Press Releases

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


08.06.22

Lankford Amendment Addresses Ongoing Crisis At the Border

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced 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. Lankford's amendment would take $1 million out of the Affordable Care Act slush fund for FY 2023 and use it to maintain Title 42 authority. "Title 42 authority is the last line of defense that our Border Patrol agents have to protect our border during this ongoing health… Continue Reading


08.06.22

Lankford Calls Out Democrats’ Almost Comically Misnamed Inflation Reduction Act for What It Really Is

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 took his Democrat colleagues to task on their so-called "Inflation Reduction Act," which Lankford reinforced time and time again in his remarks does not reduce inflation and does not decrease the deficit. Instead, Lankford says this massive tax-and-spend spree will lead to increased taxes on virtually every American, a potential 17-percent in… Continue Reading


08.05.22

Lankford, Colleagues Stand Up for Law-abiding Gun Owners Against ATF’s Unreasonable Application Wait Times

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and eight Republican Senators today sent a letter to the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Steven Dettelbach to share their concerns that ATF has accumulated a significant backlog of Form 4 and Form 1 applications. ATF requires these forms in order to transfer a National Firearms Act (NFA) item, which includes sound suppressors, from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) to a law-abiding citizen. The current w… Continue Reading


08.05.22

Lankford Debunks Harmful Rumors & Misinformation Post-Dobbs In Latest Podcast Episode

CLICK HERE to watch the podcast on YouTube. CLICK HERE to listen on SoundCloud. OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - The Office of Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the latest episode of The Breakdown with James Lankford. After months of legacy media and the pro-abortion lobby spreading false rumors about miscarriages, ectoptic pregnancies, and what this means for the future of women's health, Lankford was joined by Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and Dr. Christina Francis to break down the facts abou… Continue Reading


08.05.22

Lankford, Cramer Press Interior to Implement Permitting Reform

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, to led 15 colleagues urging Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Deb Haaland to implement provisions of the bipartisan infrastructure law which streamlined permitting for oil and natural gas infrastructure. In the letter, the Senators highlight a section of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which gave the Biden Admin… Continue Reading


08.04.22

Lankford Moves to Stop Biden’s Excessive Permitting Delays on US Energy & Mineral Production

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today voted to overturn a Biden Administration rule that has added excessive environmental analyses to federal energy project permitting under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Biden Administration's new rule essentially gives a free pass to federal regulators to drag out the review process for US energy or mineral projects. The rule gives federal regulators free rein to… Continue Reading


08.03.22

Lankford Supports Sweden and Finland Joining NATO

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today supported adding Finland and Sweden to NATO: "Russia's invasion of Ukraine has reminded the world that there are still leaders of nations that want to murder their neighbors and steal their land. Peace in Europe is beneficial to everyone, and NATO is the most successful military alliance of all time. Adding strong militaries like Sweden and Finland to NATO increases our capacity to maintain peace in the future. As we face growing challenges i… Continue Reading


08.03.22

Lankford: Democrats’ Resurrection of Build Back Broke Is a Tax on Oklahomans While Still Facing Record-high Inflation

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 once again stood in opposition to Biden's obsession with raising taxes on businesses, even during the worst inflation we've seen in 40 years, to pay for his radical climate-change agenda from the failed Green New Deal, which Oklahomans have made clear they do not want. Lankford says Democrats' "Inflation Reduction Act," which Lankford conti… Continue Reading


08.02.22

Lankford Wants to Ensure Faith-based Nonprofits Can Serve Equally alongside Secular Entities

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and their colleagues to introduce the LIFTing Local Communities Act to make it easier for faith-based organizations to apply for, and receive, government grants and other types of funding without fear of arbitrary religious limitations and vindictive litigation. Faith-based organizations are some of our nation's best social service providers, but they often face unjust barriers and uncertainty when applying to… Continue Reading


08.02.22

Lankford Keeps His Focus on Quality Veteran Care

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today opposed a bill that will cause delays in benefits and care for veterans. Lankford opposed the Honoring Our PACT Act, though the bill passed the Senate by a vote of 86 to 11. Lankford addressed his concerns with the PACT Act in a Facebook Live video earlier today and he opposed the bill when the Senate voted on it in June. "I stand fully behind keeping our promise to care for veterans who were injured or developed chronic illnesses due to thei… Continue Reading


07.29.22

Lankford, Grassley Move to Help Law Enforcement Prosecute Criminals as Crime Rises around the US

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and 23 Republican colleagues in introducing a broad legislative package to clarify and strengthen violent crime laws related to homicide, bank robbery, carjacking, kidnapping and other offenses. The Combating Violent and Dangerous Crime Act resolves discrepancies brought on by conflicting court decisions and clarifies congressional intent regarding crimes of violence and their respective penalties. Despite an … Continue Reading

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