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Senator Lankford Statement on Debt Ceiling Vote

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on his vote against a bill to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government for three months, while also providing disaster relief funding. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 80 to 17: "Two options were provided to address disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey: one stand-alone bill, which I fully supported and a second option that included Hurricane Harvey relief, a debt ceiling increase, and short-term fun… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Applauds Secretary Devos For Rescinding Overreaching 2011 Guidance Directive for Colleges

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for rescinding a 2011 'Dear Colleague Letter' on Title IX that regulated colleges and universities without the proper Congressional authority. In addition to rescinding the guidance letter, Secretary DeVos today committed to put in place interim documents to assist schools in enforcing Title IX responsibly, and the Department will begin the normal regular order regulatory process. "The Obama administr… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Kaine, Cardin Write Tillerson, Haley Regarding Guatemalan President

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Ben Cardin (D-MD), the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent the following letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and UN Ambassador Nikki Hailey expressing concern about Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales' attempt to expel Mr. Ivan Velásquez, head of the United Nations' International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), from that country. A PDF of the letter is availa… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford on What To Do With The Debt Ceiling? Reform It

by Senator James Lankford

It happens like clockwork in Washington. Every year or two when we approach the federal debt limit, countdown clocks start, doomsday scenarios are assumed, and backroom negotiations begin in earnest to prevent our country from defaulting on our obligations. The prevailing theme of debt ceiling negotiations is usually avoiding default. Lost in the conversation is how we got here in the first place, and how we can get out of the cycle of deficit spending. Debt limit debate should push Congress to … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on President Trump’s DACA Decision

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on the President's decision to end the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a six-month delay: "Attorney General Jeff Sessions is correct that the White House is responsible for immigration enforcement and border security, not immigration policy. Making significant policy changes through Executive Action is the wrong approach. This type of immigration policy reform must come from the Americ… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Guatemala

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today made the following statement on the corruption investigation within the Guatemalan government: "President Morales, the Guatemalan government, and the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) have made progress confronting corruption, narcoterrorism and impunity. Protecting the rule of law has helped set a new direction for Guatemala. "During the current investigation, it is critical that the process remain transpare… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Announces Community Conversation at Oklahoma Christian University

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - The Office of Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced an upcoming community event happening Tuesday, August 29 at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond. Community members are encouraged to attend so that Senator Lankford can listen to their concerns and opinions about policy developments in Washington, DC. WHAT: Community Conversation with Senator James Lankford WHEN: Tuesday, August 29th, 5:00pm-6:00pm CT WHERE: Oklahoma Christi… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Charlottesville

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made the following statement on the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12: "I'm incredibly grieved by the violence and hate that took place in Virginia last weekend. The supremacy of any race over another is not only immoral, it's contradictory to our Declaration of Independence, Constitution and the fundamental idea of America. We fought and defeated the type of Nazism on display in Charlottesville; we cannot… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Applauds State Department International Religious Freedom Report

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today made the following statement on the release of the State Department's International Religious Freedom Report: "I applaud Secretary Rex Tillerson's remarks on the release of today's State Department International Religious Freedom Report. It is vitally important that our top diplomat clearly and unequivocally proclaim that religious freedom is a core American value and a universal human right. Sadly, many countries, including China, Cuba, … Continue Reading


The Truth About The Trade Deficit

by Senator James Lankford

Last month, the Trump administration issued its objectives for a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. There is much about the trade agreement that should be modernized, such as updated rules for e-commerce and stronger intellectual property protections. I support the president's objective to maintain existing duty-free market access for agricultural goods, as it is important for industries in many states, including my home state of Oklahoma. However, the administration has a… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Bombing Plot in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement on the FBI arrest regarding a bombing plot in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: "I applaud the work of the FBI and local law enforcement for investigating and apprehending a man who sought to commit a terrorist act in Oklahoma City. Our intelligence community and law enforcement work every day to protect our neighborhoods from attacks and terror, and they often do it without the public ever knowing. It is chilling to think… Continue Reading


Lankford Letter - August 4

CLICK HERE for the August 4, 2017 Lankford Letter.… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford in The Wall Street Journal: How to Make the Senate Work Again

by Senator James Lankford

James Madison explained that the Constitution's authors considered the Senate to be the great "anchor" of the government. The upper chamber has become an anchor, but I don't think today's dilatory Senate is what the Founders had in mind. Many Americans see the main issue in the Senate as the filibuster rule, the 60 vote requirement to move on legislation. The Senate should not go to a 51 vote majority for every vote. Because the Senate is the one entity in the federal government where the mino… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Applauds Confirmation of Christopher Wray as FBI Director

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement on Senate confirmation of Christopher Wray as FBI Director by a vote of 92 to 5: "I'm pleased that Christopher Wray has been confirmed and the FBI has new leadership. Wray's experience both in private and public service will serve him well to uphold the mission of the FBI to protect and defend the United States. When we met recently, I was encouraged by his vision for addressing counterterrorism, gang violence, cyber … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Benefit Student Loan Borrowers and Taxpayers by Promoting Competition

WASHINGTON, DC - US Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced the bipartisan Student Loan Servicer Performance Accountability Act. The legislation would benefit student loan borrowers and taxpayers by protecting and strengthening performance-based accountability of federal student loan servicers through greater competition and stronger oversight. "The Student Loan Servicer Performance Accountability Act is a commonsens… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Fight Online Sex Trafficking, Hold Accountable

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, bipartisan legislation to ensure justice for victims of online sex trafficking and ensure that websites such as, which knowingly facilitate sex trafficking, can be held liable and brought to justice. The legislation is the result of a two-year Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Investigations inquiry, led by Senators… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on North Korea Missile Test

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement on North Korea reportedly testing a ballistic missile: "Today's North Korea missile test into Japanese waters is another in a long line of provocative and aggressive actions intended to intimidate its neighbors and the world. Kim Jong-un has regrettably prioritized spending millions of dollars launching missiles into the Pacific while his own people go without basic necessities such as food and electricity. North Kor… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Meets with Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today met with the Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri, who is visiting the United States this week. "It was an honor to meet with Prime Minister Hariri during his diplomatic trip to the United States this week," said Lankford. "During the meeting, we were able to discuss our commitment to stand with the Lebanese people as they face multiple terrorist threats in the region. Lebanon bears the brunt of the Syrian humanitarian refugee crisis, hostin… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Senate’s Failure to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement on the Senate's failure to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Although Lankford supported the Health Care Freedom Act in order to progress to a House-Senate conference committee process, it was voted down by a vote of 49 to 51. "I'm deeply disappointed that the Senate was unable to repeal and replace Obamacare. For years, I and my staff have worked to develop solutions to our national healthcare crisis. Aft… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Welcomes Additional Sanctions on Iran, Russia, North Korea

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement regarding passage of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (HR 3364), legislation that gives the Trump administration an essential tool for deterring threats from Iran and North Korea and expands current US sanctions on Russia. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 98-2. The House passed this bill by a vote of 419-3 on Tuesday: "Congress has voted overwhelmingly to hold the oppressive leaders o… Continue Reading

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