Press Releases

03.25.22

Lankford, Finance Republicans Want to Stop Congress from Pursuing More Spending As Inflation Soars

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined all Senate Finance Committee Republicans in a letter to senators highlighting concerns with a proposal to increase already skyrocketing spending during record-high inflation by extending the poorly targeted, badly designed Obamacare subsidy hikes, including for Americans with sizable six-figure salaries. Last year, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) increased the value of the Obamacare "premium tax credits," allowing individuals earning… Continue Reading


03.25.22

Lankford, Colleagues Move to Maintain Sanctions Against Human Rights Violators

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and John Barrasso (R-WY) to introduce legislation to reauthorize the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act for twelve years, until December 31, 2034. The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which became law in 2016, provides the President of the United States with the authority to leverage economic sanctions against any party… Continue Reading


03.25.22

Lankford, Inhofe Move to Protect Medicaid Funds for Those Truly in Need

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Mike Braun (R-IN), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), John Kennedy (R-LA), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced the Protecting Medicaid Beneficiaries Act. This bill helps ensure that Medicaid dollars are preserved for those in need and taxpayer dollars are wisely stewarded by requiring states to apply asset verification services (AVS) to the entire population of Medicaid applicants. In its current state, AVS only applies to t… Continue Reading


03.24.22

Lankford, Colleagues Advocate for Ukrainian Orphans

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Mike Lee (R-UT) led a bicameral letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken advocating that the State Department assist Ukrainian refugees and aid American families who have already begun the process of adopting Ukrainian orphans. The letter asks the Department of State to aid the Ukrainian government to establish a consular office in Poland to process paperwork required for adoption. The letter further asks about current State Department effor… Continue Reading


03.24.22

Lankford, Colleagues Urge DOJ to Protect US from Chinese Communist Party Espionage

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Lee (R-UT), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rick Scott (R-FL), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) sent a letter Attorney General Merrick Garland urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to formally recognize and reprioritize the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to the national security of the United States. The letter follows the DOJ's misguided and dangerous decision to terminate the China … Continue Reading


03.24.22

Lankford, Hyde-Smith Lead Effort to Stop Biden from Forcing Taxpayers to Pay for Abortions

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) introduced a resolution of disapproval to stop a Biden Administration regulation allowing combined payments for abortion coverage in taxpayer-funded Affordable Care Act (ACA) health exchange plans, which violates an unambiguous separate payment requirement in that law. The resolution challenges the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) final rule that repeals the separate billing requirements for abortion servi… Continue Reading


03.24.22

Lankford, Colleagues Work to Protect Privacy of Americans Filing Religious Accommodations from COVID Vaccine

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Roger Marshall (R-KS) along with eight of their colleagues introduced the Prohibiting Religious Exemption and Accommodations Databases Act, legislation to prohibit federal agencies from sharing, disclosing, or disseminating information concerning a religious accommodation request by a federal employee beyond the minimum necessary to process the request. The legislation comes on the heels of numerous federal agencies creating registries of Ameri… Continue Reading


03.23.22

Lankford Warns 1 Million Illegal Immigrants Could Cross the Southern Border in 6 Weeks If Biden Rescinds Title 42

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Senate floor remarks on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Senate floor remarks on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), lead Republican on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, today warned his fellow senators about the dangers of the Biden Administration's potential plan to end the current Title 42 order within the next two weeks. This Title 42 order allows the Departme… Continue Reading


03.23.22

Lankford Focuses on US Energy, Supporting Ukraine, and Keeping Title 42 Authority at the Border

CLICK HERE to watch the interview on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch the interview on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Mornings with Maria on Fox Business to stand up for US energy production and supporting Ukraine with weaponry and aircraft, ahead of President Biden's trip to Russia in which Lankford said the focus will likely be climate change and display continued weakness regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Lankford also continued to highlight the importan… Continue Reading


03.23.22

Lankford Gives CBP Ability to Repair Southern Border Ports

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), lead Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, introduced a bill to give the Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) the authority to repair ports at the southern border. The bill cuts red tape by allowing CBP to repair these ports without involving the General Services Administration (GSA), unless the project is valued at more than $300,000. The GSA … Continue Reading


03.22.22

Lankford, Colleagues Move to Reauthorize the US Commission on International Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Jim Risch (R-ID), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Chris Coons (D-DE) to introduce legislation to reauthorize the independent US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) through 2024. "The United States has the responsibility to call out religious persecution around the world. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom conducts crucial research and provides vital informa… Continue Reading


03.22.22

Lankford, Colleagues Work to Lower Costs of Fertilizer for US Farmers

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) along with Representatives Tracey Mann (R-KS) and Cindy Axne (R-IA) led 82 of their colleagues in sending a letter to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) requesting it address the strain on the fertilizer supply by eliminating duties on phosphate fertilizer products imported from Morocco, and suspending the process to impose new duties on urea ammonium fertilizer from Trinidad and Tobago. In the letter, the members… Continue Reading


03.22.22

Lankford Talks Judge Jackson's Confirmation Hearings, Ongoing Russian Invasion of Ukraine on Fox Business

CLICK HERE to watch the interview on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch the interview on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Cavuto Coast to Coast on Fox Business to discuss Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination to serve as an Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court, with whom Lankford says he plans to meet next week face to face. Lankford also discussed the ongoing situation on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Lankford introduced a Senate resolution urging the Biden… Continue Reading


03.22.22

Lankford, Finance Committee Republicans Ask for Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and all other Finance Committee Republicans to send a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen requesting that she provide an update on the status of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds reports, which by law are to be issued annually by April 1. The reports have rarely been distributed on time in recent years, with the 2021 report not delivered until A… Continue Reading


03.21.22

Lankford Joins Newsmax to Discuss the Need to Support Ukraine by Transferring Weaponry and Aircraft Now

CLICK HERE to watch the Newsmax interview on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Newsmax the interview on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Eric Bolling on Newsmax to discuss the transfer of MiG aircraft and other weaponry to help the people of Ukraine defend themselves. Lankford introduced a Senate resolution urging the Biden Administration to facilitate the transfer of aircraft, such as MiGs, and air defense systems to Ukraine. Lankford pushed for more aid for Ukraine i… Continue Reading


03.18.22

Lankford Wants Increase for Border Patrol Agents’ Overtime Pay

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-Senators James Lankford (R-OK), John Cornyn (R-TX), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Mark Kelly (D-AZ) introduced the Border Patrol Pay Security Act to ensure Border Patrol agents earn similar overtime compensation already offered to other federal law enforcement agents. The bill amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to allow Border Patrol agents to receive overtime compensation in line with other law enforcement agents. "The men and women serving our nation as Border Patrol ag… Continue Reading


03.18.22

Lankford, Daines & Colleagues Press ATF for Answers on Infringement of 2nd Amendment Rights

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Steve Daines (R-MT) led 24 of their colleagues in demanding the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) provide answers on recent actions that infringe on Americans' Second Amendment rights by preventing law-abiding citizens from creating and owning suppressors. In a letter to the ATF, the senators wrote, "These continued assaults of the Second Amendment threaten law-abiding Americans' rights as they try to follow ATF gui… Continue Reading


03.17.22

During Sunshine Week, Lankford Shines Light on “COVID Relief” Spending

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - During this Sunshine Week, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today pushed for sunlight on trillions in federal funds spent in the name of "COVID relief" in a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, entitled, "Pandemic Response and Accountability: Reducing Fraud and Expanding Access to COVID-19 Relief through Effective Oversight." Lankford continues to … Continue Reading


03.17.22

Lankford, Rubio and Colleagues Want to Nullify Biden Administration Rule, Stop Federal Grants to Abortion Providers

WASHINGTON, DC -Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and 31 Republican Senators introduced a joint resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the Biden Administration's 2021 Final Rule on the Title X Family Planning Program, which reversed the Trump Administration's 2019 Protect Life Rule that required family planning grantees to be physically and financially separate from abortion providers. The 2019 rule did not reduce Title X funding, but simply redirected … Continue Reading


03.17.22

Lankford, Graham, Colleagues Urge MiG-29 Transfer To Ukraine

WASHINGTON, DC -Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Rick Scott (R-FL), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Mitt Romney (R-UT) introduced a Senate resolution urging the Biden Administration to facilitate the transfer of aircraft, such as MiG-29s, and air defense systems to Ukraine. Lankford pushed for more aid for Ukraine in his reaction to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's address to Congress yesterday. "The US has provide… Continue Reading

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