Press Releases

09.08.22

Lankford Says Oklahomans Dissatisfied with Direction DC is Taking Our Nation

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - After traveling the state during August work-period, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) brought perspectives from across Oklahoma back to Washington, DC, on a variety of issues. During his travels around the state, Lankford visited with nursing homes, business owners, teachers, manufacturers, veterans, active duty service members, social services providers, agricultural producers, e… Continue Reading


09.06.22

Lankford Stands Up to Protect School Lunch Program Against “Woke” Ideology

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Cindy Long to oppose a recent move by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and FNS to redefine the Department's definition of Title IX's prohibition on sex discrimination to also prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Lankford says the redefinition has no basis in statute and lacks evidence of c… Continue Reading


09.02.22

Lankford, Tillis, Colleagues Demand Answers On US Marshals Proposed Sanctuary Policies To Release Criminal Illegal Immigrants

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Thom Tillis (R-NC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mike Braun (R-IN), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Steve Daines (R-MT), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Tom Cotton (R-AK), Jim Risch (R-ID), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and John Hoeven (R-ND) today sent a letter to the Director of the US Marshals Service (USMS) Ronald Davis urging answers after reports that the USMS is considering a new policy to permit the release of dangerous, criminal aliens before US Immigratio… Continue Reading


08.30.22

Lankford Demands Answers on New DHS’ “Disinformation” Attacks after Original Board Shut Down by Public Outcry

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), lead Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, regarding the Department's ongoing needless pursuit of a "disinformation board" after their first attempt failed. On August 24, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced-after being heavily scrutinized by Lankford and others for their va… Continue Reading


08.30.22

Lankford Demands DOD Take Immediate Action on Deplorable Living Conditions for Service Members with Religious Objections to COVID Vaccine

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Department of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin about concerns he has after reports surfaced revealing deplorable living conditions for service members who have religious objections to the COVID vaccine. Lankford has written to Secretary Austin several times to raise concerns about how the DoD has handled requests for religious accommodations to the COVID … Continue Reading


08.29.22

Lankford Calls Out Biden for Trying to Finish the Wall Under the Radar after Billions in Waste

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), lead Republican of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas seeking clarification on the Department's recent decision to close four areas of the southern border wall near Yuma, Arizona, where Lankford visited in July 2022, after previously halting construction for more than two years and wasting billions of… Continue Reading


08.26.22

Lankford Sounds the Alarm on the VA’s Proposed Plan to Illegally Provide Abortions

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Denis McDonough to share his concerns with a not -yet-public Interim Final Rule (IFR) recently submitted by the VA to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) pertaining to "reproductive health services" at the VA, that may attempt to usurp federal law and provide abortions at VA medical facilities. In his letter, Lankford raises his concerns about the rule because of the B… Continue Reading


08.17.22

Lankford, Marshall Seek to Prohibit Taxpayer Funded Abortions for Illegal Immigrants

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Roger Marshall (R-KS) recently introduced the No Taxpayer Funds for Illegal Alien Abortions Act to prohibit any employee or contractor with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) or the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) from transporting any illegal immigrantacross state lines for the purpose of procuring an abortion. "In a new low, even for the most pro-abortion President in US history, President Biden apparen… Continue Reading


08.16.22

Lankford Announces Hire for Northeast Field Representative

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced the hire of Mack Savala as Field Representative for northeast Oklahoma. As Field Representative, he will travel across northeast Oklahoma to hear community needs and work with all Oklahomans to solve federal issues. "Mack is from northeast Oklahoma, and he understands the unique challenges facing families, businesses, schools, nonprofits, and health care facilities," said Lankford. "When I am in Washington, DC, Mack will serve as… Continue Reading


08.16.22

Lankford’s Pushes Simplified Application Process for Federal Disaster Assistance through Committee to Full Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - A bill by Senator James Lankford (R-OK) along with Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) to simplify the process to apply for federal disaster recovery aid has advanced in the Senate. The bill would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to establish a universal application across federal agencies for disaster survivors who are seeking federal assistance to recover from disasters. The bill was approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee a… Continue Reading


08.15.22

Lankford Statement on the One-Year Anniversary of Failed US Withdrawal from Afghanistan

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement on the one-year anniversary of the failed US withdrawal from Afghanistan: "Today marks a solemn one-year anniversary for our nation. A year ago today, the US was humiliated on the world stage when thousands of American citizens and allies were left behind in Afghanistan. We remember well the images of desperation and the pain of our nation as we watched the chaos erupt in Afghanistan. As a nation, we honor the 13 Ameri… Continue Reading


08.15.22

Lankford Demands Answers about Efforts to Dissolve ICE Council amid Push to Defund ICE

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) sent a letter to Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) Chairman Ernest DuBester requesting additional information after the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council filed a complaint with the Department of Labor (DOL) against the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). The Council requested that DOL investigate AFGE leadership … Continue Reading


08.11.22

Lankford, Scott Demand Oversight of FBI, DOJ after Unprecedented Search of Donald Trump’s Home

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was joined by Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), both members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), to send a letter calling for HSGAC Chairman Gary Peters (D-MI) to hold a briefing and conduct oversight of the unprecedented recent action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at the Florida home of President Donald Trump. The Senators wrote in their letter, "The escalation of this from negotiations with the… Continue Reading


08.09.22

Lankford, HSGAC Republicans Demand Hearing on Chinese Influence & Information Theft at US Reserve Banks

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) along with Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Rick Scott (R-FL), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Josh Hawley (R-MO) sent a letter to Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) Chairman, requesting a hearing with Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell and leadership at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding Chinese influence and information theft at US Federal Re… Continue Reading


08.09.22

Lankford Works to Protect Oklahoma Ag Land from Foreign Purchases

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced his plans to introduce the Security and Oversight of International Landholdings (SOIL) Act in order to provide oversight and transparency of purchases of US agricultural land that threaten national security. Lankford is continuing to respond to concerns from Oklahomans about the multiple recent purchases of Oklahoma agricultural land by foreign entities. "The state's "legal" marijuana trade has also predictably attracted transnat… Continue Reading


08.09.22

Lankford, Scott Empower Parents to Address Kids’ Learning Setbacks from COVID-19 School Closures

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) to introduce the Raising Expectations with Child Opportunity Vouchers for Educational Recovery (RECOVER) Act to empower parents to solve the learning loss crisis facing today's students. Joining Lankford and Scott in introducing the legislation were Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Rick Scott (R-FL), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Mike … Continue Reading


08.08.22

Lankford, Cotton, Colleagues Move to Stop Contraband Cellphone Use in Prisons

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) to introduce the Cellphone Jamming Reform Act, legislation to prevent contraband cellphone use in federal and state prison facilities by allowing state and federal prisons to use cell phone jamming systems. The bill gives state and federal prisons the authority to implement a jamming system to protect inmates, guards, and the public at large. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Boozman (R-AR), Mike Braun (R-IN), … Continue Reading


08.07.22

Lankford Strongly Opposes Democrats’ Tax and Spend Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today opposed Democrats' so-called "Inflation Reduction Act" of 2022. Lankford, ahead of a series of amendment votes referred to as a vote-a-rama, spoke on the Senate floor to reinforce that the Inflation Reduction Act does not reduce inflation and does not decrease the deficit. The bill passed by a vote of 50-50, with the Vice President breaking the tie. "A bill that increases taxes on American businesses, adds a new gas tax, hurts our oil and gas… Continue Reading


08.07.22

Lankford Moves to Keep Traditional Energy Tax Deductions Democrats Want to Cut after 100 Years

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today offered an amendment to the Democrats' so-called "Inflation Reduction Act" of 2022 to exempt traditional energy cost recovery allowances, including percentage depletion, intangible drilling costs, geological and geophysical expenditures, natural gas gathering lines, and others from the book minimum tax. Lankford continues to push for measures… Continue Reading


08.07.22

Lankford: It is Nonsensical to Say There is COVID Health Emergency Everywhere But the Southern Border

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today offered an amendment to Democrats' tax and spending spree, named the "Inflation Reduction Act," even though there is no clear evidence that the bill will reduce inflation. The amendment would take $1 million out of the Affordable Care Act slush fund for FY 2023 and use it to maintain Title 42 authority. The bill failed by a vote of 50-50. L… Continue Reading

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