Press Releases

03.15.22

Lankford Secures Funding for Vital Public School Renovation on Altus Air Force Base

WASHINGTON, DC - After making the request last July, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) offered the following statement to celebrate that Altus Air Force Base is expected to receive vital funding to improve the L. Mendel Rivers Elementary School on Base, which has classrooms for pre-kindergarten to fourth grade, and is badly in need of repairs, safety upgrades, and general renovations: "I have personally toured Rivers Elementary and seen the need to dramatically improve the facility for the students… Continue Reading


03.14.22

Lankford, Inhofe, Mullin Respond to VA Report about Proposed Changes at the Muskogee VA

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) today offered the following joint statement after a report was released by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in which recommendations are made to "modernize and realign" the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee (for eastern Oklahoma recommendations, see pages 72-74 of the VISN-19 Market Recommendation Report): "It's appropriate for the VA to conduct reviews like th… Continue Reading


03.14.22

Lankford, Senate & House Colleagues Call on IRS to Address Concerns & Delays

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined100 of his colleagues in a letter to the IRS demanding much needed relief as the agency struggles to address customer service needs and processing issues. The IRS's lack of action is causing unnecessary confusion, as the current tax filing season is already underway. "We remain concerned that the IRS does not have a comprehensive plan to remedy the numerous problems affecting taxpayers, despite the fact that this filing season is already wel… Continue Reading


03.14.22

Lankford, Cruz & Colleagues Demand Answers About The Impacts of Biden’s Border Negligence

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) sent a letter cosigned by 20 colleagues to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, raising concerns about recent crimes committed by illegal aliens that crossed into the United States under President Biden's open-border policies. The Senators are demanding answers about the impact of the Biden administration's negligence on crime in American communities. Co-signers of the letter are Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), … Continue Reading


03.14.22

Lankford, 49 Senate Republican Senators to Biden: An Iran Agreement Without Broad Congressional Support Will Not Survive

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined 49 Republican Senators to tell the Biden Administration they will not support the revived Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran, which, according to public reports, will weaken sanctions and lessen restrictions on Iran's nuclear program. According to press reports, the Biden Administration may soon conclude an agreement with Iran to provide substantial sanctions relief in exchange for merely short-term limitations on Ira… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Lankford, Lee & Colleagues Protect Second Amendment by Demanding Transparency from ATF

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and 18 of their colleagues in a letter to the US Attorney General and the Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) expressing concern over the ATF's use of secret internal guidance to enforce regulations that are not openly published. This secret guidance has been used to justify the seizure of lawfully owned property. The letter reads in part, "We write to express our grav… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Lankford Continues Work to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), a member of the Senate Finance Committee with jurisdiction over the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), led a group of 30 Senators in urging CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to stop all retroactive direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees, a commonsense reform that could reduce seniors' out-of-pocket drug costs by more than $21 billion over the next decade. Earlier this year, Lankford celebrated a huge win for Oklahoma sen… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Lankford, Colleagues Call For End to Travel Mask Mandates

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) along with 30 of their colleagues sent a letter to President Biden urging the Administration to lift travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senators called for an end to pre-departure testing requirements for travel to the US and the federal mask mandate for travel. Instead, the Biden Administration extended the current mask mandate for public transportation and transportation hubs to April 18th, agains… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Lankford, Inhofe Move to Rename Owasso Post Office to Honor Fallen OK Hero TSgt. Roberts

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) introduced legislation to rename an Owasso, OK, post office the ''Technical Sergeant Marshal Roberts Post Office Building." TSgt. Marshal Roberts, who was raised in Owasso was one of two Americans killed in action in an overnight rocket attack in Iraq on March 11, 2020, during his service with the 219th Engineering Installation Squadron, a unit of the 138th Fighter Wing of the Oklahoma National Guard. "Naming a post offi… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Lankford, Colleagues Want Moms to Have Access to Ultrasounds So They Can Choose Life

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS) and their colleagues introduced the Ultrasound Informed Consent Act , which among other provisions, would require abortion providers to perform an obstetric ultrasound and make audible the live heartbeat of an unborn baby before a woman gives informed consent to an abortion. "Pregnant mothers should have access to as much information as we can give them about their unborn children, including an ultrasound," sai… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Lankford Statement on 2,700 page, $1.5 Trillion Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued a statement on the House of Representatives introducing the FY 2022 funding bill that is a 2,700-plus-page bill and costs more than $1.5 trillion. Tonight, the Senate passed the bill, which Lankford did not support. "The budget process in Congress is so broken that only four Members of leadership negotiate a 2,700-plus-page bill that costs more than $1.5 trillion. No Member of Congress will have time to read this bill before voting. This yea… Continue Reading


03.10.22

Lankford, Colleagues Want to Ban Oil & Natural Gas Imports from Iran & Venezuela, Push American Energy Independence

WASHINGTON, DC -Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) along with Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Steve Daines (R-MT), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Thom Tillis (R-NC), John Hoeven (R-ND), and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced the Preempting Misguided Appeasement and Financing of Destabilizing Regimes Act. The bill would prohibit the importation of Iranian and Venezuelan crude oil, petroleum, petroleum products, and liquefied natural gas into the United States. "Cutting off purch… Continue Reading


03.10.22

Lankford Hits the Gas on Reversing Biden’s Anti-traditional Energy Policies

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's floor speech on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's floor speech on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Following his Q&A in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing this morning on how to use energy "as a tool and a weapon," Senator James Lankford (R-OK) introduced the Energy Regulations Certainty Act to prevent President Biden from issuing new US oil and gas regulations and restrictions until after Russian troops have withdrawn from Ukraine. Lankfor… Continue Reading


03.10.22

Lankford, Colleagues Call for Biden, NATO Allies to Expedite Aircraft and Defense Systems to Ukraine

WASHINGTON, DC-Following the Defense Department's decision to reject Poland's plans to provide MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and their colleagues to call on President Biden to work with Poland and our NATO allies to expedite the transfer of aircraft and air defense systems, as well as additional support capabilities, to Ukraine. In a letter to the president, the Senators write, "We urge your Administrat… Continue Reading


03.10.22

Lankford, Grassley Call Out Failure to Restart Remain in Mexico Policy

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to share their concerns on the efforts to re-implement the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, or 'Remain in Mexico' policy. Lankford and Grassley have repeatedly asked for information and raised significant … Continue Reading


03.10.22

Lankford joins Newsmax and Fox News Radio to Discuss Biden's Refusal to Buy American Energy

CLICK HERE to watch the Newsmax interview on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch the Newsmax interview on Rumble. CLICK HERE to listen to the Fox News Radio interview on YouTube. CLICK HERE to listen to the Fox News Radio interview on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Newsmax Wake Up America and Fox News Radio The Brian Kilmeade Show to discuss that President Joe Biden is pushing made in America except for US oil and gas, and reacting to the latest inflation numbers jump… Continue Reading


03.09.22

Lankford Statement on 2,700 page, $1.5 Trillion Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford's (R-OK) statement on the US House of Representatives FY2022 funding bill that is a 2,700 plus page bill and costs more than $1.5 trillion: "The budget process in Congress is so broken that only four Members of leadership negotiate a 2,700 plus page bill that costs more the $1.5 trillion and is released with less than 12 hours for House members to read it. No Member of Congress will have time to read this bill before voting. This year, only three of the… Continue Reading


03.08.22

Lankford Votes Against Bloated Postal Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee with jurisdiction over the United States Postal Service, today voted against the so-called "postal reform" bill. "Major reform of the Postal Service is long overdue, but it has to be right. I could not be more grateful to the thousands of postal employees who work long hours in tough conditions to keep America connected. The United States Postal Service is America's logist… Continue Reading


03.07.22

Lankford Calls on Democrats to Delay Nomination of ICE Nominee Until Troubling Allegations are Resolved

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), lead Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operation and Border Management, sent a letter to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Homeland Security Committee Chairman Gary Peters (D-MI) regarding a recently obtained sworn affidavit from July 2021, in which a Houston Community College police officer documented allegations of domestic abuse against Biden's nominee to head Immigration and Cu… Continue Reading


03.07.22

Lankford, Lee Call to Defund Federal Vaccine Mandates

OKLAHOMA CITY,OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Rick Scott (R-FL), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Braun (R-IN), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Rand Paul (R-KY) sent a letter in defense of Americans targeted by President Biden's vaccine mandates, making clear in a letter to colleagues they will not consent to expedited passage of a funding bill that allows the vaccine mandates to continue. At minimum, the Senators demanded a r… Continue Reading

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