Press Releases


Lankford Statement on President’s Nominee to Fill the Supreme Court Vacancy

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued a statement after President Trump announced he nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy: "I look forward to meeting Judge Barrett and considering her nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. Her distinguished professional resume includes a law degree from University of Notre Dame, clerking for Justice Antonin Scalia, teaching law at her alma mater, and serving on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She is… Continue Reading


Lankford Issues Statement on Executive Order to Protect Newborn Children

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement after President Trump signed an Executive Order Protecting Vulnerable Newborn and Infant Children: "President Trump took an extraordinary step to protect newborns, pre-mature babies, and infant lives. If a child is delivered and is alive, they should be protected by federal law and provided full medical care. In America, every child should matter to every person. Thank you, President Trump, for ensuring every c… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford’s The Breakdown Discusses COVID-19 Vaccine

CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast. CLICK HERE to watch the podcast. OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - The Office of Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released an episode his podcast, The Breakdown with James Lankford. Joining the Senator is FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD to discuss the FDA's role in the development of a safe vaccine in response to COVID-19. Lankford recently spoke on the Senate floor on his support for the Senate Republican plan that would provide additional targeted relief, which i… Continue Reading


Lankford, Johnson, Portman Want to Remove Unnecessary Regulations that Weakened Pandemic Preparedness

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Rob Portman (R-OH), chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, today introduced the Pandemic Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Act, which would help Congress repeal or modify regulations that have impeded our nation's ability to rapidly respond to the coronavirus … Continue Reading


Lankford Seeks to Enact Long-term Solutions to Remove Regulatory Red Tape

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced a package of three bills to address regulatory deficiencies and misguided agency directives. Lankford introduced the Give Useful Information to Define Effective (GUIDE) Compliance Act, the Safeguarding Awards for Victims and Enforcement Settlements (SAVES) Act, and the Better Evaluation of Science and Technology (BEST) Act. Lankford has supported these solutions in previous Congresses and/or has offered them in his Federal Fumbles g… Continue Reading


Lankford Questions National Security Officials on Recent Violence in the US, Election Security Threats

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A. CLICK HERE to download Lankford's Q&A from Box. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned national security officials in a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing entitled "Threats to the Homeland," an annual hearing that seeks to address some of the most pressing issues facing US national security and the ways in which the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), and … Continue Reading


Lankford Wants to Take Government Shutdowns Off the Table By Putting Pressure on Congress, Not Americans

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's floor speech. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today provided an update on the Senate's ongoing negotiations for the next phase of coronavirus economic relief and on the status of federal funding ahead of the September 30 deadline to avoid another government shutdown. Lankford said there's no reason Congress should even be discussing a shutdown if the Senate had passed his bipartisan Prevent Government Shutdowns Act. Lankford's bill would prevent a g… Continue Reading


Lankford, Cramer, Hoeven, Capito, Rep. Marchant Push to Eliminate Wind Tax Credit

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), John Hoeven (R-ND), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) along with Representative Kenny Marchant (R-TX) today introduced legislation to completely phase out the federal production tax credit (PTC) for renewables. The bill specifies that any new projects would need to begin construction by the end of this year in order to qualify for the credit, as is the case under current law. This affirms that the extension for 2020 is the last … Continue Reading


Lankford Introduces Bill to Prevent Medicaid Money from Supporting Abortion-Providers

WASHINGTON, DC - US Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced the Women's Public Health and Safety Act, S. 4658, which gives states the authority to exclude abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood, from receiving Medicaid funds. Under current law, states are required to allow any qualified provider to participate in a state's Medicaid system. A non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) report revealed that Planned Parenthood received $1.2 billion in Medicaid reimbursements ov… Continue Reading


Lankford Questions Nominee to Head Department of Homeland Security

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's opening remarks. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned Acting Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf during his nomination hearing to serve as the Senate confirmed head of the agency. Lankford's questions focused on unrest in US cities and protecting our US-Mexico border, including the trends he has seen between 2019 and 2020 with the flow of people and how that has altered during the COVID-19 pandemic. ###… Continue Reading


Lankford, Loeffler Lead Charge to Defend Women and Girls in Sports

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Tom Cotton (R-AR) introduced the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act to make it a violation of Title IX for a school that receives federal education funds to permit a biological male to participate in a program designated for women and girls. Under the bill, schools that allow biological males to compete against women and girls in sports-disrupting the goals establis… Continue Reading


Lankford Statement on Filling Supreme Court Vacancy

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement regarding the timing on the Senate voting to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court: "I look forward to considering and voting on President Trump's nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy before the end of the year. If the President puts forward a nomination, the Senate has the authority to provide advice and consent, and I take this role very seriously. Confirming a Supreme Court nominee during a presidential e… Continue Reading


Lankford Applauds Executive Order to Restore US Sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded President Trump and his Administration for its announcement of an Executive Order to restore pre-Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA or the "Iran Nuclear Deal") sanctions on Iran after the US withdrew from the agreement in 2018, a move Lankford supported. These "snapback" sanctions, which the State Department began discussing Saturday, are in response to the decision by the UN Security Council to allow the international embargo… Continue Reading


Lankford Statement on Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued a statement on the passing of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away this evening: "Cindy and I are praying for Justice Ginsburg's children and grandchildren as they mourn the loss of their mother and grandmother, and that God may grant peace and comfort on them in the days ahead. While we have disagreed on some issues and interpretations of the law, she was a remarkable legal mind that served honorably on the bench fo… Continue Reading


Lankford, Inhofe Introduce Senate Resolution Honoring General Tom Stafford

WASHINGTON, DC- US Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) this week introduced a Senate Resolution honoring the accomplishments and recognizing the 90th birthday of fellow Oklahoman, General Thomas P. Stafford. The resolution passed unanimously on the Senate floor today. "Ninety years ago, Oklahoma welcomed an American pioneer in space exploration and policy," said Lankford. "General Tom Stafford has lived a life dedicated to serving our nation, leading the United States in the … Continue Reading


Lankford Applauds Ongoing US Success toward Peace in the Middle East, Eastern Europe

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's floor speech. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor about the US's ongoing pursuit of helping lead negotiations toward peace and understanding in the Middle East and around the world. Earlier this week, Lankford attended the historic signing at the White House of the Abraham Accords amid the recent normalization of relations between Israel and Bahrain and Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Lankford also mentioned Presiden… Continue Reading


Lankford, Inhofe Applaud VA Grant to Build Veteran Cemetery in Ardmore

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today applauded the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration's (NCA) announcement of a $7,355,463 grant for the establishment of a State Veterans Cemetery in Ardmore, Oklahoma. "The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs has worked for years to bring this final resting place to Oklahoma veterans and their eligible family members," said Lankford. I am grateful for ODVA's dedication to this task … Continue Reading


Lankford, Colleagues Send Letter to FCC Chairman on Combatting Contraband Cellphones in Prisons

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK), along with Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), today led a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to continue to push the federal telecommunications agency to address the rampant use of contraband devices within federal, state, and local prisons that are being used to commit crimes outside of prisons. The Senators proposed several solutions to the FCC to address the issue of contraband cellphones. Joi ning Lankford and Cotton… Continue Reading


Lankford Receives “A” Rating on Pro-Life Voting Record

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was honored to receive an "A" rating on the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List National Pro-Life Scorecard, which ranks senators and representatives on a series of SBA-selected key pro-life votes. "I am grateful to the Susan B. Anthony List for recognizing our ongoing fight in Congress to protect the lives of the unborn, who cannot speak for themselves," said Lankford. "I am honored to have the opportunity to fight for life at all stages and to move our c… Continue Reading


Lankford Presses for Ethical Coronavirus Vaccine Options in Hearing

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in an Appropriations Committee, Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing to review coronavirus response efforts. Lankford indicated he hoped today's hearing would focus less on political theater and more on the actual facts and details of the coronavirus response. The panelists for the hearing were Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C… Continue Reading

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