Press Releases

12.20.17

President Signs Enhancing Veterans Care Act Into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) praised the president for signing into law the Enhancing Veterans Care Act (S.1266) today. Sen. Inhofe, Sen. Lankford and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), authored this legislation to provide greater accountability and allow independent oversight at Veterans Affairs facilities. "Unfortunately, the VA hasn't always met the standard of healthcare and patient care that our veterans deserve," said Lankford. "Most of the administra… Continue Reading


12.20.17

Senator Lankford: Tax Reform Is One Step Closer To Becoming Law

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) tonight made the following statement after voting in favor of the House and Senate conference agreement of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: "After thirty years, we finally have a tax reform bill that's one stop away from being signed into law by the President. Over the past decade, economic growth has stalled and for the first time since World War II, America has grown around 2 percent or less. For the past year, we have worked to simplify the tax code … Continue Reading


12.19.17

Senator Lankford Testifies on Gridlock Reform Before Senate Rules Committee

CLICK HERE to view the video. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today testified before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration on Senate Resolution 355, which is a resolution introduced by Lankford to address Senate gridlock. Lankford has advocated keeping the legislative filibuster but changing the rules that produce or result in a delay in the Senate calendar for presidential nominations. In April 2017, Lankford proposed to reinstate a rule from 2013 in order to reduce S… Continue Reading


12.19.17

Senators Lankford and Klobuchar Urge Department of Homeland Security to Prioritize Election Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have written the new Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen to urge the Department to prioritize election cybersecurity. Intelligence reports make it clear that Russia hacked presidential campaign accounts, launched cyberattacks against at least 21 state election systems, attacked a US voting systems software company, and illegally obtained emails from more than 100 local election officials. In today's letter, Klobuc… Continue Reading


12.13.17

Senator Lankford Introduces Judge Charles Goodwin at Nomination Hearing

CLICK HERE to view the video. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced Oklahoma Judge Charles Goodwin at his nomination hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Goodwin is nominated to serve on the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. Goodwin currently serves as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Western District of Oklahoma. Goodwin presided over approximately 500 initial proceedings in felony cases, issued approximately 350 opinions… Continue Reading


12.08.17

Lankford Letter - December 8

CLICK HERE for the December 8, 2017 Lankford Letter.… Continue Reading


12.07.17

Senator Lankford Touts Benefits of the Senate Tax Reform Bill

CLICK HERE to watch the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate to tout the benefits of the tax bill that passed the Senate on December 2. Lankford used the speech to clear up misinformation about the bill, and to explain how the bill would help middle class Oklahomans. This speech comes a day after Lankford penned an op-ed on the same topic. Excerpts: Mr. President, we're in the middle of a have very protracted conversation … Continue Reading


12.06.17

Senator Lankford in The Oklahoman: Tax reform will help Oklahoma's economy

by Senator James Lankford

It has been more than 30 years since there was a major change in federal tax policy. Thankfully, the Senate passed a tax reform bill last week that will simplify our tax code, cut taxes in all brackets and help grow the economy. During the past 70 years, the American economy has grown at around 3 percent or more a year, on average. But in the past 10 years, economic growth has collectively averaged only 2 percent, and last year, our GDP was just 1.5 percent for the year. We must get our economy… Continue Reading


12.06.17

Senator Lankford Supports President’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israeli Capital

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded the President's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, an action that Congress has supported for decades on a strong bipartisan basis: "After more than two decades of bipartisan requests from Congress, I applaud the President's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the start of a long process to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. The Government of Israel officially resides in Jerusalem; ignoring the obvi… Continue Reading


12.06.17

Senator Lankford Chief of Staff Nominated Assistant Secretary of the Navy

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded the President's nomination of Retired Rear Admiral Gregory Slavonic to be the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Slavonic is a native Oklahoman and currently serves as Chief of Staff in the Office of Senator Lankford. "Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic is the model of public service. He has dutifully served our nation in the Navy, and he has served the people of Oklahoma as my Chief of Staff. He has been nomin… Continue Reading


12.05.17

Senator Lankford Introduces Bill to Strengthen Border Security, Improve Immigration System

CLICK HERE to watch the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined other Senators to introduce the Security, Enforcement, and Compassion United in Reform Efforts, (SECURE) Act, a bill that aims to strengthen border security and improve interior immigration enforcement. The bill also contains provisions from several immigration proposals, including Senator Dick Durbin's (D-IL) bipartisan BRIDGE Act, which protects DACA recipients from deportation. The SECURE Act is cospons… Continue Reading


12.05.17

Senator Lankford Supports Confirmation of Kirstjen Nielsen as DHS Secretary

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement in support of the confirmation of Kirstjen Nielsen to be the next Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security by a vote of 62 to 37: "I'm glad Kirstjen Nielsen has been confirmed as the next DHS Secretary. She has an impressive resume and extensive experience working at DHS that will serve us well as she leads the agency. Her background in cybersecurity is vital as we continue to confront and protect aga… Continue Reading


12.02.17

Senator Lankford Supports Senate Tax Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted in favor of the Senate version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which passed by a vote of 51 to 49. The House passed their version of the bill on November 16, 2017. The differences between the two bills will now be worked out in a conference committee between the House and Senate. Once the conferenced bill is approved by both chambers, it goes to the President's desk for his signature. CLICK HERE to read the differences between the House bi… Continue Reading


11.30.17

Senator Lankford’s RESPECT Act Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK)'s Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes (RESPECT) Act was adopted by the Senate by unanimous consent. The bill would repeal several outdated, offensive federal laws against Native Americans, including unenforced laws currently in place subjecting Native Americans to forced labor. Specific to Oklahoma, the bill would repeal a 100-year old law that allowed for the forced removal of Native American children from… Continue Reading


11.28.17

Senator Lankford Discusses Federal Fumbles on the Senate Floor

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor about the third volume of Federal Fumbles: 100 ways the government dropped the ball. Lankford's annual government waste and solutions report list $473.6 billion in wasteful and inefficient federal spending, but also lists solutions to each of the examples of government waste. Lankford released the report on Monday during a press conference. CLICK HERE to access the report. The current U… Continue Reading


11.27.17

Senator Lankford Releases Federal Fumbles Vol. 3

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released his annual government waste and solutions report. This is the third volume of Lankford's report entitled, Federal Fumbles: 100 ways the government dropped the ball. The report lists $473.6 billion in wasteful and inefficient federal spending, but also lists solutions to each of the examples of government waste. The current United States federal debt is $20.49 trillion. The one-year deficit for Fiscal Year 2017 was $666 billion. CLICK … Continue Reading


11.17.17

Senator Lankford Applauds Attorney General Sessions’ Decision to End DoJ Regulation By Guidance

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to prohibit the Department of Justice from issuing regulatory guidance documents that have the effect of adopting a new law or regulatory requirements. As chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, Lankford has long decried this federal agency practice. "Regulatory guidance documents were originally meant to clarify existing law, not create new law. But… Continue Reading


11.17.17

Senators Lankford, Cornyn, and Coons Introduce Resolution to Recognize the Museum of the Bible

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Chris Coons (D-DE) have introduced a bipartisan Senate resolution to recognize the grand opening of the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. The museum will officially open today and is free to the public. The museum holds items such as the Gutenberg Bible. Steven Green, Oklahoman, and president of Hobby Lobby serves as Chairman of the Board of the Museum of the Bible. "The museum takes you through six floors of exhibit… Continue Reading


11.16.17

FCC Approves Senator Lankford Proposal to Reform Tribal Lifeline Program

WASHINGTON, DC - The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) today took action to reform its Lifeline low-income subsidy program, a proposal that Senator James Lankford (R-OK) has urged for years and included in his Federal Fumbles government waste report. The Lifeline program helps low-income Americans, including Native Americans, obtain telephone, wireless, and broadband services. Today, the FCC voted 3 to 2 to redefine who is eligible for the additional tribal subsidy through the Lifeline prog… Continue Reading


11.16.17

Senator Lankford Co-sponsors Legislation to Strengthen Background Check System for Firearms Purchases

WASHINGTON - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and others to introduce the bipartisan Fix NICS Act, a bill to ensure federal and state authorities comply with existing law and accurately report relevant criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The bill penalizes federal agencies who fail to properly report relevant records and incentivizes states to improve their overall reporting. The bil… Continue Reading

Showing page   of 54