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Senator Lankford Praises Updates to Outdated Labor Laws

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) praised the Department of Labor's finalization of a rule on January 12 that provides a much-needed update to the joint employer provisions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The final rule will take effect March 16, 2020. "The previous joint employer rule had the potential to devastate America's franchise, small-business economy," said Lankford. "Oklahoma small businesses consistently tell me they want greater clarity and consistency from the fede… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Tester Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen VA Oversight

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jon Tester (D-MT) are kicking off the new year with bipartisan legislation to strengthen oversight for veterans at the nation's second largest federal agency. Under current law, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) does not have testimonial subpoena authority to compel former VA employees who have left federal service, former contractor personnel who performed work for the Department, or other potentially r… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Inhofe Cosponsor Legislation Honoring Americans Responsible for Soleimani Strike

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) along with 42 other Republican senators, cosponsored a resolution introduced today honoring members of the military and intelligence community who carried out the mission that killed Qasem Soleimani, leader of Iran's Quds Force. "The decisive and justified attack that killed long-time Iranian terrorist leader, Qasem Soleimani, was a well-executed action by our military to help prevent Soleimani from taking additional American… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Inhofe Join Resolution Urging Speaker Pelosi to Send Impeachment Articles to Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) joined Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today to introduce a resolution urging Speaker Pelosi to immediately transmit, consistent with the House's constitutional obligations, to the Senate the two articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump. "It's odd that the House said they needed to urgently impeach President Trump before Christmas, but they are now unwilling to transm… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Encourages Senate to Pass USMCA

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's floor speech. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor in support of the Senate's ongoing work to consider and finalize the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which updates and enhances the existing North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that was put in place more than two decades ago. Lankford serves on the Senate Finance Committee, which considered and passed with Lankford's support the USMCA implementing bill earlier t… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Manchin, Blackburn, Tester, Kennedy Urge FCC to Provide Broadband for Rural Communities

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jon Tester (D-MT), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and John Kennedy (R-LA) today sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai urging the FCC to focus its efforts on providing reliable broadband to rural communities before expanding 5G coverage, as indicated by the announcement of the FCC's 5G Fund. The senators said in part, "While we commend the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) for … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Introduces John Heil in Judiciary Committee

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's introductory remarks. CLICK HERE for additional photos from the hearing. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced Oklahoma attorney, Mr. John F. Heil, III, at his nomination hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee to serve as a US District Judge for the Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma. Heil was first nominated by President Trump on November 6, 2019. Transcript Mr. Chairman, thank you very much for allowing us to be … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Supports Passage of USMCA Trade Agreement in Senate Finance Committee

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today attended the Senate Finance Committee's executive session markup of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which is the next step in finalizing the USMCA after its consideration and passage in the House late last year. The implementing bill was approved by the Committee with Lankford's support in a vote of 25 to 3. Lankford provided remarks about the finalized negotiations at today's hearing. Beginnin… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Death of Iranian General Soleimani

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement regarding an operation that killed Iranian General Soleimani: "For years, the Iranian regime has pursued a reckless strategy of intimidation, fear, and aggression. Its acts of terrorism have destabilized the entire Middle East. As the leader of the Quds Force, General Soleimani has personally been responsible for killing US military and allied forces in Iraq, including a US contractor just last week. President Trum… Continue Reading


Lankford, Rosen Statement on Anti-Semitic Attack in Monsey, New York

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Today, Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV), co-chairs of the Senate Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism, released the following statement regarding last night's mass-stabbing attack at the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg during a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, New York. "Last night, at a celebration of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, the scourge of anti-Semitism reared its ugly head, bringing darkness with it. We are deeply saddened by… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Inhofe Hail Naming of USS Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced today that the Navy's newest Virginia-class fast attack submarine will be named the USS Oklahoma: "Today, the US Navy once again selected the historic name Oklahoma for one of our nation's most powerful platforms for peace, this time a Virginia-class submarine. It's an honor that the US Navy will carry our state's values and history around the world. It has been m… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Inhofe Propose Plan to Give VA Greater Ability to Provide Chaplaincy Services

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today introduced a bill to realign chaplains at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) under the Secretary of the VA and also enhance their ability to provide mental health, counseling, and pastoral services to our nation's veterans and VA employees. The move will centralize and streamline all faith-based programs and policies across the entire VA to improve consistency and the opportunity to have additional access to pastora… Continue Reading


Lankford, Durbin, Kinzinger, Loesback Introduce Bill to Support Rural Hospitals

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA-02), introduced a new bill to support financially vulnerable rural hospitals facing the risk of closure. The Rural Hospital Relief Act would update Medicare's "Critical Access Hospital" (CAH) designation so more rural hospitals can qualify for this financial lifeline and continue to serve their communities with quality, affordable health care service… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford to Serve as Chairman of Senate Select Committee on Ethics

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued a statement that he will serve as the Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics: "It is an honor to be entrusted with the responsibility to fill the role as Chairman of the Select Committee on Ethics following Senator Isakson. Senator Isakson has been the model of bipartisanship, integrity, and fairness throughout his career in the Senate. It is my desire to ensure the Senate maintains adherence to federal law and Senate Rules. I loo… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Supports Second Funding Package Focused on Defense

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement following Senate passage of a spending bill to fund the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and key law enforcement entities. The bill includes a 3.1 percent pay increase for military service members and vital national security funding. The bill now heads to the President to be signed into law. This was one of two bills to fund the government through September 30, 2020. Lankford opposed the other bill, wh… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Opposes Funding Bill that Adds to National Debt

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement following Senate passage of H.R. 1865, Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, which also includes a number of extensions for federal tax breaks: "This bill has a number of legislative successes that benefit Oklahoma and our nation. This bill includes necessary funding for NIH research, supporting opioid addiction treatment and Alzheimer's research, funding medical student education at the University of Oklahoma and Oklah… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Inhofe Applaud Confirmation of Oklahomans to Serve as US District Court Judges

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today praised the Senate confirmation of Mrs. Jodi Dishman and Judge Bernard Jones to serve as judges on the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. "I'm glad to see the Senate confirm two very well-qualified judges today to serve on the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma," said Lankford. "I am confident both will represent our state and nation well in their new roles. I am grateful to both… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Applauds Signing of FUTURE Act into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) applauded President Trump's signature into law of the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act, which permanently authorizes funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and simplifies the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for students and families. "I am pleased we were able to resolve negotiations on this bill to provide permanent, rather than just temporary, funding … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford’s Good Government Bills Advance in House

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded the House Oversight Committee's work to advance the House versions of two of his bills: the Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act and the Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act. The Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act would require the federal government to make public the details, costs, and assessments related to every federal program. The Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act would crack down on fraud and misuse of federal retirement benefit… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Coons Call for Repeal of International Blasphemy Laws

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Chris Coons (D-DE) today introduced a resolution to call for the global repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws. A number of countries still have criminal blasphemy laws and punish individuals who engage in expression deemed by the government to be blasphemous, heretical, apostate, defamatory of religion or insulting religion. These laws affect Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Bahá'í, secularists, and many other groups. The res… Continue Reading

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