Press Releases

04.23.21

Lankford, Blackburn Work to Protect Health of Pregnant Women and Unborn Children

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced the Woman's Right to Know Act to protect the health of pregnant women and unborn children by providing adequate medical information for informed consent before abortions. Lankford and Blackburn were joined by cosponsors Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Braun (R-IN), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Mi… Continue Reading


04.23.21

Lankford Ensures National Guard and Reservists Receive Record of Military Service

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Jerry Moran (R-KS) to introduce the Record of Military Service for Members of the Armed Forces Act of 2021, which helps reserve component members of the US Armed Forces, including members of the Reserves and National Guard, to receive the benefits they have earned following their retirement or completion of service by ensuring they receive the same DD-214 form as other members of the military… Continue Reading


04.23.21

Lankford Wants Answers From Biden Administration on COVID Relief Spending

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) led Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Josh Hawley (R-MO) in a letter to Shalanda Young, Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) asking for details on how the nearly $6 trillion in COVID-19 funding is being spent. The Senators asked specifically about funding no longer protected by the Hyde Amendment. During the budget debate for the Democrats' reconciliation bill, Lankford introduced an amendment to uphold Hyde… Continue Reading


04.22.21

Lankford Offers Examples of How Democrat Policies are Keeping Oklahoma Businesses from Reopening

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor about his travel around Oklahoma over the Easter state work period and the concerns he heard from Oklahoma businesses about how Democrat policies continue to get in the way of their recovery because of the ongoing Unemployment Insurance (UI) extensions and other federal benefits related to the pandemic that are discouraging people from returning to work. Transcript … Continue Reading


04.22.21

Lankford Criticizes Chinese Human Rights Abuses and Intellectual Property Theft

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, "US-China Relations: Improving US Competitiveness through Trade," in which Lankford discussed how to address our tenuous trade relationship with China, given China's ongoing human rights and religious liberty violations, oppression of Hong Kong, and US intellectual property theft. Lankford remains outspoken about the need for the … Continue Reading


04.22.21

Lankford Continues to Prioritize the Need to Protect Religious Liberty

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) offered the following statement in response to the release of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom's (USCIRF) annual report, which includes the Commission's recommendations to the State Department for the designation of Countries of Particular Concern, which is required to be issued annually by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, and recommendations for its Special Watch List: "Religious freedom remains a challenge aro… Continue Reading


04.21.21

Lankford Joins Senate Republicans in Continuing Earmark Ban

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford issued the following statement after the Senate Republican Conference today maintained its ban on earmarks for Republican Senators: "I'm relieved Republicans maintained our long-standing earmark ban in the Senate Republican Conference. There are responsible ways to spend American tax dollars, and then there are earmarks. Every local government and nonprofit always needs more money. But earmarks do not prioritize essential national projects; they prioritiz… Continue Reading


04.21.21

Lankford Raises Concerns about National Debt and President Biden’s $2.4 Trillion “Infrastructure” Grab Bag on Senate Floor

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor to raise his concerns about President Biden's "infrastructure" proposal, which contains much more than infrastructure funding. After Congress has added more than $4 trillion to the national debt in the last 12 months, President Biden has now proposed a $2.4 trillion package that amounts to another grab-bag of political promises, including: $213 billion for housing… Continue Reading


04.21.21

Lankford, Collins, Hassan, Bennet Help Military Families Save for Retirement

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) along with Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the Military Spouses Retirement Security Act, a bill that would help spouses of active duty service members save for retirement by expanding access to employer-sponsored retirement plans. Lankford is also a cosponsor of the Military Spouse Licensing Relief Act. Many American households struggle to save for their golden years, especially as the econ… Continue Reading


04.20.21

Lankford, Inhofe, Daines Push Senate to Protect Life

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Steve Daines (R-MT) introduced an amendment to a bill to address hate crimes committed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The amendment would require the Attorney General to include abortions committed because of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, or disability of an unborn baby in the crime reports required under the bill. "Our amendment strengthens the reporting requirements in the bill to provide transparen… Continue Reading


04.20.21

Lankford, Daines & Colleagues Condemn Democrat’s Plan to Pack the Court

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) to introduce a resolution condemning a Democratic proposal to increase the number of Supreme Court Justices on the bench from nine to 13. "When President Biden took office he spoke on the need to unify this nation. Every action he has taken since that day has been partisan and now Senate and House Democrats have introduced a bill to add more Justices to the Supreme Court in an attempt to bend the Court to their … Continue Reading


04.19.21

Lankford Recognizes 26th Anniversary of OKC Bombing

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today honored victims, families, and first responders on the 26th anniversary of the tragic bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. Twenty-six years ago, the Murrah Building was the target of America's deadliest act of domestic terrorism, claiming the lives of 168 individuals, including 19 children. The Oklahoma Standard of taking care of our neighbors and offer… Continue Reading


04.16.21

Lankford, Ernst Bill Prevents Taxpayers from Funding Planned Parenthood

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) to introduce the Protect Funding for Women's Health Care Act, which would prevent any taxpayer dollars from going to the nation's single-largest provider of abortions, Planned Parenthood. The bill comes as the Biden Administration issued a proposed rule to allow Title X funds to go to abortion providers. Earlier this week, Lankford joined more than 100 Members of Congressto urge Secretary of Health and Human Servi… Continue Reading


04.15.21

Lankford, Inhofe, Blunt, Portman Advocate for American Jobs

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Rob Portman (R-OH), and JimInhofe (R-OK) announced the introduction of the Permanently Preserving America's Investment in Manufacturing Act of 2021. The bill would ensure that American manufacturers can continue to make large investments, hire workers, and produce goods in the United States. "Putting Americans first means that we must support jobs and domestic manufacturing staying in the United States-and that's exactl… Continue Reading


04.15.21

Lankford Wants US to Remain Energy Leader While Protecting R&D from China

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing to examine the role of the Department of Energy (DOE) and energy innovation in American economic competitiveness. Lankford's questions focused on how the US can promote innovation and in which areas we may be stifling innovation, as well as how we can protect our world-class research and development from theft by nations like China… Continue Reading


04.15.21

Lankford, Inhofe, Lucas Urge President Biden to Support Hinton Jobs

WASHINGTON, DC -Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Representative Frank Lucas (OK-03) sent a letter this week to President Biden urging him to suspend the executive order that prohibits the renewal of contracts for certain prisons, including the Great Plains Correctional Institution located in Hinton, Oklahoma. The members wrote, "We write urging you to suspend your January 26, 2021, executive order to close down prisons, including those housing criminal aliens. The Grea… Continue Reading


04.15.21

Lankford, Scott Lead Colleagues in Resolution Honoring Border Patrol Agents

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) to introduce a resolution along with Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Josh Hawley (R-MO) to commend the bravery and hard work of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents as they manage the crisis at the Southern border. "President Biden's bad policies have invited thousands of migrants to our borders in hopes of entering the country illegally," said Lankford. "I've seen first-hand how the brave… Continue Reading


04.14.21

Lankford Joins More Than 100 Members of Congress to Oppose Expanding Funding for Abortion Providers

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Representatives Ron Estes (R-KS) and Virginia Foxx (R-NC), along with more than a hundred of their colleagues, to send a letter to President Biden and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Becerra following their decision to expand funding for providers of abortion on demand under Title X. Today, the Biden Administration announced new proposed rules that would replace the Protect Life Rule issued by Pr… Continue Reading


04.13.21

Lankford, Carper Prioritize Scholarships for Military Spouses & Children of Fallen Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Tom Carper (D-DE) today introduced the Fry Scholarship Enhancement Act of 2021 to ensure surviving spouses and children of servicemembers who die as a result of a service-connected illness or injury have access to the benefits we owe them, some of which are currently tied up in eligibility timeframes that need to be corrected in law. Currently, if a veteran dies from a service-connected injury or illness within 120 days from release from activ… Continue Reading


04.13.21

Lankford Brings Oklahomans’ Frustrations with IRS Delays, Backlogs, and Filing Issues to Head of IRS

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, "The 2021 Filing Season and 21st Century IRS," in which he asked Oklahomans' questions of the hearing's witness, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig, about delays in processing tax returns due to COVID-19-related backlogs, issues surrounding Economic Impact Payments (EIP) and previous tax debt, and how to hand… Continue Reading

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