Press Releases

07.29.21

Lankford, Johnson, Republican Colleagues Push to Eliminate Failed Obamacare Program

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) along with Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), John Barrasso (R-WY), Mike Braun (R-IN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Repeal Insurance Plans of the Multi-State Program Act (RIP MSP Act) on Wednesday - an effort to terminate Obamacare's failed Multi-State Plan program. Section 1334 o… Continue Reading


07.29.21

Lankford Rubio Want Audit of CDC Decision Making Process for Mask Guidance

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford, led by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Steve Daines (R-MT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Mike Braun (R-IN), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Todd Young (R-IN), John Thune (R-SD), and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) introduced the Restore Public Health Institution Trust Act, which would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) decision making and messaging surrounding its reversal on mask guida… Continue Reading


07.29.21

Lankford, Colleagues Push HHS to Withdraw Proposed Affordable Care Act Abortion Rule

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) and Steve Daines (R-MT) along with 25 senators today to issue a public comment letter opposing the Biden Administration's attempt to ignore congressional intent and the unequivocal legal requirements regarding abortion coverage offered through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra asks for the withdrawal of the Biden Administration's proposed rul… Continue Reading


07.28.21

Lankford Joins Press Conference to Discuss Democrats' Reckless Tax and Spending Spree

CLICK HERE to view the video on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a press conference with Senate Republicans to discuss the Democrats' reckless tax and spending spree, punctuated by not one but two proposals that will cost Americans trillions in tax dollars, increase entitlements, bring in a new radical climate change agenda, and add to inflation that is already starting to impact Oklahomans, especially those on a fixed income. Lankford opposes the m… Continue Reading


07.28.21

Lankford Pushes SBA for Small Businesses Impacted by Biden’s Failed Policies At the Border

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), lead Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, sent a letter to the Small Business Administration's Administrator and National Ombudsman regarding Presidential Proclamation 10142 and the impacts it has had on small businesses. Lankford highlighted one small business during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing that is at risk of su… Continue Reading


07.27.21

Lankford Demands Update from DHS Secretary on Southern Border Wall “Study”

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A from YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to get updates on timelines and numbers Lankford has been told by the Secretary are "coming." Lankford questioned Mayorkas about the recently released bombshell report in which Lankford found $2 billion in wasted taxpayer money to pay … Continue Reading


07.27.21

Lankford, Colleagues Demand Response on Government’s Dangerous Assault on Americans’ Free Speech

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Braun (R-IN), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) to send a letter to President Biden expressing deep concern with the White House's announcement that it will be flagging American citizens' speech on social media platforms for misinformation. The senators urged the Administration to halt any actions it has or is currentl… Continue Reading


07.22.21

Lankford Opposes Nominee Who Offered Misleading Testimony, Environmental Extremism

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A from YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee business meeting to consider several nominations, including the controversial nomination of Ms. Tracy Stone-Manning to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management. Lankford's questions focused on previous testimony before the Committee in which Ms. Stone-Manning provided apparently false or misleading testimony under oat… Continue Reading


07.21.21

Lankford, Colleagues Boost US-Taiwanese Defense Cooperation

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to introduce the Taiwan Partnership Act, which would establish a partnership between the US National Guard and Taiwanese defense forces to ensure a well-integrated defense force capable of fast deployment during a crisis: "Taiwan is an important strategic defense partner for the US in the region and the world," said Lankford. "We should continue to foster more opportunities to collaborat… Continue Reading


07.21.21

Lankford, Thune, Daines, McConnell, Crapo Lead Senate Republican Caucus in Urging Biden Administration to Drop Step-Up In Basis Tax-Hike Proposal

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators John Thune (R-SD), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) today led the entire Senate Republican caucus in urging President Biden to abandon his effort to impose a capital gains tax increase on family-owned businesses, farms, and ranches. Repealing this part of the tax code would have a devastating effect on multi-generation operations, which could lead to job losses, liquidation, or outright closure. … Continue Reading


07.21.21

Lankford, Inhofe Congratulate OU Softball Team on World Series Championship

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) yesterday led the Senate in passing a Senate Resolution to formally congratulate the University of Oklahoma Sooners softball team on winning the 2021 National Collegiate Athletic Association Women's College World Series. "Oklahoma is proud to celebrate the distinguished women of OU Softball for their record-shattering season and their fifth national title," said Lankford. "This bill recognizes the sacrifices each pla… Continue Reading


07.21.21

Lankford Exposes Billions in Waste in Biden Border Wall Debacle, Demands Answers from Top Officials

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), lead Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, today released a blistering report on $2 billion in wasted taxpayer dollars to pay Department of Defense (DOD) contractors not to build the border wall while more than 180,000 migrants attempted to cross our southern border in June alone. On January 20, President Biden issued Presidential Proclamation 10142, which te… Continue Reading


07.20.21

Lankford Wants Congress to End Fake Budget Gimmick that Withholds Money from Crime Victims

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement after he supported an amendment by Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) to the VOCA Fix Act to prevent Congress from using a budget gimmick to raid the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) for unrelated spending. The CVF collects criminal fines and penalties and is intended to help victims of crimes and crime prevention. "Year after year, Congress has diverted the Crime Victims Fund away from crime victims and instead has used it to… Continue Reading


07.19.21

Lankford Demands Answers from State Department on Delays for Oklahomans’ Passports

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken demanding action after hearing from an increasing number of Oklahomans who are experiencing tremendous delays in the processing of their passport applications, some of whom paid for expedited processing and delivery for upcoming travel. The backlog of passports has ballooned to an unprecedented level of 2.2 million with expected delays of 4-6 months. "The State Department's Passport Service i… Continue Reading


07.16.21

Lankford, Rubio, GOP Colleagues Support the Cuban People

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) to introduce a resolution in support of the courageous Cuban people as they lead historic protests throughout the island against six decades of repression and tyranny from the Castro and Díaz-Canel regime. The resolution highlights the dictatorship's long record of oppression against pro-democracy leaders, political opponents, and civic movements. Following this weekend's wave of peaceful protests, the regime… Continue Reading


07.15.21

Lankford Wants Answers on Why Biden Administration is “Handcuffing” ICE from Enforcing the Law

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A from YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to consider the nominations of Robert Santos to be Director of the US Census Bureau and Ed Gonzalez to be Assistant Secretary of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Lankford's questions for Mr. Santos centered on why the Bureau is not saving taxpayers upwards of $8 billion by combining the Census duri… Continue Reading


07.15.21

Lankford Recognized for His Leadership in Protecting Religious Freedom

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's award presentation on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today received the inaugural International Religious Freedom (IRF) Champion Award, presented by Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback under the Trump Administration. Lankford served as honorary Senate co-chair of this year's summit and participated in a discussion this morning at the summit's segment entitled, "IRF in Economy, National Security, and Accou… Continue Reading


07.14.21

Lankford, Energy Committee Republicans Call on Biden to Withdraw Stone-Manning’s Nomination

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined all of the Republican members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) to send a letter to President Biden calling on him to withdraw the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to serve as director of the US Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Lankford was joined in sending the letter by Ranking Member John Barrasso (R-WY) and Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), Mike Lee (R-UT), Steve Daines (R-MT), Li… Continue Reading


07.14.21

Lankford, Colleagues Protect Sensitive US-International Research from Chinese Communist Government

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Angus King (I-ME) and Representatives Susan Wild (D-PA) and Mike Gallagher (R-WI) introduced legislation to protect sensitive US research from foreign adversaries, while also securing America's valuable international partnerships that spur technological innovation. The legislation will advance key technology research in areas such as artificial intelligence and quantum science with trustworthy international partners while simultaneously securin… Continue Reading


07.14.21

Lankford Wants Border Wall Finished, Now

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on his amendment on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), the lead Republican on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, today introduced an amendment to the Homeland Procurement Reform Act, to restart and complete the work on the southern border wall that was halted by the Biden Administration. "Congress already approved and the American people already pai… Continue Reading

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