Press Releases


Lankford Criticizes Chinese Human Rights Abuses and Intellectual Property Theft

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Senate Finance Committee hearing entitled, "US-China Relations: Improving US Competitiveness through Trade," in which Lankford discussed how to address our tenuous trade relationship with China, given China's ongoing human rights and religious liberty violations, oppression of Hong Kong, and US intellectual property theft. Lankford remains outspoken about the need for the … Continue Reading


Lankford Continues to Prioritize the Need to Protect Religious Liberty

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) offered the following statement in response to the release of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom's (USCIRF) annual report, which includes the Commission's recommendations to the State Department for the designation of Countries of Particular Concern, which is required to be issued annually by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, and recommendations for its Special Watch List: "Religious freedom remains a challenge aro… Continue Reading


Lankford Joins Senate Republicans in Continuing Earmark Ban

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford issued the following statement after the Senate Republican Conference today maintained its ban on earmarks for Republican Senators: "I'm relieved Republicans maintained our long-standing earmark ban in the Senate Republican Conference. There are responsible ways to spend American tax dollars, and then there are earmarks. Every local government and nonprofit always needs more money. But earmarks do not prioritize essential national projects; they prioritiz… Continue Reading


Lankford Raises Concerns about National Debt and President Biden’s $2.4 Trillion “Infrastructure” Grab Bag on Senate Floor

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor to raise his concerns about President Biden's "infrastructure" proposal, which contains much more than infrastructure funding. After Congress has added more than $4 trillion to the national debt in the last 12 months, President Biden has now proposed a $2.4 trillion package that amounts to another grab-bag of political promises, including: $213 billion for housing… Continue Reading


Lankford, Collins, Hassan, Bennet Help Military Families Save for Retirement

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) along with Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the Military Spouses Retirement Security Act, a bill that would help spouses of active duty service members save for retirement by expanding access to employer-sponsored retirement plans. Lankford is also a cosponsor of the Military Spouse Licensing Relief Act. Many American households struggle to save for their golden years, especially as the econ… Continue Reading


Lankford, Inhofe, Daines Push Senate to Protect Life

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Steve Daines (R-MT) introduced an amendment to a bill to address hate crimes committed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The amendment would require the Attorney General to include abortions committed because of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, or disability of an unborn baby in the crime reports required under the bill. "Our amendment strengthens the reporting requirements in the bill to provide transparen… Continue Reading


Lankford, Daines & Colleagues Condemn Democrat’s Plan to Pack the Court

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) to introduce a resolution condemning a Democratic proposal to increase the number of Supreme Court Justices on the bench from nine to 13. "When President Biden took office he spoke on the need to unify this nation. Every action he has taken since that day has been partisan and now Senate and House Democrats have introduced a bill to add more Justices to the Supreme Court in an attempt to bend the Court to their … Continue Reading


Lankford Recognizes 26th Anniversary of OKC Bombing

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today honored victims, families, and first responders on the 26th anniversary of the tragic bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. Twenty-six years ago, the Murrah Building was the target of America's deadliest act of domestic terrorism, claiming the lives of 168 individuals, including 19 children. The Oklahoma Standard of taking care of our neighbors and offer… Continue Reading


Lankford, Ernst Bill Prevents Taxpayers from Funding Planned Parenthood

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) to introduce the Protect Funding for Women's Health Care Act, which would prevent any taxpayer dollars from going to the nation's single-largest provider of abortions, Planned Parenthood. The bill comes as the Biden Administration issued a proposed rule to allow Title X funds to go to abortion providers. Earlier this week, Lankford joined more than 100 Members of Congressto urge Secretary of Health and Human Servi… Continue Reading


Lankford, Inhofe, Blunt, Portman Advocate for American Jobs

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Rob Portman (R-OH), and JimInhofe (R-OK) announced the introduction of the Permanently Preserving America's Investment in Manufacturing Act of 2021. The bill would ensure that American manufacturers can continue to make large investments, hire workers, and produce goods in the United States. "Putting Americans first means that we must support jobs and domestic manufacturing staying in the United States-and that's exactl… Continue Reading


Lankford Wants US to Remain Energy Leader While Protecting R&D from China

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 examine the role of the Department of Energy (DOE) and energy innovation in American economic competitiveness. Lankford's questions focused on how the US can promote innovation and in which areas we may be stifling innovation, as well as how we can protect our world-class research and development from theft by nations like China… Continue Reading


Lankford, Inhofe, Lucas Urge President Biden to Support Hinton Jobs

WASHINGTON, DC -Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Representative Frank Lucas (OK-03) sent a letter this week to President Biden urging him to suspend the executive order that prohibits the renewal of contracts for certain prisons, including the Great Plains Correctional Institution located in Hinton, Oklahoma. The members wrote, "We write urging you to suspend your January 26, 2021, executive order to close down prisons, including those housing criminal aliens. The Grea… Continue Reading


Lankford, Scott Lead Colleagues in Resolution Honoring Border Patrol Agents

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) to introduce a resolution along with Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Josh Hawley (R-MO) to commend the bravery and hard work of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents as they manage the crisis at the Southern border. "President Biden's bad policies have invited thousands of migrants to our borders in hopes of entering the country illegally," said Lankford. "I've seen first-hand how the brave… Continue Reading


Lankford Joins More Than 100 Members of Congress to Oppose Expanding Funding for Abortion Providers

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Representatives Ron Estes (R-KS) and Virginia Foxx (R-NC), along with more than a hundred of their colleagues, to send a letter to President Biden and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Becerra following their decision to expand funding for providers of abortion on demand under Title X. Today, the Biden Administration announced new proposed rules that would replace the Protect Life Rule issued by Pr… Continue Reading


Lankford, Carper Prioritize Scholarships for Military Spouses & Children of Fallen Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Tom Carper (D-DE) today introduced the Fry Scholarship Enhancement Act of 2021 to ensure surviving spouses and children of servicemembers who die as a result of a service-connected illness or injury have access to the benefits we owe them, some of which are currently tied up in eligibility timeframes that need to be corrected in law. Currently, if a veteran dies from a service-connected injury or illness within 120 days from release from activ… Continue Reading


Lankford Brings Oklahomans’ Frustrations with IRS Delays, Backlogs, and Filing Issues to Head of IRS

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Senate Finance Committee hearing entitled, "The 2021 Filing Season and 21st Century IRS," in which he asked Oklahomans' questions of the hearing's witness, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig, about delays in processing tax returns due to COVID-19-related backlogs, issues surrounding Economic Impact Payments (EIP) and previous tax debt, and how to hand… Continue Reading


Lankford, Hagerty, Cotton Lead Senators In Asking FBI to Investigate If Biden Nominee Improperly Disclosed Classified Information

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Bill Hagerty (R-TN) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) along with 15 other senators in a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seeking an immediate investigation into whether Dr. Colin Kahl, President Joe Biden's nominee to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, after leaving government employment, publicly disclosed classified information and controlled unclassified information; discussed classified information and controlled unc… Continue Reading


Lankford, Grassley Voice Concerns with Biden Administration Reopening Palestinian Office in US

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a cautionary letter to the Biden Administration following reports that they are reportedly considering allowing the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) to unconditionally re-open its Washington office, which would violate the terms set forth in Lankford's Promoting Security and Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act, which became law in December 2019. Under the new law, in order to have an office within… Continue Reading


Lankford, Colleagues Want Relief from Unworkable Renewable Fuel Standard

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) to continue to work toward relieving the economic burden of the job-killing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on oil refining states. Lankford and Toomey along with 11 of their colleagues sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan to ask him to waive or reduce the renewable volume requirements under the RFS. "We request your timely consideration of this request as obligated parties… Continue Reading


Lankford: Halt Turkey’s Access to America’s F-35 Technology

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) sent a letter today to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to ensure that work to remove Turkey from the supply chain of America's elite military technology, the F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter, is accelerated and completed. Lankford has led the effort in Congress to prevent Turkey from having access to US F-35 technology since it purchased the S-400 system from Russia. He authored the provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (FY20 N… Continue Reading

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