Press Releases

09.27.21

Lankford Statement on Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement after the Democrat's continuing resolution, which includes an increase to the debt limit failed to pass a procedural vote in the Senate: "For months Republicans have alerted Democrats to the looming debt crisis that our nation will face if they continue with their tax and spend spree. Oklahomans are feeling the effects of inflation, employers can't hire enough staff, and now our nation is at a critical standpoint becau… Continue Reading


09.23.21

Lankford, Johnson, Paul, Scott, Hawley Demand Answers to White House “Miscommunication” on Afghan Vetting

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Rand Paul (R-KY), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Josh Hawley (R-MO), all members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Shalanda Young regarding the White House's funding request in the FY 2022 Continuing Resolution that would allow the Department of Homeland Security Secretary to adjust the status of Afghan parolees on a case-by-case ba… Continue Reading


09.23.21

Lankford, GOP Senators Introduce No Hearing, No Vote Bill to Stop Democrats’ Reckless Tax and Spending Spree

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) and 14 Republican senators to introduce the No Hearing, No Vote Act. As Democrats attempt to ram a multi-trillion dollar tax-and-spend spree through Congress with the budget reconciliation process rather than regular order with committee hearings, the Senators are introducing a bill to require that reconciliation bills receive a full hearing before votes can occur so massive tax changes and spending bills can be vette… Continue Reading


09.23.21

Lankford, Colleagues Want to Create Leasing Program for Underutilized Federal Spaces

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Josh Hawley (R-MO) to introduce legislation to create a program that allows federal agencies to lease underutilized properties with approval from the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), and to use the rent payments to help fund capital projects and facilities maintenance. Currently, many federal agencies hold underused property that they need and cannot sell… Continue Reading


09.23.21

Lankford Presses Biden Administration on Unacceptable Delays in Serving Oklahomans

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to Ms. Shalanda Young, Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to find out why some federal employees have not returned to their office locations, a problem that is causing huge delays across several Federal agencies. Oklahomans continue to tell Lankford that several federal agencies are failing to serve them in a timely manner and are unresponsive with often tremendous hold times for phone calls and unaccep… Continue Reading


09.22.21

Lankford Stands Up Against Biden Administration for Conscience Rights and Privacy

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Senate Finance Committee hearing to consider the nominations of Christi Grimm to be Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Neil MacBride to be General Counsel for the Department of the Treasury. During his questioning Lankford defended Americans' rights to conscience protections and rights to have private information be kept private by th… Continue Reading


09.22.21

Lankford, Hawley, Daines, McClain, Luetkemeyer Demand DOJ Investigation on Illegal Fetal Tissue Research

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Steve Daines (R-MT) along with Reps. Lisa McClain (R-MI) and Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), led a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and NIH Director Francis Collins asking for a complete investigation into the University of Pittsburgh's abortion procedures and research. Recent reports from the NIH show the university may have violated federal law by altering abortion procedures solely for the … Continue Reading


09.21.21

Lankford Shows Why Democrats’ Tax-and-spend Proposals Take Us in the Wrong Direction

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke out on the Senate floor in strong opposition to the Democrats' reckless tax-and-spend proposals, including the latest $3.5 trillion progressive agenda, which would be paid for with crippling tax hikes on our small businesses and families. The hyper-partisan proposals would raise corporate tax rates higher than even those in China to try to fund a Democrat wish list of new entitlements a… Continue Reading


09.21.21

Lankford Protects Children from Federally Funded Gender Reassignment Research

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) to introduce the Protecting Our Kids from Harmful Research Act, a bill prohibiting federal funding of gender reassignment research on minors. These medical interventions are experimental, irreversible, and often fail to produce the intended effects. This bill would prohibit federal funding from being used in research or publications that seek to establish or affirm gender identities that are incongruent with a m… Continue Reading


09.21.21

Lankford, Marshall, Cruz, Tuberville Want to Prohibit Dishonorable Discharge for Unvaccinated Service members

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford, joined Senators Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) in introducing the COVID-19 Vaccine Dishonorable Discharge Prevention Act to prohibit the Department of Defense (DOD) from giving service members a dishonorable discharge for choosing not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The House Armed Services Committee recently passed similar language led by Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) in an amendment to the FY2022 National Defense Autho… Continue Reading


09.21.21

Lankford Grills Mayorkas Amid Several Biden-created Crises

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned national security officials in a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing entitled "Threats to the Homeland: Evaluating the Landscape 20 Years After 9/11," an annual hearing that seeks to address some of the most pressing issues facing US national security and the ways in which the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), a… Continue Reading


09.20.21

Lankford, Republican Colleagues Say No to Helping Democrats Increase the Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) led by Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) signed a letter with 46 Republican senators promising they will not vote to increase the debt ceiling, "whether that increase comes through a stand-alone bill, a continuing resolution, or any other vehicle." A debt ceiling increase will be necessary because of Democrats' reckless tax and spending spree that will cost over $5 trillion and increase our debt to $45 trillion in 2031. The letter puts Democrats on notice… Continue Reading


09.20.21

Lankford Demands Biden Reverse Policy on Vaccine Mandates

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to President Biden outlining his concerns with the Administration's vaccine mandates. He asked specific questions on protections for employees who request religious and medical accommodations as well as on the impact of employees with natural immunity. Lankford immediately opposed Biden's Executive Order when it was issued earlier this month. He later spoke about the several concerns he has and Oklahomans have with mandating vac… Continue Reading


09.20.21

Lankford: Defense Secretary Must Answer Questions Before Mandating Shots for Service Members

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today demanded that we protect service members from being forced to choose between their sincerely held religious beliefs and serving in our nation's military. In a letter, Lankford directly called on Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to protect the First Amendment rights of our Armed Forces who cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine due to their sincerely held religious beliefs in accordance with the Constitution, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, an… Continue Reading


09.17.21

Lankford Seeks to Honor 13 American Heroes Killed in Afghanistan with Congressional Gold Medals

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) to introduce a bill to award the 13 American service members who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 26th Congressional Gold Medals. "As we continue to grieve the loss of the 13 brave service members killed in the attack at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan, we must honor their sacrifice and their families' sacrifice.," said Lankford. "The price of freedom isn't free.… Continue Reading


09.16.21

Lankford, Daines, Colleagues Demand Google Stop Silencing Pro-Life Views, Reverse Censorship

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) to lead a group of nine senators to demand answers from the CEO of Google, Mr. Sundar Pichai, on Google's double standard in censoring pro-life Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) advertisements while continuing to allow advertisements for deadly abortion pills. "While banning pro-life APR ads, Google continues to allow ads for purveyors of the deadly abortion pill mifepristone by mail, despite the fact this drug has… Continue Reading


09.16.21

Lankford Outraged by National Archives’ Attempt to Cancel Our Founding Documents, Demands Change

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to David Ferriero, Archivist for the United States to express his frustration with the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) use of a "Harmful Language Alert" on all searchable government documents on its website. This includes the US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights. The letter demands that the alert be removed from the website immediately and presses for answers on NARA's ideo… Continue Reading


09.16.21

Lankford, Inhofe, Colleagues Advocate for Constitution-Focused Curriculum

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Angus King (I-ME), and Chris Coons (D-DE) to introduce the Constitution Education Is Valuable In Community Schools (CIVICS) Act, which supports the development of a Constitution-focused civics education curriculum for students across the country. The legislation comes just ahead of Constitution Day on September 17th, a date established in 1952 to recognize the importance of the United States Constitution and the… Continue Reading


09.15.21

On One-year Anniversary, Lankford Harkens Back to Peace Agreements under Trump in Contrast to Chaos under Biden

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today offered the following statement in commemoration of the first anniversary of the signing of the Abraham Accords last year, which Lankford attended at the White House with President Trump and the leaders of Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates: "At this time last year, I stood with President Trump and leaders from Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates as they signed a peace agreement that most said was not possible. The Abraha… Continue Reading


09.15.21

Lankford, Johnson Lead Colleagues In Pressing USDA For Information on Mask Mandates at Private Businesses

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) along with Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO), Rand Paul (R-KY), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Roger Marshall (R-KS) to request information regarding the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) imposing a mask mandate for employees at private businesses. Lankford, last week, strongly opposed President Biden's Executive Order to require Executive Branch employees and contractors to g… Continue Reading

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