Press Releases

11.16.21

Lankford Presses on How Biden’s Policies Will Hurt US Energy Costs

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing to discuss the impact of the Biden Administration's policies on traditional energy taking an abrupt backseat to unpredictable renewables, particularly while Americans are already feeling the effects of rising inflation and projected skyrocketing costs to heat homes this winter. Lankford's Q&A with energy leaders and economists… Continue Reading


11.15.21

Lankford Concerned Mayorkas’ Testimony Contradicts New DHS Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas after evidence surfaced that contradicted the testimony Mayorkas gave while Lankford questioned him during a Senate Homeland Security hearing in September 2021. Mayorkas testified that ICE would enforce the law and deport individuals who received a "Notice to Report" but did not report to ICE. Recent reporting on a new DHS initiative called Operation Horizon shows that ICE is n… Continue Reading


11.10.21

Lankford Celebrates Veterans Ahead of Veterans Day

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement ahead of Veterans Day: "The price of freedom is never free. Our veterans guard our freedoms in ways most Americans will never understand. Anywhere you travel in Oklahoma, you will find gratitude for the women and men who wore the cloth of our nation. This Veterans Day, we pause and say thank you to our veterans and remember our Gold Star families whose loved ones paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our … Continue Reading


11.10.21

Lankford Keeps Wins Coming for Service Members’ and Veterans’ Health Care

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced another big win for veterans' health care after the Defense Health Agency (DHA) shared that in January 2023, the Agency will provide an electronic process for patients to request reimbursement for prescriptions filled at any non-network pharmacy, which will make it much easier for veterans to get their prescriptions paid for through TRICARE. "When an Oklahoma veteran shared their idea for a more efficient way of filing prescripti… Continue Reading


11.10.21

Lankford, Braun Demand Answers on Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Mike Braun (R-IN) today sent a letter to Vice President Kamala Harris to determine whether the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has formally submitted its November 5th rule to Congress, which is a requirement in the timeline under the Congressional Review Act process to formally disapprove of a federal rule. Last Thursday, Lankford and Braun co-led more than 39 Senators to move to disapprove and nullify President Biden's v… Continue Reading


11.09.21

Lankford Continues to Call Out Communist Chinese Government for Atrocities Against Uyghurs

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement after the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) released its report entitled, "To Make Us Slowly Disappear: The Chinese Government's Assault on the Uyghurs." In January, the State Department under President Trump issued a determination that the Chinese Communist Party is committing crimes against humanity and genocide against Uyghurs and Musli… Continue Reading


11.08.21

Lankford Pushes Biden to Increase Digital Trade in Indo-Pacific

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined all Senate Finance Republicans in a letter to President Biden requesting that the Administration begin digital trade negotiations with our allies and partners in Asia. "[D]uring your Administration, the United States continues to sit on the sideline," the Senators wrote. "Our refusal to get into the game to set the rules for trade in the Indo-Pacific encourages potential partners to move forward without us and ensures China will hold the … Continue Reading


11.05.21

Lankford, Cruz Urge President Biden to Ease Energy Prices Before Winter

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) led 17 of their Senate colleagues to send a letter to President Biden describing the actions that the Administration can take to ease energy prices and reduce energy shortages this winter. Solutions proposed by the senators include lifting the ban on oil and gas lease sales on federal lands and waters, accelerating Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Army Corps permitting and improving interagency coordination to … Continue Reading


11.05.21

Lankford Will Not Settle for $450,000 Payments to Illegal Border Crossers

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), the lead Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, introduced a bill to stop the ongoing settlements between the US government and illegal migrants who were separated from their families at the border, some of which will be reportedly awarded as much as $450,000 per person and more than $1 million per family. Lankford's bill would disband the Interagency Tas… Continue Reading


11.05.21

Lankford Joins Republican Colleagues to Block Taxpayer-funded Payments to Illegal Migrants

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) to introduce an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 to block President Biden's reported plan to spend upwards of a billion dollars to provide $450,000 per person in taxpayer money for settlements for illegal immigrants. "The Biden Administration absurdly wants to pay a $450,000 settlement to some illegal border crossers who were arrested at the border and separated from th… Continue Reading


11.05.21

Lankford Turns Oklahoma Veteran’s Frustration with TRICARE into a Win for Veterans

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - After hearing from an Oklahoma veteran who wanted an easier process for getting his prescription drugs paid for at the pharmacy, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced a major victory for veterans' health care after CVS stated they will rejoin the TRICARE network for prescription drugs, which will make processing claims for prescription drugs simpler and more efficient for Oklahoma veterans. This change will take effect on December 15, 2021. Lankford heard from an Okl… Continue Reading


11.04.21

Lankford, Colleagues Target Absent Federal Workforce, Urge Return to Work

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and 41 senators in a letter to the heads of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to request immediate action to transition federal workers back to in-person operations. In the letter, the senators cite the "widespread lack of responsiveness and accessibility across the federal government on account of current agency work … Continue Reading


11.04.21

Lankford, Cruz Work to Relieve Pressures of Inflation Caused by Democrats Excessive Spending

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today introduced the Capital Gains Inflation Relief Act, legislation to ensure an individual's cost basis in a capital asset receives the same fair and equitable tax treatment as other provisions of the tax code by indexing the basis for inflation. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, inflation has increased 5.4 percent from September 2020, which matches the highest rate since 2008. Congressman Warren Davidson (R-OH) … Continue Reading


11.04.21

Lankford Stands Up for Freedom and National Security in Annual Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) offered several amendments to the Senate's Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual bill to authorize funding for our military and related services. Included in his amendments were provisions to retain skilled veterans in our workforce, and non-competitive eligibility for high-performing civilian provisions to create more flexibility in temporary and term appointments, enhance hiring procedures employees. "While Biden … Continue Reading


11.04.21

Lankford Opposes Democrats’ Fourth Attempt to Take Over Elections

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today opposed the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021,(also known as S.4). Lankford has been outspoken that Democrats' attempt to federalize our elections comes with significantnegative consequences for our nation's free and fair elections. The procedural vote to move forward to debate the bill failed by a vote of 50-49. "This is the same song and dance we've seen from Democrats since the beginning of this year," said Lankford. … Continue Reading


11.03.21

Lankford Says Oklahomans Are Feeling the Effects of Inflation, “Build Back Better” Will Make It Worse

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the Democrats' 2,000-page, $1.75 trillion "Build Back Better" proposal, which Biden claims is "paid for" but actually uses budget gimmicks to keep taxpayers on the hook and add to the debt. Lankford's remarks highlighted that the bill has been through numerous iterations since the left and the far-left Democrats can't agree on the many outstandingl… Continue Reading


11.03.21

Lankford Pushes to Stop Biden’s $450,000 Payments to Migrants at the Southern Border

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on his amendment on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), the lead Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, today offered an amendment to the Countering Human Trafficking Act of 2021 during a business meeting of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Lankford's amendment would stop Biden's Department of Justice from "settling" laws… Continue Reading


11.03.21

Lankford, Braun Lead 39 Colleagues In Overturning Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Mike Braun (R-IN) led more than 39 Senators to formally move to disapprove and nullify President Biden's vaccine mandate on private companies and their employees under the Congressional Review Act, the official process for Congress to eliminate an Executive Branch rule. Joining Lankford and Braun in the disapproval are Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rick Scott (R-FL), Marsha Blackb… Continue Reading


11.01.21

Lankford, Daines Show How Democrats’ Reckless Tax & Spend Bill Violates Hyde Amendment, Expands Taxpayer Funding for Abortions

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) to release a new memo detailing how the Democrats' multitrillion-dollar tax-and-spending bill would violate the Hyde Amendment and radically expand taxpayer funding for abortions. Lankford is the chairman of the Values Action Team and member of the Pro-Life Caucus Senate Pro-Life Caucus. "Democrats are once again helping the most pro-abortion President ever force American taxpayers to pay for abortions in th… Continue Reading


11.01.21

Lankford Stands for Life as Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Texas Heartbeat Law

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Whole Women's Health v. Jackson and United States v. Texas: "The only difference between a child in the womb and a child outside of the womb is time. Since the 1970s, science has progressed and confirmed a baby in the womb has a heartbeat and feels pain, yet, as a nation, we don't recognize that baby has value and worth. Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on a Texas… Continue Reading

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