Press Releases

09.20.21

Lankford, Republican Colleagues Say No to Helping Democrats Increase the Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) led by Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) signed a letter with 46 Republican senators promising they will not vote to increase the debt ceiling, "whether that increase comes through a stand-alone bill, a continuing resolution, or any other vehicle." A debt ceiling increase will be necessary because of Democrats' reckless tax and spending spree that will cost over $5 trillion and increase our debt to $45 trillion in 2031. The letter puts Democrats on notice… Continue Reading


09.20.21

Lankford Demands Biden Reverse Policy on Vaccine Mandates

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to President Biden outlining his concerns with the Administration's vaccine mandates. He asked specific questions on protections for employees who request religious and medical accommodations as well as on the impact of employees with natural immunity. Lankford immediately opposed Biden's Executive Order when it was issued earlier this month. He later spoke about the several concerns he has and Oklahomans have with mandating vac… Continue Reading


09.20.21

Lankford: Defense Secretary Must Answer Questions Before Mandating Shots for Service Members

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today demanded that we protect service members from being forced to choose between their sincerely held religious beliefs and serving in our nation's military. In a letter, Lankford directly called on Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to protect the First Amendment rights of our Armed Forces who cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine due to their sincerely held religious beliefs in accordance with the Constitution, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, an… Continue Reading


09.17.21

Lankford Seeks to Honor 13 American Heroes Killed in Afghanistan with Congressional Gold Medals

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) to introduce a bill to award the 13 American service members who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 26th Congressional Gold Medals. "As we continue to grieve the loss of the 13 brave service members killed in the attack at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan, we must honor their sacrifice and their families' sacrifice.," said Lankford. "The price of freedom isn't free.… Continue Reading


09.16.21

Lankford, Daines, Colleagues Demand Google Stop Silencing Pro-Life Views, Reverse Censorship

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) to lead a group of nine senators to demand answers from the CEO of Google, Mr. Sundar Pichai, on Google's double standard in censoring pro-life Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) advertisements while continuing to allow advertisements for deadly abortion pills. "While banning pro-life APR ads, Google continues to allow ads for purveyors of the deadly abortion pill mifepristone by mail, despite the fact this drug has… Continue Reading


09.16.21

Lankford Outraged by National Archives’ Attempt to Cancel Our Founding Documents, Demands Change

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to David Ferriero, Archivist for the United States to express his frustration with the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) use of a "Harmful Language Alert" on all searchable government documents on its website. This includes the US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights. The letter demands that the alert be removed from the website immediately and presses for answers on NARA's ideo… Continue Reading


09.16.21

Lankford, Inhofe, Colleagues Advocate for Constitution-Focused Curriculum

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Angus King (I-ME), and Chris Coons (D-DE) to introduce the Constitution Education Is Valuable In Community Schools (CIVICS) Act, which supports the development of a Constitution-focused civics education curriculum for students across the country. The legislation comes just ahead of Constitution Day on September 17th, a date established in 1952 to recognize the importance of the United States Constitution and the… Continue Reading


09.15.21

On One-year Anniversary, Lankford Harkens Back to Peace Agreements under Trump in Contrast to Chaos under Biden

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today offered the following statement in commemoration of the first anniversary of the signing of the Abraham Accords last year, which Lankford attended at the White House with President Trump and the leaders of Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates: "At this time last year, I stood with President Trump and leaders from Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates as they signed a peace agreement that most said was not possible. The Abraha… Continue Reading


09.15.21

Lankford, Johnson Lead Colleagues In Pressing USDA For Information on Mask Mandates at Private Businesses

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) along with Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO), Rand Paul (R-KY), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Roger Marshall (R-KS) to request information regarding the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) imposing a mask mandate for employees at private businesses. Lankford, last week, strongly opposed President Biden's Executive Order to require Executive Branch employees and contractors to g… Continue Reading


09.15.21

Let’s Make Congress Do Their Job

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), with 15 days until a possible federal government shutdown, was once again forced to call on the Senate and House of Representatives to pass his Prevent Government Shutdowns Act, which he reintroduced with his colleagues this week. The bill would permanently end unnecessary and unproductive government shutdowns and force Congress to stay in Washington, DC, until the work to fund the government is … Continue Reading


09.14.21

Lankford Stands Up for Oklahoma Workers, Fully Opposes Vaccine Mandates

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today took to the Senate floor to stand firmly with Oklahoma service members, health care workers, federal employees, and private-sector workers who have chosen so far not to be vaccinated but face a federal requirement from the Biden Administration. Lankford continues to share his opposition to federal vaccine mandates and to the Biden Administration's insistence on treating all Americans like … Continue Reading


09.14.21

Lankford Advocates for More Access for Oklahoma Ag Producers

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) sent a letter to US Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai to encourage increased access for Oklahoma producers to the Iraqi market. Iraq is experiencing a shortage of commodities following a smaller than expected harvest season. Lankford made clear that Oklahoma's producers are eager to meet the needs of Iraqis and called on Tai to work with her counterparts to convene another meeting of the United States-Iraq Trade and Investment Council i… Continue Reading


09.14.21

Lankford, Colleagues Protect Taxpayer Rights and Privacy

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) continues to protect Oklahomans against Democrats' campaign to monitor Americans' bank accounts, place taxpayer finances in a surveillance dragnet, and provide massive, additional mandatory funding to IRS for an army of IRS agents. Lankford, who serves on the Senate Finance Committee, recently joined Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID) and House Ways and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) to introduce the Tax Gap Reform and Inte… Continue Reading


09.14.21

With Only Days before Federal Funding Expires, Lankford Leads Push to End Government Shutdowns, Hold Congress Accountable

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today were joined by Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Braun (R-IN), Rick Scott (R-FL), Steve Daines (R-MT), Angus King (I-ME), Ben Sasse (R-NE), and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) to reintroduce the Prevent Government Shutdowns Act of 2021, which would take government shutdowns off the table by setting up an automatic continuing resolution (CR) if government funding has not been enacted on time and requiring Co… Continue Reading


09.09.21

Lankford Opposes Biden’s Vaccine Mandate For Federal Employees

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement today after President Biden signed an Executive Order requiring Executive Branch employees and contractors to get a COVID-19 vaccine: "My family and I chose to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and I am grateful for it. Every Oklahoman and American should have that same choice and option. Federal employees and contractors, members of our military, health care workers, and everyone else in our nation should be able to ch… Continue Reading


09.09.21

Lankford Joins Oklahomans to Stand for Life

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in the Pregnancy Resource Network Conference, hosted by Hope Pregnancy Centers, a ministry of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children located at Southern Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. This is an annual conference that includes the pregnancy centers in Oklahoma and other pro-life organizations, including 39 evangelical centers, 10 Catholic pregnancy resource centers, and a handful of other organizations. "Every life-born o… Continue Reading


09.07.21

Lankford Joins Finance Committee Republicans to Demand Full, Open Process to Vet Reckless Tax-and-spend Proposals

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined all 14 Senate Finance Committee Republicans to demand a full, open markup to examine and debate any forthcoming reckless tax-and-spend proposals under the Finance Committee's jurisdiction. While the legislation Democrats intend to introduce has been withheld from Republicans on the Committee and from the American people, press reports indicate a far-reaching and potentially highly disruptive agenda with trillions of taxpayer dollars … Continue Reading


08.31.21

Lankford Statement on US Withdrawal From Afghanistan

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued a statement on the arbitrary deadline of August 31, 2021, that President Biden set to get Americans and allies out of Afghanistan: "The Biden Administration did not use every available resource-including time-to bring every American to safety. The hundreds of Americans and thousands of allies left behind in Afghanistan are now potential bargaining chips for the Taliban to make demands of the United States in the days ahead. "Our nation i… Continue Reading


08.25.21

Lankford Says to Forget August 31 Deadline, Focus on Getting Every American Out Safely

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued a statement on President Biden's plan to complete the evacuation from Afghanistan by August 31, 2021: "Biden initiated a withdrawal from Afghanistan that was focused on a date, not the safety of every American and our allies- which was a massive failure to the national security of our nation. The August 31 deadline is arbitrary and Biden should start listening to the pleas of the Americans and allies who are still trying to get out of the… Continue Reading


08.24.21

Lankford Stands Up for Conscience Rights Against the Most Pro-Abortion President

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) called out the Biden Administration for allowing California to violate federal law and the conscience rights of Californians who do not want to pay for abortions. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has the responsibility of investigating violations of conscience rights and subsequently taking enforcement action, as was done under the Trump Administration. But instead of continuing to enforce the law, t… Continue Reading

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