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Senator Lankford Encourages Trump Administration to Support Assistance for Refugees and Victims of Genocide

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) sent a bipartisan letter to the administration to inquire about the US Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), which has successfully resettled more than three million refugees from various parts of the world to American communities in all 50 states. Specifically, the letter encouraged the administration to uphold USRAP as it enables the United States to fulfill key international commitments and assist those fleeing genocide and oppression. The letter … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Speaks at National Day of Prayer Observance

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today served as co-host at the National Day of Prayer Observance with Representative Louie Gohmert (TX-01). Lankford read Daniel 9:1-23, this year's verse and inspiration for the theme For Your Great Name's Sake! Hear Us… Forgive Us… Heal Us! The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the Unit… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Speaks on the Senate Floor to Recognize National Day of Prayer

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate in recognition of the National Day of Prayer. The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan to designate the National Day… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Encourages the White House to Take a Strong Stance to Protect Religious Liberty

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today urged the White House to take clear affirmative steps to ensure that the right to the free exercise of religion is protected for all Americans. "The right to practice any faith or choose no faith is a fundamental human right of all Americans guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Constitution," said Lankford. "For too long, this right has been suppressed under hyper partisanship. True diversity should respect the views and conscience of al… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement after voting for the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, also known as the omnibus bill. "In December, as Congress considered the Continuing Resolution, I argued that enacting another CR would further discourage Congress from appropriating in regular order, and would push last year's budgeting process to this year. I could not support that and I did not. "There are two options to fund our government right… Continue Reading


Lankford Letter - April 28

CLICK HERE for the April 28, 2017 Lankford Letter.… Continue Reading


Sen. Lankford & Mr. Graham in The Hill: Congress’ next 100 days: Small businesses need regulatory relief

by Senator James Lankford and John Graham

As the nation evaluates the new President's First 100 Days and Washington looks ahead to the next 100, we must ask a simple question, do we want vibrant small businesses in America or not? The complexity and cost of the regulatory burden placed on each small business shows the evidence of our answer. When the regulatory burden drowns out productivity and innovation, the flowery rhetoric we often hear from politicians about small businesses is seen for what it is: lip service. When each new id… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Applauds Regulatory Action of Congress and President Trump’s First 100 Days

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate to applaud the regulatory actions of Congress and President Trump's First 100 Days. The President has signed into law a historic 13 Congressional Review Acts to reverse the "midnight regulations" imposed in the final days of the previous administration. Before this year, only one midnight regulation had ever been rejected. According to the American Action Forum these ac… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Heitkamp, Daines Introduce Bill to Provide Educational Opportunities for Native Students

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Steve Daines (R-MT) today introduced the Johnson O'Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill to update decades-old data the federal government uses to distribute funds to benefit Native American students. Although the Bureau of Indian Affairs' (BIA) last official count of eligible Native students took place more than two decades ago, the federal government still relies on this seve… Continue Reading


Government Accountability Official Urges Congress to Pass Lankford’s Taxpayer Right to Know Act

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Homeland Security and Government Affairs hearing entitled, "Duplication, Waste, and Fraud in Federal Programs." Most notably, hearing witness, Eugene L. Dodaro, a senior official at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), praised Lankford's Taxpayers Right to Know Act, and urged Congress to pass it and the president to sign it into law. The Taxpayers Right to Know Act is a bipartisan bil… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford: Freedom of Religion Is Severely Violated Around The World

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today called on the Trump administration and international community to protect international religious freedom, in response to the release of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) 2017 Annual Report. "This report is further proof that the basic human right of freedom of religion is severely violated in many areas around the world. The report also shows the need to ensure that religious freedom is incorporated into the fore… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Supports Sonny Perdue for Agriculture Secretary

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded Senate confirmation of George Ervin "Sonny" Perdue to be the next Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture. He was confirmed by a vote of 87 to 11. Mr. Perdue met recently in Senator Lankford's office on April 4, and discussed assistance for the wildfire victims in NW Oklahoma that affected Beaver, Harper, and Woodward Counties, as well as the importance of free trade to the agriculture industry. "We need a Secretary of Agricul… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Oklahoma City Bombing Anniversary

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing: "The Oklahoma City bombing remains one of the worst terrorist attacks on United States soil, killing 168 people and injuring more than 850. No matter how much time passes, the sorrow and grief for those who were killed 22 years ago at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building remains. We continue to pray for those family members who lost loved ones, those who sur… Continue Reading


Support Builds for Senator Lankford’s Small Business Regulatory Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - In March, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) introduced a package of regulatory improvement bills, including the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act (S. 584). The federal regulatory burden on small businesses is enormous and disproportionate to the amount faced by big businesses. S. 584 would require agencies to consider all costs and the cumulative burden of regulations as well as hold real and meaningful consolations with small business owners before issuing a… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Encourages Trump Administration to Protect Religious Freedom

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to President Trump to express appreciation for his supportive statements regarding the human right of religious freedom, and encourage his administration to take steps to protect religious freedom, both in America and around the world. Specifically, the letter encouraged the administration to clearly condemn ISIS genocide, integrate religious freedom throughout American foreign policy, nominate an Ambassador-at-Large for Inte… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Cosponsors Bipartisan Resolution to Designate April as “Second Chance Month”

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford has joined Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to introduce a resolution that designates April 2017 as "Second Chance Month." The bipartisan resolution honors those who work to remove unnecessary barriers that prevent those with a criminal record from becoming productive members of society. "I am proud to join this bipartisan group of Senators to designate April 2017 as Second Chance Month," said Lankford. "There a… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Condemns Attack in Egypt

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement on that terrorist attack against Coptic Christians in Egypt: "Today's Palm Sunday attack in Egypt on peaceful worshippers in their church is a horrible act of terrorism. Anti-religious and anti-Christian violence is alive and well throughout the Middle East, and the World. Radical Islamists kill Christians because they are Christians; Yezidis because they are Yezidis; and different Muslim sects because they believe… Continue Reading


Repeal of FCC rule is no loss for privacy

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board

THERE are times when the art of politics involves pretending trivial events are actually earth-shaking. That certainly seems to be the case with the reaction to a congressional vote repealing a Federal Communications Commission rule on customer privacy. As many have noted, the FCC rule had not yet taken effect, so no one lost any existing privacy protections. And the proposed rule actually exempted many online entities, so even had it taken effect the alleged benefits were far less than suggest… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Votes to Confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement after the Senate voted 54-45 to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court: "I'm honored today to support Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. He is a jurist that will interpret the law as the law. In his career, Judge Gorsuch has decided over 2,700 cases, 97 percent of which have been unanimous. Ninety-nine percent of the time, he decided with the majority, even though the majority of the judges in his c… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Airstrikes in Syria

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) tonight released the following statement on the U.S. launched airstrikes in Syria: "Bashar al-Assad is a ruthless tyrant who kills his own people and breeds terrorism throughout the Middle East. The latest chemical attack on innocent people is another chapter in a tragic pattern that has gone on for far too long. No one should expect the United States to ignore a dictator that commits war crimes and uses chemical weapons against his own people. Ru… Continue Reading

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