Press Releases


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Small Business Groups Praise Lankford’s Small Business Regulatory Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - On Wednesday, Senator James Lankford introduced a package of regulatory improvement bills, including the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act (S.584), which is co-sponsored by Senators John Hoeven (R-ND); Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chairman of the Judiciary Committee; and Jim Risch (R-ID); chairman of the Small Business Committee. Similar legislation passed the House and is building support in the Senate. Here is what some small business advocacy groups are sa… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Inhofe Provide Information Available to Oklahomans Affected by Wildfires

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today released information on the services available to provide assistance to Oklahomans impacted by the wildfires affecting northwestern Oklahoma. Lankford and Inhofe will also tour the region and hold a press conference tomorrow at 10:00AM CT at the West Woodward Airport. For press conference information, click here. "All of Oklahoma stands with our friends and neighbors in northwest Oklahoma battling the devastat… Continue Reading


Lankford Subcommittee Examines Use of Sound Science During the Creation of Regulations

WASHINGTON, DC - The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, under the chairmanship of Senator James Lankford (R-OK), today held a hearing to examine how agencies use scientific information when making regulatory decisions. The hearing also analyzed how past administrations have encouraged the use of sound science, and steps that Congress should take to ensure agencies use the best available information and apply it in a transparent m… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Calls on Senate to Overturn Obama Administration Education Regulation

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate in favor of overturning an Obama administration Department of Education accountability and state plans regulation. In December 2015, Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, the Every Student Succeeds Act to repeal No Child Left Behind, but the Obama administration Department of Education reinterpreted the bill's regulations to place more federal mandates a… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Hoeven, Risch, and Grassley Introduce Small Business Regulatory Relief Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act (S.584) to require federal agencies to analyze the full impact of a proposed regulation on small businesses during the rulemaking process. The bill is co-sponsored by Senators John Hoeven (R-ND), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who is chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Jim Risch (R-ID), who is chairman of the Small Business Committee. "Small businesses are responsible for nea… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Introduces Regulatory Improvement Bills to Improve Rulemaking Process

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced a package of regulatory improvement bills aimed at improving the federal rulemaking process so that the final regulation works better for the American people. Lankford's objective is to improve the process of how regulations are made by facilitating greater transparency and accountability in the federal rulemaking process. "No matter who the president is, the federal rulemaking process needs greater transparency and accountability… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Passing of Mike McCarville

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement on the passing of long-time Oklahoma journalist Mike McCarville: "I'm saddened to learn of the passing of Mike McCarville. Mike was an investigator, communicator, and he had a passion for people and politics. He loved his state and its people, and he will be missed by me and my family. My prayers are with his loved ones and many friends." ###… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford and Inhofe Join the Senate in Urging DHS and DOJ to Address Threats to Jewish Institutions

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford and Jim Inhofe joined the entire Senate in urging the Trump Administration to take action in response to the recent anonymous bomb threats made against Jewish Community Centers (JCC's), Jewish Day Schools, and Synagogues. In a bipartisan letter that was sent to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and FBI Director James Comey, the Senators stressed the importance of these centers within their communities, a… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Revised Immigration Executive Order

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford today released a statement in response to President Trump's revised travel Executive Order. "It is appropriate for an incoming Administration to review the policies and practices of a previous Administration. This revised travel Executive Order should provide clarity and direction for DHS, TSA, transportation companies, and embassies as they comply with the order. After a full and thorough evaluation of the immigration vetting processes is completed, I lo… Continue Reading

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