Press Releases

12.03.21

Lankford, Senate Finance Committee Republicans Demand Answers from the IRS on ProPublica Data Leak

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senate Finance Committee Republicans in demanding answers from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on the ProPublica data leak. Nearly six months after ProPublica began disclosing confidential, private, and legally protected taxpayer information, the IRS and the Biden Administration continue to show little regard about the haphazard handling of private taxpayer data. ProPublica unabatedly continues to publish articles naming individual … Continue Reading


12.02.21

Lankford Votes ‘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: "Our nation is faced with chaos at the border, with the vaccine mandate, inflation, and supply chain issues. Meanwhile, Congress continues to spend taxpayer dollars at record speed that continues to inflate the chaos. It's time to focus on actual solutions that Americans want: stop reckless spending, stop the vaccine mandate, and secure our border. I s… Continue Reading


12.02.21

Day 2: Lankford Continues to Stand with National Guard, Opposes Pay Cuts Over Vaccine Mandates

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today stood firmly again with the Oklahoma National Guard and Guard members around the nation and again offered his bill on the Senate floor. Late last night, Lankford offered the legislation as an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prohibit the Department of Defense from discharging or withholding pay or benefits from members of the National Guard becaus… Continue Reading


12.02.21

Lankford Demands Answers on Money Spent for Afghan Refugees As Democrats Want Billions More with No Oversight

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), who serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor in response to the Continuing Resolution (CR) being debated today, which includes $7 billion for Afghanistan refugee resettlement. Earlier this evening, Lankford called out the Democrats for demanding more money while providing no accountability for how it's spent or who the refugees even are. … Continue Reading


12.02.21

Lankford Calls Out Billions in New Spending on Biden’s Afghanistan Debacle with Zero Oversight

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today responded to the Continuing Resolution (CR) that includes $7 billion for Afghanistan refugee resettlement. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has already spent$6 billion on Afghanistan resettlement efforts in only three months but DHS has yet to report how they have spent the money. DHS missed the mandatory reporting deadline, but Democrats are asking for Congress to vote on $7 billion more for Afghanistan resettlement efforts. Senate D… Continue Reading


12.02.21

Lankford, Colleagues Push to Prevent Settlement Payments for Illegal Immigrants

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Senator James Lankford, along with Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced legislation to prevent payments for legal settlements for illegal immigration. Under the Protect American Taxpayer Dollars from Illegal Immigration Act, no federal funds, including money from the Judgment Fund, could be spent to enrich illegal immigrants at the expense of hardworking American taxpayers. Despite the crisis co… Continue Reading


12.01.21

Lankford Stands with National Guard, Opposes Pay Cuts Over Vaccine Mandates

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today stood firmly with the Oklahoma National Guard and Guard members around the nation and called for a vote on the Senate floor to offer his amendment to the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would prohibit the Department of Defense from discharging or withholding pay or benefits from members of the National Guard because of their COVID-19 vaccination status. Member… Continue Reading


12.01.21

Lankford, Rubio, Colleagues Call on DoD to Stop Cancel Culture in the Military

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) along with Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rick Scott (R-FL), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Mike Braun (R-IN), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Boozman (R-AR), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Mike Lee (R-UT) sent a letter to US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin expressing their concern that the US Department of Defense (DoD)'s recently established Countering Extremism Working Group (CEWG) could be used to "target s… Continue Reading


12.01.21

Lankford Recognized as Students For Life Pro-Life Generation Leader of the Month

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was recognized as the Students For Life Pro-Life Generation Leader of the Month of November for his consistent, dedicated work on Capitol Hill to defend life inside and outside the womb. "Those of us in the pro-life movement understand, and the science agrees, that every life, born or unborn, has value," said Lankford. "The right to life is the most basic human right of all. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court failed to honor that right 48 years ago… Continue Reading


11.30.21

Lankford, Inhofe, Mullin Demand Answers on the VA’s Plans to Close the Clinic in Vinita

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Representative Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) sent a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough after learning that the VA continues to seek closure of the VA clinic facility in Vinita, OK, without reaching out to tribal or community leaders about the closure despite the clinic's use in the area. The nearest facility if the clinic closes, would be in Claremore, OK, approximately an hour away from Vinita and the surr… Continue Reading


11.30.21

Lankford Leads Senators in Standing for Life Ahead of Dobbs Case before the US Supreme Court Tomorrow

CLICK HERE for the video of Lankford's press conference remarks on YouTube. CLICK HERE to view Lankford's Senate floor remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), the leader in the US Senate in protecting life, today led a press conference with members of the Senate Republican Conference ahead of the Supreme Court's oral arguments tomorrow in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which directly challenges Roe v. Wade. Lankford was joined in the press conferenc… Continue Reading


11.30.21

Lankford, Oklahoma Delegation Urge EPA to Extend Comment Period for Harmful Methane Rule Proposal

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) along with Representatives Kevin Hern (OK-01), Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), Frank Lucas (OK-03), Tom Cole (OK-04), and Stephanie Bice (OK-05) sent a letter to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Michael Regan, urging him to extend the public comment period by 60-days for the EPA's proposed rule to directly regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. The delegation wrote, "Oklahoma's oil an… Continue Reading


11.22.21

Lankford, Rick Scott, Colleagues Want Investigation Into Vetting and Processing of Migrants at Southern Border

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Today, Senator James Lankford joined Senators Rick Scott (R-FL), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Mike Lee (R-UT) in introducing the Upholding the Law at Our Border Act. This legislation would require the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security to investigate the vetting and processing of migrants apprehended along the southwest border and to ensure that all laws are being upheld. Lankford said, "I… Continue Reading


11.18.21

Lankford Shares Oklahomans’ Stories of How Biden’s Vaccine Mandates Have Already Impacted Them and Their Families

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today brought Oklahomans' personal experiences grappling with President Biden's harmful vaccine mandates that have negatively impacted federal employees, federal contractors, members of our military, health care workers, and companies with 100 or more employees. Yesterday, Lankford was glad to see that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) suspended implementation and enforcement… Continue Reading


11.18.21

Lankford Wants Answers From Biden Administration On Exemptions from Vaccine Mandate

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Shalanda Young to seek answers on guidance to agencies providing employees the opportunity to seek both medical and religious accommodations under the vaccine mandate. The letter follows an announcement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that it would suspend the implementation and enforcement of Biden's vaccine mandate for private employees. Lankford wr… Continue Reading


11.17.21

Lankford Presses ICE, CBP, GSA on Surge of Illegal Immigration at US Southern Border Ports

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Opening Remarks Q&A on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), the lead Republican on the Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, today participated in a hearing entitled, "Federal Government Perspective: Improving Security, Trade, and travel Flow at the Southwest Border Ports of Entry." The hearing witnesses included representatives for US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration a… Continue Reading


11.17.21

Lankford Celebrates Victory for Private Businesses Against Biden’s Vaccine Mandate as OSHA Suspends Enforcement

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford issued the following statement after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration suspended implementation and enforcement of the Biden Administration's vaccine mandate for private employers after a ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit blocked the measure last week: "This win for workers is long overdue as many of us have pushed back hard for months against Biden's unconstitutional vaccine mandate," said Lankford. "The Fifth Circui… Continue Reading


11.17.21

Lankford Exposes HHS Leaked Memo Seeking to Strip Americans’ Religious, Conscience Protections

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued a statement after a leaked memo from the Department of Health and Human Services seeks to repeal certain protections for religious freedoms and directly calls out Members who have been outspoken of HHS' mishandling of conscience and religious freedom protections. The leaked memo from HHS states, "Groups who share the prior Administration's broad view of the application of RFRA or who will interpret this action as an indication that the Depart… Continue Reading


11.17.21

Lankford Continues to Call Out Communist Chinese Government for Privacy Abuses, Blacklisting Social Scores for Chinese Citizens

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), on which he serves as a commission, hearing entitled, "Techno-Authoritarianism: Platform for Repression in China and Abroad." Lankford's questions focused on the communist Chinese government's misuse of data and how American companies can better protect themselves, ongoing privacy concerns, and China's use of a "social score"… Continue Reading


11.17.21

All 50 Republican Senators Challenge Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Businesses, Vote to Happen Early December

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) and all 48 of their Senate colleagues to file a formal challenge against President Biden's vaccine mandate under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which is the official process for Congress to eliminate an Executive Branch rule. This move to overturn President Biden's vaccine mandate for private employers is now guaranteed a vote on the Senate floor. The rule was transmitted to the Senate on November 16th, se… Continue Reading

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