Press Releases

09.20.22

PASSED: Lankford, Rubio Effort To Authorize Vital Commission Aimed at Supporting Religious Freedom Internationally

WASHINGTON, DC - The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, is a bipartisan commission that monitors and reports on religious freedom internationally. The commission's authorization is currently set to expire September 30, 2022. Less than two weeks before USCIRF's authorization expires, the US House of Representatives passed Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Senator Marco Rubio's (R-FL) United States Com… Continue Reading


09.20.22

Lankford, Blackburn, Lummis Recommend Pulling National Teachers Union Charter for Pushing Woke Ideology

WASHINGTON, DC - Following nationwide scandals about teachers' unions spying on parents, going on strike, and fighting to keep schools closed, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) to introduce legislation to end the National Education Association (NEA)'s federal charter. Representatives Scott Fitzgerald (R-WI) and Jim Banks (R-IN) introduced a version of this bill in the House of Representatives. "As the son of a teacher and someone who… Continue Reading


09.19.22

Lankford, Finance Committee Republicans Demand Accountability for Continued Late Release of Medicare, Social Security Trustees Reports

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, to lead Finance Committee Republicans in a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting the agency monitor the managing trustee's flagrant disregard for statutory deadlines. Required by law, the Medicare and Social Security trustees reports are to be issued no later than April 1, yet the 2021 and 2022 reports were issued August 31 and June 2, respect… Continue Reading


09.19.22

Lankford, Cornyn, 31 Senate Republicans Call for Hunter Biden Prosecutor to be Given Special Counsel Authority

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and John Cornyn (R-TX), along with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and more than 30 other colleagues, today sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding that U.S. Attorney David Weiss be extended special counsel protections and authorities to conduct the investigation into Hunter Biden: "There is no way of knowing the entire scope of the investigation, but evidence seems to be mounting that Hunter Biden committed n… Continue Reading


09.15.22

Lankford: Abraham Accords Were a Remarkable Moment in US History

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today honored the two-year anniversary of the historic signing of the Abraham Accords on the Senate floor. Earlier today, Lankford was joined by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) to introduce a resolution to commemorate the historic moment on September 15, 2020, for the US, Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab… Continue Reading


09.15.22

Lankford, Abraham Accords Caucus Members Honor Two-Year Anniversary of Abraham Accords Signing

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today honored the two-year anniversary of the historic signing of the Abraham Accords by introducing a resolution to commemorate the historic moment on September 15, 2020, for the US, Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. Lankford attended the signing at the White House with President Trump. "Two years ago, I witnessed a historic moment among leaders from Israel, Bahrain, and… Continue Reading


09.15.22

Lankford, Abraham Accords Caucus Members Honor Two-Year Anniversary of Abraham Accords Signing

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today honored the two-year anniversary of the historic signing of the Abraham Accords by introducing a resolution to commemorate the historic moment on September 15, 2020, for the US, Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. Lankford attended the signing at the White House with President Trump. "Two years ago, I witnessed a historic moment among leaders from Israel, Bahrain, and… Continue Reading


09.15.22

Lankford, Burr, Wicker Introduce Resolution Calling for Adoption of Biden Administration Rail Recommendations If Voluntary Agreements Are Not Reached

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) along with Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, introduced a resolution that would prevent a disastrous rail worker strike if contract negotiations are not soon resolved. The Senate resolution would adopt the comprehensive recommendations made by President Biden's appoint… Continue Reading


09.14.22

Lankford Presses Big-tech on Foreign Interference and China User Data Privacy, and Facilitating Illegal Border Crossing

CLICK HERE to watch Part 1 of Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Part 1 of Lankford's Q&A on Rumble. CLICK HERE to watch Part 2 of Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Part 2 of Lankford's Q&A on Rumble. CLICK HERE to watch Part 3 of Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Part 3 of Lankford's Q&A on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today took social media giants to task on their products censoring som… Continue Reading


09.14.22

Lankford’s Emergency Savings Bill a “No Brainer” for Congress to Pass in 2022 Says National Taxpayers Union

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded the National Taxpayer Union (NTU) for listing his Enhancing Emergency and Retirement Savings Act on their list of "No Brainer" bills that Congress needs to pass as soon as possible in 2022. Lankford's bill would help families save for retirement and prepare for emergencies by encouraging participation in retirement plans and giving individuals additional flexibility for penalty-free access to funds should a family emergency hit. Lan… Continue Reading


09.14.22

Lankford, Colleagues Push Back on Dems Vilifying Production Agriculture

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and John Boozman (R-AR) today sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan regarding Democrats' climate-change attacks on feedlot and dairy operations. The Senators write in their letter, "CAFOs play a vital role in our nation's ability to be food independent and have continually improved their efficiency to produce more with less, inherently making them more su… Continue Reading


09.14.22

Senate Republicans: Unprecedented Drug Price Control Scheme Threatens Innovation, Future Drug Costs

WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Republicans, including Senator James Lankford (R-OK), are expressing concerns with the establishment of a permanent government price-setting program, funded by billions of taxpayer dollars, in the partisan Inflation Reduction Act, and raising questions regarding federal health agencies' plans for program implementation. In a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator (CMS) Chiquita B… Continue Reading


09.13.22

Lankford, Daines, Colleagues Hold Social Media Giants Accountable for Role in Biden’s Fentanyl Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC -Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Steve Daines (R-MT) today led a group of their colleagues in an effort to hold the CEOs of Instagram, TikTok, Snap Inc., and YouTube accountable for the illegal sale of fentanyl-laced pills to teenagers and young adults on their platforms. The Senators demanded answers on what these platforms are doing to stop these sales- a crisis created by President Biden's southern border crisis. "We write to you today regarding reports that the use of … Continue Reading


09.13.22

Lankford, Thune: Biden Administration’s Overreaching Child Mask Mandate Must End

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), John Thune (R-SD), and Richard Burr (R-NC) today sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra requesting that the department rescind its one-size-fits-all federal mask mandate on Head Start programs. Children six months to five years of age are currently eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but a HHS interim final rule (IFR) still requires all staff and volunteers in Head Start educational faciliti… Continue Reading


09.13.22

Lankford, Hartzler, Colleagues Challenge Department of Education on Its Progressive Gender Ideology in Proposed Title IX Rule

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was joined by 12 Republican Senators to file a public comment on Department of Education's recently proposed rule regarding Title IX compliance in schools and to ask Secretary Miguel Cardona to withdraw the rule, citing that it undercuts the purpose of the law and promotes the left's progressive gender ideology. Joining Lankford in sending the letter were Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Steve Daines (R-MT), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ri… Continue Reading


09.12.22

Lankford, Finance Committee Republicans Move to Protect Middle Class, Small Businesses from Supersized IRS

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID) and all Finance Committee Republicans to introduce a bill to prevent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from using its massive, $80 billion infusion of taxpayer dollars to squeeze more revenue out of American taxpayers who earn less than $400,000 per year. "With their so-called 'Inflation Reduction Act,' the Democrats just gave the IRS $80 billion dollars to hire thousands of n… Continue Reading


09.12.22

Lankford, Cruz, Blackburn Push to Combat COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Students in DC Schools

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today introduced a bill that will protect students in Washington, DC public schools from the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and Roger Marshall (R-KS) also joined them. The DC school vaccine mandate would prohibit unvaccinated schoolkids from 12 to 15 years of age from attending school in person. The mandate is particularly harmful to black student… Continue Reading


09.12.22

Lankford, Inhofe Move to Protect Oklahoma Ag Land from Foreign Purchases

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today introduced the Security and Oversight of International Landholdings (SOIL) Act in order to provide oversight and transparency of purchases of US agricultural land that threaten national security. Lankford continues to respond to concerns from Oklahomans about the multiple recent purchases of Oklahoma agricultural land by foreign entities. "The state's 'legal' marijuana trade has also predictably attracted transnational … Continue Reading


09.12.22

Lankford, Inhofe Move to Protect Oklahoma Ag Land from Foreign Purchases

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today introduced the Security and Oversight of International Landholdings (SOIL) Act in order to provide oversight and transparency of purchases of US agricultural land that threaten national security. Lankford continues to respond to concerns from Oklahomans about the multiple recent purchases of Oklahoma agricultural land by foreign entities. "The state's 'legal' marijuana trade has also predictably attracted transnational … Continue Reading


09.12.22

Lankford, Scott Push Back on Anti-school Choice Rule that Negatively Impacts Charter Schools

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and 20 colleagues in introducing Congressional Review Act (CRA) legislation to nullify the Biden Administration's new rules adding burdensome requirements to charter schools seeking funding. "It's vital for parents to pick the best education outcomes for their children from charter, public, private, parochial, home school, and others to make sure students can get what they need to succeed," said Lankford. "The left … Continue Reading

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