Press Releases


Oklahoma Delegation Successfully Stops Federal Agency Attempt to Silence Religious Freedom at A Local Catholic Hospital

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Senator James Lankford (R-OK), Senator Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Representative Kevin Hern (R-OK), Representative Tom Cole (R-OK), Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK), Representative Stephanie Bice (R-OK), and Representative Josh Brecheen issued the following statement after Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services threated to rescind St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma’s accreditation for having a single, enclosed religious “living flame̶… Continue Reading


Lankford Calls Out Passport Backlog

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken to address the passport application backlog of more than 3 million that is forcing Oklahomans to face months-long delays. The current backlog is far above the pandemic-era peak that Lankford sounded the alarm on in 2020 and higher than it was when he raised a similar concern in 2021. In his letter, Lankford outlined several solutions to address this systemic problem.   &… Continue Reading


Lankford Votes to Stop the Continued Weaponization of the Endangered Species Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted to strike down the Biden Administration’s recent listing of the lesser prairie-chicken (LPC) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Lankford supported a Congressional Review Act resolution to disapprove of the rule put forward by the Biden Administration’s Fish & Wildlife Services (FWS). The resolution passed in a vote off 50 to 48. “The Endangered Species Act continues to be weaponized by Democrats to … Continue Reading


Lankford, Murphy Call for Immediate Improvements to Immigration Process

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) today sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to request the agency expedite processing Notices to Appear (NTA). With the growing number of noncitizens coming across the US-Mexico border and being just days from Title 42 being lifted, Lankford and Murphy are pushing the Administration to improve the immigration system.  “We… Continue Reading


Lankford, Colleagues Work to Overturn Biden’s Rule on Endangered Species Act

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) with Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) led 17 of their colleagues in introducing a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to retain the regulatory definition of habitat within the Endangered Species Act (ESA). By defining habitat, this CRA will provide clarity and transparency to landowners and businesses. Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Pete Ricke… Continue Reading


Lankford Wants to Protect Oklahomans from Flashy Health Plans That Don’t Actually Offer the Coverage Promised

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford’s Q&A on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford’s Q&A on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Senate Finance Committee hearing entitled, “Barriers to Mental Health Care: Improving Provider Directory Accuracy to Reduce the Prevalence of Ghost Networks,” to discuss some of the issues with mental health care delivery and access to in-network coverage that meets patient needs.… Continue Reading


Lankford, Hassan, Colleagues Urge IRS to Address Threat of Tax Scams Generated by ChatGPT

WASHINGTON, DC –Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR), all members of the Senate Finance Committee, are sounding the alarm on the potential use of artificial intelligence (AI), such as ChatGPT, to generate persuasive, tailored scams that are intended to rob Americans by getting access to their personal financial information. “In previous tax filing seasons, many scam messages could be identified by spelling mistakes, gramma… Continue Reading


Lankford Fights Back Against Radical Environmental Agenda

WASHINGTON, DC – Senators James Lankford (R-OK), John Thune (R-SD), and Tim Scott (R-SC), along with their colleagues, sent a letter to US Department of the Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen raising concerns with the Federal Insurance Office’s (FIO’s) efforts to force the Biden Administration’s unrealistic environmental, social, and governance (ESG) agenda onto the state-regulated insurance industry. This could result in state insurance regulators and insurers bei… Continue Reading


Lankford Wants to Know Why the Federal Grants Process Has to be So Hard, Waste So Much Money

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford’s Q&A on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford’s Q&A on Rumble.   WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing entitled, “Improving Access to Federal Grants for Underserved Communities,” in which he questioned Jeff Arkin, the director of strategic issues at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) about the complicated … Continue Reading


Lankford, Mullin Honor OU Women’s Gymnastics Second-Straight NCAA National Championship

WASHINGTON, DC – Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) today introduced a resolution in the US Senate to honor the University of Oklahoma Women’s Gymnastics team for their National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) national championship win for a second-straight year and a sixth year out of the last nine. The OU Women’s Gymnastics program is one of the winningest programs of all time in the NCAA. “What a great time for Sooner sports as OU Women&… Continue Reading


Lankford Joins Effort to Bolster Border Security

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Tim Scott (R-SC), along with Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Steve Daines (R-MT), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Mike Rounds (R-SD) introduced the Securing Our Border Act, which redirects $15 billion of funding passed by Democrats to hire 87,000 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents and utilizes it to bolster security measures along our southern… Continue Reading


Lankford Defends Oil & Gas Producers Against Biden Admin Overreach

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) is challenging the Biden Administration’s proposed rule which could destroy oil and gas production on the Osage Mineral Estate and negatively impact headright owners who depend on mineral production for their livelihoods. Lankford was joined in sending the letter to the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland by Senator Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Representative Frank Luca… Continue Reading


Lankford, Abraham Accords Caucus Members Push to Strengthen Maritime Strategy to Counter Iran

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ), co-chairs of the Senate Abraham Accords Caucus, to introduce the Maritime Architecture and Response to International Terrorism in the Middle East (MARITIME) Act, which would build on the Abraham Accords by requiring the Department of Defense to develop a strategy with partners and allies in the Middle East to counter maritime threats posed by Iran, viol… Continue Reading


Lankford Protects Oklahoma Truck Operators from Biden’s Climate-Change Agenda

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted in favor of Oklahoma heavy truck operators and businesses by voting to stop an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions rule regarding nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from medium and heavy-duty commercial motor vehicles. The measure passed. “The price of everything is up because of the Biden policies and the dramatic overspending of our federal government, said Lankford. "This is yet another regulation forced on t… Continue Reading


Lankford Responds to Biden Administration’s Plan to Prepare for the End of Title 42

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) responds to announcement from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Department of State Secretary Antony Blinken on the Administration’s plan to prepare for the end of Title 42:   “After years of denial, last week, DHS admitted that the immigration system is broken. We are finally seeing a proposal from the Biden Administration to stop the massive flow of migrants across our southwest border t… Continue Reading


Lankford Challenges Biden Admin Proposal to Subsidize High-Risk Borrowers with Low Credit Scores

WASHINGTON, DC – Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), and Thom Tillis (R-NC), along with 15 Republican Senators, sent a letter to the Biden Administration's Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Sandra Thompson. This letter expressed the Senators’ outrage at Thompson's proposal to penalize Americans who have managed their money responsibly in order to subsidize high-risk borrowers with low credit. Proposals like these set a dangerous precedent. … Continue Reading


Lankford Confirms Increased Criminal Activity, Drugs in Oklahoma Are Directly Related to Biden’s Wide Open Southern Border

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford’s Opening Statement on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford’s Opening Statement on Rumble.   CLICK HERE to watch Lankford’s Q&A on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford’s Q&A on Rumble.   CLICK HERE to watch Lankford’s Closing Remarks on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford’s Closing Remarks on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK), lead Republica… Continue Reading


Lankford Pushes Back Against Department of Energy’s Gas Stove Ban

WASHINGTON, DC – Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), and Steve Daines (R-MT), along with their colleagues, sent a letter to the US Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm on the Biden Administration’s misguided ban on the sale of nearly all gas stoves in America. The proposed ban is illogical and harms hard-working Americans that are already struggling due to skyrocketing inflation.    “We firmly believe in the free marke… Continue Reading


Lankford Wants to Know Why His Solution to Publicly List Government Spending Still Isn’t Ready

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford’s Q&A on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford’s Q&A on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) questioned Gene Dodaro, the Comptroller General of the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) during a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing entitled, “GAO’s 2023 High-Risk List: Recommendations to Reduce Risk of Waste, Fraud, and Abuse.” GAO’s High-Ri… Continue Reading


Lankford Votes to Block Illegal VA Abortion Rule

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued a statement following the Senate voting on the joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to nullify an illegal US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) rule that provides abortions through the taxpayer-funded VA health care system, even in states where unborn life is protected. The CRA gives Congress the authority to review major rules issued by federal agencies. The resolution … Continue Reading

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