Press Releases


Lankford Stands Up for Freedom and National Security in Annual Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) offered several amendments to the Senate's Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual bill to authorize funding for our military and related services. Included in his amendments were provisions to retain skilled veterans in our workforce, and non-competitive eligibility for high-performing civilian provisions to create more flexibility in temporary and term appointments, enhance hiring procedures employees. "While Biden … Continue Reading


Lankford Opposes Democrats’ Fourth Attempt to Take Over Elections

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today opposed the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021,(also known as S.4). Lankford has been outspoken that Democrats' attempt to federalize our elections comes with significantnegative consequences for our nation's free and fair elections. The procedural vote to move forward to debate the bill failed by a vote of 50-49. "This is the same song and dance we've seen from Democrats since the beginning of this year," said Lankford. … Continue Reading


Lankford Says Oklahomans Are Feeling the Effects of Inflation, “Build Back Better” Will Make It Worse

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the Democrats' 2,000-page, $1.75 trillion "Build Back Better" proposal, which Biden claims is "paid for" but actually uses budget gimmicks to keep taxpayers on the hook and add to the debt. Lankford's remarks highlighted that the bill has been through numerous iterations since the left and the far-left Democrats can't agree on the many outstandingl… Continue Reading


Lankford Pushes to Stop Biden’s $450,000 Payments to Migrants at the Southern Border

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on his amendment on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), the lead Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, today offered an amendment to the Countering Human Trafficking Act of 2021 during a business meeting of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Lankford's amendment would stop Biden's Department of Justice from "settling" laws… Continue Reading


Lankford, Braun Lead 39 Colleagues In Overturning Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Mike Braun (R-IN) led more than 39 Senators to formally move to disapprove and nullify President Biden's vaccine mandate on private companies and their employees under the Congressional Review Act, the official process for Congress to eliminate an Executive Branch rule. Joining Lankford and Braun in the disapproval are Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rick Scott (R-FL), Marsha Blackb… Continue Reading


Lankford, Daines Show How Democrats’ Reckless Tax & Spend Bill Violates Hyde Amendment, Expands Taxpayer Funding for Abortions

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) to release a new memo detailing how the Democrats' multitrillion-dollar tax-and-spending bill would violate the Hyde Amendment and radically expand taxpayer funding for abortions. Lankford is the chairman of the Values Action Team and member of the Pro-Life Caucus Senate Pro-Life Caucus. "Democrats are once again helping the most pro-abortion President ever force American taxpayers to pay for abortions in th… Continue Reading


Lankford Stands for Life as Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Texas Heartbeat Law

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Whole Women's Health v. Jackson and United States v. Texas: "The only difference between a child in the womb and a child outside of the womb is time. Since the 1970s, science has progressed and confirmed a baby in the womb has a heartbeat and feels pain, yet, as a nation, we don't recognize that baby has value and worth. Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on a Texas… Continue Reading


Lankford: The Government is No Replacement for Parents When it Comes to Education

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, as the rights of parents are under attack by the Biden administration, Senator Rick Scott, joined by Leader Mitch McConnell, US Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr and nearly 30 other Republican senators introduced a resolution supporting parents' rights to be fully and actively involved in the education of their children. Recently, Joe Biden and his administration have politicized and weaponized the Justice Departmen… Continue Reading


Lankford, Cruz, Colleagues Submit Amicus Brief in Support of a Colorado Christian Business Owner’s Right to Religious Liberty

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in a bicameral amicus brief with their Republican colleagues in the case of 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, calling for the Supreme Court to review a circuit court decision that prohibits a Colorado business owner from exercising her free speech and religious liberty rights. "The government should never have the power to compel speech or threaten Americans with fines to force them to violate their religious beliefs," sa… Continue Reading


Lankford Calls Out Biden’s DoD for Denying Military Members Religious Exemptions for Vaccines

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) slammed President Joe Biden and Department of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for not responding to a letter he sent in September calling on Austin to protect service members from being forced to choose between their sincerely held religious beliefs and serving in our nation's military. Lankford's response today comes as recent protests at major shipyards have said they will walk out to avoid the mandate, leaving gaps in our national security for ski… Continue Reading


Lankford, Portman, Rounds Request DHS OIG Review of TSA’s Security Directives on Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Mike Rounds (R-SD) sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) requesting a review of the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) two recently released pipeline-focused security directives on cybersecurity-"SD-01" and "SD-02", and forthcoming security directives applicable to rail and air operators. The senators noted industry experts have expressed concern that th… Continue Reading


Lankford, Daines Celebrate First Anniversary of Geneva Consensus Declaration

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Steve Daines (R-MT) today introduced a resolution to celebrate the first anniversary of the signing of the Geneva Consensus Declaration by a coalition of now 36 countries, making a shared commitment to defending life, the family, and national sovereignty. "One year ago, President Trump led more than 32 countries, representing 1.6 billion people from every region of the world, in signing the historic Geneva Consensus Declaration to recognize th… Continue Reading


Lankford Continues to Push Back on Democrats’ Attempt at a Federal Takeover of our Elections

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) participated in a hearing with the Senate Committee Indian Affairs as they discussed a bill that is included in the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act that would give President Biden's Department Justice control over our elections. Lankford has long been outspoken that Democrats' attempt to federalize elections comes with significant negative consequences on our nation's free and fair electio… Continue Reading


Lankford Takes on Biden’s Progressive Climate-change Agenda that Will Lead to Higher Prices for Oklahomans

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's complete remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today served as lead Republican in a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management entitled, "Strategies for Improving Critical Energy Infrastructure," which examined the importance of grid reliability and ensuring we have an adequate energy supply while Oklahomans await rumored higher energy costs for natural g… Continue Reading


Lankford, Inhofe, Lucas Introduce HARMON Oklahoma Act To Ensure Oklahoma Hospital Remains Open

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) to introduce the Helping Account for Rural Medical Outpatient Needs in Oklahoma (HARMON) Oklahoma Act, that would ensure Harmon Memorial Hospital, a rural hospital in Hollis, OK, can remain open. This bill is the next step in a long list of efforts the members have engaged on to help prevent Harmon from closing. Congressman Lucas introduced companion legislation in the House.… Continue Reading


Lankford, Rosen Remember Third Anniversary of Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

WASHINGTON, DC- Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV), co-chairs of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism, today commemorated the third anniversary of the 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the deadliest attack on the Jewish American community in US history. "Today we remember the tragedy of the deadly attack against the Jewish community at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and we stand side by side with the Jewish community,… Continue Reading


Lankford, Hagerty Introduce Legislation to Protect US Embassy in Jerusalem

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN), who led a group of 34 Republican senators, to introduce the Upholding the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Law Act of 2021, a bill to protect the full and faithful implementation of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 and block the Biden Administration's efforts to subvert the law. "After decades of bipartisan support and empty promises from different administrations, President Trump rightly moved our US Embassy to J… Continue Reading


Lankford Slams Chaos at the US-Mexico Border as CBP Encounters Highest Number of Illegal Crossers Ever

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) responded after the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) told the public that it has encountered the highest number of illegal border crossers in recorded history. CBP stated that it encountered 1.7 million people in FY 2021 from 149 countries, the majority of which crossed the border after Biden's inauguration. This year alone, CBP set 20-year records for encountering the highest number of illegal border crossers per month in March, April, May, J… Continue Reading


Lankford Announces Hire of Southeast Oklahoma Field Representative

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced the hire of Laramie Cochran as Field Representative for southeast Oklahoma. Her job as Field Representative is to travel across southeast Oklahoma to hear community needs and work with all Oklahomans to solve federal issues. "I'm grateful for Laramie's commitment to southeast Oklahoma and her tenacity to solve tough federal issues," said Lankford. "Laramie will focus on building relationships within communities across southeastern Ok… Continue Reading


Lankford, T. Scott, Colleagues Push to Block Democrats’ IRS Snooping Proposal

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and their Republican colleagues to introduce the Prohibiting IRS Financial Surveillance Act, a bill to prevent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from implementing Democrats' plan to give the agency access to transaction information of virtually every American. Lankford has already spoken out on the Senate floor in strong opposition to this proposed snooping by the IRS. La… Continue Reading

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