Press Releases

04.29.22

Lankford, Johnson, Colleagues Push Biden to Enforce Legal Asylum Process

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), lead Republican on the Border Management Subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, joined Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) and 29 Senators to introduce a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to dissolve a proposed Biden Administration rule that would illegally upend the process by which the US government grants asylum claims to migrants. "The Biden Administration's policies have led… Continue Reading


04.28.22

Lankford to Instruct China Bill Conferees to Prevent Growing Iran-China Alliance

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced that he will offer a Motion to Instruct (MTI) conferees to the so-called "China bill" that would require any deal with Iran to address Chinese purchases of Iranian oil, along with Iran's nuclear proliferation, ballistic missile development, and support for terrorism. The MTI would also prohibit the President from lifting the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the military… Continue Reading


04.28.22

Lankford, HSGAC Republicans Demand Details on Illegal PPP Loans to Planned Parenthood Affiliates

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Republican members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) to demand information from Small Business Administration Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman regarding Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans that were illegally obtained and received by Planned Parenthood affiliates across the United States. "On May 19, 2020, SBA notified a number of Planned Parenthood affiliates that they… Continue Reading


04.28.22

Lankford, Cruz, Colleagues Oppose Biden ATF Expanding Firearm Definitions and Creating National Gun Registry

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) along with 16 colleagues introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) joint resolution of disapproval today to prohibit President Biden's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) from implementing a new rule to expand firearm definitions. Joining Lankford and Cruz are Senators Mike Braun (R-IN), Mike Lee (R-UT), Steve Daines (R-MT), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), John Thune (R-SD), Marco Rubio (R-FL),… Continue Reading


04.27.22

Lankford Brings Government Waste Report to the Senate Floor

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's floor speech on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's floor speech on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today brought this week's release of volume 6 of his government waste report, Federal Fumbles: Ways the government dropped the ball, to those who need to hear about it most: the US Senate. Lankford spoke about specific examples of waste from the report and about his frustration that some in Congress talk about debt and some of the big dec… Continue Reading


04.27.22

Lankford, Inhofe, Colleagues Urge Army Corps of Engineers to Prioritize Funding for MKARNS Deepening

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), the entire Oklahoma House delegation, and their colleagues from Kansas and Arkansas to send a letter to the Office of Management and Budget and the US Army Corps of Engineers urging them to prioritize and commit additional funding to the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS). Lankford and Inhofe were joined in sending the letter by Senators Roger Marshall (R-KS), Jerry Moran (R-KS), John B… Continue Reading


04.27.22

Lankford: Biden's Border Plan Won't Stop Illegal Immigration, It Will Accelerate Illegal Immigration

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), lead Republican on the Border Management Subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today called out the Biden Administration's supposed "plan" to replace Title 42. Lankford, report in hand, quoted the Biden Administration's own admission in their "plan" that "a significant increase in migrant encounters wil… Continue Reading


04.26.22

Lankford Joins Newsmax to Discuss the Latest on Title 42, Government Waste Report

CLICK HERE to watch the Newsmax interview on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Newsmax the interview on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Eric Bolling on Newsmax to discuss this week's release of volume 6 of his government waste report, Federal Fumbles: Ways the government dropped the ball, which contains examples of $10.5 trillion in wasteful federal spending as well as solutions to address it. Lankford, lead Republican on the Border Management Subcommittee of … Continue Reading


04.26.22

Lankford Stands Up for Military Families and Pushes for Needed Updates for Housing on OK Military Installations

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks and Q&A on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks and Q&A on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today stood up for Oklahoma military families by ensuring we have quality housing on our military installations. Lankford participated in a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations hearing entitled, "Mistreatment of Military Families in Privatized Housing." Lankford speci… Continue Reading


04.26.22

Lankford Applauds 2022 USCIRF Report to Spotlight Worldwide Religious Liberty Concerns

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) offered the following statement in response to the release of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom's (USCIRF) 2022 Annual Report, which includes the Commission's recommendations to the State Department for the designation of Countries of Particular Concern and recommendations for its Special Watch List: "Religious liberty abuse is human rights abuse," said Lankford. "We have constitutional protections for every American so that th… Continue Reading


04.25.22

Lankford Releases Government Waste Report

CLICK HERE to watch the video on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch the video on Rumble. CLICK HERE to download a copy of Federal Fumbles, Vol. 6. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced the sixth volume of his federal waste book, Federal Fumbles: Ways the government dropped the ball. The report highlights waste and inefficiency in the federal government and offers solutions and recommendations for long-term changes that need to begin immediately. "Federal Fumbles is a to-do… Continue Reading


04.18.22

Lankford Recognizes 27th Anniversary of Oklahoma City Bombing

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) honored victims, survivors, families, and first responders ahead of the anniversary of the tragic bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. "We still feel the pain and loss of that day. Each April 19th, we pause to remember the victims, survivors, their families, the first responders, and everyone impacted by that fateful day in 1995 when 168 lives were lost in the worst act of domestic terrorism our nation had… Continue Reading


04.18.22

Lankford, Colleagues Urge OMB to Lower Prescription Drug Costs for Seniors

WASHINGTON, DC -Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Jon Tester (D-MT) sent a letter urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to move forward quickly with review of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) proposed rule to lower out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for seniors by bringing so-called pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees under control. The senators are urging OMB to review this rule so that thes… Continue Reading


04.14.22

Lankford, Colleagues Demand Information on Safeguards for Preventing Medicaid Fraud, Improper Payments

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) and House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member, Rep. James Comer (R-KY), along with 20 of their colleagues to send a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure seeking information on what safeguards CMS has in place to address improper payments in the Medicaid program. Lankford has worked throughout his time in Congress to root out waste, fraud, and… Continue Reading


04.14.22

Lankford, Cruz, Colleagues Move to Protect Americans’ Second Amendment Rights

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to announce they will introduce a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to prohibit President Biden's Department of Justice from implementing a new rule to expand firearm definitions. Lankford and Cruz will be joined by Senators Mike Braun (R-IN) and Mike Lee (R-UT) to introduce the resolution. "Crime is going up in far-left cities because of soft-on-crime policies. Biden's response is … Continue Reading


04.12.22

Lankford Stands up to ATF in Defense of Oklahomans’ Second Amendment Rights

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) is standing up for Oklahomans' Second Amendment right to own and use pistol braces without burdensome regulation, registration, and taxation. Last week, Lankford introduced the Pistol Brace Protection Act. Lankford's bill would gut an upcoming final rule by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) by exempting pistol braces from regulation under the National Firearms Act (NFA). The bill eliminates subjective standards that e… Continue Reading


04.11.22

Lankford, Braun Seek to Streamline Federal Employee Hiring Practices

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), lead Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, along with Senator Mike Braun (R-IN), lead Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, introduced the Inspired to Service Hiring Improvements Act focused on modernizing and streamlining federal hiring processes to provide more flexible career path… Continue Reading


04.08.22

Lankford, Lee, Colleagues Demand DOJ Investigate Deaths of Washington DC Preborn Babies

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) to send a letter signed by 23 Senators and 46 Representatives to Attorney General Merrick Garland, demanding the Department of Justice investigate the deaths of preborn babies whose remains have been found in Washington, DC. Images have been widely circulated of the remains that suggest some of the babies may have undergone unlawful partial-birth abortions or possibly infanticide at the Washington Surgi-Clinic. Yet,… Continue Reading


04.08.22

Homeland Security Committee GOP Demand Chairman Hold Hearing on Biden Border Crisis

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -Senators James Lankford, (R-OK), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Rand Paul (R-KY), Rick Scott (R-FL), Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Mitt Romney (R-UT), all Republican members of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, sent a letter to Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, requesting that he immediately convene a public hearing to examine the Biden Administration's termination of Title 42 bord… Continue Reading


04.08.22

Lankford, Colleagues Work to Save School Choice After Bureaucrats Threaten to Gut It

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Tim Scott (R-SC), and 10 colleagues urged the Department of Education to reconsider proposed rules redefining the Charter School Program, stripping parents of their ability to choose the best school for their child. "Rather than overseeing and enforcing existing safeguards intended to ensure that high-quality schools are able to open or expand, the Department of Education is engaging in an aggressive attempt to dict… Continue Reading

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