Press Releases

04.17.20

Oklahoma Delegation Urges Top Administration Officials to Make Publicly Owned Hospitals Eligible for Paycheck Protection Program

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Oklahoma's Congressional Delegation, led by Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03), penned a letter to US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, US Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza, and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell urging that publicly trusted hospitals be made eligible for Paycheck Protection Program loans and other financial assistance programs. In Oklahoma, 43 rural hospitals are designated as a Public Trust making them… Continue Reading


04.17.20

Oklahoma Delegation Commemorates 25th Anniversary of Oklahoma City Bombing

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Today, Oklahoma's Congressional Delegation joined to honor and remember the tragic loss of lives in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on April 19, 1995. Twenty-five years ago, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was the target of America's deadliest act of domestic terrorism, claiming the lives of 168 individuals, including 19 children. CLICK HERE to download the video from Box. CLICK HERE to watch the video on YouTube. Senator Ja… Continue Reading


04.16.20

Lankford, Leahy Urge State Department And DHS To Exercise Discretion And Grant Relief To Vulnerable Refugees And Special Immigrant Visa Holders

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) are urging Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf to exercise discretion and automatically extend the validity periods of critical documents for refugees and Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders approved for resettlement in the United States until COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted. They emphasized that this small, reasonable measure would provide much… Continue Reading


04.16.20

Lankford Leads Bipartisan Letter to HHS to Advocate for Relief for Senior Communities and Health Care Workers

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today led a bipartisan letter joined by 26 Senators to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to ensure that as HHS sets guidelines for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF), they do not overlook the providers within nursing homes, skilled nursing centers, senior living communities, independent living, assisted living, memory care, and continuing care retirement communities who are devotedly caring for our nation's … Continue Reading


04.16.20

President Trump Taps Lankford and Inhofe to Serve on Coronavirus Economic Task Force

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Today, President Trump asked Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) to serve on the Task Force on Economic Recovery. The bipartisan task force, comprised of other members of the Senate and House of Representatives, will advise the president on the re-opening of America in the wake of COVID-19. "Our nation and the world have been faced with an incredible challenge in the last couple of months," Lankford said. "As Oklahomans, we've kept our distance, acted in the… Continue Reading


04.14.20

Lankford, Wicker & Senators Urge Trump to Keep Pro-Life Protections for Coronavirus Research

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), today wrote President Donald J. Trump to ask the Administration to maintain pro-life protections during the search for treatments and cures for COVID-19. The Senators' letter, which was signed by 34 senators, refutes a request by 15 pro-abortion state attorneys general requesting waivers to prohibitions on the use of fetal tissue for coronavirus research. "These attempts to exploit the current crisis faced by our nation… Continue Reading


04.14.20

Lankford, Inhofe Lead Letter to Treasury, SBA to Ensure Protection for Faith-based Entities

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today led a letter joined by 17 Senators to Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, and Jovita Carranza, Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) to thank them for the recently issued interim final rule on protections for faith-based entities during the continued rollout of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and related federal economic relief. The Administration also issued an… Continue Reading


04.14.20

Lankford, Portman Urge President Trump to Use IGs to Ensure Federal Government Serves American Taxpayer Effectively & Efficiently

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Today, Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Rob Portman (R-OH) wrote a letter to President Trump urging him to use Inspectors General (IG) to ensure taxpayer dollars are being used in the most effective and efficient way. With trillions of taxpayer dollars being spent by the federal government to respond to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, it is imperative that independent IGs are in place to prevent waste, fraud, and mismanagement. The senators stand ready to confirm qualified … Continue Reading


04.09.20

Lankford Calls on Senate Leadership to Expand COVID-19 Relief Access to Public Hospitals

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined a bipartisan group of eight Senators urging Senate leadership to clarify eligibility for publicly owned hospitals and similar care providers within the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) administered by the US Small Business Administration (SBA). Currently, both for-profit and non-profit hospitals are eligible for assistance, but public hospitals are not, creating a disparity this clarification seeks to resolve. The PPP was provided an additio… Continue Reading


04.09.20

Lankford Urges Treasury, SBA to Clarify PPP Eligibility for Small Businesses Backed by Private Equity

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza asking them to clarify the eligibility of private equity or venture capital-backed small businesses for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. "The CARES Act allows for the participation in the PPP for small businesses that have either fewer than 500 empl… Continue Reading


04.07.20

Lankford, Rosen Join 180 Jewish Organizations to Call for Unity, Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, 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 calling on Americans to reject anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. "In times of crisis we often see the best of humanity; people from all faiths and all walks of life coming together to help each other through difficult times. During the coronavirus pandemic we have … Continue Reading


04.07.20

Lankford Urges Treasury, Federal Reserve to Keep CARES Act Financial Assistance Industry Neutral, Free of Bias

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell urging them to keep the financial assistance authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act industry neutral and free of bias. "We urge you to ensure that the financial relief offered under the CARES Act is fully available to companies throughout the economy," the senators wrote. "Some outside groups have already advoca… Continue Reading


04.06.20

Lankford, Durbin to HHS, Ensure Rural Hospitals Have Help During Coronavirus Response

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) urged Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to ensure rural hospitals have the needed support to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and maintain financial stability to continue serving their communities. The Senators highlighted the $100 billion in new funding appropriated by Congress to health care providers in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and emphasized the i… Continue Reading


04.06.20

Lankford, Inhofe Applaud President Trump for Deeming Firearm Businesses Essential

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) led a letter to President Trump today applauding the administration's recent decision to include firearm retailers and manufacturers in the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) advisory memo to states and localities regarding America's essential critical infrastructure workforce. The advisory memo is used by many states, including Oklahoma, to help determine which industr… Continue Reading


04.03.20

Lankford Releases Assistance Guidance to Answers Oklahomans’ Questions on COVID-19 Economic Relief for Workers and Businesses

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - The office of Senator James Lankford (R-OK) has launched a webpage at www.lankford.senate.gov/issues that is compiled with information for Oklahoma workers, businesses, students, and parents. The webpage includes several easily accessible documents on various aspects of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act legislation to address Oklahomans' frequently asked questions and provide resources on ways to apply for and receive benefits, including unemploym… Continue Reading


04.02.20

Lankford Applauds Decision to Give Senior Adults, Disability Recipients Automatic Access to Direct Cash Payments

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Earlier this week, following initial reports that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was going to require senior adults and others to file tax returns in order to receive the direct cash assistance for COVID-19, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined his colleagues in urging the IRS to use authority Congress gave them and qualify seniors automatically. Last night, the Treasury Department immediately clarified that Social Security retirement and disability recipients will not ne… Continue Reading


03.30.20

Lankford Acts to Speed Up Process to Feed Kids for OK Department of Education

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded swift action by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) following its timely approval of a waiver to allow Oklahoma students statewide to able to access two free meals a day, which Lankford helped facilitate. The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) applied for the waiver March 11 and March 25 to remove the requirement that school feeding sites be located in high-need areas under the Emergency School Closure provisions of… Continue Reading


03.28.20

Lankford Remembers the Legacy of Former US Senator Tom Coburn

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement on the passing of former-Oklahoma US Senator Tom Coburn, M.D.: "Oklahoma has lost a tremendous leader, and I lost a great friend today. Dr. Coburn was an inspiration to many in our state and our nation. He was unwavering in his conservative values, but he had deep and meaningful friendships with people from all political and personal backgrounds. He was truly respected by people on both sides of the aisle. "Dr. Co… Continue Reading


03.27.20

Lankford Connects with Over 20,000 Constituents Regarding COVID-19

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) over the last two weeks has been committed to working with Oklahomans to help answer questions in regards to the federal and state response to COVID-19. Lankford has hosted telephone town halls with constituents around the state, hosted Facebook and Instagram videos to provide instant updates, engaged on video conferencing and conference call with community and industry leaders, has updated his website to provide the latest information, and is usi… Continue Reading


03.25.20

Lankford Supports Emergency Relief for Families, Individuals and Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement following the vote on the third phase of emergency assistance to address the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19. "The Senate has taken action to meet the needs of Oklahomans and their families. Every aspect of our communities isbeing affected by this crisis, and it's critical that Congress provide much-needed support and assistance in this unprecedented time of need," said Lankford. "Every American is called to stop this pandemic… Continue Reading

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