Press Releases


Lankford Joins Bipartisan Group to Protect Funding for Rural, Low-Income Schools

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) in a letter that was signed by 19 of their colleagues, expressing their strong opposition to an abrupt decision by the Department of Education that jeopardizes funding eligibility for more than 800 rural, low-income schools. In their letter to Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Senators objected to the Department's abrupt change to the methodology that determines which rural schools are eligible … Continue Reading


Lankford Joins Inhofe to Urge EPA to Continue to Support Small Refineries

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) led a letter to EPA Administrator Wheeler urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continue granting relief to small refiners as required by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Inhofe was joined in sending the letter by Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Jim Risch (R-ID). The full text of the letter to EPA Administr… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Questions TSA Administrator, Thanks OK TSA Agents

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned Mr. David Pekoske, Administrator for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), at an Appropriations Committee Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing to review the President's fiscal year 2021 budget request for the TSA. Lankford's questions focused on the status of TSA's efforts to secure our nation's airports, specifically the 30 largest airports, from the safety and security threat… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Discusses Worldwide Outbreak of Coronavirus on Podcast

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - The Office of Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the latest episode of The Breakdown with James Lankford. During this episode of The Breakdown, Lankford discusses what the coronavirus is, the US response to this global crisis and the economic impact of the virus worldwide. For the most up-to-date information on the coronavirus, you can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at or call 800-232-4636. Excerpts On what is coronavir… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Delivers Powerful Pro-life Rebuke after Bills to Protect Children Fail

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's speech. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today addressed the Senate in disappointment after the Senate failed to reach 60 votes on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Lankford spoke on the Senate floor in 2018 to advocate for the Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act and in 2019 to speak on infanticide and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Transcript I rise to be to be a… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Questions DHS Head about Border Security, H2-B Visas

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Administrator Chad Wolf at the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing to review the President's fiscal year 2021 DHS budget request. Lankford questioned Wolf on drug enforcement and interdiction at our nation's border, including fentanyl and heroin, and the need for technology and drug- and bomb-sniffing dogs to protect our borders. Lankford also… Continue Reading


Lankford Supports Bills to Protect Children

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today supported the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill to ban abortion past five months of pregnancy because a child at that stage can experience pain, and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which protects newborns that survive abortions by requiring they receive care from health care practitioners. "Today the Senate was asked an important question: where is your line for protecting life? Is it when the child can feel… Continue Reading


Lankford, Wicker Leads Resolution Honoring Hiram Revels

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Roger Wicker, (R-MS) today introduced a resolution honoring former Senator Hiram Rhodes Revels. This month marks 150 years since Revels was sworn-in as a Senator from Mississippi. He was the first African American to serve in Congress. "Today, my colleagues and I introduced a resolution honoring the life and legacy of Senator Hiram Revels of Mississippi who became the first African American to serve in the United States Congress 150 years ago… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Rosen Applaud Senate Commemorating 75th Anniversary of Liberation of Auschwitz

WASHINGTON, DC -Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) today applauded Senate passage of their bipartisan resolution commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by Allied Forces during World War II. The anniversary took place on January 27th, designated by the United Nations as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Lankford and Rosen introduced the resolution last month alongside Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford & Tulsa Historian Release Video on History of North Tulsa

CLICK HERE to watch the video OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Hannibal B. Johnson, Esq. a local author and attorney, today released a video about the history of the 1921 North Tulsa Race Massacre ahead of the 99th anniversary at the end of May. The video was developed to provide additional resources for Oklahoma educators to use as they teach about the history of North Tulsa and the then-thriving Greenwood District. The video was filmed in North Tulsa at Historic Vernon AM… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Announces Community Conversation for Thursday

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - The Office of Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced that he will host a public, town-hall style Community Conversation on Thursday, February 20, 2020. WHAT: Senator Lankford Holds Community Conversation WHEN: Thursday, February 20, 2:30 p.m. CT WHERE: Standing Bear Museum, 601 Standing Bear Parkway, Ponca City, OK 74601 Members of the press who plan to attend, please RSVP to Aly Beley or Kelly Ferguson by email Aly_Bele… Continue Reading


Lankford Touts FCC’s Commitment to Reduce Contraband Cell Phones in State Prisons

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded the inclusion of language in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) budget proposal for the fiscal year 2021 that would help prevent the use of contraband cellphones in state prisons. The FCC listed strategic goals it "commits to accomplish" which included supporting "the ability of first responders, including law enforcement, by developing and implementing policies and procedures to strengthen public safety," and taking "ste… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Celebrates Black History Month by Honoring Oklahomans

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's speech. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today celebrated Black History Month by honoring several remarkable black Oklahomans who have significantly contributed to the state and nation. Lankford highlighted past and present Oklahomans who will be renowned going forward for their many contributions to areas of civil rights advocacy, faith-based mentorship, community organization, publishing and broadcasting, music and the arts, and many other areas im… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Opposes War Powers Resolution

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today opposed a Senate Resolution introduced by Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) that would limit the President's ability to direct the US military to carry out strategic attacks on Iranian terrorists regardless of whether an "imminent threat" to American lives is present. "No one should want a war with the people of Iran. The Iranian people are not our enemy. The vote in the Senate today was not about declaring war or preventing a war with Iran, it was ab… Continue Reading


Lankford Discusses Rx Pricing, Rural Hospital Access & Vaping Nicotine Standards with top Health Official

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex M. Azar II on a series of issues including his work to reduce the cost of prescription drug pricing by addressing the issues with tiering, access to rural hospitals and his bill with Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) to update Medicare's Critical Access Hospital (CAH) designation; his bill to protect healthcare providers from disc… Continue Reading


Lankford Talks Booming Economy, President’s 2020 Budget with Treasury Secretary

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the Senate Committee on Finance hearing on the President's 2020 budget request for the Department of the Treasury. Lankford addressed the booming US economy and its impact on our nation's ability to invest in our growth and the US tax receipts into the Treasury. Lankford also discussed the processes of government shutdowns and debt ceiling hikes and the cos… Continue Reading


Lankford, Tillis, Burr, Jones, Cornyn, Cruz, Rounds Announce Plan to Expedite Disaster Recovery Projects

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Richard Burr (R-NC), Doug Jones (D-AL), John Cornyn (R-TX), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Mike Rounds (R-SD) introduced bipartisan legislation that would expedite the start of certain hazard mitigation projects after natural disasters, while grant applicants await federal assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) hazard mitigation grant program. Under current law local stakeholders applying for federal … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Seeks Update on Election Security ahead of November 2020

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned national security witnesses at a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) hearing entitled "What States, Locals and the Business Community Should Know and Do: A Roadmap for Effective Cybersecurity." Lankford questioned Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Christopher Krebs for an update o… Continue Reading


Lankford Issues Statement on President Trump’s Budget Proposal to Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued a statement on the released of President Trump's Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal: "The biggest issue we face as a nation is our growing national debt and skyrocketing deficits. Nearly three-quarters of our unchecked spending is on auto-pilot and continues to dramatically rise each year. Now is the time to lay out a bold plan to manage our nation's out-of-control spending, and actually lower the national debt by eliminating the wastefulnes… Continue Reading


Lankford, Inhofe, Mullin, Hern, Stitt React to President Trump’s Proposal to Build VA Hospital in Tulsa

WASHINGTON, DC - This afternoon, President Trump released his 2021 Presidential Budget Request, which identifies his goals and funding priorities for next year. The request includes funding to build a new hospital in Tulsa and is complemented with plans for a major investment in the Muskogee health facility to support a transformative specialty care facility. These new investments-along with ongoing commitment to the VA Call Center and Regional Benefits Administration in Muskogee-will improve c… Continue Reading

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