Press Releases


Senators Lankford, Rubio Urge President Trump To Quickly Nominate Ambassador for International Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today led a Senate letter to President Trump and Secretary Rex Tillerson urging the prioritization of the nomination of the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom within the State Department. Considering the extreme religious persecution around the world, the Senators expressed the urgent need to have a diplomatic advocate in the State Department working to protect and advance religious freedom abroad. The le… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Introduces Bill to Expand Free Speech for Houses of Worship and Nonprofits

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced the Free Speech Fairness Act (S.264), a bill that gives nonprofits and houses of worship the freedom to speak about government or electoral activity without the threat of retribution from the Internal Revenue Service. Specifically, the Free Speech Fairness Act addresses the shortcomings of the Johnson Amendment, which in 1954 was inserted into the Tax Code by then-Senator Lyndon Johnson. The Johnson Amendment prohibits nonprofits … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Praises President Trump Supreme Court Pick Neil Gorsuch, Calls For National Unity

CLICK HERE to view the YouTube video CLICK HERE to view the DropBox video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford today released a video statement on President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch. He also released a written statement after the announcement last night. Excerpts: I was tracking a lot of the individuals that were moving through the process that the President had narrowed down the list. Neil Gorsuch was my selection that I thought, 'That would be one of the be… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford: The American people have spoken on the future of the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) tonight issued the following statement on President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch. Gorsuch currently serves on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Oklahoma. "Many Americans went to the polls last November to not only vote for the President, but to make their voice heard on the direction of the highest court in the land. The American people have spoken on the future of the Supreme Court. We now have a nominee … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Supports President Trump Regulatory Executive Order

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford released the following statement on President Trump's executive action on regulations, issued Monday: "For years, too many families and small businesses have been stifled by the incredible growth of the regulatory state. It is the pace, intrusiveness, and sheer burden of regulations that has stalled job creation and economic growth. Regulatory experts have shared their stories multiple times in our Subcommittee over the past few years that not only is th… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Announces Hire of Southeast Oklahoma Field Representative

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced the hire of Caleb Cochran as Field Representative for Southeast Oklahoma. The job of Field Representative is to represent the Senator throughout the region at meetings and events. Cochran will be based in Lankford's Oklahoma City office, and he will travel throughout Southeast Oklahoma on behalf of Lankford. "I am happy to welcome Caleb to the team," said Lankford. "His experience and roots in Southeast Oklahoma will be a great ass… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Joins Senator Ernst to Introduce Legislation to Redirect Planned Parenthood Taxpayer Funding

WASHINGTON, DC - As an original co-sponsor, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) to introduce the "Protect Funding for Women's Health Care Act," a bill that redirects taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood to other eligible women's health care providers that don't perform abortions. Lankford also cosponsored a bill to repeal the Department of Health and Human Services' new rule to amend regulations implementing the Title X Family Planning Program, which allows fed… Continue Reading


Lankford Letter - January 30

CLICK HERE for the January 30, 2017 Lankford Letter.… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on President Trump’s Immigration & Refugee Executive Order

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford's (R-OK) comment on President Donald J. Trump's Executive Order: "As leaders, we have a responsibility to secure the homeland. The executive action issued Friday is a 90-day pause and reevaluation of the screening process for individuals traveling from seven war-torn nations and a 120-day pause for the refugee resettlement program. It is not a ban on Muslims or a permanent change in immigration policy. This executive action has some unintended consequenc… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Participates in March for Life

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today made the following statement after participating in the annual March for Life in Washington, DC: "Today's March for Life is an incredible display of compassion for the dignity of all human life. I'm grateful for every person today who traveled to Washington, DC to support the lives of all people - no matter how small. The debate about abortion is no longer about a collection of cells, it is about a preborn human that can feel pain, has a be… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford to Chair Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) has been chosen to chair an Appropriations Subcommittee and serve on a new Subcommittee. This week, Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) announced that Lankford will serve as the new chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, which maintains jurisdiction over the Federal Legislative Branch of government, including the Capitol Police, House of Representatives, Senate, Library of Congress, Congressional Budget Offic… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Discusses Process to Repeal and Replace Obamacare in Senate Floor Speech

CLICK HERE to view the video. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford today delivered an extensive speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate about the devastating impact of Obamacare on Oklahoma, the upcoming Obamacare-related burdens that lie ahead, the misleading and dramatic fear-tactics being used by some Democrats, and the Republican-led multi-step process to repeal and replace Obamacare. Excerpts: Here's the crisis in Oklahoma dealing with health care. We have the highest rate increase in… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Keystone XL and Dakota Access Executive Actions

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on President Trump's executive action to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines: "I applaud today's executive actions from the President to move the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines forward, along with the thousands of jobs that come with it. There has been an open and methodical process for both projects and now it's time to move ahead. The Obama administration delayed the Keystone XL Pipe… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Kaine, Rubio and Coons Introduce Resolution on US-Argentina Partnership

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced a resolution yesterday that reaffirms the partnership between the United States and Argentina and recognizes the economic reforms implemented by Argentina since its election of President Mauricio Macri in November 2015. "The United States and Argentina have long shared a commitment to the values of liberty and democracy," said Senator Lankford. "Argentina's interest in growi… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Applauds Pro-Life Mexico City Policy Executive Order

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on President Trump's Executive Order to reinstate and update a ban on international aid organizations from providing or promoting abortion. This is often called the 'Mexico City Policy': "For years, our nation has debated life and abortion, but at least we should agree that no taxpayer should be forced to pay for abortion with their hard-earned tax dollars. Reinstating the Mexico City Policy stops our tax mone… Continue Reading


GAO Report Requested By Senator Lankford Casts Doubt on American Burying Beetle Program

WASHINGTON, DC - The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released an extensive report, requested by Senator James Lankford (R-OK), on the US Fish and Wildlife Service's conservation efforts to protect the American burying beetle. The report proves that the FWS does not adequately apply federal financial control standards for its American burying beetle mitigation efforts in the United States. "Years ago, to protect the American burying beetle population, the Fish and Wild… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on the Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on the 58th inaugural ceremony of President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence: "Today is a truly historic event for our nation as we celebrate the Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. I look forward to working with the new Administration to address the problems that Oklahoma and the American people sent us here to solve. Today affir… Continue Reading


President Obama Signs Senator Lankford Bill Into Law Before Leaving Office

WASHINGTON, DC - In one of his final acts as President of the United States, President Obama today signed into law a bill introduced by Senator James Lankford (R-OK). The President signed the TALENT Act, bipartisan legislation to codify the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, making permanent a pathway for government to attract experienced technology entrepreneurs and innovators to public service. The bill, H.R. 39, mirrors legislation introduced in the Senate (S. 2972) by Lankford and Sena… Continue Reading


Lankford Subcommittee Examines Impact of Federal Regulations on Small Business, Finds Reforms Needed

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 the impact of federal regulations on small businesses. Specifically, the hearing focused on whether the Regulatory Flexibility Act and the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act are adequate to address small business regulatory concerns; and steps that Congress and the new Tr… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Introduces Scott Pruitt at Nomination Hearing

CLICK HERE to view the video. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt (R-OK), during his nomination hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works. Below is the transcript of the speech: Chairman Barrasso thank you, Ranking Member Carper, Members of the Committee, thank you for allowing me to be able to be here today and introduce my f… Continue Reading

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