Press Releases


Senator Lankford Urges Trump Administration To Resolve Trade Deals Soon, Warns Against Retaliatory Trade Action

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a floor speech on free and fair trade and the importance that international trade plays in supporting Oklahoma jobs. Lankford also reiterated the urgency needed for trade negotiations, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the US-Korea (KORUS) deal, to conclude expeditiously to provide stability to American workers and businesses. During the speech, Lankford gave several examples r… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Named Chairman of Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today was named Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. Lankford previously served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch. Today's subcommittee leadership shift is due to the resignation of former Senator and Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) and appointment of Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) as the new Appropriations Committee Chairman. "I'm excited to t… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Inhofe Applaud Oklahoma Nominees for US District Court

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today praised President Trump's nomination of Justice Patrick Wyrick to serve as District Judge on the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and John M. O'Connor to serve as District Judge on the US District Court for the Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma. "Justice Wyrick and John O'Connor are dedicated and principled Oklahomans that will uphold the rule of law while serving the nation from… Continue Reading


CBO Budget Report Is Another Startling Reminder About Debt and Deficit

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made the following statement about the release of Monday's Congressional Budget Office (CBO) budget and economic outlook report, which shows that the deficit will surpass $1 trillion per year by 2020: "This CBO budget and economic outlook report is yet another startling reminder that our total debt and yearly deficits are headed in the wrong direction. CBO confirmed that our deficit is rapidly approaching $1 trillion in overspending. In just two y… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Announces Tulsa Community Conversation

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - The Office of Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced an April state work week Community Conversation in Tulsa. For the event, Lankford wants to ensure everyone has an opportunity to ask questions. Lankford will hold five 30-minute face-to-face conversations with groups of 35 Oklahomans. To accommodate everyone, an online sign-up is required for the event. If you are unable to sign-up online, contact the Oklahoma City office at 405-231-4941. WHAT: Communit… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on New Oklahoma City University President

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford today made the following statement on Oklahoma City University naming a new president: "Martha Burger has a distinguished career in higher education and I believe she will serve OCU very well as President. The school is well-positioned to succeed because of Robert Henry's trusted and visionary leadership at OCU. I have confidence that Martha will lead OCU to a new level of service to the state and the legal community." ###… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on New University of Oklahoma President

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today made the following statement on the University of Oklahoma naming a new president: "I congratulate James Gallogly on his new role. He has a tremendous history of success and I look forward to seeing him bring those experiences to OU and continue the long tradition of academic excellence. I'm grateful for David Boren's steady leadership as OU's President for so many years. President Boren has finished his decades of public service strong a… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Bill to Provide Educational Opportunities for Native Students Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford's (R-OK) Indian education bill, the Johnson O'Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act, today passed the Senate. The bipartisan bill updates decades-old data the federal government uses to distribute funds to benefit Native American students. "The Johnson O'Malley Act is an important program that provides cultural and academic assistance to American Indian students and opens the door to a number of valuable resources," said Lankford… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Opposes $1.3 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) tonight voted against the $1.3 trillion Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus spending bill and made the following statement: "This omnibus bill is another symptom of Washington's spending illness; massive overspending in a 2,200 page bill released only hours before the vote. Our Fiscal Year ended September 30, 2017, almost six months ago, but the yearly appropriations were completed today. Since 1986, there have been 23 omnibus bills in all - our budget proces… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Touts The Revised Secure Elections Act

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate Floor to tout his revised Secure Elections Act, a bipartisan bill that aims to strengthen election infrastructure and cybersecurity in America. With today's reintroduction, Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) also co-sponsored the bill. Excerpts: (:09-:45) As many of you know the Department of Homeland Security has been actively engaged in … Continue Reading


Senators Introduce Revised Secure Elections Act With Burr, Warner’s Support

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE D.J. Jordan (Lankford): 202-228-1477 Kirsten Hartman (Klobuchar): 202-228-6317 Rebecca Glover (Burr): 202-228-1616 Rachel Cohen (Warner): 202-228-6884 Tyrone Gayle (Harris): 202-897-6212 Annie Clark (Collins): 202-224-2523 Whitney Potter (Heinrich): 202-228-1578 Taylor Reidy (Graham): 202-224-5972 WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC)… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Klobuchar Announce Funding For Election Security

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) tonight announced the inclusion of election security funding in the Omnibus Appropriations bill to be voted on this week. The bill includes $380 million for states to make election security improvements, implement cybersecurity guidelines, and replace outdated electronic voting machines. This funding was first proposed in Lankford and Klobuchar's Secure Elections Act, a bipartisan bill introduced in December to protect agai… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Supports Bill to Fight Sex Trafficking, Hold Websites Accountable

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today supported the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (HR 1865) to combat online sex trafficking. HR 1865 incorporates provisions of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA). Lankford is an original cosponsor of SESTA, bipartisan legislation to ensure justice for victims of online sex trafficking and ensure websites such as, which knowingly facilitate sex trafficking, are held liable and brought to justic… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford, Intel Committee Unveil Recommendations To Secure Election Infrastructure

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Senate Intelligence Committee press conference to unveil Committee recommendations to secure America's election infrastructure. "It is vitally important that we secure our elections systems in America," said Lankford. "This isn't just about Russia - they were the ones to pursue these efforts in 2016, but it is just as likely that another state actor like North Korea or Iran or a hacktivist group… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Votes For Regulatory Relief for Oklahoma Small Banks

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement after voting for Dodd-Frank reform legislation, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155), which will reduce federal regulations for small community banks and credit unions: "Oklahoma community banks and credit unions have struggled under the burden of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act that created heavy regulatory demands intended for the larger banks that contributed to the 2008 financia… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Urges For Real Reforms to Budget Process

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate Floor to outline solutions to reform the current budget process that was put in place in the 1970s but has only worked four times. During the speech, Lankford addressed the issues with the budget process and how to fix it. Last week, Lankford attended the first meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform, which is a bi-partisan, bi-cameral panel tasked with… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Participates in March Madness Tournament of Government Waste

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and former Senator, Dr. Tom Coburn (R-OK) in the Tournament of Government Waste, an informative way to generate a conversation on the need to eliminate the nation's national debt. The tournament is hosted by Pursuit; Dr. Coburn's non-profit to encourage young Americans to lead the discussion on issues that affect their generation. The tournament starts with eight match-ups to determine the most ou… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Joins Joint Select Committee on Budget Reform, Attends First Meeting

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) yesterday attended the first meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform, a bi-partisan panel including members from the House and Senate. Lankford's appointment to the committee was announced last week by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The panel's focus is to reform the entire budget and appropriations process, which Lankford has strongly advocated for during his time in the House and Senate. "… Continue Reading


GAO Report Finds Billions of Tax Dollars Fund Abortion Providers

D.J. Jordan (Lankford) Brook Ramlet Hougesen (Ernst) Katie Boyd (Blunt) Breanna Deutsch (Daines) WASHINGTON, DC - The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office released an extensive report that details the amount of federal tax dollars spent from 2013-2015 by three abortion providers including Planned Parenthood Federation of American (PPFA), Marie Stopes International (MSI), and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). The report was requested by Senators James Lankford (R-OK)… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on North Korea

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made the following statement on today's South Korean announcement regarding the possibility of North Korea denuclearization: "The US wants a world safe for all families, including the people of North and South Korea. Currently the people of North Korea live under the oppressive reign of a dictator that has been determined to threaten the world with a nuclear weapon. I welcome any conversations that could lead to a path to denuclearization, but I am… Continue Reading

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