Press Releases


Lankford Applauds Streamlining & Funding Updates for Agriculture, Energy, & Transportation in Spending Bills

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) announced significant advancements for agriculture, energy and water, environmental, and transportation policies in the Fiscal Year 2021 funding bills released by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Lankford serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee. "I am pleased with the progress we made in these bills to streamline federal summer feeding programs, update federal land use policies that affect Oklahomans, and increase funding to Air Traffic C… Continue Reading


Lankford Successful in Push to Prevent Contraband Cellphones in Prisons

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -Senator James Lankford announced his request for funding of micro-jamming technology and managed-access systems in federal prisons to prevent the use of contraband cell phones in prisons was included in the Senate's Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) appropriations bills. In September, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution to fund the government at current levels through December 11, 2020. On Tuesday, the Senate Appropriations Committee released all 12 funding bills. Just this week, th… Continue Reading


Lankford Announces Major Advancement for Oklahoma Military and Veterans, US Foreign Policy in Federal Funding Bills

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded numerous funding provisions that directly benefit Oklahoma's military and veterans in the federal funding bills for the Veterans Administration, Department of Defense, and State and Foreign Operations released by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Lankford serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee. "I am proud of the work we did to secure funding and policy provisions for our Oklahoma service members and their families, our Ok… Continue Reading


Lankford Honors Oklahoma Heroes Ahead of Veterans Day

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on the Senate floor. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today paid heartfelt tribute on the Senate floor to some of Oklahoma's esteemed veterans ahead of Veterans Day. Lankford highlighted the sacrifices of those who served and their families, those who support and care for our veterans, and the federal and state employees who work hard daily to ensure we keep our promises to our heroes. In August, Lankford joined his colleagues to introduce th… Continue Reading


Lankford and Colleagues Send Letter to HHS Requesting Clarification on Free COVID-19 Testing

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Rick Scott (R-FL), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Ben Sasse (R-NE), David Perdue (R-GA), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar requesting that the agency clarify its guidance to ensure that individuals who need a COVID-19 test can receive one without any out-of-pocket costs, regardless of whether the individual is symptomatic. Read the Senators' letter HERE o… Continue Reading


Lankford Joins Colleagues to Urge State Department to Prioritize Intercountry Adoptions

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, along with Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Richard Burr (R-NC), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Roger Wicker (R-MS), to send a bipartisan letter to urge the State Department to prioritize policies to promote intercountry adoption as the Department searches for new accrediting entities for intercountry adoption service provide… Continue Reading


Lankford Offers Condolences to Family of Tulsa Police Officer

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued a statement on the passing of Tulsa Police Officer Jerad Lindsey: "Our whole state grieves the loss of Tulsa Officer Jerad Lindsey, someone who dedicated his life to protect and serve every Tulsan. Cindy and I pray for his family and the Tulsa family as they grieve this incredible loss. This is the second officer the Tulsa Police Department has lost this year. Our prayers are with all the men and women at TPD as they again walk through … Continue Reading


Lankford, Rosen Recognize First Anniversary of Formation of Bipartisan Task Force to Combat anti-Semitism

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV), co-founders and co-chairs of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism, released the following statements in recognition of the Task Force's one-year anniversary: "In the last year since Senator Rosen and I started the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism, more than a third of the Senate has joined with us in a bipartisan way to condemn acts of hate, promote a uniform definition of … Continue Reading


Lankford Honored with Guardian of Small Business Award

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was honored to receive the National Federation of Independent Business's (NFIB) esteemed Guardian of Small Business Award for his continued support for Oklahoma's small businesses. "I am honored to be recognized as a Guardian of Small Business, and I am committed to continue fighting for Oklahoma small businesses to ensure they have the resources and support they need during and after the COVID-19 pandemic," said Lankford. "Oklahoma small busi… Continue Reading


Lankford Joins Blackburn to Urge the College Board to Reevaluate Relationship with Chinese Communist Party’s Confucius Institutes

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged the CEO of the College Board to reexamine its relationship with the Confucius Institute Headquarters. "The National Association of Scholars (NAS) issued a report identifying College Board as a target for the Chinese influence campaign," the Senators wrote. "This report alleged that the College Boar… Continue Reading


Lankford Supports Judge Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on his support for Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Judge Barrett was confirmed by the Senate in a vote of 52-48. "I congratulate Judge Amy Coney Barrett and her family on her confirmation to the United States Supreme Court," said Lankford. "Throughout her nomination process, Judge Barrett's qualifications to serve on the Supreme Court were made abundantly cl… Continue Reading


Lankford Disappointed in Democrats’ Baseless Smear Campaign on Judge Barrett

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on the floor. CLICK HERE to download Lankford's remarks from Box. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a harsh rebuke of the Democrats' smear campaign of Judge Amy Coney Barrett on the floor of the Senate over the weekend and in the weeks prior that included misleading insinuations or outright accusations that she wants to take away health care, supports voter suppression, and even that she is some kind of closet segregationist. … Continue Reading


Lankford Congratulates OSU President on Retirement

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford released the following statement on the announcement from Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis on his retirement: "Oklahoma State has seen incredible growth and success under the guidance and leadership of Burns Hargis. Cowboys will miss his steady leadership. America's brightest orange shines because of the work, dedication, and pride he and Ann have for the entire OSU community. Burns will leave OSU better after his season of leadership, … Continue Reading


Lankford Supports Judge Barrett’s Supreme Court Nomination on Senate Floor

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on the floor. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today offered his full support on the Senate floor for the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve as an Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court. Following Lankford's meeting with Judge Barrett yesterday, Lankford took to the floor today to thank Judge Barrett and her family and provide information on why he believes Judge Barrett will serve on the Supreme Court with integrity and attent… Continue Reading


Lankford, Capito Send letter to EPA Opposing Ethanol Mandate Expansion

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and his colleagues in a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler concerning the Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2021. Specifically, the senators asked Administrator Wheeler to use his statutory authorities under the Clean Air Act to cite "severe economic harm" and employ a general waiver to not increase the RVO for 2021. Give… Continue Reading


Lankford Meets with Supreme Court Nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett

CLICK HERE for B-roll of Lankford's meeting with Judge Barrett. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today met with Judge Amy Coney Barret, nominee for Associate Justice for the US Supreme Court to fill the vacancy of the late-Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "After meeting with Judge Barrett today, hearing her testimony before the Judiciary Committee last week, and reviewing her background information, I'm confident that Judge Barrett is extremely well qualified and will be a fair jus… Continue Reading


Lankford Supports Targeted COVID-19 Relief, Continued Support for PPP

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted to support a $500 billion coronavirus relief package that focuses on COVID-19 testing and vaccines, additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), unemployment benefit support, and $100 billion for schools so children and staff can return safely. The Delivering Immediate Relief to America's Families, Schools and Small Businesses Act would help provide immediate relief to American small businesses and families without the u… Continue Reading


Lankford Outlines Steps Taken to Enhance Security Ahead of 2020 Election

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) has consistently worked since the 2016 election to ensure safe and secure future elections for Oklahomans and Americans. Most notably, following the 2016 presidential election, as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Lankford introduced bipartisan legislation entitled the Secure Elections Act, which included targeted funding for states to secure and update their own election systems. "Two weeks out from the 2020 election, Okl… Continue Reading


Lankford, Van Hollen Urge Immediate Action Following New Reports of Turkey Testing Russian S-400 Anti-Aircraft System

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today released the following statement regarding new reports that Turkey has tested its Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft missile system: "Turkey's reported testing of the Russian S-400 is unacceptable. The NATO partnership was created to deter Russian aggression in the region, so it is incompatible for any NATO member state to also deploy Russian weapons systems. The US has made clear that Turkey's actions put US nat… Continue Reading


Lankford, Van Hollen Make Bipartisan Push for Answers on Turkey’s Reported Use of the S-400 Anti-Aircraft System to Detect F-16s

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Today, Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressing for details on Turkey's reported use of the Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft system. Turkey's use of the S-400 could undermine US national security, allowing Russia a backdoor to spy on NATO allies. In their letter, the Senators once again urge Secretary Pompeo to sanction Turkey for the initial purchase of the S-400, as required under the Countering Amer… Continue Reading

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