Press Releases


Senator Lankford Shares Story of Oklahoman Impacted by Federal Budgeting Uncertainty

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's comments. WASHINGTON, DC - During a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Business Meeting, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today shared a story from an Oklahoman that has been directly impacted by the Continuing Resolution (CR) which is set to expire on November 21. The business meeting was focused on discussing pending legislation before the committee, but Members also discussed the importance of moving The Prevent Government Shutdowns Act, passed out of th… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Prioritizes Election Security in Questions to DHS Chief Intel Officer

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray, Under Secretary for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis David J. Glawe, and Acting Director of National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Russell Travers, during a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on "Threats to the Homeland." This is an annual hearing to address some of the … Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Rosen Praise FBI Efforts to Thwart Anti-Semitic Attack

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) today issued a statement on the FBI arrest of an individual suspected of planning an attack on a synagogue in Colorado: "On behalf of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism, we are grateful to the team at the FBI that assessed and stopped an attack on a synagogue in Colorado today. No one should be afraid to live their faith or attend their place of worship. Anti-Semitism has no place in this count… Continue Reading


Lankford, Hartzler Lead Amicus Brief in Support of ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Representative Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) led Members of Congress in an amicus brief to urge the United States Supreme Court not to enforce a rule issued by Health and Human Services (HHS) during the Obama administration that forces organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor to violate their religious beliefs. In Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Trump, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro threatened the Little Sisters of the Poor minis… Continue Reading


Lankford Visit Langston University

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement on his visit to Langston University. Langston is Oklahoma's only Historically Black College and University (HBCU). "Today I was able to spend time on the campus of Langston University with students and administration leadership. Langston University is growing academically and in population and it continues to play a significant role in the education of Oklahoma students inside and outside of the classroom," said Lankfo… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Supports Efforts By the Administration to Find Loving Homes for Foster, Adoptive Children

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) supports efforts by the Trump Administration to reverse a change in regulation made at the end of the Obama Administration to expand Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, which provides funding for foster care and adoption, in a way that resulted in some faith-based Child Placing Agencies (CPAs) having to choose between serving vulnerable children and families or operating in accordance with their religious beliefs. The Department of Health and … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on House Impeachment Resolution

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on the House of Representatives vote on a resolution to outline impeachment proceedings. "Today's purely partisan vote in the House to formally outline the impeachment probe is set solely by the House Democrats. The hearings that have been held behind closed doors will continue indefinitely without allowing the President's legal team to participate or allow Republicans to call witnesses until Democrats choose … Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Hassan, Inhofe, Rubio Introduce Small Business ‘Mulligan’ Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Chairman Marco Rubio (R-FL) today announced the introduction of their Harmless Error Lesser Penalty (HELP) for Small Businesses Act (S. 2757). This simple, straight-forward, bipartisan good government bill would waive fines for first-time paperwork violations by small businesses, excluding fines for violations that endanger the public health or s… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Supports First Funding Package

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today supported Senate passage of the first appropriations package considered by the full Senate. The appropriations bill provided Fiscal Year 2020 funding for agencies supported by the following appropriations bills: Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Rela… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Inhofe Praise Committee Passage of Oklahoman to be District Court Judge

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee's advancement of Mrs. Jodi Dishman to serve as district court judge for the Western District of Oklahoma. Dishman's nomination will now move to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. "Jodi Dishman is a reputable, well-qualified attorney, and I am confident she will continue to serve with excellence in her new capacity on the federal bench as a district court judge for the Weste… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Peters, Johnson, Klobuchar Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Cybersecurity for Local Governments

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Gary Peters (D-MI), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced a bipartisan bill to strengthen local government cybersecurity defenses by switching to the .gov domain for websites and email addresses. The DOTGOV Online Trust in Government Act of 2019 directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide resources and assistance to local governments wanting to adopt .gov web addresses. Federal and state government agencies commo… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Inhofe Introduce Legislation To Prohibit Discrimination of Babies with Down Syndrome

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) to introduce the Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act, which would prohibit abortion based on an unborn child having Down syndrome. Congressman Ron Estes (KS-04) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. Sponsors of the bill include Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT), Tom Cotton (R-AR) Rick Scott (R-FL), James Risch (R-ID), Mike Braun (R-IN), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Opposes Resolution to Reverse State Flexibility for Obamacare

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted to oppose a Senate-Democrat-backed Resolution of Disapproval that would have reversed Trump Administration policy guidelines concerning section 1332 State Innovation Waivers for certain Affordable Care Act (ACA) health plan requirements. Oklahoma is not one of the states seeking a section 1332 waiver. However, the 13 states that received waivers saw their health insurance premium costs decrease by anywhere from six to 30 percent. The gui… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Introduces Oklahoma Judge to Judiciary Committee

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's introductory remarks. CLICK HERE to view more photos from the introduction. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced Judge Bernard M. Jones, a United States magistrate judge, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Jones was nominated by President Trump on October 3, 2019, to serve as judge on the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. Jones has served as a magistrate judge for the Western Distri… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Calls on Congress to Urgently Pass USMCA

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor in support of the urgent need for Congress to pass the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to open up North American free trade for our nation and for Oklahoma. Lankford serves on the Senate Finance Committee with jurisdiction over trade. In June, Lankford questioned US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on the benefits of the USMCA over the current North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). On October 1, members… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Scott, Johnson Support Proactive Tip-Sharing Process to Ensure FBI Works with Local Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced the Threat Information Protocol for Sharing (TIPS) Act to hold the FBI accountable for its failures to address critical deficiencies in its handling of actionable intelligence on the perpetrators of mass violence. This legislation is supported by Stand with Parkland, an organization founded by the family members of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. "The FBI and o… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Urges Support for Indian Reservation Food Delivery Program to Ensure Access for Those Who Need it Most

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's speech on the Senate floor. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded passage of his bipartisan amendment to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) title of H.R. 3055, an appropriations package that also includes the Transportation-Housing, Commerce, Justice, Science and Interior Appropriations bills. The amendment, also spearheaded by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), would require USDA to conduct a study on access challenges for its Fo… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Remembers Chief Gregory Pyle

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement on the passing of former Choctaw Nation Chief Gregory E. Pyle: "Chief Pyle served as the leader of the Choctaws for many years with dignity and commitment to his tribe and our state. He dedicated his career to growing tribal jobs and sharing the culture of the Choctaws with the world. Our hearts and prayers are with his wife Pat, his children, and his grandchildren as they mourn his loss. He will be missed by many." … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on US Forces Operation Targeting ISIS Leader

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on US Forces successful operation in Syria involving ISIS leader Ab Bakr al-Baghdadi: "The United States Special Forces and US Intelligence Services put their lives on the line for the people of our nation every day; today is another reminder that their commitment brings dramatically greater security to around the globe. ISIS publicly demonstrated their cruelty for years, so the demise of the ISIS cult of d… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Recognizes International Religious Freedom Day

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement to recognize International Religious Freedom Day on Sunday, October 27, 2019: "This year marks the 21st anniversary of signing the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Act of 1998. On this day, we remember and pray for those who are oppressed for their faith around the globe. With more than 80 percent of the world's population living where religious freedom is threatened or denied, the United States must remain an… Continue Reading

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