Press Releases

10.03.18

Senator Lankford Speaks on the Senate Floor about the Tragic Aftermath of the Indonesian Earthquake and about the Positive Impact of the USMCA on Oklahoma Agriculture

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lankford (R-OK) today provided remarks on the Senate floor in support of the people of Indonesia after the horrific earthquake and subsequent tsunami have devastated lives and property. Lankford also addressed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on trade, which is the result of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and how the new agreement will impact Oklahoma farmers and ranchers. Lankford has encouraged the Administrati… Continue Reading


10.03.18

Senator Lankford Backs Bipartisan FAA Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement on the passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which includes funding for federal disaster programs, the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018. The legislation also includes necessary reforms to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The bill passed the House of Representatives last week by a vote of 398 to 23 and passed the Senate today by a vote of 93 to… Continue Reading


10.01.18

Senator Lankford Statement on US, Mexico, and Canada Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement on today's announcement from the Administration on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), formally known as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): "Oklahoma and the entire country will benefit from the Trump Administration's agreement with Mexico and Canada. The decades-old NAFTA agreement needed re-negotiation to provide more markets for our farmers, businesses, and manufacturers. Since Canada a… Continue Reading


09.27.18

Senator Lankford Statement on Judge Kavanaugh's Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing: "Like many other Oklahomans, I watched the Supreme Court nomination hearing of Judge Kavanaugh today to hear the accusation by Dr. Ford and the complete and unequivocal denial of the accusation by Judge Kavanaugh. Dr. Ford deserved to be heard and her allegations taken seriously. But, Judge Kavanaugh also deserved the right to be heard. It was apparent that Dr. F… Continue Reading


09.27.18

Senator Lankford Subcommittee Examines the Effects of Regulations on Businesses and the Economy

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, under the chairmanship of Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today held a hearing to review how the Administration's regulatory policy has influenced the US economy. "There are necessary regulations that provide guidelines to protect the safety of families and businesses, but we do not need to overregulate to the point that we excessively burden small and large business a… Continue Reading


09.27.18

It’s Gold Star Families Remembrance Week This Week

by Senator James Lankford

Each year before Christmas, a team of volunteers from Wreaths Across America brings thousands of wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C., to give families and volunteers a chance to place a wreath at a fallen service member's grave. The solemn experience is one that the volunteers will never forget. In addition to honoring our fallen service members, we also honor their families' sacrifices. They experience the empty chair (sometimes even more tragically chairs) at the hol… Continue Reading


09.26.18

Senators Lankford, Peters, and Paul Bill to Save Taxpayer Dollars on Equipment Acquisition Advances

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Rand Paul's (R-KY) bipartisan legislation to help save taxpayer money on equipment used by federal agencies for activities including mining, agricultural production, construction, and highway maintenance advanced in the Senate today. The Federal Acquisition Savings Act of 2018 would require federal agencies to consider leases or short-term rentals for heavy equipment when those options are more cost-effective than purchasin… Continue Reading


09.26.18

Senators Lankford, Enzi Bill to Improve Federal Grant Reporting Moves to Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) today applaud the passage of their bill, the Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act, S. 3484, out of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The GREAT Act was introduced on Monday and would require the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to create a comprehensive and standardized data structure to cover all data elements reported by recipients of federal awards, including g… Continue Reading


09.20.18

Senator Lankford Applauds Announcement to Strengthen US Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement following the Administration's announcement of the National Cyber Strategy: "It is good for the US to finally have a National Cyber Strategy in place to work to secure critical networks, effectively deter and respond to bad actors, and protect our economy while promoting a free and open internet," said Lankford. "I thank the Administration for its work to put this strategy in place to protect the American peop… Continue Reading


09.18.18

Senators Lankford, Portman, Blumenthal, Carper Introduce Bill to Improve Care & Safety for Unaccompanied Minors, Accelerate Immigration Court Proceedings

WASHINGTON, DC - Based on new oversight findings from Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) showing that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) could not determine with certainty the whereabouts of 1,488 out of 11,254 children HHS had placed with sponsors based on follow-up calls between April 1 and June 30 of this year, US Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Rob Portman (R-OH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Tom Carper (D-DE) today introduced bipartisan legislation - the Respons… Continue Reading


09.18.18

Senator Lankford Questions Witnesses on Placement of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Entering the US

WASHINGTON, DC -During a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) hearing, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned Acting US CBP Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez and ICE Executive Associate Director Matthew Albence about ways to solve some of the immigration placement issues for children created by the Flores Settlement and agency policy. In August, Lankford also questioned administration officials on the protection of unaccompanied immigrant children during a HSGAC h… Continue Reading


09.18.18

Senator Lankford Supports Defense, Labor-HHS-Education Conference Committee Report 

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on Senate passage of the second appropriations conference committee report. The conference report passed by a vote of 93-7 and included Fiscal Year 2019 (FY2019) funding for the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. Congress has now sent five funding bills to the President to sign into law. The conference report also included an extension to fund the remainde… Continue Reading


09.17.18

Senator Lankford Supports Bill to Respond to Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on the passage of HR 6, The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018: "Congress continues to respond to the opioid epidemic that has hit every part of the nation," said Lankford. "This is a crisis that is all too real to the families in Oklahoma. Today's opioid crisis bill addresses prevention, trafficking, access to drug disposals, support for NIH alternative pain treatments funding, and also reauthorizes funding for… Continue Reading


09.17.18

Lankford, Hatch Introduce Legislation to Improve Guidance Issued by the BCFP

WASHINGTON, DC -Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) today introduced the Give Useful Information to Define Effective Compliance Act (GUIDE Compliance Act). The GUIDE Compliance Act (S. 3443) would enhance transparency and predictability to the rulemaking process of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP), formally known as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). "The federal rulemaking process should be transparent and accountable to every American, and th… Continue Reading


09.12.18

Senator Lankford Applauds Final Passage of Three Appropriations Bills

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on Senate passage of the first appropriations conference committee report. The conference report passed by a vote of 92-5 and included the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, the first three of the12 appropriations bills to pass the Senate in June 2018. "I'm glad Congress is making progress to fulfill its duty to pass all appropriations bill … Continue Reading


09.12.18

Senator Lankford Responds to President Trump’s Executive Order to Address Meddling in US Elections

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded President Trump's Executive Order in response to foreign interference in US elections. The Executive Order would further define election infrastructure and foreign interference, direct the Executive Branch to develop additional processes for assessing and determining interference in a US election, and mandate interagency reporting of potential foreign interference following a federal election. "This is another step to strengthen U… Continue Reading


09.11.18

Senator Lankford Announces Communications Staff Promotions and Hire

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced three changes to his communications staff. Kelly Ferguson has been promoted to Deputy Communications Director; Emily Bishop has been promoted to Press Assistant; and Lance Spence has joined the team as the Digital Media Assistant. Ferguson and Spence will be based out of Lankford's Oklahoma City office, and Bishop will work in Washington, DC. "I am grateful to Kelly, Lance, and Emily for their willingness to serve in these new ro… Continue Reading


09.11.18

National Retail Federation Honors Senator Lankford as “Hero of Main Street”

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was recognized by the National Retail Federation as a "Hero of Main Street." "Retailers and consumers are feeling good about the state of the US economy, and a big part of that is the result of lawmakers who have made economic growth and job creation a top priority," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. "As a Hero of Main Street, Senator Lankford truly understands that the decisions made in Washington have a real impact on local businesses an… Continue Reading


09.11.18

Senator Lankford Remembers 9/11

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today provided the following statement on the 17th anniversary of 9/11: "Today, seniors in high school sit in class with no memories of the day in their lives when the term '9/11' was just an emergency number; they know it also as a date that changed our country and the world. Our nation remembers the thousands of lives lost when terrorists murdered innocent Americans, simply because they were Americans. We should pray, remember, and show our re… Continue Reading


09.10.18

National Taxpayers Union Honors Senator Lankford as Top-ranked “Taxpayers’ Friend”

OKLAHOMA, CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was recognized as the top-ranked Senator with the "Taxpayers' Friend Award" from the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) for his strong record in support of lower taxes, limited government, and economic freedom. Lankford was ranked first of only 15 Senators to earn the "Taxpayers' Friend Award." "I'm grateful to NTU and its continued commitment to ensure American taxpayers know that some in Congress are still focused on legislation that will lower t… Continue Reading

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