Press Releases

05.26.16

Senators Lankford Introduces “Federal Fumbles” Proposals as NDAA Amendments to Cut Waste at Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to cut waste within the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA). Each piece of legislation is included in Lankford's government waste report released last year entitled, "Federal Fumbles: 100 Ways The Government Dropped The Ball." "There are many areas of duplication and inefficiency within the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs," s… Continue Reading


05.25.16

Senator Lankford Recognizes 95th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Riot with Senate Speech

CLICK HERE to view the YouTube video WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor to recognize the 95th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Riot, which took place on May 31 and June 1, 1921 in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is estimated that 300 individuals were killed during the riot. In the speech, Lankford told the story of the community in Greenwood and the riot that decimated it. Lankford discussed recent initiatives to fully revive … Continue Reading


05.25.16

Senator Lankford Bills to Promote Government Transparency Pass Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today passed two of Senator James Lankford's (R-OK) government transparency bills during a business meeting, the GRANT Act and the DC Judicial Financial Transparency and Improvement Act. "These two bills are substantive solutions to provide more transparency and accountability in government spending." said Lankford. "I applaud the committee for the passage of bills that make the federal government more open. The f… Continue Reading


05.24.16

Senate Passes Proposal From Lankford's "Federal Fumbles" Report, Disapproves of Flawed Fiduciary Rule

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate today approved a Joint Resolution of Disapproval of the Fiduciary Rule (H.J. Res. 88), a proposal that was identified in Senator Lankford's "Federal Fumbles" waste report as an example of a burdensome regulation (page 95). It passed the Senate with a simple majority by a vote of 56 to 41. The House passed this resolution on April 28. "If the Administration really wants to reduce retirement savings for middle-class Americans, their fiduciary rule is a perfect plan," s… Continue Reading


05.24.16

Senators Lankford, Kirk Introduce NDAA Amendment to Cut Foreign Aid for Nations Who Lose Track of GITMO Terrorists

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today introduced an amendment (#4085) to the National Defense Authorization Act to cut foreign aid for nations who lose track of terrorists formerly held at the US Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. Since 2009, President Obama has aggressively sought to empty out the detention facility in an effort to fulfill a campaign promise to close it. Most recently, the President sent a detention facility closure plan to Congress … Continue Reading


05.24.16

Senator Lankford Introduces Federal Grant Transparency Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) has introduced the Grant Reform and New Transparency (GRANT) Act, S. 2972, to provide more transparency and accountability in the federal grant process. In 2015, federal agencies awarded $617 billion in grants compared to $439 billion in contracts, yet the grant process lacks a consistent system for transparency, oversight or feedback to organizations that were not awarded federal dollars. The GRANT Act would reform the current process to promote tr… Continue Reading


05.24.16

Senator Lankford in The Daily Signal: Obama Raided $500M for Zika to Finance UN’s Green Climate Fund

by Senator James Lankford

Last week, the Senate passed legislation to address and prevent the spread of the Zika virus. However, the Senate failed to pay for it, and instead approved a $1.1 billion "emergency" spending supplemental bill that is not subject to the budgetary caps that were agreed to last year. While congressional inattention to the budget crisis is inexcusable, it is even more disturbing that the Obama administration already has the authority to pay for a Zika response from existing agency budgets, but cho… Continue Reading


05.23.16

Sens. Cotton and Lankford on Fox News Online: Why the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty is still a bad idea

by Senator James Lankford and Senator Tom Cotton

The Obama administration has recently started to pitch the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) to the American people. As they begin yet another politically motivated public relations campaign, it's important to remember the Senate rejected this deeply defective treaty in 1999, and the case against ratification today is stronger than it was then. In the shadow of another North Korean nuclear test, illicit rocket launch, and the catastrophic Iran nuclear deal, the Obama administration advocat… Continue Reading


05.20.16

Senate Votes On A Proposal From Senator Lankford’s “Federal Fumbles” Report

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate voted Thursday on a proposal to defund a burdensome Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) "Fair Housing" regulation that was identified in Senator Lankford's "Federal Fumbles" report as an example of government waste. Although the regulation's intent of diversifying neighborhoods is worthy, it would place stringent requirements on local municipalities by federal bureaucrats and usurp the decision-making authority of local communities. In August 2015, the … Continue Reading


05.19.16

Senator Lankford Opposes Fiscally Irresponsible Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement today on his opposition to the Senate vote on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations and Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, which includes $1.1 billion in additional debt spending to address the Zika virus: "I am pleased that a more transparent and open appropriations process is moving through the Senate again. At times, transparency exposes spending behaviors that ar… Continue Reading


05.19.16

Senator Lankford Defeats Fiscally Irresponsible $7.5 Billion Spending Amendment

CLICK HERE to view the YouTube video WASHINGTON, DC-Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today objected to a spending amendment that would have allotted $7.5 billion in emergency funding to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Lankford successfully raised a point of order to defeat an amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations and Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill. Lankford did this to stop an effort to use emergency funding and challenged the… Continue Reading


05.18.16

Senator Lankford Blasts Senate for Spending Extra $1.1 Billion on Zika Without Paying for it

CLICK HERE to view the YouTube video WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor on his disappointment with the Senate's failure to find $1 billion in the existing budget to pay for the US response to Zika virus. Lankford filed an amendment that would have authorized the use of unobligated, existing funds from US Departments of State, Health and Human Services (HHS), and US Agency for International Development (USAID) to use for Zika virus research… Continue Reading


05.18.16

Law Professors: Department of Education Office for Civil Rights is Guilty of Overreach

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) has repeatedly challenged the Department of Education's inappropriate use of 'Dear Colleague' letters and 'guidance documents' to mandate policies for schools without adhering to legally required regulatory processes - and threatening federal funding if a school fails to comply. He has led hearings that confirm that the Department's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is a frequent abuser of executive overreach. In February, numerous academics and legal e… Continue Reading


05.18.16

Senator Lankford Condemns Senate Failure to Find $1 Billion in a $4 Trillion Budget to Pay for “Emergency”

WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, the Senate took a step forward to pass legislation regarding the Zika virus that will ultimately add $1.1 billion to the national debt, but did so without a serious attempt to find a reasonable pay-for. The amendment, which seeks to provide funding to combat the spread of the Zika virus through emergency spending, will be added to Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations and Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill being debated i… Continue Reading


05.17.16

Senator Lankford Challenges Department of Education on Legal Justification for Public School Bathroom Directive

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today challenged the Department of Education's legal justification for its May 13 guidance directive to local school districts regarding the use of public school bathrooms. Lankford contends the directive is part of a long pattern of attempts to create new mandates and requirements without the normal, transparent rule-making or legislative process. The Administrative Procedure Act (APA) allows agencies to produce guidance documents to clarify issue… Continue Reading


05.16.16

Senator Lankford Statement on the Court’s decision to send Obamacare Case Back to Lower Courts

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement today on the US Supreme Court's decision to send the Zubik v. Burwell case back to the lower courts to consider an acceptable compromise: "The Supreme Court's decision is an important step to ensure that federal law considers the free exercise of religion. Four Oklahoma universities led the nation to consider the overreach of Obamacare into private religious practice; today the court vacated the lower court and the Ad… Continue Reading


05.13.16

Senator Lankford Statement on Department of Education’s Latest Abuse of Executive Overreach

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement on the Department of Education's guidance letter to local school districts regarding the use of public school bathrooms: "The Obama Department of Education's guidance letter on the use of public school bathrooms is another example of how they have continued to create law out of thin air with Dear Colleague letters, threats and intimidation. They have continually shown a pattern of federal overreach and bullying o… Continue Reading


05.12.16

Senator Lankford Statement on House v. Burwell Obamacare Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement today following a US District Court decision that the Obama Administration has improperly funded an Obamacare subsidy program: "The Obama Administration continues to re-write laws to suit their political agenda, which sets a dangerous precedent for future presidents to exploit. For five and a half years, the Oklahomans I represent have expressed their frustration about how this Administration illegally expands their a… Continue Reading


05.12.16

Senator Lankford, Heitkamp: Social Security Administration Disability Backlog Proposal is a Problem

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 on the massive social security disability backlog and what the Social Security Administration (SSA) is doing to address the problem. The number of Americans waiting for a hearing to determine their eligibility for disability benefits surpassed one million cases last year, and the average wait time … Continue Reading


05.12.16

Senator Lankford Urges Congress to Prioritize Funding to Address Zika

CLICK HERE to view the YouTube video WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor on the importance of a US response to the Zika virus and to urge Congress to prioritize spending with already-appropriated funding. Specifically, Lankford calls for the Senate to support a transfer of funds, rather than spending new money to proactively address the spread of the virus. On Tuesday, Lankford published an op-ed in The Hill concerning emergency funding a… Continue Reading

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