Press Releases

06.14.22

Lankford Prioritizes Counter-Drone Readiness for US National Security and Allies

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) introduced the Strengthening Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations (C-UAS) Partnerships Act, a bill to authorize the Secretary of Defense to bolster our work with our allies and increase training capacity in counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) with partners like Israel who also lead in this area. These efforts include ongoing preparedness training and development of systems to be sure our warfighters are ready for the mounting threat of d… Continue Reading


06.10.22

Lankford Opposes SEC Overreach, Looks to Protect Agriculture Producers from Unworkable Regulations

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and 31 of his colleagues today pushed back on a proposed rule from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that would place unworkable climate disclosure regulations on farmers, ranchers and agriculture producers. The Senators' called on the SEC to rescind the overreaching proposal, which would require publicly-traded companies to include certain climate-related disclosures in their registration statements and periodic reports. The rule woul… Continue Reading


06.10.22

Lankford, Colleagues Call on HHS to Provide Plans for Transitioning from the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - US Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined with 25 Senate colleagues in urging Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra to provide Congress, patients, and providers additional insight into the Department's plans for transitioning out of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The letter specifically requests information on how changes in temporary, pandemic-related policies will affect Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)… Continue Reading


06.09.22

Lankford, Rubio, Colleagues Applaud Move to Bring Reauthorization of US Commission on International Religious Freedom to Full Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and their colleagues to applaud the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations' unanimous passage of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2022. The bill would reauthorize the independent US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for two years, past its current expiration of September 2022. The legislation can now be considered by the full Senate. Lankford … Continue Reading


06.09.22

Lankford, Ernst Lead Push to Unite Middle East Partners Against Iranian Aggression

WASHINGTON, DC - The day after a drone attack on the US consulate in Iraq, likely committed by Iranian proxy forces, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) along with fellow co-chairs of the Senate Abraham Accords Caucus, Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) to introduce the Deterring Enemy Forces and Enabling National Defense (DEFEND) Act to develop a strategic approach among countries included in the Abraham Accords, aimed at combatting Iranian aggression… Continue Reading


06.08.22

Lankford Saw Stacks of Steel, Wide Open Border in Yuma As Biden's Border Crisis Continues

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on Rumble. CLICK HERE to download the photos Lankford referred to on the Senate floor. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), the lead Republican on the Border Management Subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, recently traveled to the southern border in Yuma, Arizona to assess the challenges facing border law enforcement and the legislative action nec… Continue Reading


06.07.22

Lankford, Colleagues Demand Answers from DOJ on Efforts to Protect Pro-Life Groups from Violence

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) along with 14 colleagues today called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate and work to prevent violence against pro-life organizations. After a draft opinion in the Supreme Court case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, was leaked to the media, pro-life and religious organizations have been increasingly vandalized and damaged. "We are deeply concerned that this trend will continue should the Supreme… Continue Reading


06.07.22

Lankford Demands Update from Yellen on What’s Being Done to Protect Taxpayer Privacy

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - One year after the massive data leak of Americans' sensitive taxpayer information to ProPublica, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) questioned Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in a Senate Finance Committee hearing about the leak and what has been done in the last year by the Department and the IRS to keep taxpayer information safe. Lankford also asked Yellen about the Biden Administr… Continue Reading


06.07.22

Lankford Demands Answers to Ensure Taxpayer Data Security Ahead of Senate Finance Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - One year after the massive data leak of Americans' sensitive taxpayer information to ProPublica, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen about Treasury's lack of response to the leak, which reportedly exposed a "vast trove" of IRS data on the returns of thousands of Americans, covering more than 15 years. Both the leak of sensitive taxpayer information from the government and its publication are punishable felonies. Lankford will part… Continue Reading


06.06.22

Lankford Demands Oversight of State, Local Funds in American Rescue Plan

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and all Senate Finance Committee Republicans request the Government and Accountability Office (GAO) provide a detailed accounting of the $350 billion of COVID relief funds appropriated to governments of states, localities, territories, and tribes under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The Senators wrote in their letter, "Unfortunately, ARPA, unlike the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, has no meaningful built-in nonpar… Continue Reading


06.03.22

Lankford Recognizes Decommissioning of the USS Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) provided the following statement to commemorate the decommissioning of the USS Oklahoma City, after supporting a resolution to honor the numerous missions of the submarine: "The USS Oklahoma City served our nation for more than 40 years, and her decommissioning marks the end of an era for her crew and maintenance staff," said Lankford. "It is especially meaningful for Cindy and me since our nation also just lost Linda Nickles, who was the sponso… Continue Reading


06.03.22

Lankford Follows Up with Navy to Protect Sailors from Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) sent a follow-up letter today to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro in response to a Navy Administrative Separation Board that voted not to dismiss a sailor for not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to urge the Navy to apply the decision branch-wide. Lankford previously requested that they allow sailors separated from the US Navy who decided not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and who were not granted a relig… Continue Reading


06.01.22

Lankford Statement on Shooting in Tulsa

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement after the tragic shooting at a St. Francis Health System Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma: "Cindy and I are heartbroken to hear the devastating news out of Tulsa this evening. We are praying for the families of the lives that were taken far too soon and for a full recovery for those who were injured today. It is hard to process the anger that motivates someone to commit such violence, especially at a place that pro… Continue Reading


06.01.22

Lankford, HSGAC Republicans Request Information From NIH on the Disclosure of Royalty Payments to NIH Employees

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Today, US Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Republican members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) sent a letter to Acting Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Lawrence Tabak requesting information on disclosures of royalty payments made by third-party providers to NIH employees. Lankford was joined by Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Rick Scott (R-FL), Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Josh Hawley (R-MO). "In 2005, the NIH implemented… Continue Reading


06.01.22

Lankford Remembers 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today offered the following statement on the 101st anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre that took hundreds of lives and left almost all of North Tulsa in ashes: "The 31st of May and the 1st of June mark a time of solemn remembrance in our state and nation after the events of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre left a community in ruins. The residents of Greenwood did not allow that event to define their community. North Tulsa, our state, and our… Continue Reading


05.31.22

Lankford, Johnson, Colleagues Protect American Sovereignty Against World Health Organization

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) and their colleagues to introduce the No WHO Pandemic Preparedness Treaty Without Senate Approval Act, which requires that any convention or agreement resulting from the work of the World Health Organization's (WHO) intergovernmental negotiating body be deemed a treaty, requiring the advice and consent of a supermajority of the Senate. The legislation stands against any attempt by the WHO for broad new powers und… Continue Reading


05.27.22

Lankford Calls for American Energy Independence to Relieve High Gas Prices Ahead of Holiday Weekend

CLICK HERE to watch the Fox News interview on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch the Fox News interview on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Faulkner Focus on Fox News to discuss Biden's ongoing border crisis that he refuses to address and why Lankford is pushing to keep Title 42 in place. Lankford said to Faulkner that a quarter of a million illegal border crossers are coming across the border in one month and Title 42 is allowing Border Patrol to return half of … Continue Reading


05.27.22

Lankford Calls for American Energy Independence to Relieve High Gas Prices Ahead of Holiday Weekend

CLICK HERE to watch the Fox News interview on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch the Fox News interview on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Faulkner Focus on Fox News to discuss Biden's ongoing border crisis that he refuses to address and why Lankford is pushing to keep Title 42 in place. Lankford said to Faulkner that a quarter of a million illegal border crossers are coming across the border in one month and Title 42 is allowing Border Patrol to return half of … Continue Reading


05.27.22

Lankford, Colleagues Want to Fix Loophole Allowing Illegal Criminals to Remain in the US

YUMA, AZ -Senators James Lankford (R-OK), John Thune (R-SD), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Reverse Entry for Migrant Offenders and Violence Expulsion (REMOVE) Act, which would close a loophole that allows noncitizens convicted of kidnapping or sexual assault to remain in the United States. Lankford traveled to the southern border today to directly connect with law enforcement at US Border Patrol facilities in Arizona. "Last year, I confronted the… Continue Reading


05.26.22

Lankford, Finance Committee Republicans Raise Questions, Concerns with Disturbing IRS Document Destruction

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and his Republican colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee wrote to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Chuck Rettig raising concerns and questions about the IRS's destruction of an estimated 30 million paper-filed documents in March 2021 reportedly due to a backlog in processing paper documents. A Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report brought the IRS's destruction of the paperwork to light. Despite repeated… Continue Reading

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