Press Releases

11.24.15

ADVISORY: Senator Lankford to Release Gov't Waste Report Monday

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) will release his federal government waste and solutions report at a press conference next Monday, November 30 at the U.S. Capitol. The report, entitled, "Federal Fumbles: 100 ways the government dropped the ball," will highlight examples of wasteful or duplicative spending, along with burdensome regulations, but will also offer a policy solution to each of the problems. The Office of Senator Lankford released two short videos on social media this mo… Continue Reading


11.18.15

Senators Inhofe, Lankford Applaud Senate Passage of National Adoption Month Resolution

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate today passed a resolution, co-sponsored by Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and James Lankford (R-OK), that supports the goals of National Adoption Month and National Adoption Day. November is National Adoption Month and November 21 is National Adoption Day. "I am always proud when Congress comes together in support of adoption," said Inhofe. "Since 2000, National Adoption Day has helped raise awareness and further educate people across the nation of the numb… Continue Reading


11.18.15

Senator Lankford Votes to Disapprove Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted on two resolutions of disapproval of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan, a rule to force states to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Senator Lankford co-sponsored both resolutions. "Once again, the EPA has far overreached their authority to regulate power generation," said Lankford. "The EPA does not have the authority to impose federal carbon mandates-that authority lies with Congres… Continue Reading


11.17.15

Joint-Hearing Reveals Information Security Failures at the Secret Service

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, under the chairmanship of Senator James Lankford (R-OK), and the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, under the chairmanship of Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), held a hearing today to examine recent internal security breaches at the U.S. Secret Service. Hearing witnesses included: Joseph Clancy, Director of the U.S. Secret Service; Joh… Continue Reading


11.16.15

Senators Inhofe, Lankford Speak on Senate Floor in Recognition of Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Jim Inhofe and James Lankford tonight spoke together on the Senate floor in recognition of Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler of Roland, Oklahoma, who was killed on Oct. 22 during a special operations raid in Iraq that led to the release of 70 individuals being held hostage by ISIS. Wheeler will be laid to rest Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery. Excerpts: Delivered by Inhofe: Josh was the epitome of a selfless and patriotic soldier. M… Continue Reading


11.16.15

Senator Lankford Statement on Governor Fallin's Call To Suspend Syrian Refugee Program

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin's call to suspend the acceptance of Syrian refugees into the United States in the wake of the deadly terror attacks in Paris. "Millions of peaceful Syrian families have been forced to flee for their lives from religious and ethnic brutality. The small contingent of ISIL fighters rule over many villages in Syria and Iraq with ruthless vengeance. America has historically accepte… Continue Reading


11.13.15

Senator Lankford Statement on France Terror Attacks

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today made the following statement on the multiple terror attacks in France: "Today's terrorist attacks in France are a grave tragedy. We stand with the French people as they contain the situation and assess the massive loss of life. Unfortunately, this is sadly reminiscent of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January. "While we do not yet know who is responsible, this attack has all the hallmarks of Islamic extremist terrorism. We must all stand … Continue Reading


11.13.15

Senator Lankford Releases Second "Federal Fumbles" Tease Video

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released a second video to tease the release of his upcoming federal government waste and solutions report entitled, "Federal Fumbles: 100 ways the government dropped the ball." The report will highlight examples of wasteful or duplicative spending, along with burdensome regulations, but will also offer a policy solution to each of the problems. Today's video previews a wasteful program at the National Science Foundation that researches the… Continue Reading


11.13.15

Lankford Letter - November 13

CLICK HERE for the November 13, 2015 Lankford Letter.… Continue Reading


11.12.15

Senator Lankford Applauds Launch of Oklahoma Fosters Initiative

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for launching the Oklahoma Fosters Initiative, a campaign to recruit more foster and adoptive families for Oklahoma foster children. "I applaud the new Oklahoma Fosters Initiative to recruit more foster and adoptive families for our children who are in the foster care system," said Lankford. "Foster children often go through a lot, so we must step up and care for the 11,000 children in our state's fo… Continue Reading


11.10.15

VIDEO: Senator Lankford Advocates for a Pro-Growth Energy Strategy in America

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate tonight to advocate for a pro-growth energy policy in America. During the remarks, Lankford pointed out the President's flawed justification for rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline, as he did in a fact-checking blog op-ed over the weekend. Lankford also made the case for lifting the ban on oil exports. Excerpts: On the Keystone XL Pipeline: But I have to tell you … Continue Reading


11.10.15

MEDIA ADVISORY: Senator Lankford Hearing on Internal Security Breaches within U.S. Secret Service

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, under the chairmanship of Senator James Lankford (R-OK), and the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, under the chairmanship of Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), will hold a joint hearing on Tuesday, November 17, at 10:00am ET entitled, "Examining Ongoing Challenges at the U.S. Secret Service and Their Government-wide Implications." Thi… Continue Reading


11.10.15

VIDEO: Senator Lankford Releases Special Veterans Day Message

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released a special video in honor of Veterans Day to thank the servicemen and women and their families for the sacrifices they make to defend our nation. CLICK HERE to watch the video. Below is the full transcript from the video: A hero is someone who gives their life and their time and their service for something bigger than themselves, to honor other people. That certainly describes our veterans. Men and women who put the uniform on; who s… Continue Reading


11.10.15

Senator Lankford Supports NDAA, Again

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on the Senate's second passage of a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed by a vote of 91-3: "The Senate has passed, not once, but twice, responsible bipartisan legislation to give our military the strategy and funding it needs to defend our nation and keep us safe. It is extremely disappointing that the President would put politics over our national security by stalling this very important bi… Continue Reading


11.09.15

Senator Lankford in The Oklahoman: Fact-checking the president's Keystone decision

by Senator James Lankford

President Obama on Friday announced his rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline project. Since the beginning of this debate, seven years ago, everyone generally knew of the president's opposition to oil, gas and coal, but no one dreamed he would hold a pipeline permit for over 2,000 days, then reject it with no data-based conclusions. When any president can hold a private construction permit for years, after it has been approved by every affected state, then reject the permit for political reasons… Continue Reading


11.08.15

Senator Lankford in Tulsa World: We need a regulatory process of the people and by the people

by Senator James Lankford

Many Oklahomans know the cost of basic items such as food, insurance, banking and consumer goods continue to rise, but some might not realize many of the cost increases are directly connected to new regulatory costs passed on to consumers. The federal government is eager to regulate every action of our lives, but the result of this accelerating federal regulatory activity is not good for our collective bottom line. The recent national Gross Domestic Product announcement of a measly 1.5 percent … Continue Reading


11.06.15

Senator Lankford: Keystone XL Pipeline Decision Not Based on Merits of the Project

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on the Obama Administration's denial of TransCanada's application to build the Keystone XL Pipeline: "We finally have the 'yes' or 'no' the President could not give years ago. For seven years, the Obama Administration has delayed the application to build the Keystone Pipeline without justification. With their application pending for 2604 days, the Administration denied a simple request to build a safe pipelin… Continue Reading


11.05.15

Lankford Subcommittee Analyzes Latest Federal Agency Retrospective Review Process

WASHINGTON, DC - The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, under the chairmanship of Senator James Lankford (R-OK), held a hearing today to examine federal agencies' current retrospective review efforts, in response to President Obama's Executive Orders 13563 and 13610. Specifically, the Executive Orders directed agencies to develop and submit to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) plans for periodic review of ex… Continue Reading


11.05.15

VIDEO: Senator Lankford to Release a Government Waste Report This Fall

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced he will release a federal government waste and solutions report later this fall. Specifically, the report will highlight examples of wasteful or duplicative spending, along with burdensome regulations, but will also offer a policy solution to each of the problems. Lankford's report, entitled, "Federal Fumbles: 100 ways the government dropped the ball", will continue a tradition started by former Senator Tom Coburn, MD. The Office of S… Continue Reading


11.04.15

Senator Lankford Urges President to Overturn WOTUS

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted for a resolution of disapproval of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 'Waters of the United States' (WOTUS) rule. The resolution passed with a bipartisan vote of 53-44. "The 'Waters of the United States' rule is one of the greatest examples of presidential overreach in a decade," said Lankford. "The American people have soundly rejected this expansion of power, because they agree that federal authority should be limited on priv… Continue Reading

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