Press Releases


As White House Prepares Cuba Trip, Senator Lankford Asks President Obama to Reevaluate Growing Diplomatic Ties with Cuba and India

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today asked the President to reevaluate his decision to open diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba and India because of their poor human rights and religious liberty records. In a letter, Lankford cited Cuba and India's restrictive speech policies and oppressive culture against religious minorities as a reason to halt the increasingly close relations. This letter comes on the same day the White House announces an historic upcoming trip for Pr… Continue Reading


Tulsa World Editorial Board: Lankford seeks reasonable rules change in Senate

by The Tulsa World

Every important piece of legislation that makes its way to the U.S. Senate deserves deliberate consideration. Deliberation and recalcitrance, however, are not the same. Over the last few decades, a rule in the U.S. Senate, originally intended to encourage constructive debate and deflect unnecessary bills, has morphed into a stalling tactic that too often leaves the Senate knotted. Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford fully understands the pros and cons of the current Senate rule; and, rather than en… Continue Reading


The Oklahoman Editorial Board: Lankford offers straight talk on dealing with U.S. budget

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board

In remarks on the U.S. Senate floor last week where he criticized the final budget of Barack Obama's presidency, Sen. James Lankford also took some time to explore just how troubling and serious are the nation's finances, and offered proposals he would like to see considered. They merit further mention. Obama's $4.1 trillion budget, Lankford noted, includes about $3.4 trillion in new taxes over the next decade and would increase spending by $2.5 trillion in that time. The U.S. had $10.6 trillio… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on the Death of Justice Scalia

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on the death of Justice Antonin Scalia: "The loss of Justice Antonin Scalia is a tremendous loss for the Supreme Court and for America. He was a principled Constitutionalist that provided an excellent model for how a Supreme Court Justice should evaluate a case and interpret the original intent of the law. He lived a full life of many accomplishments, including success as a lawyer and scholar, as well as a … Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Inhofe Introduce Legislation to Expand Firing Authority in the VA System

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today introduced the Veterans Affairs Accountability Act (S.2554), a bill that would expand authority at the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow directors of Veterans Integrated Services Network (VISN) chapters to remove or demote any VA employee within their network whose performance warrants such action. The bill would also authorize VISN directors to contract with an outside entity to conduct investigations of their VA … Continue Reading


Lankford Letter - February 12

CLICK HERE for the February 12, 2016 Lankford Letter.… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford: Federal Regulatory Enforcement and Fines Must Be Balanced

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 federal government's use of discretion in setting and enforcing regulatory fines and penalties, as well as compliance assistance. Federal agencies have the authority to fine businesses and municipalities when purported violations of regulations have occurred. Specifically, the hearing exami… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford: Obama’s Budget is a Partisan Playbook of Spending Priorities

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on President Obama's $4.1 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017: "President Obama's budget has turned the annual White House budget into a partisan playbook of spending priorities that is more suited for a stump speech than a responsible governing document. When forced to vote on it in the Senate, Obama's budget has been voted down by a combined vote total of 294-1 in the last four years. "Under Pres… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Slams President’s Budget, Calls for Reforms to Budget Process

CLICK HERE to view the YouTube video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor about today's release of the President's Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal and some needed reforms to the Congressional budgeting process in order to address our debt crisis. In the speech, Lankford proposes reforms such as biennial budgeting, government shutdown prevention incentives, and the elimination of budget gimmicks. President Obama's $4.1 trillion budget pro… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford in The Washington Post: Change Senate rules on votes to open debate

by Senator James Lankford

Here is something you can count on: at one time or another, House members and senators will blame Senate rules for the lack of progress in Congress. People across the fruited plain agree. Most people do not understand the complex rules of the Senate, but they do understand that very little is moving in Congress because of the upper body. The American people see the glacial pace of the Senate as out-of-touch with a 21st century era of instant communication and a fast-moving 24/7 news cycle. The g… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, McCain, & Johnson Urge DHS to Clarify Expansion of Resettlement Program for Central American Refugees

Senators Lankford, McCain, & Johnson Urge DHS to Clarify Expansion of Resettlement Program for Central American Refugees Washington, DC- Senators James Lankford (R-OK), John McCain (R-AZ) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson to request information regarding the Obama Administration's plan to authorize an additional $70 million to expand the Emergency R… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Blasts Obama’s Proposed Tax on Oil

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on the Obama administration's proposal to place a $10 tax on every barrel of oil: "At least the President has remained consistent, even in his last year he is still proposing new taxes. This is not only a higher tax, it is a new type of tax. Creating yet another type of gas tax would further complicate the tax code and raise prices on consumers. I can only assume this is the first of many new taxes that wil… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Cruz and Lee Press Government Contractor on Internet Censorship

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Mike Lee (R-UT) today challenged federal contractor, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), to not support Chinese Internet censorship. In a letter to ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade, the senators raised serious concerns and requested information regarding Mr. Chehade's involvement with the World Internet Conference. The conference is organized by the Chinese government, a regime notorious for its censorship of th… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Discusses Washington Gridlock at Conservative Policy Summit

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today attended the annual Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit to discuss his vision to improve the way House and Senate Members hear from the American people and enact good policy. Lankford participated in a panel discussion on "Perspectives from the House and Senate," which looked at how each chamber of Congress works, and what they could do to improve the lives of people from all walks of life. Lankford spoke … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Pushes To Permanently Phase Out Energy Tax Credit

CLICK HERE to view the YouTube video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor on the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 and his two amendments: one to completely phase out the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and another to reform the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Yesterday, Lankford introduced an amendment to completely end federal renewable energy production tax credits by the end of 2031, making 2019 the last year a project could… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Introduces Legislation to Completely Phase Out Federal Energy Tax Credit

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced an amendment to a Senate energy bill to completely end federal renewable energy production tax credits by the end of 2031, making 2019 the last year a project could qualify for a credit. The recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 enacted a gradual phase down of the Production Tax Credit by 2031, but failed to give the industry statutory certainty after the drawdown. Lankford's amendment would eliminate the credit at… Continue Reading


Lankford, Inhofe and Cole Statements on Fort Sill’s Plans for Future Structure

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, today released the following statements about Fort Sill's announcement regarding the vital role Fort Sill will continue to play as the Army plans for its future force structure: "Our nation faces very serious world-wide security threats, and it's more important than ever to have an Army tha… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Discusses Rural Hospital Decline at Annual Rural Health Policy Institute

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) spoke at the National Rural Health Association's (NRHA) 27th Annual Rural Health Policy Institute today. During his speech, Lankford stressed the importance of rural health organizations and the communities they serve. Lankford discussed the options Congress is considering to continue support for Oklahoma's rural hospitals. "Rural hospitals are essential to our rural communities and families in Oklahoma. The threat of closure of rural hospitals is … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford in Tulsa World: Parents and local decisions can improve education

by Senator James Lankford

No matter where I travel in the state, people want to talk about education. We are all concerned about our state budget deficit, but many Oklahomans are just as concerned about our state's education deficit. As a parent of a child in our public schools, this is also a big deal to me. Fortunately, the first step to real education reform already has happened, transitioning more education control away from Washington, D.C. For more than a decade, Oklahoma schools have been forced to operate under … Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Manchin Ask Senate Tax Leaders to Not Abandon SSDI Reform

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today encouraged Senate finance leaders to not abandon the pursuit of real reforms for the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, because the short-term reallocation patch in October's Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 is not a long-term solution. In a letter to Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch and Ranking Member Ron Wyden, Lankford and Manchin reminded them that the Bipartisan Budget Act's reallocation of payro… Continue Reading

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