Press Releases


20 Bipartisan Senators Request Pompeo to Extend Emergency Refugee Protections for Afghan Sikh, Hindu Communities Facing Persecution

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), along with Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by 18 of their Senate colleagues in urging the Trump Administration to grant emergency refugee protections to Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan facing persecution as religious minorities. In a bipartisan letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the senators called on the State Department to prioritize resettlement opportunities un… Continue Reading


Lankford Pushes for Reforms in Annual Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today offered six amendments to the upcoming Senate version of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (FY21 NDAA). Lankford's initial amendments address key areas in our nation's defense policy that he hopes to see in the final version of the bill, which is set for consideration by the Senate next week. Lankford's amendments would repeal the 180-day waiting period for military retirees, close the coverage gaps in the Paid Parental … Continue Reading


Lankford Questions CBP on Seizing Drugs, COVID PPE, Test Kits at Border & Praises 11-Year High in Naturalizations

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a hearing of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to provide oversight of the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). Lankford questioned CBP's Mark Morgan, the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner, on CBP's work to seize items, including illegal drugs and fake COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) and test kits along o… Continue Reading


Lankford, Portman, Fischer Introduce Bill to Reduce Regulatory Burden to Give Job Creators Freedom to Invest & Hire New Workers

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Deb Fischer (R-NE) introduced the Unfunded Mandates Accountability and Transparency Act (UMATA). The bill will reduce excessive unfunded government mandates on job creators, giving them greater freedom to invest in their companies and hire new workers. When the federal government imposes unnecessary and burdensome regulations, it undermines employers' ability to hire more workers and makes it harder for American work… Continue Reading


Lankford Applauds Decision to Designate John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park as African American Civil Rights Network Site

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded the decision at the direction of President Trump from Interior Secretary David L. Bernhardt to designate the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park as an official member of the African American Civil Rights Network (AACRN), formally recognizing the historical and national significance of the tragic Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 and Dr. John Hope Franklin's work to advance the African American civil rights movement. The African America… Continue Reading


Lankford Blasts Senate Democrats’ Block of JUSTICE Act on Senate Floor

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on the Senate floor. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today blasted Senate Democrats when not even four Democrats voted in favor earlier today of proceeding to open debate on the JUSTICE Act, which Lankford helped introduce. Lankford cited that Senate Democrats unreasonably-and for political reasons-demanded Speaker Pelosi's bill, the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, or nothing at all when so many families in our nation are hurting and want a… Continue Reading


Senate Democrats Block Police Reform from Coming to Communities Across America

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and members of the JUSTICE Act task force released the following statements after Senate Democrats' obstruction of the JUSTICE Act today. "It's unfortunate Senate Democrats have allowed partisan politics to get in the way of justice. Equal justice should not be a partisan issue," Lankford said. "The JUSTICE Act has more similarities with the House Democrat bill than differences. Bl… Continue Reading


Subcommittee Examines Federal Hiring Recommendations from National Commission

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Opening Statement and Q&A 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), today held a hearing entitled, "Improving Public Service: A Review of Recommendations Made by the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service." Members of the Subcommittee heard from the chairman of the National Commission on Milit… Continue Reading


Lankford, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Help Protect US Energy Jobs

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) to introduce a bill to provide relief to America's energy industry during the coronavirus pandemic. The SAVE Jobs Act aims to promote liquidity and flexibility for domestic energy companies so they can maintain their workforce through the pandemic's economic downturn. Lankford and Cornyn were joined by Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), John Barrasso (R-WY), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Cindy Hyde-Smit… Continue Reading


Lankford Leads Bipartisan Group to Introduce Bill Expanding Federal Tax Deduction for Charitable Giving

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Chris Coons (D-DE), Mike Lee (R-UT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today introduced the bipartisan Universal Giving Pandemic Response Act to expand the current above-the-line deduction for charitable giving made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March, The bill would ensure that Americans who donate to charities, houses of worship, religious organizations, and other n… Continue Reading


Lankford, Rosen Statement on Further Adoption of IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV), co-chairs of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism, released the following statement applauding Argentina and Serbia for recently adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition on anti-Semitism. "We have long-supported adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, which is a helpful tool to train law enforcement and inform… Continue Reading


Lankford Statement on SCOTUS DACA Decision

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement after the Supreme Court released its ruling today in the case to determine whether the Trump Administration's decision to rescind the Obama Administration's executive action on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was appropriate: "The Supreme Court has now ruled that every future president has to abide by any previous President's executive actions, whether lawfully put in place or not, unless a court… Continue Reading


Lankford Urges Colleagues to Set Aside Partisanship and Pass the JUSTICE Act

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's floor speech. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today took to the Senate floor to encourage his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to end the divisive rhetoric and come together to actually work on legislation that would address specific areas of law enforcement by considering the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act, which Lankford introduced this morning along with Tim Scott (R-SC), Senate Majority Leader… Continue Reading


Lankford Issues Statement on Lands Bill, Continues to Call for Reforms

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement after he voted against the Great American Outdoors Act (HR 1957): "The federal government owns 640 million acres of land, but we still have not agreed on a plan to maintain or care for that land without adding billions to our federal debt. I support our public lands, but I am opposed to buying land than not caring for it or ignoring the cost of care. The maintenance backlog on our federal land does not require us to choose … Continue Reading


Lankford, Colleagues Introduce JUSTICE Act to Addresses Police Reform, Accountability, Transparency

WASHIINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), John Cornyn (R-TX), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Ben Sasse (R-NE) to announce the introduction of the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act. The legislation provides long-term solutions focused on police reform, accountability and transparency. The bill also promotes efforts to find s… Continue Reading


Lankford Joins Second-Annual Bipartisan Reading on Senate Floor of Dr. King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's segment of the reading. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senators Doug Jones (D-AL), John Kennedy (R-LA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), with a special introduction from Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) in a reading on the Senate floor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail in 1963. In April 1963 Dr. King penned the letter from his cell at the Birmingham Jail, where he and other protes… Continue Reading


Lankford, Senate Committee Push on Lack of Response from Cell Phone Carriers on Contraband Cell Phones in Prisons

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai in a Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) fiscal year 2021 funding hearing. Lankford asked Chairman Pai about the ongoing expansions in telehealth medicine, especially in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the redrawing of broadband maps to better represent coverage in parts of the … Continue Reading


Lankford Joins Bipartisan Letter Urging the Administration to Provide Paperwork Relief for Oklahoma Small Businesses who Utilized the COVID-19 Relief Program

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) along with Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) today led a bipartisan letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza urging the administration to ease paperwork requirements for small businesses seeking loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The letter, signed by 44 senators, specifically requests that the loan forgiveness application for loans under $250,000 to be no … Continue Reading


Lankford Praises Annual Work to Highlight and Eliminate International Religious Persecution

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today praised the release of the 2019 International Religious Freedom (IRF) Report. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious freedom Sam Brownback today announced the annual report's release and highlighted several examples of positive steps taken internationally to ensure religious freedom for all people of faith around the world. The State Department submits the reports in accordance with the International… Continue Reading


Lankford Explains Why the Great American Outdoors Act May Be Less Than Great

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's speech. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor about the Senate's consideration this week of the Great American Outdoors Act, which seeks to address the purchase and maintenance issues with federal lands. But Lankford told his fellow senators today that the bill lacks critical provisions that would help prevent significant amounts of debt and deficit spending. As Lankford reminded the Senate today, this is not a new issue. … Continue Reading

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