Flexibility Act, which would give employees more flexibility on how to use their overtime benefits. "COVID-19 has taught our nation that a little flexibility for working families goes a long way," said Lankford. "Allowing private-sector workers in Oklahoma the flexibility to choose paid time off or work over-time for extra pay is a good step… Continue Reading


Lankford, 47 Senators to Schumer: We're in the Fight for Life Together. Any Radical, Pro-Abortion Agenda is Dead on Arrival

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) to lead a letter with 47 other pro-life senators to send a unified message to Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer that they have the votes to block any bill that would undermine the Hyde Amendment or any other pro-life protections. "We are united in our resolve to guard against any changes to Federal law that would unsettle nearly half a century of bipartisan consensus against taxpayer funding for abortion on demand… Continue Reading


Lankford Opposes Partisan Budget Resolution

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today opposed the Senate Budget Resolution to be used by Senate Democrats as a step toward passing President Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion COVID spending bill. Lankford has been outspoken that Americans are hurting, but Congress should focus on targeted relief to Americans who need it most. Lankford spoke on the Senate floor on Wednesday to address that Congress recently passed COVID relief, which billions have not been allocated yet, including to … Continue Reading


Lankford Demands Equal Treatment for Houses of Worships to Open Their Doors and Serve Community During Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today filed an amendment to the Senate Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2021 to ensure that churches and house of worship are treated the same as secular organizations in terms of restrictions due to the COVID health pandemic. "Unequal treatment is wrong, especially when that treatment violates our Constitutional protections. For months, some houses of worship around the country have endured restrictions that have not been imposed on similar enti… Continue Reading


Senate to Vote on Lankford-Rubio-Scott Amendment to Prevent Tax Hikes on Small Businesses During the Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Tim Scott (R-SC) filed an amendment to the Senate Budget Resolution that would protect small businesses from tax increases. Specifically, the amendment would seek to prohibit Democrats from increasing taxes on small businesses during the pandemic through budget reconciliation, the tool they are using to bypass bipartisan COVID-19 relief legislation. Using the budget reconciliation process allows congressional Democrats to m… Continue Reading


Lankford Tapped for Senate Energy Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - In an announcement by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was selected to join the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for the 117thCongress. He will continue to serve on the Senate Finance Committee, the Ethics Committee, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the Committee on Indian Affairs. "Oklahoma has always stood proud as an all-of-the-above energy state and having Oklahoma represented on … Continue Reading


Lankford Joins Colleagues’ Call for Answers on Dangerous Biden DHS Deportation Moratorium

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined a letter led by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and 10 Senate colleagues to push back on a deportation moratorium proposed by President's Biden's Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which will prevent the removal of the vast majority of illegal immigrants with final orders of removal-including dangerous criminals-from the United States. The moratorium was proposed in a January 21 memorandum issued by DHS, purportedly to focus resourc… Continue Reading


Lankford Blasts Biden Administration’s Doublespeak of Unity and Bipartisanship While Demonstrating the Opposite

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor about President Biden's 22 executive actions issued in the first 10 days after being sworn in on January 20, 2021, and the impact on the nation. Lankford addressed President Biden's unilateral executive actions that target traditional energy, babies in the womb, women's sports, and border security. Lankford called on his colleagues to not just talk about pursuing unity as a na… Continue Reading


Lankford, Portman, Fischer Introduce Bill to Reduce Unfunded Mandates, Encourage Job Creation

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) to introduce the Unfunded Mandates Accountability and Transparency Act (UMATA). The bill will reduce excessive unfunded government mandates on job creators, giving them greater freedom to invest in their companies and hire new workers. When the federal government imposes unnecessary and burdensome regulations, it undermines employers' ability to hire more workers, and makes it harder fo… Continue Reading


Lankford Opposes DHS Nominee Due to Serious National Security Concerns at Southern Border

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today opposed the confirmation of Mr. Alejandro Mayorkas to serve as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security: "Ignoring illegal activity on our borders only encourages more illegal activity. We know that drug cartels, human traffickers, and caravans still seek to exploit our southern border, yet the Biden Administration is doing none of the things that would deter illegal action at the border. I opposed Mr. Mayorkas's nomination today … Continue Reading


Lankford, Colleagues Look to Protect Babies Born Alive

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) to reintroduce the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act. "Every life is valuable-born or unborn," said Lankford. "It shouldn't be controversial to say that if a child survives an attempted abortion and is living outside his or her mother, that baby deserves to receive care. We should all agree that tax dollars should not fund abortion on demand in the United States or overseas. When science has shown a child can fee… Continue Reading


Lankford, Colleagues Introduce Bill To Block Biden Energy Ban

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) to introduce the Protecting our Wealth of Energy Resources (POWER) Act of 2021. The POWER Act would prohibit the President or his secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture and Energy departments from blocking energy or mineral leasing and permitting on federal lands and waters without congressional approval. Lankford and Lummis were joined by Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), John Barrasso (R-WY), Marsha Blackbur… Continue Reading


Lankford, Rubio, Senate Colleagues Seek to Stop Goods Coming to US from Forced Labor of Uyghurs in China

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and 25 bipartisan Senate colleagues to reintroduce the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. This bipartisan bill will ensure that goods made with Uyghur forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) do not enter the United States. Earlier this year, the State Department issued a determination that the Chinese Communist Party is committing crimes against humanity and genocide aga… Continue Reading


Lankford Joins Inhofe to Call for Greater Protections For Children with Down Syndrome

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) who led 20 of his colleagues in re-introducing S. 75, the Protecting Individuals with Down Syndrome Act, which would ban a doctor from performing an abortion being sought because the unborn child has Down syndrome. Congressman Ron Estes (KS-04) re-introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. Sponsors of the bill include Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT), John Thune (R-SD), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Jo… Continue Reading


Lankford Joins Colleagues to Push for Meeting with President To Advocate for Energy Workers

WASHINGTON, DC-Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Dan Sullivan's (R-AK) letter, with 24 of his Senate colleagues, to President Joe Biden voicing their concerns about the new administration's recent executive orders and regulatory actions targeting the domestic energy sector and the thousands of good-paying American jobs it supports and requesting a meeting with the President. The letter is also signed by Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV… Continue Reading


Lankford Announces New Staff in Oklahoma City Office

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - The office of Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced the addition of Estela Hernandez as Field Representative for Oklahoma and Cleveland counties and Vickie Moore for Staff Assistant in his Oklahoma City office. Estela's role as a Field Representative will include connecting with Oklahomans in Oklahoma and Cleveland counties to hear the needs of and work to solve federal issues for local residents. Vickie will serve Oklahomans through front-office operations in Oklaho… Continue Reading


Lankford, Wicker Lead 45 Pro-Life Legislators in Effort to End Taxpayer Funded Abortions

WASHINGTON DC- Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) today led 46 of their colleagues in reintroducing the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, which would make permanent the Hyde Amendment restrictions on using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. Currently, policies that regulate federal funding for abortions, like the long-standing Hyde Amendment, have to be reapproved each year and can be terminated at any time. This bill would elimin… Continue Reading

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