Press Releases


Lankford, Tester Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Connect Transitioning Servicemembers with Border Security Careers

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jon Tester (D-MT) are introducing bipartisan legislation to set up servicemembers transitioning out of the military with careers as U.S. Border Patrol agents. The Senators’ Veterans Border Patrol Training Act would utilize the Department of Defense’s (DoD) SkillBridge program to connect transitioning servicemembers with jobs at U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)—addressing critical border security workforce vacancies and connecting veterans w… Continue Reading


Lankford, Thune, Colleagues Want to Close Loophole That Blocks Deportation of Violent Criminals

WASHINGTON, DC — Senators James Lankford (R-OK), John Thune (R-SD), Thom Tillis (R-NC), And Jerry Moran (R-KS) recently reintroduced the Reverse Entry for Migrant Offenders and Violence Expulsion (REMOVE) Act, legislation that would close a loophole that currently allows noncitizens including illegal immigrants convicted of kidnapping or sexual assault to remain in the United States.“The Biden Administration is apparently struggling to decide whether sex crimes are violent crimes. Their new rule… Continue Reading


Lankford Presses FBI Director Wray on Leaked Memo Targeting Catholics During Rare, Unclassified Intel Hearing

CLICK HERE to watch part 1 of Lankford’s Q&A on YouTube.CLICK HERE to watch part 1 of Lankford’s Q&A on Rumble.CLICK HERE to watch part 2 of Lankford’s Q&A on YouTube.CLICK HERE to watch part 2 of Lankford’s Q&A on Rumble.WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a rare, unclassified Senate Intelligence Committee hearing to discuss worldwide threats. The panel of national security leaders at today’s hearing included Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligenc… Continue Reading


Lankford Fights to Protect Nation’s Capital From Soft-on-Crime Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today will vote to protect Oklahomans, tourists, and those living in DC from rampant crime that has plagued the city since “Defund the Police” rhetoric started in 2019. The Senate is planning to vote later today on a resolution of disapproval that would overturn the DC Council’s bill. President Biden has indicated that he will not veto the resolution. Lankford spoke on the Senate floor to address his concerns. Crime in DCCrime has gone up 25 perce… Continue Reading


Lankford Works to Increase Support for Victims of Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Gary Peters (D-MI), and John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced legislation to enhance the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to combat human trafficking. The legislation would make permanent and expand the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Victim Assistance Program that helps provide support to individuals impacted by human trafficking. The bill would also improve and make permanent an existing program that ensures the wellbeing of HSI employee… Continue Reading


Lankford Leads Letter Calling on HHS to Enforce Conscience Protections

WASHINGTON, DC - In response to the Biden Administration’s proposed rule that would insufficiently enforce conscience protections for medical professionals, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) led his colleagues in filing a public comment letter demanding greater implementation and enforcement of all of the statutory conscience protections enacted by Congress, as reflected in the previous rule issued under the Trump Administration. Lankford was joined by Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Roger Marsha… Continue Reading


Lankford Challenges ATF Pistol Brace Rule in Amicus Brief

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), along with over 30 congressional colleagues, filed an amicus brief to the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota, contending that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) new pistol brace rule clearly contravenes the Second Amendment. The amicus brief also contends that the rule was never authorized by Congress, thus violating basic separation of powers principles.The ATF … Continue Reading


Lankford Continues Fight to Save Title IX, Women’s Sports

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) and 18 Republican colleagues to reintroduce in the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act to preserve Title IX protections for female athletes and ensure fair, safe competition in women’s sports across the country. The bill would counteract the Biden Administration’s plans to finalize rules that will force institutions to allow biological males to share private spaces with females and compete in women’s sp… Continue Reading


Lankford Leads Press Conference on His Introduction of the Charitable Act

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford’s remarks on YouTube.CLICK HERE to watch Lankford’s remarks on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Chris Coons (D-DE) today hosted a press conference to discuss the importance of today’s introduction of the Charitable Act, which would expand and extend the expired non-itemized deduction for charitable giving that would ensure Americans who donate to charities, houses of worship, religious organizations, and other nonprofits of their … Continue Reading


Lankford, Cotton Want to Put a Stop to CRT in Classrooms and in Our Military

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) to introduce the Stop CRT Act and the Combatting Racist Training in the Military Act. The Stop CRT Act would prevent federal funding from going to schools that teach Critical Race Theory. The Combatting Racist Training in the Military Act would prevent similar woke ideology from being taught in any Department of Defense institution, including service academies. Congressman Dan Bishop (NC-08) introduced compani… Continue Reading


Lankford Continues Work to Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent

WASHINGTON, DC - Ahead of Daylight Saving Time, Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) reintroduced the Sunshine Protection Act of 2023 for the 118th Congress. The legislation would end the antiquated practice of changing clocks twice a year. “Twice a year Oklahomans ask themselves—why do we still have to change our clocks? Last year, the Senate unanimously passed the Sunshine Protection Act, but the House never even voted on the bill. Every Mom of young children hates this time … Continue Reading


Lankford Votes to Stop Biden’s Green New Deal Push for Oklahomans’ Retirement Investments

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today supported a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval that would prevent President Biden from implementing a rule that would politicize Americans’ retirement investments in favor of Biden’s Green New Deal, also known as Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) investing. The resolution of disapproval passed in a vote of 50-46.“President Biden wants to do to our retirement savings what he has done for the econo… Continue Reading


Lankford, Coons, Colleagues Advocate for More Charitable Giving to America’s Nonprofits, Houses of Worship, Religious Organizations, and Charities

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Chris Coons (D-DE), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Raphael Warnock (R-GA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Gary Peters (D-MI), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced the Charitable Act to expand and extend the expired non-itemized deduction for charitable giving that would ensure Americans who donate to charities, houses of worship, religious organizations, and othe… Continue Reading


Lankford Delivers George Washington’s Farewell Address

CLICK HERE to download Lankford’s remarks from Box.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 delivered George Washington’s 1796 Farewell Address in honor of his birthday. The tradition of reading the address out loud began on February 22, 1862. The Senate selects one of its members, alternating parties to read the 1,641-word statement on the Senate floor. Lankford i… Continue Reading


Lankford Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging Expansion of Abraham Accords through Trade Policy

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) led a bipartisan letter to President Joe Biden outlining the success of the Abraham Accords and urging its expansion through trade policy. Lankford was joined by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Ted Budd (R-NC), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Steve Daines (R-MT), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Dan Sullivan (R-AK). This letter was sent ahead of the upcoming release of the Administration’s 2023 trade policy agenda and follows a bipar… Continue Reading


Lankford, Colleagues Stand Up Against Medicare’s Planned Reimbursement Cuts for Rural Hospitals

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Mark R. Warner (D-VA), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) led more than a dozen Senators to push for an extension of a policy that allows rural hospitals to continue delivering quality care to their communities. In a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the Senators formally requested a four-year extension of the Low Wage Index Hospital Policy, which allows hospitals in rural areas to compet… Continue Reading


Lankford, Thune, Colleagues Demand Update on Efforts to Recover Fraudulent Pandemic Unemployment Benefits

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators John Thune (R-SD), Todd Young (R-IN), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Steve Daines (R-MT) recently sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Martin Walsh requesting an update on the Biden Administration's efforts to recover fraudulent benefits obtained through the temporary COVID-19 unemployment insurance (UI) programs. Since the creation of these programs in March 2020 through the Coronaviru… Continue Reading


Lankford, Colleagues Push for Greater Health Care Access for Oklahomans, the Nation

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and his colleagues today announced the reintroduction of the Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act, which removes the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) ban on the creation and expansion of new physician-owned hospitals (POHs) and allows POHs to participate in Medicare and Medicaid. Lifting this ban will increase competition among hospitals, decrease costs, and expand access to quality care for more Americans, especially those with Medicare a… Continue Reading


Lankford, Cloud Want to Stop Taxpayers from Paying for Abortion

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced the bicameral Women’s Public Health and Safety Act, which gives states the authority to exclude abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood, from receiving state Medicaid funds. Congressman Michael Cloud (R-TX) will introduce the same bill in the House. 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 revea… Continue Reading


Lankford Leads 19 Members to Call Out FBI Over Leaked Memo Targeting Catholics

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Representative Michael Cloud (R-TX), along with 18 of their colleagues, led a letter to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray regarding the leaked memo targeting Catholic Americans.  Lankford and Cloud were joined on the letter by Senators Rick Scott (R-FL), Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), Jim Risch (R-ID), and Mike Braun (R-IN) along with Representatives Stephanie Bice (R-OK), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Dan Bishop (R-NC), … Continue Reading

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