Press Releases

03.29.17

Senator Lankford’s RESPECT Act Passes Indian Affairs Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK)'s Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes (RESPECT) Act today passed the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. The bill would repeal several outdated, offensive federal laws against Native Americans, including unenforced laws currently in place subjecting Native Americans to forced labor. Specific to Oklahoma, the bill would repeal a 100-year-old law that allowed for the forced removal of Native American children… Continue Reading


03.29.17

Senator Lankford Statement on Security Incident at Capitol

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch, made the following statement on today's security incident at the United States Capitol: "We're extremely grateful for the women and men who serve in our United States Capitol Police force. Today was yet another example of how they keep Members of Congress, the four thousand people who work here, and the millions of people who visit the complex, safe every single day. A … Continue Reading


03.28.17

Senator Lankford Applauds President’s Executive Order on Energy Independence

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded President Trump's Energy Independence Executive Order. This Executive Order repeals several Obama-era environmental rules and removes some of the most economically damaging energy regulations from the last eight-years, including the Clean Power Plan. "Since 2015, I have stated that regulations like the Clean Power Plan assume power for the president that has never been given in law," said Lankford. "The EPA or the Department of Ene… Continue Reading


03.27.17

Senator Lankford Statement on Fallen Tecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on the fallen police officer, Justin Terney: "I'm deeply saddened to hear the news of Tecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney who passed away this morning. We owe a debt of gratitude to all those who put on the uniform every day and risk their lives to ensure the safety of our communities, and Officer Terney gave the ultimate sacrifice. "I pray that God will provide comfort and peace to Officer Terney's family as… Continue Reading


03.24.17

Senator Lankford Statement on Health Care Reform

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made the following statement after the House of Representatives decided to delay the vote on the American Health Care Act (HR 1628): "Today's events in the House of Representatives may be disconcerting to many Americans and Oklahomans, but this is a part of the legislative process that often happens without much attention. There are often lengthy debates, rescheduled votes, and amendment negotiations outside the media spotlight that the general pu… Continue Reading


03.24.17

Lankford Letter - March 24

CLICK HERE for the March 24, 2017 Lankford Letter.… Continue Reading


03.23.17

Senator Lankford Statement on Conclusion of Judge Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made the following statement on the conclusion of Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee: "Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Senate Democrats have no reason to try to mount a filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Judge Gorsuch has an impressive record of interpreting the law without trying to legislate from the bench. All eight sitting Supreme Court Justices, as we… Continue Reading


03.23.17

Senator Lankford Applauds Administration Approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement on reports that the Trump Administration will approval the Keystone XL oil pipeline: "I am glad the Trump administration is moving energy forward with the completion of the northern-leg of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. This is a safe and efficient way to move crude from Canada through the Midwest to the Gulf Coast, but was subject to years of political delay, even though there was no evidence of a significant impact o… Continue Reading


03.21.17

Senators Lankford and Gillibrand Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Foster Care and Adoption Standards Nationwide

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today introduced the National Adoption and Foster Care Home Study Act (S. 684), a bill to improve matching children and families through foster care in the United States. This bill would also create a national standard and database to achieve greater uniformity and transparency to ensure quality foster care placements. Representatives Steve Russell (R-OK), Jared Huffman (D-CA), and Karen Bass (D-CA) today introduced th… Continue Reading


03.20.17

Senator Lankford Returns from Middle East Intelligence Committee Trip

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today returned from an Intelligence Committee trip to the Middle East to evaluate regional anti-terrorism efforts, conduct oversight of intelligence programs, and visit key allies in the fight against terrorism. The trip included stops in Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel, and Lankford was joined by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC), Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), and Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Tom Cotton (R-AR). Th… Continue Reading


03.17.17

Senator Lankford in The Hill: One year ago today, we declared ISIS atrocities as genocide

by Senator James Lankford

On year ago today, on March 17, 2016, then-Secretary of State John Kerry formally designated the actions of ISIS as genocide. As part of that declaration he said: "[ISIS] is… responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing directed at these same groups and in some cases also against Sunni Muslims, Kurds, and other minorities… [ISIS] kills Christians because they are Christians; Yezidis because they are Yezidis; Shia because they are Shia. …naming these crimes is… Continue Reading


03.16.17

Senator Lankford Statement on President Trump’s Budget

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on the White House's release of a budget guideline: "Today's budget from the White House is the start of a conversation about the federal budget and how the American people's hard-earned taxpayer money should be spent. I appreciate the White House using many ideas from my Federal Fumbles government waste report. Our nation still faces a massive $19 trillion federal debt that must be addressed with targeted cuts… Continue Reading


03.16.17

Senator Lankford Questions Trump Administration on Strategy for Imprisoned Americans Abroad

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to the Trump administration to inquire about its diplomatic strategy within the State Department for securing the release of American citizens unjustly detained or imprisoned in a foreign country. As State Department Secretary Rex Tillerson restructures the Department, Lankford sent the letter to encourage Mr. Tillerson and his team to develop a new diplomatic strategy that aggressively advocates for detained U.S. citizens and … Continue Reading


03.15.17

Senator Lankford Delivers Speech on Senate Floor About Oklahoma Wildfires

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate about the Oklahoma wildfires and efforts to recover from the damage. Lankford and Senator Jim Inhofe toured the damage in and around Woodward on Friday, March 10. Excerpt: I'm grateful there are neighbors taking care of neighbors. And I'm proud of the people of Oklahoma who are watching out for each other. As we walk through this, God willing, we'll continue to be abl… Continue Reading


03.15.17

Senator Lankford Supports National Intelligence Nominee Dan Coats

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement in support of the confirmation of Dan Coats to be Director of National Intelligence: "Dan and I served together in the Senate and on the Senate Intelligence Committee; he is a great colleague and friend. Dan understands the national security threats currently facing our nation and the solutions needed to thwart them. I am pleased that the Senate has overwhelmingly voted to confirm Dan; he will serve our natio… Continue Reading


03.15.17

Citizens Against Government Waste Honors Senator Lankford as “Taxpayer Super Hero”

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today was awarded by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) as a "Taxpayer Super Hero". Lankford was one of only four lawmakers to earn a perfect score from CCAGW 2016 Congressional Ratings. CCAGW President Tom Schatz said, "We applaud and wholeheartedly thank Senator Lankford for his tireless work on behalf of the taxpayers while serving in Congress. Senator Lankford's courageous work to expose wasteful spending in his annual F… Continue Reading


03.15.17

Senator Lankford’s Taxpayers Right to Know Act Receives Committee Approval

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford's (R-OK) transparency bill, The Taxpayers Right to Know Act, was reported favorably out of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs today during a markup. The bipartisan bill would require the federal government to make public the details, costs, and performance metrics of every federal program above one million dollars. Currently, Americans are unable to see all of the programs paid for by their tax dollars. The House unanimously… Continue Reading


03.14.17

Senator Lankford Votes to Overturn Obama Administration Labor Drug Testing Regulation

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted for and applauded Senate passage of H.J.Res.42, a Congressional Review Act to overturn an unemployment drug testing regulation issued by the Department of Labor on August 1, 2016. This rule, promulgated from the bipartisan Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, was reinterpreted by the Obama administration to limit states' congressionally intended discretion in implementing their unemployment compensation and unemployment … Continue Reading


03.14.17

Senator Lankford Visits White House to Discuss Obamacare Replacement

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement after meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and senior officials at the White House about the repeal and replacement of Obamacare: "Because of Obamacare, thousands of families in Oklahoma can no longer afford health insurance or the rising premiums and deductibles. Oklahoma is currently experiencing a one-year 76 percent insurance increase with only one insurer through the federal exchange, on top of a 35 pe… Continue Reading


03.13.17

Senator Lankford Applauds President Trump Executive Order to Reorganize Executive Branch

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on President Trump's government reorganization and modernization Executive Order: "I applaud President Trump's Executive Order to develop a plan that will reorganize and reduce duplication in federal agencies. This directive from the President will allow agencies to address areas that are wasteful, and prioritize the departments and programs that are most needed by Americans. It is time the federal governmen… Continue Reading

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