Press Releases


Lankford, Colleagues Protect Health Care Workers from Discrimination

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today reintroduced the Conscience Protection Act of 2021 to protect healthcare providers, including health insurance plans from government discrimination if they decline to participate in abortions. The Conscience Protection Act also provides a private right of action for victims of discrimination. "No one should have to check their faith or moral convictions at the door when they enter their workplace. Unfortunately, many health care workers don'… Continue Reading


Lankford, Colleagues to President Biden: Withdraw Becerra Nomination to Serve as HHS Secretary

WASHINGON, DC. - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), Representative Dan Bishop (R-NC), and 73 other Members of Congress today in a letter urging President Joe Biden to withdraw California Attorney General Xavier Becerra's nomination to serve as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). In part, the members wrote, "We write to express our grave concerns regarding the nomination of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to serve as the next Secr… Continue Reading


Lankford Votes to Acquit Donald Trump

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issues statement on his vote to acquit Donald Trump on the Article of Impeachment: "I cannot support removing someone from office who is not in office. An impeachment trial after someone has left office is unconstitutional." The former president was acquitted by the Senate. Prior to the trial, Lankford supported a point of order on the constitutionality of the trial of a former president. The US Constitution outlines the basic process for impeac… Continue Reading


Lankford: CDC Must Clarify Guidance for How Oklahomans Who Received Vaccine Can Return to Normal

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requesting guidance for how people, particularly seniors, can reengage with their families and communities after they have received the vaccine. Lankford noted in his letter the specific isolation senior adults have endured over the last year since the start of the pandemic and how they need clear direction on how to balance preventative measures while gettin… Continue Reading


Lankford Joins Cotton and Colleagues to Warn President Biden of Immigration Crisis, Health Risks

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) sent a letter urging President Joe Biden to reassess and reverse his executive actions on immigration, which have led to increased illegal border crossings by unvetted and unvaccinated aliens in the middle of a pandemic. The letter may be found here. Full text may be found at the bottom of this release. Cosigners of the letter include: John Barrasso (R-WY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Mike Lee (… Continue Reading


Oklahoma Congressional Delegation Thanks OK National Guard for Protecting US Capitol

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK), along with Representatives Stephanie Bice (OK-05), Kevin Hern (OK-01), Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), Frank Lucas (OK-03), and Tom Cole (OK-04) sent a letter to the Oklahoma National Guard, thanking them for their exemplary service at the US Capitol last month. "It was my highest honor to personally thank our Oklahoma National Guard members, who kept everyone safe during President Biden's inauguration," said Lankford. "Their fami… Continue Reading


Lankford, Colleagues Advocate to Protect Hongkongers From Chinese Oppression

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Todd Young (R-IN), Ben Cardin (D-MD), John Cornyn (R-TX), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Chris Coons (D-DE) to reintroduce the bipartisan Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act, which would ensure those Hongkongers who peacefully protested Beijing's corrupt justice system and have a well-founded fear of persecution ar… Continue Reading


Lankford Questions OMB Nominee Whose Social Media Tone Doesn’t Match President Biden’s Call for Unity

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to consider the nomination of Ms. Neera Tanden to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Lankford questioned Ms. Tanden on disparaging remarks she's made on social media, especially her depiction of people of faith as using their faith as a "cudgel." Lankford also asked Ms. Tanden about President Biden… Continue Reading


Lankford Joins Lee to Support Employees’ Flexibility on How to Use Their Overtime

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined an effort let by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and 11 of their colleagues to introduce the Working Families Flexibility Act, which would give employees more flexibility on how to use their overtime benefits. "COVID-19 has taught our nation that a little flexibility for working families goes a long way," said Lankford. "Allowing private-sector workers in Oklahoma the flexibility to choose paid time off or work over-time for extra pay is a good step… Continue Reading


Lankford, 47 Senators to Schumer: We're in the Fight for Life Together. Any Radical, Pro-Abortion Agenda is Dead on Arrival

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) to lead a letter with 47 other pro-life senators to send a unified message to Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer that they have the votes to block any bill that would undermine the Hyde Amendment or any other pro-life protections. "We are united in our resolve to guard against any changes to Federal law that would unsettle nearly half a century of bipartisan consensus against taxpayer funding for abortion on demand… Continue Reading


Lankford Opposes Partisan Budget Resolution

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today opposed the Senate Budget Resolution to be used by Senate Democrats as a step toward passing President Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion COVID spending bill. Lankford has been outspoken that Americans are hurting, but Congress should focus on targeted relief to Americans who need it most. Lankford spoke on the Senate floor on Wednesday to address that Congress recently passed COVID relief, which billions have not been allocated yet, including to … Continue Reading


Lankford Demands Equal Treatment for Houses of Worships to Open Their Doors and Serve Community During Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today filed an amendment to the Senate Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2021 to ensure that churches and house of worship are treated the same as secular organizations in terms of restrictions due to the COVID health pandemic. "Unequal treatment is wrong, especially when that treatment violates our Constitutional protections. For months, some houses of worship around the country have endured restrictions that have not been imposed on similar enti… Continue Reading


Senate to Vote on Lankford-Rubio-Scott Amendment to Prevent Tax Hikes on Small Businesses During the Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Tim Scott (R-SC) filed an amendment to the Senate Budget Resolution that would protect small businesses from tax increases. Specifically, the amendment would seek to prohibit Democrats from increasing taxes on small businesses during the pandemic through budget reconciliation, the tool they are using to bypass bipartisan COVID-19 relief legislation. Using the budget reconciliation process allows congressional Democrats to m… Continue Reading


Lankford Tapped for Senate Energy Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - In an announcement by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was selected to join the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for the 117thCongress. He will continue to serve on the Senate Finance Committee, the Ethics Committee, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the Committee on Indian Affairs. "Oklahoma has always stood proud as an all-of-the-above energy state and having Oklahoma represented on … Continue Reading


Lankford Joins Colleagues’ Call for Answers on Dangerous Biden DHS Deportation Moratorium

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined a letter led by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and 10 Senate colleagues to push back on a deportation moratorium proposed by President's Biden's Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which will prevent the removal of the vast majority of illegal immigrants with final orders of removal-including dangerous criminals-from the United States. The moratorium was proposed in a January 21 memorandum issued by DHS, purportedly to focus resourc… Continue Reading


Lankford Blasts Biden Administration’s Doublespeak of Unity and Bipartisanship While Demonstrating the Opposite

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor about President Biden's 22 executive actions issued in the first 10 days after being sworn in on January 20, 2021, and the impact on the nation. Lankford addressed President Biden's unilateral executive actions that target traditional energy, babies in the womb, women's sports, and border security. Lankford called on his colleagues to not just talk about pursuing unity as a na… Continue Reading


Lankford, Portman, Fischer Introduce Bill to Reduce Unfunded Mandates, Encourage Job Creation

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) to introduce the Unfunded Mandates Accountability and Transparency Act (UMATA). The bill will reduce excessive unfunded government mandates on job creators, giving them greater freedom to invest in their companies and hire new workers. When the federal government imposes unnecessary and burdensome regulations, it undermines employers' ability to hire more workers, and makes it harder fo… Continue Reading


Lankford Opposes DHS Nominee Due to Serious National Security Concerns at Southern Border

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today opposed the confirmation of Mr. Alejandro Mayorkas to serve as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security: "Ignoring illegal activity on our borders only encourages more illegal activity. We know that drug cartels, human traffickers, and caravans still seek to exploit our southern border, yet the Biden Administration is doing none of the things that would deter illegal action at the border. I opposed Mr. Mayorkas's nomination today … Continue Reading


Lankford, Colleagues Look to Protect Babies Born Alive

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) to reintroduce the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act. "Every life is valuable-born or unborn," said Lankford. "It shouldn't be controversial to say that if a child survives an attempted abortion and is living outside his or her mother, that baby deserves to receive care. We should all agree that tax dollars should not fund abortion on demand in the United States or overseas. When science has shown a child can fee… Continue Reading


Lankford, Colleagues Introduce Bill To Block Biden Energy Ban

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) to introduce the Protecting our Wealth of Energy Resources (POWER) Act of 2021. The POWER Act would prohibit the President or his secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture and Energy departments from blocking energy or mineral leasing and permitting on federal lands and waters without congressional approval. Lankford and Lummis were joined by Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), John Barrasso (R-WY), Marsha Blackbur… Continue Reading

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