Press Releases

05.06.19

Senators Lankford, Inhofe Statement on Clemency for Michael Behenna

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) issued the following statement on President Trump signing of an Executive Grant of Clemency for former Army First Lieutenant Michael Behenna: "I'm grateful that the long road for Michael Behenna and his family has finally come to a joyous end," said Lankford. "Michael now gets a clean slate and a second chance at life. Michael's family, the Oklahoma congressional delegation, and Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter have wor… Continue Reading


05.06.19

Lankford Letter - May 3

CLICK HERE for the May 3, 2019 Lankford Letter.… Continue Reading


05.03.19

Senators Lankford, Daines, Hoeven, Peters Launch Bipartisan Effort to Protect Americans’ Privacy

WASHINGTON, DC -Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Hoeven (R-ND), and Gary Peters (D-MI) reintroduced a bipartisan bill to require US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to remove personally identifiable information (PII), which includes social security and passport numbers, from public disclosure. A companion bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Charlie Crist and Michael Waltz. "Those serving our nation abroad should not have to constantly … Continue Reading


05.02.19

Senators Lankford, Carper, Reps. Bilirakis, Levin Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Fry Eligibility

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Tom Carper (D-DE), Representatives Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), and Mike Levin (D-CA) announced the introduction of legislation to extend eligibility for the Fry Scholarship to spouses and children of members of the National Guard and Reserves who died of service-connected causes but whose deaths did not occur when the member was on active duty. The Fry Scholarship provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouses of service membe… Continue Reading


05.02.19

Senator Lankford Questions Acting DHS Secretary on Crisis at the Southern Border

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan on the agency's plan to address the rapidly growing humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico border. Lankford specifically talked about the "recycling" of children by human traffickers to assist individuals seeking to enter the country. Lankford has advocated for Congressional action to address loopholes in the US immigration syste… Continue Reading


05.02.19

Senator Lankford Applauds Action to Protect Conscience Rights of Healthcare Providers

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauds the issuance of a final rule by the Trump Administration to ensure that healthcare professionals are free from discrimination on the basis of religious belief or moral conviction and not forced to act contrary to their beliefs. The rule provides much-needed enforcement of laws passed by Congress to ensure the protection of conscience rights for those in the healthcare fields. "The final rule issued by the Administration today will en… Continue Reading


05.02.19

Lankford, King Introduce Resolution Recognizing the National Day of Prayer

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Angus King (I-ME) today introduced a resolution to recognize May 2, 2019, as this year's National Day of Prayer, which 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 o… Continue Reading


05.01.19

Lankford Joins Bipartisan Resolution to Honor the Nation’s First Responders

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) today to introduce a resolution to designate October 28, 2019, as "Honoring the Nation's First Responders Day." According to the Department of Homeland Security, an estimated 4.6 million career and volunteer firefighters, police, emergency medical technicians, and paramedic workers serve communities all across the United… Continue Reading


05.01.19

Senator Lankford Designates Week of May 5th Public Service Recognition Week

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), ahead of Public Service Recognition Week, designates May 5th through 11th as "Public Service Recognition Week" to honor employees of federal, state, and local governments, and members of the uniformed services. The resolution (S. Res 180) commends these public servants for their service, honors those who have given their lives for their country, and calls upon the next generation to consider careers in public service, and encourages efforts to prom… Continue Reading


05.01.19

Senator Lankford Pushes to Prevent Use of Contraband Cell Phones in Prisons

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's floor speech. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor on the issue with contraband cell phone use in prisons. In 2018, Oklahoma state prisons confiscated 7,518 cell phones from inmates. Lankford used examples from Oklahoma to show how this issue is impacting the state. Lankford is pushing for a change in federal law that will allow states to use jamming technology to prevent the use of contraband cell phones in prisons. … Continue Reading


05.01.19

Senator Lankford Prays for Nation on Senate Floor

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's floor speech. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor to pray for the nation ahead of the National Day of Prayer, which 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 US Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan to designate the Nat… Continue Reading


05.01.19

Lankford Joins Senators to Urge RFS Policy to Reflect Market Realities

WASHINGTON, DC - In advance of the upcoming proposed rulemaking for the 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), Senator James Lankford (R-OK) signed onto a letter led by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) urging EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to reset conventional biofuel volumes to reflect market realities. The letter was signed by Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), John Boozman (R-AR), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Susan Collins (R-ME), John… Continue Reading


05.01.19

Senators Lankford and Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Better Assess and Improve Federal Government’s Customer Service

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), ranking member of the HSGAC Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management introduced bipartisan legislation today to better assess and improve the customer service experience Americans receive when dealing with federal agencies. The bipartisan Federal Age… Continue Reading


04.30.19

Senators Lankford, Booker, Rep Blumenauer Seek to End Federal Tax Incentives for Professional Sports Stadiums

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), who is leading the bipartisan effort in the House, today introduced the Eliminating Federal Tax Subsidies for Stadiums Act, a bill to end generous federal subsidies for professional sports stadiums. The bill would close a loophole in the tax code that allows professional sports teams to finance new stadiums with municipal bonds that are exempt from federal taxes. Municipal bonds are int… Continue Reading


04.30.19

Lankford Joins Grassley to Require FTC Study of the Role, Behavior, and Recent Merger Activity of Prescription Drug Supply Chain Middlemen

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lankford joined Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) today to introduce legislation requiring the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to study the role and recent merger activity of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), as well as possible anticompetitive behavior. The Prescription Pricing for the People Act of 2019 helps to shine a light on the PBM industry by examining the effects of consolidation on pricing and other potenti… Continue Reading


04.25.19

Lankford, Blunt, Scott Announce Bill to Protect First Amendment Rights of Faith-Based Student Groups

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Today, Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Roy Blunt (MO), and Tim Scott (SC) announced the Equal Campus Access Act, legislation to ensure that religious student organizations can operate in accordance with their faith-based principles. The bill prohibits funding for public institutions of higher education if they deny rights, benefits, or privileges to student organizations because of their beliefs, practices, speech, leadership standards, or codes of conduct. "Our nation's col… Continue Reading


04.15.19

Point of View: It's almost Tax Day and the news is good

by Senator James Lankford

Tax Day is a significant day for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Since January, I've been able to hear from Oklahomans about how the tax changes affected their families and small businesses, but soon we'll see the final numbers. Some national media have done all they can to find problems, and since no one likes paying taxes, it's not hard to find negative stories. But there are some undeniable facts. Wages are up, unemployment is down and business investment is up. The economy has added over 3 milli… Continue Reading


04.15.19

Senator Lankford to Hold OKC Community Conversation TODAY

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today will hold a Community Conversation at the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives facility in Oklahoma City. Lankford will provide a brief legislative update and then will take questions from the attendees. WHO: Senator James Lankford (R-OK) WHAT: Community Conversation with Senator James Lankford WHEN: Monday, April 15, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm WHERE: Oklahoma Associa… Continue Reading


04.11.19

Senator Lankford Questions NIH Heads on Efforts to Find Non-Addictive Alternatives to Opioid Pain Medicines

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today attended a Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing on the fiscal year 2020 budget for the National Institutes of Health. Adequately funding research and treatment or cure development for national public health issues are high priorities for Lankford in his work on the Appropriations Committee. Lankford questioned NIH Dire… Continue Reading


04.11.19

Lankford, Portman, Blumenthal, Carper Reintroduce Bill to Improve Care & Safety for Unaccompanied Minors, Accelerate Immigration Court Proceedings

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Rob Portman (R-OH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Tom Carper (D-DE) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation, the Responsibility for Unaccompanied Minors Act, which requires HHS to keep better track of and care for unaccompanied alien children (UACs). This measure, which was first introduced in September 2018, will help both ensure the children's safety and ensure they appear at their immigration court proceedings. A summary of the bill is here … Continue Reading

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