Press Releases

10.01.21

Lankford Offers Prayer to Open Run to Remember

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement today ahead of joining thousands of Oklahomans at the Run to Remember in Oklahoma City to honor those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever by the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building: "It is always moving to see thousands of athletes and their families remembering what happened that day in April 1995 but also living in the great state that rose out of the ashes of domestic … Continue Reading


10.01.21

Lankford Stands Up for Border Patrol and ICE Personnel

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Following the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) release of its long-awaited "Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Law," Senator James Lankford (R-OK) expressed support for our law enforcement personnel who have told him they feel they are "handcuffed" by DHS leadership who tells them what immigration laws they can and can't enforce. The new guidelines, which refer to illegal immigrants as simply "noncitizens," replace the interim priorities issued by Immi… Continue Reading


09.30.21

Lankford Slams Democrats’ Out-of-touch Progressive Policy Push

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor to rail against the Democrats' out-of-touch progressive policy push while the rest of the nation and the world are dealing with huge issues largely being ignored or bungled by the Biden Administration and congressional Democrats. Lankford highlighted the head-shaking nomination of climate extremist Tracy Stone-Manning to lead the Bureau of Land Management, Biden's … Continue Reading


09.30.21

Lankford A ‘No’ on Continuing Resolution, Again

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement after the Democrats' continuing resolution (CR) passed the Senate. While the latest version does not include raising the debt ceiling, Lankford has been clear that we must make real reforms to address Congress's spending process and our ballooning national debt, and this bill does not do that: "Today is the annual deadline for Congress to pass funding for the next fiscal year. Once again there was no debate about ho… Continue Reading


09.30.21

Lankford Pushes to Hold Erdogan Accountable

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today led his colleagues in a letter urging President Biden to hold Turkey's President Erdogan accountable for his recent efforts to disenfranchise Turkey's Kurdish population, undercut political pluralism in the country, and tighten his grip on power through anti-democratic means. The Senators wrote, "We write with deep concern regarding the Turkish Constitutional Court's June 2021 decision to accept an indictment against the Peoples' Democratic P… Continue Reading


09.30.21

Lankford Calls Out Harmful Marriage Penalties in Democrats’ “Human Infrastructure” Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - In response to the harmful tax penalties for married couples included in the Democrats' "Human Infrastructure" bill, Senator James Lankford (R-OK), led by Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), today sent a letter along with several of their colleagues urging Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) to remove any proposals that would discourage marriage. "Federal policy should be designed to foster strong marriages, which are th… Continue Reading


09.28.21

Lankford Says Getting Americans Back to Work is Best for Our Nation, Not More Entitlements

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor about the value of work in the US and the negative effects that will come from the Democrats' tax-and-spend progressive agenda, which will make Americans more reliant on government entitlement programs instead of hard work. Lankford remains steadfast that work is the answer to solving generational poverty and that increased reliance on the government is what keeps fa… Continue Reading


09.28.21

Lankford Introduces the Stop Vaccine Mandates Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced the Stop Vaccine Mandates Act to repeal President Biden's Executive Order which mandates vaccines for federal employees and federal contractors. "President Biden's Executive Order excessively exceeded his power. Every American should be able to make the decisions that are best for them and their families. My family made the choice to get the vaccine and I encourage every Oklahoman to get vaccinated, but no American should be force… Continue Reading


09.28.21

Lankford Joins Colleagues to Urge Democrats to Abandon Proposal that Compromises Americans’ Financial Information

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators John Thune (R-SD), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Pat Toomey (R-PA) along with 21 Republican senators to urge Leader Schumer to abandon the Biden Administration's unprecedented proposal to expand the reporting of the private, confidential financial data of law-abiding Americans from financial institutions to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Administration's proposal would force financial institutions to report customer information suc… Continue Reading


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

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