Press Releases

09.29.22

Lankford Votes ‘No’ on Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement following his 'no' vote on the latest continuing resolution (CR): "When it comes to funding the government, Congress is living the same story over and over again. Once again, we're at the end of a Fiscal Year and not one appropriations bill has been passed through the public, transparent committee process. Not one American was given the opportunity to weigh in, and once again Congress is delaying the inevitable. Last year,… Continue Reading


09.29.22

Lankford, Coons Lead Senate to Condemn Iran for Systemic Persecution of Women and Peaceful Protestors

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced a resolution condemning the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman whose killing last week by Iran's "morality police" sparked nationwide protests, and calling on the government of Iran to end its systemic persecution of women. The resolution also celebrates the bravery of the Iranian people protesting Amini's death despite a violent crackdown by the Iranian government. Senator Coons is co-chair of the S… Continue Reading


09.29.22

Lankford Works to Protect Oklahomans Ability to Use Paper Money

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced the No Digital Dollar Act to prohibit the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve from interfering with Americans using paper currency if a digital currency is adopted and makes certain individuals can maintain privacy over their transactions using cash and coins. "Oklahomans have expressed to me their concern that the Treasury could phase out paper money and transition to a digital dollar. While some Oklahomans are open to digital c… Continue Reading


09.28.22

Lankford, Sinema Crack Down on Cartels Using Social Media to Promote, Facilitate Illegal Border Crossing

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), lead Republican of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, was joined by Senator Kyrsten Sinema (R-AZ), Chair of the Subcommittee, as well as Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) to introduce the Combating Cartels on Social Media Act to crack down on cartels recruiting teenagers through social media to conduct smuggling and trafficking. "Social media co… Continue Reading


09.27.22

Congressional Republicans: IRS Should Extend COVID-19 Filing Deadline to Provide Taxpayers Much-Needed Relief

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) along with Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID), and US House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) led Congressional Republicans in a bicameral letter urging Assistant Treasury Secretary for Tax Policy Lily Batchelder and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig to extend the COVID-19 related penalty deadline as taxpayers continue to face frustrating IRS customer service challenges. The … Continue Reading


09.26.22

Oklahoma Farm Bureau Recognizes Lankford as a “Friend of Farm Bureau”

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was presented the Oklahoma Farm Bureau "Friend of Farm Bureau" award for his leadership in supporting Oklahoma's farmers and ranchers. He was nominated by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and was selected by the American Farm Bureau Federation. Lankford participated in an informal ceremony last week and hosted a question and answer session with a few members from the Oklahoma Farm Bureau. "Our Oklahoma farmers and ranchers face way too many obstacles… Continue Reading


09.23.22

Lankford, Colleagues Call on Becerra, HHS to Stop Illegally Promoting Abortions for Pregnant Unaccompanied Minors

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) led a letter today along with Senators Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Steve Daines (R-MT) to send a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra to share their opposition to HHS' flagrant disregard for the law by applying "field guidance" that promotes abortion for pregnant unaccompanied alien children (UACs) in US custody, paid for by US t… Continue Reading


09.23.22

Lankford, Finance Committee Republicans: IRS Should Use Massive Funding Boost to Help Taxpayers, Fix Existing Issues

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senate Finance Committee Republicans to send a letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig requesting detailed plans for how the agency will spend the massive $80 billion injection of mandatory funding recently granted to it under the Inflation Reduction Act, including how it will fix existing problems while satisfying the critical need for improved customer service, transparency and accountability. Rather than vag… Continue Reading


09.22.22

Lankford Strongly Opposes Democrats’ Election Donor Bully Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted in strong opposition to the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act. The bill failed to advance in the Senate in a vote of 49-49. Originally included in the Democrats' failed election-takeover bill, the so-called "For the People Act," the DISCLOSE Act violates privacy rights by requiring organizations to disclose the names and addresses of their donors who give $10,000 or more during an electio… Continue Reading


09.21.22

Lankford Opposes Treaty That Prioritizes China Over US

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement after he opposed the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. Lankford supported an amendment that clarified China is not a developing country and directed the Biden Administration to work to revise China's status, which passed by a vote of 96 to 0. "America has been voluntarily participating in reducing emissions of gasses. The focus of the treaty is to phase out certain chemicals-that in America we use in air conditioni… Continue Reading


09.21.22

Democrats Block Lankford’s Move to Preserve Sanctions on Iran

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) today took to the Senate floor to ask the Senate to pass by unanimous consent his Iran Sanctions Preservation Act and to outline the importance of combatting the threat posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran and provide solutions on how US policy in the Middle East can address the regime's support of terrorism, development of ballistic missiles an… Continue Reading


09.21.22

Lankford Questions Biden’s Nominee to Serve As Head of National Archives

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's opening remarks on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's opening remarks on Rumble. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today served as Ranking Member in a hearing for the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to consider Dr. Colleen Shogan to be the Archivist of the United States, Vijay Shanker to be an Associate Judge on the Distri… Continue Reading


09.20.22

PASSED: Lankford, Rubio Effort To Authorize Vital Commission Aimed at Supporting Religious Freedom Internationally

WASHINGTON, DC - The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, is a bipartisan commission that monitors and reports on religious freedom internationally. The commission's authorization is currently set to expire September 30, 2022. Less than two weeks before USCIRF's authorization expires, the US House of Representatives passed Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Senator Marco Rubio's (R-FL) United States Com… Continue Reading


09.20.22

Lankford, Blackburn, Lummis Recommend Pulling National Teachers Union Charter for Pushing Woke Ideology

WASHINGTON, DC - Following nationwide scandals about teachers' unions spying on parents, going on strike, and fighting to keep schools closed, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) to introduce legislation to end the National Education Association (NEA)'s federal charter. Representatives Scott Fitzgerald (R-WI) and Jim Banks (R-IN) introduced a version of this bill in the House of Representatives. "As the son of a teacher and someone who… Continue Reading


09.19.22

Lankford, Finance Committee Republicans Demand Accountability for Continued Late Release of Medicare, Social Security Trustees Reports

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, to lead Finance Committee Republicans in a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting the agency monitor the managing trustee's flagrant disregard for statutory deadlines. Required by law, the Medicare and Social Security trustees reports are to be issued no later than April 1, yet the 2021 and 2022 reports were issued August 31 and June 2, respect… Continue Reading


09.19.22

Lankford, Cornyn, 31 Senate Republicans Call for Hunter Biden Prosecutor to be Given Special Counsel Authority

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and John Cornyn (R-TX), along with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and more than 30 other colleagues, today sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding that U.S. Attorney David Weiss be extended special counsel protections and authorities to conduct the investigation into Hunter Biden: "There is no way of knowing the entire scope of the investigation, but evidence seems to be mounting that Hunter Biden committed n… Continue Reading


09.15.22

Lankford: Abraham Accords Were a Remarkable Moment in US History

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) today honored the two-year anniversary of the historic signing of the Abraham Accords on the Senate floor. Earlier today, Lankford was joined by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) to introduce a resolution to commemorate the historic moment on September 15, 2020, for the US, Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab… Continue Reading


09.15.22

Lankford, Abraham Accords Caucus Members Honor Two-Year Anniversary of Abraham Accords Signing

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today honored the two-year anniversary of the historic signing of the Abraham Accords by introducing a resolution to commemorate the historic moment on September 15, 2020, for the US, Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. Lankford attended the signing at the White House with President Trump. "Two years ago, I witnessed a historic moment among leaders from Israel, Bahrain, and… Continue Reading


09.15.22

Lankford, Abraham Accords Caucus Members Honor Two-Year Anniversary of Abraham Accords Signing

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today honored the two-year anniversary of the historic signing of the Abraham Accords by introducing a resolution to commemorate the historic moment on September 15, 2020, for the US, Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. Lankford attended the signing at the White House with President Trump. "Two years ago, I witnessed a historic moment among leaders from Israel, Bahrain, and… Continue Reading


09.15.22

Lankford, Burr, Wicker Introduce Resolution Calling for Adoption of Biden Administration Rail Recommendations If Voluntary Agreements Are Not Reached

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) along with Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, introduced a resolution that would prevent a disastrous rail worker strike if contract negotiations are not soon resolved. The Senate resolution would adopt the comprehensive recommendations made by President Biden's appoint… Continue Reading

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