Press Releases

05.12.17

Senators Lankford, Coons, and Rubio Introduce Resolution Promoting Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have introduced a bipartisan resolution (S.Res.162) to affirm the commitment of the United States to promote religious freedom and condemn persecution based on faith. This resolution also encourages the President to nominate an Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom within the State Department. "The right to practice any faith, or have no faith, is a fundamental human right of all peopl… Continue Reading


05.11.17

Senator Lankford Votes to Confirm Robert Lighthizer as US Trade Representative

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted to confirm Robert Lighthizer as the US Trade Representative. He was confirmed by a vote of 82-14: "Trade is an essential part of the Oklahoma and American economy," said Lankford. "We must continue to expand exports and market access for our nation's agricultural industry, and support trade agreements that benefit our future. I look forward to working with Mr. Lighthizer to ensure that US trade policy harnesses the vital role of Oklahom… Continue Reading


05.11.17

Senator Lankford Discusses Russia, Drug Trafficking, Cyber Threats & Iran During Intel Hearing

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a rare 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 U.S. intelligence and national security leaders on the Russia investigation, drug trafficking, cyber threats and Iran. The hearing witnesses included: Actin… Continue Reading


05.10.17

Senators Lankford, McCaskill Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Government’s Customer Service Focus

WASHINGTON - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) today introduced the bipartisan Federal Agency Customer Experience Act (S.1088), a bill to roll back a federal requirement that makes it difficult for agencies to get feedback from the public concerning their satisfaction with agencies' customer service. Lankford and McCaskill introduced this bill after several agencies pointed to a federal requirement that prevented them from seeking voluntary feedback from the public wit… Continue Reading


05.09.17

Senator Lankford Statement on FBI Director James Comey

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement on the firing of FBI Director James Comey: "James Comey had an incredibly difficult job in his role as FBI Director and I am grateful for his service. The issues that our law enforcement, intelligence community, and congressional committees deal with each day are very sensitive and have life or death implications. Director Comey has been the public face representing thousands of committed law enforcement officers and… Continue Reading


05.08.17

Senators Lankford, Inhofe Applaud President’s Nomination to Federal District Court in Oklahoma

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today applauded President Trump's nomination of Scott Palk to be US District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma. "Scott is a great candidate to serve as a federal judge for the US District Court for Oklahoma because of his dedication to uphold the rule of law," said Lankford. "Scott's years of work in Oklahoma make him exceptionally qualified to serve as one of Oklahoma's federal judges, and I applaud President Trump for nom… Continue Reading


05.05.17

Senator Lankford Encourages Trump Administration to Support Assistance for Refugees and Victims of Genocide

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) sent a bipartisan letter to the administration to inquire about the US Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), which has successfully resettled more than three million refugees from various parts of the world to American communities in all 50 states. Specifically, the letter encouraged the administration to uphold USRAP as it enables the United States to fulfill key international commitments and assist those fleeing genocide and oppression. The letter … Continue Reading


05.04.17

Senator Lankford Speaks at National Day of Prayer Observance

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today served as co-host at the National Day of Prayer Observance with Representative Louie Gohmert (TX-01). Lankford read Daniel 9:1-23, this year's verse and inspiration for the theme For Your Great Name's Sake! Hear Us… Forgive Us… Heal Us! The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the Unit… Continue Reading


05.04.17

Senator Lankford Speaks on the Senate Floor to Recognize National Day of Prayer

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate in recognition of the National Day of Prayer. The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan to designate the National Day… Continue Reading


05.04.17

Senator Lankford Encourages the White House to Take a Strong Stance to Protect Religious Liberty

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today urged the White House to take clear affirmative steps to ensure that the right to the free exercise of religion is protected for all Americans. "The right to practice any faith or choose no faith is a fundamental human right of all Americans guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Constitution," said Lankford. "For too long, this right has been suppressed under hyper partisanship. True diversity should respect the views and conscience of al… Continue Reading


05.04.17

Senator Lankford Statement on Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement after voting for the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, also known as the omnibus bill. "In December, as Congress considered the Continuing Resolution, I argued that enacting another CR would further discourage Congress from appropriating in regular order, and would push last year's budgeting process to this year. I could not support that and I did not. "There are two options to fund our government right… Continue Reading


04.28.17

Lankford Letter - April 28

CLICK HERE for the April 28, 2017 Lankford Letter.… Continue Reading


04.28.17

Sen. Lankford & Mr. Graham in The Hill: Congress’ next 100 days: Small businesses need regulatory relief

by Senator James Lankford and John Graham

As the nation evaluates the new President's First 100 Days and Washington looks ahead to the next 100, we must ask a simple question, do we want vibrant small businesses in America or not? The complexity and cost of the regulatory burden placed on each small business shows the evidence of our answer. When the regulatory burden drowns out productivity and innovation, the flowery rhetoric we often hear from politicians about small businesses is seen for what it is: lip service. When each new id… Continue Reading


04.27.17

Senator Lankford Applauds Regulatory Action of Congress and President Trump’s First 100 Days

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate to applaud the regulatory actions of Congress and President Trump's First 100 Days. The President has signed into law a historic 13 Congressional Review Acts to reverse the "midnight regulations" imposed in the final days of the previous administration. Before this year, only one midnight regulation had ever been rejected. According to the American Action Forum these ac… Continue Reading


04.27.17

Senators Lankford, Heitkamp, Daines Introduce Bill to Provide Educational Opportunities for Native Students

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Steve Daines (R-MT) today introduced the Johnson O'Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill to update decades-old data the federal government uses to distribute funds to benefit Native American students. Although the Bureau of Indian Affairs' (BIA) last official count of eligible Native students took place more than two decades ago, the federal government still relies on this seve… Continue Reading


04.26.17

Government Accountability Official Urges Congress to Pass Lankford’s Taxpayer Right to Know Act

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Homeland Security and Government Affairs hearing entitled, "Duplication, Waste, and Fraud in Federal Programs." Most notably, hearing witness, Eugene L. Dodaro, a senior official at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), praised Lankford's Taxpayers Right to Know Act, and urged Congress to pass it and the president to sign it into law. The Taxpayers Right to Know Act is a bipartisan bil… Continue Reading


04.26.17

Senator Lankford: Freedom of Religion Is Severely Violated Around The World

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today called on the Trump administration and international community to protect international religious freedom, in response to the release of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) 2017 Annual Report. "This report is further proof that the basic human right of freedom of religion is severely violated in many areas around the world. The report also shows the need to ensure that religious freedom is incorporated into the fore… Continue Reading


04.24.17

Senator Lankford Supports Sonny Perdue for Agriculture Secretary

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded Senate confirmation of George Ervin "Sonny" Perdue to be the next Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture. He was confirmed by a vote of 87 to 11. Mr. Perdue met recently in Senator Lankford's office on April 4, and discussed assistance for the wildfire victims in NW Oklahoma that affected Beaver, Harper, and Woodward Counties, as well as the importance of free trade to the agriculture industry. "We need a Secretary of Agricul… Continue Reading


04.19.17

Senator Lankford Statement on Oklahoma City Bombing Anniversary

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing: "The Oklahoma City bombing remains one of the worst terrorist attacks on United States soil, killing 168 people and injuring more than 850. No matter how much time passes, the sorrow and grief for those who were killed 22 years ago at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building remains. We continue to pray for those family members who lost loved ones, those who sur… Continue Reading


04.13.17

Support Builds for Senator Lankford’s Small Business Regulatory Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - In March, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) introduced a package of regulatory improvement bills, including the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act (S. 584). The federal regulatory burden on small businesses is enormous and disproportionate to the amount faced by big businesses. S. 584 would require agencies to consider all costs and the cumulative burden of regulations as well as hold real and meaningful consolations with small business owners before issuing a… Continue Reading

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