Press Releases

09.24.20

Lankford, Johnson, Portman Want to Remove Unnecessary Regulations that Weakened Pandemic Preparedness

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Rob Portman (R-OH), chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, today introduced the Pandemic Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Act, which would help Congress repeal or modify regulations that have impeded our nation's ability to rapidly respond to the coronavirus … Continue Reading


09.24.20

Lankford Seeks to Enact Long-term Solutions to Remove Regulatory Red Tape

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced a package of three bills to address regulatory deficiencies and misguided agency directives. Lankford introduced the Give Useful Information to Define Effective (GUIDE) Compliance Act, the Safeguarding Awards for Victims and Enforcement Settlements (SAVES) Act, and the Better Evaluation of Science and Technology (BEST) Act. Lankford has supported these solutions in previous Congresses and/or has offered them in his Federal Fumbles g… Continue Reading


09.24.20

Lankford Questions National Security Officials on Recent Violence in the US, Election Security Threats

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A. CLICK HERE to download Lankford's Q&A from Box. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned national security officials in a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing entitled "Threats to the Homeland," an annual hearing that seeks to address some of the most pressing issues facing US national security and the ways in which the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), and … Continue Reading


09.23.20

Lankford Wants to Take Government Shutdowns Off the Table By Putting Pressure on Congress, Not Americans

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's floor speech. CLICK HERE to download Lankford's speech from Box. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today provided an update on the Senate's ongoing negotiations for the next phase of coronavirus economic relief and on the status of federal funding ahead of the September 30 deadline to avoid another government shutdown. Lankford said there's no reason Congress should even be discussing a shutdown if the Senate had passed his bipartisan Prevent Governm… Continue Reading


09.23.20

Lankford, Cramer, Hoeven, Capito, Rep. Marchant Push to Eliminate Wind Tax Credit

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), John Hoeven (R-ND), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) along with Representative Kenny Marchant (R-TX) today introduced legislation to completely phase out the federal production tax credit (PTC) for renewables. The bill specifies that any new projects would need to begin construction by the end of this year in order to qualify for the credit, as is the case under current law. This affirms that the extension for 2020 is the last … Continue Reading


09.23.20

Lankford Introduces Bill to Prevent Medicaid Money from Supporting Abortion-Providers

WASHINGTON, DC - US Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced the Women's Public Health and Safety Act, S. 4658, which gives states the authority to exclude abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood, from receiving Medicaid funds. Under current law, states are required to allow any qualified provider to participate in a state's Medicaid system. A non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) report revealed that Planned Parenthood received $1.2 billion in Medicaid reimbursements ov… Continue Reading


09.23.20

Lankford Questions Nominee to Head Department of Homeland Security

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's opening remarks. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned Acting Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf during his nomination hearing to serve as the Senate confirmed head of the agency. Lankford's questions focused on unrest in US cities and protecting our US-Mexico border, including the trends he has seen between 2019 and 2020 with the flow of people and how that has altered during the COVID-19 pandemic. ###… Continue Reading


09.23.20

Lankford, Loeffler Lead Charge to Defend Women and Girls in Sports

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Tom Cotton (R-AR) introduced the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act to make it a violation of Title IX for a school that receives federal education funds to permit a biological male to participate in a program designated for women and girls. Under the bill, schools that allow biological males to compete against women and girls in sports-disrupting the goals establis… Continue Reading


09.21.20

Lankford Statement on Filling Supreme Court Vacancy

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement regarding the timing on the Senate voting to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court: "I look forward to considering and voting on President Trump's nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy before the end of the year. If the President puts forward a nomination, the Senate has the authority to provide advice and consent, and I take this role very seriously. Confirming a Supreme Court nominee during a presidential e… Continue Reading


09.21.20

Lankford Applauds Executive Order to Restore US Sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded President Trump and his Administration for its announcement of an Executive Order to restore pre-Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA or the "Iran Nuclear Deal") sanctions on Iran after the US withdrew from the agreement in 2018, a move Lankford supported. These "snapback" sanctions, which the State Department began discussing Saturday, are in response to the decision by the UN Security Council to allow the international embargo… Continue Reading


09.18.20

Lankford Statement on Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued a statement on the passing of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away this evening: "Cindy and I are praying for Justice Ginsburg's children and grandchildren as they mourn the loss of their mother and grandmother, and that God may grant peace and comfort on them in the days ahead. While we have disagreed on some issues and interpretations of the law, she was a remarkable legal mind that served honorably on the bench fo… Continue Reading


09.17.20

Lankford, Inhofe Introduce Senate Resolution Honoring General Tom Stafford

WASHINGTON, DC- US Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) this week introduced a Senate Resolution honoring the accomplishments and recognizing the 90th birthday of fellow Oklahoman, General Thomas P. Stafford. The resolution passed unanimously on the Senate floor today. "Ninety years ago, Oklahoma welcomed an American pioneer in space exploration and policy," said Lankford. "General Tom Stafford has lived a life dedicated to serving our nation, leading the United States in the … Continue Reading


09.17.20

Lankford Applauds Ongoing US Success toward Peace in the Middle East, Eastern Europe

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's floor speech. CLICK HERE to download Lankford's floor speech from Box. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor about the US's ongoing pursuit of helping lead negotiations toward peace and understanding in the Middle East and around the world. Earlier this week, Lankford attended the historic signing at the White House of the Abraham Accords amid the recent normalization of relations between Israel and Bahrain and Israel and … Continue Reading


09.17.20

Lankford, Inhofe Applaud VA Grant to Build Veteran Cemetery in Ardmore

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today applauded the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration's (NCA) announcement of a $7,355,463 grant for the establishment of a State Veterans Cemetery in Ardmore, Oklahoma. "The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs has worked for years to bring this final resting place to Oklahoma veterans and their eligible family members," said Lankford. I am grateful for ODVA's dedication to this task … Continue Reading


09.17.20

Lankford, Colleagues Send Letter to FCC Chairman on Combatting Contraband Cellphones in Prisons

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK), along with Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), today led a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to continue to push the federal telecommunications agency to address the rampant use of contraband devices within federal, state, and local prisons that are being used to commit crimes outside of prisons. The Senators proposed several solutions to the FCC to address the issue of contraband cellphones. Joi ning Lankford and Cotton… Continue Reading


09.17.20

Lankford Receives “A” Rating on Pro-Life Voting Record

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was honored to receive an "A" rating on the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List National Pro-Life Scorecard, which ranks senators and representatives on a series of SBA-selected key pro-life votes. "I am grateful to the Susan B. Anthony List for recognizing our ongoing fight in Congress to protect the lives of the unborn, who cannot speak for themselves," said Lankford. "I am honored to have the opportunity to fight for life at all stages and to move our c… Continue Reading


09.16.20

Lankford Presses for Ethical Coronavirus Vaccine Options in Hearing

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A. CLICK HERE to download Lankford's Q&A from Box. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in an Appropriations Committee, Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing to review coronavirus response efforts. Lankford indicated he hoped today's hearing would focus less on political theater and more on the actual facts and details of the coronavirus response. The panelists for the heari… Continue Reading


09.16.20

Lankford, Rosen Call on Poland to Enact Comprehensive Holocaust Restitution Law Amid Rising Polish 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, sent a letter to Polish President Andrzej Duda expressing concern over the rise of anti-Semitic discourse in Poland and urging Poland to enact a comprehensive Holocaust restitution law. "Poland's partnership with the United States as a stalwart NATO ally has contributed significantly to security and prosperity in Central and Eastern Europe. We apprec… Continue Reading


09.15.20

Lankford Issues Statement after Attending White House Signing Ceremony for Peace Agreements

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement after attending the Abraham Accords signing ceremony at the White House: "While many across the globe are focused exclusively on COVID, I am grateful the Administration has continued its work on peace in the Middle East. This is truly a historic moment, and for the first time in a quarter-century the US has led a major peace agreement between Israel and their Arab neighbors. Over the decades, too many wars h… Continue Reading


09.11.20

Lankford Sends Letter to Disney CEO Following Cooperation with Elements in Xinjiang During Filming of Mulan

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - US Senators James Lankford (R-OK) along with Marco Rubio (R-FL) today sent a bipartisan letter to The Walt Disney Company's Chief Executive Officer Bob Chapek, inquiring about Disney's cooperation with elements of the Chinese Communist Party's security and propaganda authorities in the production of the movie Mulan. For years, reports have surfaced highlighting China's campaign against Uyghur and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region's (XUAR), incl… Continue Reading

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