Press Releases

05.21.21

Lankford, Johnson, Colleagues Request Information on National Institutes of Health’s Funding of Gain of Function Research

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) sent a letter to Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) requesting information on gain of function research and NIH's 2014 moratorium on funding for that research. Lankford and Johnson were joined by Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Rick Scott (R-FL), Tom Cotton (R-AK), Roger Marshall (R-KS), and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI). The senators sent 17 information requests and asked for NIH to … Continue Reading


05.21.21

Lankford, Rosen, Deutch, Smith Condemn Recent Global Surge in Antisemitism

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV), co-chairs of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism, and Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Chris Smith (R-NJ), co-chairs of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism, released the following statement condemning recent antisemitic incidents across the globe: "As co-chairs of the bipartisan, bicameral congressional task forces for combating antisemitism, we are alarmed and deeply conc… Continue Reading


05.21.21

Lankford, Colleagues Want to Block Democrats’ Anti-Free-Speech, Anti-Privacy Proposal

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator Mike Braun (R-IN), and their colleagues to introduce the Don't Weaponize the IRS Act, which would prevent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from being used as a political weapon against conservative nonprofit groups. From 2010 to 2012, the Obama IRS spent over two years systematically targeting conservative tax-exempt groups. The Trump administration released a final rule in May 2… Continue Reading


05.21.21

Lankford, Tillis, Colleagues Condemn Decision to Support Funding for Sanctuary Cities

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Mike Braun (R-IN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) to send a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting Attorney General Merrick Garland release guidance memos produced by the DOJ that reinstated funding for sanctuary cities and jurisdictions. "Today, at least 11 states have … Continue Reading


05.20.21

Lankford, Colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Stop Giving Away Medical Technology to China

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and their colleagues to send a letter to Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and US Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai asking them to reverse the Biden Administration's decision to give US COVID intellectual property to China. Lankford also filed an amendment today to the United States Innovation and Competition Act that would prohibit the Biden Administration from implementing the decisi… Continue Reading


05.20.21

Lankford Alarmed at Biden Administration’s Move to Waive Nord Stream 2 Sanctions

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement after the Biden Administration signaled it would not move forward with sanctions on those involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would transport natural gas from Russia to Germany and threaten the energy security of the US and our European allies: "President Biden just made President Putin and the Kremlin very happy, which is another huge mistake. President Biden blocked the Keystone Pipelin… Continue Reading


05.20.21

Lankford, Johnson, Paul, Scott and Hawley Request Documents on CDC’s School Reopening Guidance

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Rand Paul (R-KY), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Josh Hawley (R-MO) sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, requesting information and documents related to apparent political interference by teachers' unions in the CDC's school reopening guidance. Senator Johnson is leading an effort in which he and four other mem… Continue Reading


05.20.21

Lankford, Grassley, Hassan Give Small Businesses More Flexibility with Retirement Savings Options

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to introduce the Improving Access to Retirement Savings Act. This bill will build off the successful implementation of the SECURE Act and make improvements so that more organizations and small businesses can participate in multiple employer plans (MEPs). "Oklahoma families and employers should have greater access to retirement plans that best fit their needs," said Lankford. "By making … Continue Reading


05.19.21

Lankford Slams DC Democrat Policies Keeping Oklahomans from Going Back to Work

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today shared his frustrations on the Senate floor after Democrats voted to extend unemployment benefits through September 2021, which has caused Oklahoma workers not to fill numerous job openings because employers can't compete with federal benefits that should have been phased out when the economy reopened. In his remarks Lankford applauded Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt's (R-OK) announcement this… Continue Reading


05.19.21

Lankford, Johnson, Colleagues Call Out President Biden’s Lack of Open, Transparent Government

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) in a letter with 19 of their Senate Republican colleagues in calling on President Biden to reverse his executive order that revoked federal agencies requirement to post guidance documents in a searchable database. The executive order was modeled after bipartisan, bicameral legislation led by Johnson and Lankford, the Guidance Out of Darkness Act (GOOD Act) that was approved by voice vote by the Senate Committee on H… Continue Reading


05.18.21

Lankford, Ernst Oppose Biden Administration’s Efforts to Give Tax Dollars to Abortion Providers

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) and their colleagues to oppose the Biden Administration's efforts to direct tax dollars to abortion providers. In a public comment letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra, the senators urged him to withdraw the Proposed Rule on the Title X family planning program, which would eliminate the Trump administration's 2019 Protect Life Rule. If finalized, the proposed rule would direct tens of… Continue Reading


05.18.21

Lankford Warns Biden Infrastructure Plan Will Add to Trillion-dollar Debt

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Senate Finance Committee hearing entitled, "Funding and Financing Options to Bolster American Infrastructure." Lankford's questions to the panel of witnesses focused on areas Oklahomans agree are actual infrastructure including transportation needs and how to pay for them, federal regulations impacting states and local governments and how they increase construction costs an… Continue Reading


05.17.21

Lankford Supports Decision to Get Oklahomans Safely Back to Work

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement following Governor Kevin Stitt's announcement on getting Oklahomans back to work: "At the start of the pandemic, Congress came together to pass legislation to address the real needs of Americans. We had a call to support those who were out of work due to the shutdowns across our state. Oklahoma is open, is safe, and businesses are hiring. I support Governor Stitt's plan today to end the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. W… Continue Reading


05.17.21

Lankford, Cruz, Gallagher Recognize Israeli Sovereignty

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) to introduce the Israeli Sovereignty Reassurance Act of 2021 (ISRA), legislation to prohibit the State Department from reversing the US recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. ISRA ensures no funds go to "prepare, propose, draft, review, or promulgate any regulation, guidance, or executive order or to otherwise implement, administer, or enforce any policy" reversing th… Continue Reading


05.17.21

Lankford Joins Amicus Brief to Protect Babies With Down Syndrome

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) to file an amicus brief in Little Rock Planning Services v. Rutledge, urging the court to uphold Arkansas's law to protect unborn babies with Down syndrome. For text of the brief, click HERE. Other supporters of the brief include 65 members from the House of Representatives and Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mike Braun (R-IN), John Boozman (R-AR), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Steve Daines (R-MT), Jo… Continue Reading


05.13.21

Lankford Warns Against Democrats’ Dangerous Election Takeover Bill

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor to warn Oklahomans and the nation about the Democrats' so-called "For the People Act" or H.R. 1/S.1. The bill is being sold to the American people as necessary to protect election integrity, but it is actually a massive federal takeover of our election and a way to force states to adopt dangerous practices like voter intimidation, voter suppression, federally funded … Continue Reading


05.13.21

Lankford Questions Head of Homeland Security on Failure to Secure Southern Border

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing entitled, "DHS Actions to Address Unaccompanied Minors at the Southern Border," at which Lankford finally had an opportunity to question Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on why the crisis at the southern border is not being addressed. Lankford addressed his frustrations on the lack… Continue Reading


05.13.21

Lankford, Colleagues Stand with Israel

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) along with 42 Republican colleagues to urge President Biden to stand with our closest ally in the region, Israel. As Israel is under attack from Iranian-back terrorists, the Biden Administration is negotiating and potentially offering sanctions relief to Iran, the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. The Senators called on President Biden to immediately end negotiations with Iran, and make clear that sanction… Continue Reading


05.12.21

Lankford, Colleagues Demand President Biden Secure the Southern Border, Address Crisis

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) and their colleagues in a press conference on the ongoing national security and humanitarian crisis at the US southern border, created by President Joe Biden's failed policies of open borders and amnesty. Tomorrow Lankford will participate in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the southern border, and Lankford will fina… Continue Reading


05.12.21

Lankford Calls Out Biden For Sending NASA Rocket Scientists to the Southern Border Instead of Finishing the Wall

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) called out the Biden Administration for their continued failure to address the crisis at the southern border while secretly recruiting a "volunteer force" of federal employees from NASA, Department of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and Department of Agriculture to work at the border transferring migrants with very few training requirements. Lankford wrote, "I write to express grave concern about the ongoing crisis at our Southern bo… Continue Reading

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