Press Releases

03.08.18

Senator Lankford Statement on North Korea

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made the following statement on today's South Korean announcement regarding the possibility of North Korea denuclearization: "The US wants a world safe for all families, including the people of North and South Korea. Currently the people of North Korea live under the oppressive reign of a dictator that has been determined to threaten the world with a nuclear weapon. I welcome any conversations that could lead to a path to denuclearization, but I am… Continue Reading


03.08.18

Senator Lankford Calls For Regulatory Relief for Oklahoma Small Banks, Urges Dodd-Frank Reform

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today urged the Senate to pass a Dodd-Frank reform bill to ease federal regulations on small and rural banks in Oklahoma. In a floor speech, Lankford called for the Senate to pass the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S.2155), a bill that would reform the Dodd-Frank Act and help small businesses access the resources they need to invest and hire more workers. Since passage of the Dodd-Fran… Continue Reading


03.08.18

Senator Lankford Encourages President To Reevaluate Tariff Proposal

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to President Trump expressing concern over how his proposed aluminum and steel tariffs could impact national security and strain relationships with international allies and partners. Lankford was joined by Senators Michael Rounds (R-SD), John Barrasso (R-WY), Dan Sullivan (R-AL), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Joni Ernst (R-IA), who led the effort. In the letter, the Senators stressed that, "As outlined in bot… Continue Reading


03.07.18

Senator Lankford Discusses Reforms for Security Clearance in Open Intel Hearing

CLICK HERE to view the video from panel I CLICK HERE to view the video from panel II WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in an open Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Security Clearance Reform. The hearing included a two-part panel with witnesses from industry and Executive Branch officials. The purpose of the hearing was to understand the difficulties in the security clearance processes for both government and private industry contractors. Lankford focused … Continue Reading


03.05.18

Senator Lankford Announces New Chief of Staff and Legislative Director

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced two senior staff changes; Michelle Altman has been promoted to Chief of Staff and Sarah Seitz has been promoted to Legislative Director. In December, President Trump nominated Retired Rear Admiral Gregory Slavonic to be the Assistant Secretary of the Navy after serving for four years as Lankford's Chief of Staff. "Michelle Altman and Sarah Seitz are highly qualified for these tasks, and I am confident they will serve the people of … Continue Reading


03.04.18

Senator Lankford in The Tulsa World: Tax reform is working For Oklahomans

by Senator James Lankford

Just before Christmas, Congress passed and the President signed into law, a tax reform bill that makes major improvements to our tax code. It's only been two months, but tax reform is already working for Oklahomans. Many companies across the nation and across Oklahoma are using their tax savings to reinvest in their employees and add new equipment. It feels like almost every day there are new stories of employee bonuses and increased wages announced for workers. American Airlines announced $1… Continue Reading


03.02.18

Lankford Letter - March 2

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03.02.18

Lankford Letter - March 2

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03.01.18

Subcommittee Examines Solutions to Federal Hiring Challenges

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 entitled, "Examining Federal Managers' Role in Hiring." Members of the Subcommittee heard from the Office of Personnel Management and several agency managers about possible solutions to federal government hiring challenges, including the slow hiring processes, the large number of workers exp… Continue Reading


02.28.18

Senator Lankford Honors Billy Graham on Senate Floor

CLICK HERE to view the video. WASHINGTON, DC - After today's Congressional ceremony to honor the late Billy Graham as he lie in honor at the Capitol Rotunda, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) spoke in honor of Dr. Graham on the Senate floor. In the speech, Lankford spoke about Graham's visit to Oklahoma, and the impact Graham had on his life and ministry. Excerpts: Mr. President, it was an exceptionally moving service in the Rotunda today. For a man to be able to lie in honor in the Rotunda and … Continue Reading


02.21.18

Senator Lankford Statement on Billy Graham

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement this morning on the passing of the Rev. Billy Graham: "Billy Graham was one of the greatest spiritual and moral leaders in American history. His ministry of love, reconciliation, hope, and salvation was world-changing. I thank God for his life and legacy. Graham's clarity and love for people was contagious - he was, and will always be, a role model of integrity and grace. His work was also very impactful to me as … Continue Reading


02.20.18

Senator Lankford and State Senator Kevin Matthews Unveil 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Education Curriculum

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined State Senator Kevin Matthews (D-Tulsa) at Oklahoma City's Douglass High School to announce the completion of education curriculum about the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot that will be taught statewide. This online toolkit is part of the mission of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Centennial Commission, which was created a year ago to educate Oklahomans and Americans about the Race Riot and its impact on the state and nation; remember its victims and s… Continue Reading


02.16.18

Senator Lankford Joins Senators to Introduce Bill on Ag Education Ahead of National FFA Week

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -Ahead of National FFA Week, February 17-24, Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Todd Young (R-IN), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced National FFA Organization's Federal Charter Amendments Act to update and modernize the charter for the Future Farmers of America (FFA) to reflect agriculture education in the 21st century. "FFA is a cornerstone of communities in all parts of Oklahoma," said Lankford. "Their federal charter allows them the opportunity to strategic… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Senator Lankford Statement on Senate Immigration Votes

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today made the following statement on the Senate failing to pass his Secure and Succeed Act, or any immigration legislation to address DACA and improve border security: "I have been in countless meetings and private conversations to bring us to a solution that would pass the House and be signed into law by the President. I am very disappointed that the Senate was unable to move forward on any immigration legislation this week. After months of priva… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Senator Lankford Explains How Secure and Succeed Act Is a Sensible Compromise on Senate Floor

CLICK HERE to view the video. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor to discuss the current debate on immigration reform and to advocate for the Secure and Succeed Act, a compromise bill that will strengthen border security, provide a permanent solution for DACA, reform family sponsorship policy, and reallocate the Diversity Visa lottery. Later today, the Senate will vote on this (as the Grassley" amendment #1959), as well as another proposal (amendment #… Continue Reading


02.13.18

Senator Lankford Joins Vice President Pence and Rep. Walker to Honor J.C. Watts and Sam Brownback For Establishing Museum

WASHINGTON, DC - In honor of Black History Month, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Vice President Mike Pence, White House chief-of-staff Gen. John Kelly, Senator Joni Ernst, Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), and Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James to tour and celebrate the National Museum of African American History and Culture and honor former Oklahoma Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK) and Ambassador Sam Brownback for their role in the creation of the museum. Today's program was sponsored by Insight … Continue Reading


02.13.18

Lankford Joins Senators to Introduce Bill to Expand Tax Relief to Pregnant Moms

WASHINGTON, DC -Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Steve Daines (R-MT), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) today introduced a bill to expand the Child Tax Credit to cover all families, including pregnant moms. The Child Tax Credit for Pregnant Moms Act builds on the Child Tax Credit provisions included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by supporting families and pregnant mothers with the many costs that accompany caring and planning for the care of a newborn baby. "Parenting costs don't just be… Continue Reading


02.13.18

Senator Lankford Discusses Rising Domestic and National Security Threats During Intel Hearing

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in an open Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Worldwide Threats. This is an annual hearing that the committee holds to examine America's greatest national security threats from around the globe. Lankford used the opportunity to question US intelligence and national security leaders on the rising threat from Mexico and drug trafficking, cyber threats, and the recent arrest of Naif Abdulaziz Alfal… Continue Reading


02.12.18

Senator Lankford Delivers Floor Speech on Immigration Reform

CLICK HERE to view the video. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor to advocate for the Secure and Succeed Act, a bill that will strengthen border security, provide a permanent solution for DACA, reform family sponsorship policy, and reallocate the Diversity Visa lottery. Senator Lankford today joined Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Joni Ernst (R-IA), David Perdue (R-GA), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) to introduce the Secu… Continue Reading


02.11.18

Senators to Introduce Border Security, DACA Framework

WASHINGTON, DC - A group of U.S. Senators tomorrow will introduce a common-sense proposal aimed at providing legal certainty for undocumented children brought to the United States by their parents and preventing others from falling into the same legal limbo in the future. Their proposal, which mirrors the White House framework announced by President Trump, provides a generous opportunity for approximately 1.8 million DACA or DACA-eligible immigrants to earn citizenship while strengthening our na… Continue Reading

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