Press Releases


Senator Lankford Urges Turkey to Release Dr. Brunson on Second Anniversary of Imprisonment

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on the two-year anniversary of an American pastor, Dr. Andrew Brunson, unjust imprisonment by the Turkish government: "Today is a solemn reminder that it has been two full years that a NATO-ally is unjustly holding a US citizen, Dr. Andrew Brunson," said Lankford. "President Trump and Vice President Pence have been staunch advocates for releasing Dr. Brunson, and I urge them to impose additional sanctions and … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Supports Judge Kavanaugh to be Supreme Court Justice

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on his support for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The nomination of Judge Kavanaugh passed the Senate by a vote of 50-48. "I support Judge Kavanaugh to be the next Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court," said Lankford. "Judge Kavanaugh is qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. I made it my priority to read his judicial opinions, understand his legal perspe… Continue Reading


Lankford Letter: SPECIAL EDITION, Judge Kavanaugh

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Senator Lankford Releases Podcast on Judge Brett Kavanaugh

CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast WASHINGTON, DC - The Office of Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the fourth episode of Lankford's podcast called "The Breakdown with James Lankford." The fourth episode focuses on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination process to be Associate Justice to the US Supreme Court. During the episode, Lankford discusses the Senate's role in regards to Supreme Court nominees, the completed FBI investigation, his support for Judge Kavanaugh, and what our nat… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators to Denounce China’s Human Rights Abuses

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and a bipartisan group of 17 Senators condemn the Chinese Communist Party's persecution of religious minorities and actions to limit the free expression and practice of faith in the People's Republic of China. Joining Lankford in this effort are Senators David Perdue (R-GA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Cornyn (R-TX), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA)… Continue Reading


Lankford Letter - October 5

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Senator Lankford Addresses Judge Kavanaugh’s Recent FBI Investigation, Gives Encouraging Message to Parents with Teens

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor in support of the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the United States Supreme Court. During his speech, Lankford addressed the report completed by the FBI regarding recent allegations against Judge Kavanaugh. Lankford also took the opportunity to provide a message to parents to speak with their teenage kids on topics of sexual assault and underage drinking. Last week, Lankford is… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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