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Countdown to Ending Government Shutdowns

by By Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH)

It's a sad but true reality: Congress functions best on a deadline. In theory, when Congress established the annual budget and appropriations process in 1974 it gave itself a number of deadlines to set a budget and fund the government. The problem is Congress has only met those deadlines four times since 1974. You've probably seen the "Countdown to Shut Down" clocks on the major news networks as the nation waits impatiently for Congress to fund the government, usually in late September or right… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Attends White House Meeting on Turkey

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement after he met with President Trump at the White House on Turkey sanctions: "Several years ago, the United States sent a clear message to our ally, Turkey, that they cannot have both the F-35 and a Russian air defense system. Turkey is a NATO ally, and we have a strong history of peacekeeping efforts in the region and economic partnership. It is disappointing that they chose to turn to Russia and neglect their all… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Works to Protect Seniors from Abuse

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Senate Finance Committee hearing entitled, "Promoting Elder Justice: A Call for Reform," at which he questioned Ms. Megan H. Tinker, Senior Advisor for Legal Review at the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Mr. John E. Dicken, the Director of Health Care at the US Government Accountability Office (GAO). Lankford's Q… Continue Reading


Lankford Letter: SPECIAL EDITION, Southern Border Tour

CLICK HERE for the July 23, 2019, Lankford Letter.… Continue Reading


Lankford Visits US Southern Border

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) toured the Rio Grande Valley sector of the southern border, near McAllen, TX, with Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials. Lankford requested the tour in order to provide oversight of facility conditions and operations and further assess the areas Congress needs to address in law in our immigration, asylum, and detention procedures. Lankford toured the Hidalgo Port of Entry, which is a… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Hassan, Johnson, Sinema, Ernst Introduce Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Ron Johnson (R-WI), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) today introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act (S. 2177), which would require the federal government to make public the details, costs, and assessments related to every federal program. Currently, taxpayers send their hard-earned dollars to Washington and never really kn… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Discusses His Bipartisan Bill to Avert Government Shutdowns

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford floor speech. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today discussed on the Senate floor the need for Congress to take up his bipartisan Prevent Government Shutdown Act to avoid any needless future government shutdown drama, keep federal workers working, and ensure Congress and the White House remain at the negotiating table to resolve federal funding issues until the job is done. The Prevent Government Shutdowns Act is a simple, effective solution to g… Continue Reading


Senators Lead Call for Implementation of Operation Safe Return

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Doug Jones (D-AL), Rob Portman (R-OH), John Barrasso (R-WY), Mike Enzi (R-WY), and John Cornyn (R-TX) sent a letter to President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kevin McAleenan, and Attorney General William Barr to urge the implementation of Operation Safe Return-a pilot program using existing law and authorities to rapidl… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Responds to White House Statement on Turkey Accepting Russian S-400

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement after the White House announced they would not allow for the purchase of US F-35 by Turkey after they obtained the Russian S-400 air defense system: "When I first introduced a bill in April 2018 to stop the transfer of the F-35 to Turkey, it was the hope that they would change direction and not partner with Russia. Unfortunately, Turkey has ignored multiple warnings and they will have to face the consequences of… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Duckworth, Grassley Introduce Bill to Ensure Justice to US Victims of Terrorism

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), member of the Senate Finance Committee, Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, today introduced the Promoting Security and Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act, which seeks to provide justice for US victims of international terrorism while promoting the important security cooperation among US, Israeli, and Palestinian security forces. With respect to US victims of terrorism, the bill would stre… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford joins Letter to Secretary Bernhardt about Lesser Prairie Chicken

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK joined a letter to Interior Secretary Bernhardt expressing concern about the decision-making process for listing the Lesser Prairie Chicken under the Endangered Species Act. Lankford was joined by Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and John Cornyn (R-TX). In the letter the Senators remind regulators that legislative intent is clear-voluntary conservation efforts should be fully c… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Questions Administration Officials on 2020 Census

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today had the opportunity to question officials from the US Census Bureau within the US Department of Commerce and officials from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) during a Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing about the upcoming 2020 Census. Lankford's questions, whose answers came from Census Director, Dr. Steven Dillingham, focused on efforts to improve Census efficiency by augmenting paper questionnaires with safe p… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Lee, Romney, Isakson, Perdue Introduce Bill to Repeal 180-Day Hiring Restriction for Military Retirees

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and David Perdue (R-GA) introduced a bill to repeal the 180-day waiting period that a military retiree must wait until he or she can enter a civilian job at the Department of Defense (DoD) for which he or she is qualified. Companion legislation has also been introduced in the House. In order to protect the hiring process and ensure there is not a "revolving door," for which the 180-d… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Releases Podcast on Solution to End Government Shutdowns

CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast. WASHINGTON, DC - The Office of Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released an episode of Lankford's podcast, The Breakdown with James Lankford. Lankford discusses the budget that must be agreed upon by the House, Senate, and White House; what must happen to avoid another government shutdown; and the next steps necessary to pass the Prevent Government Shutdowns Act. Lankford and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced the Prevent Government Shutdowns Act,… Continue Reading


Senators Respond to Turkey Accepting Russian Air Defense System

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) issued the following joint statement after reports today that a shipment of parts for the Russian S-400 air defense system had arrived in Turkey. The group of Senators led a bipartisan effort earlier this year that prohibits the transfer of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to Turkey. The Senate included this provision in the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Address Rising Prescription Drug Prices on Senate Floor

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's floor speech. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today addressed the rising cost of prescription drug prices on the Senate floor. Since January, the Finance Committee has held several hearings to better understand the complexity of drug pricing, including the steps a drug takes as it goes from research and development to the medicine The first of the multi-part series of hearings dealing with rising drug cost, Lankford focused on the 340B Drug Pricin… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Inhofe, Representative Cole Support New Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center in Ada

Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler in support of the of the new Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center in Ada, Oklahoma. The letter is available here and pasted below. Dear Administrator Wheeler: We write today in support of the Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center (Kerr Center) located in Ada, Oklahoma. This Center has consistently proven itself … Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Rounds, Sinema, Representatives Cole, O'Halleran, Johnson Introduce Legislation to Reduce Laws Directed Toward Native Americans

Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Representatives Tom Cole (R-OK), Tom O'Halleran (D-AZ), and Dusty Johnson (R-SD) today introduced the Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes Act. Their legislation would repeal several outdated federal laws that are discriminatory against Native Americans, including laws that allow for the forced removal of Native American children from their homes to be sent to boarding schools… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Inhofe Applaud Nomination for Oklahoma US Marshal

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today applauded the President's nomination of Kerry Pettingill to serve as United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. "Kerry Pettingill is an excellent choice to serve as United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Oklahoma," said Lankford. "Kerry is well-qualified, has a strong reputation, and has served Oklahoma well as Director of the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, through his work with the … Continue Reading


Lankford Letter - June 28

CLICK HERE for the June 28, 2019, Lankford Letter.… Continue Reading

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