Press Releases

03.10.16

Senator Lankford Applauds Senate Passage of Bill to Fight Drug Addiction

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which passed by a vote of 94 to 1, and made the following statement: "Oklahomans sadly know too well the continued problems we face with heroin and prescription drug abuse. Oklahoma suffers from high rates of drug addiction and because of our central location, our highway system is attractive to global drug cartels. Since 2000, the national rate of deaths from drug overdoses has … Continue Reading


03.10.16

Senator Lankford Presses Acting Education Secretary on Department’s Executive Overreach

CLICK HERE to view the YouTube video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today pressed Department of Education Acting Secretary John King during a hearing before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee. Lankford challenged Dr. King on the Department's overreaching use of 'guidance documents' to mandate policy for colleges and universities without adhering to the transparent regulatory process as required by law. Lankford pressed Dr. King to justify the Department's improper use of gui… Continue Reading


03.09.16

Senator Lankford: American People Should Decide Future of Supreme Court

CLICK HERE to view the YouTube video CLICK HERE to view the DropBox video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor about Justice Antonin Scalia's death and the current Supreme Court vacancy. He made the case that the American people should have a say in the process of replacing Justice Scalia, and that it is completely appropriate for the Senate to wait on the confirmation process until after the presidential election. In addition to sharin… Continue Reading


03.08.16

Senator Lankford Pays Tribute to Justice Antonin Scalia

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today submitted a statement for the Congressional Record in honor of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away on February 13, 2016. The tribute reads as follows: REMEMBERING JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA Mr. LANKFORD: Mr. President, on February 13, 2016, the Supreme Court not only lost one of its Justices, our nation lost a true legal giant. Justice Antonin Scalia was described by his colleagues as "extraordinary," "tr… Continue Reading


03.06.16

Senator Lankford Statement on the Passing of Nancy Reagan

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement on the passing of First Lady Nancy Reagan: "Cindy and I are saddened by the loss of our former First Lady Nancy Reagan. Her commitment and love to her husband, President Reagan, America, and many great causes were inspiring to our entire nation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Reagan family during this time." ###… Continue Reading


03.04.16

Senator Lankford Continues Regulatory Oversight of Department of Education

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today continued his regulatory oversight of the Department of Education's overreaching use of 'guidance documents' to college and universities. On January 7, Lankford sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of the Department of Education, John King, to question their Office for Civil Rights' improper use of guidance documents that establishes policies without the required notice-and-comment rule-making processes. The Department of Education responded… Continue Reading


03.03.16

Senator Lankford Defends Religious Freedom in Major CPAC Speech

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a major speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) about the importance of the First Amendment right of religious freedom to the fabric of America. Lankford also made the case that protecting religious freedom for all faiths should remain a key tenet of conservatism. CPAC is the largest conference in America for conservative grassroots activism. The four-day conference has more than 10,000 attendees from all over … Continue Reading


03.01.16

Lankford, Johnson, Ayotte Bill Reining in Administrative Costs for Major Disasters Becomes Law

WASHINGTON, DC - On Monday night, the president signed into law S. 2109, the Directing Dollars to Disaster Relief Act of 2015, co-sponsored by Senator James Lankford (R-OK), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). The bill requires the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to work to control and reduce its internal administrative costs for major disasters. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has raised concerns for years about FEMA's rising administrative costs… Continue Reading


02.26.16

Senator Lankford Invites Oklahomans to Java with James in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released a video message inviting Oklahomans traveling to Washington, DC to a weekly constituent coffee called Java with James. The constituent coffee takes place every Wednesday that the Senate is in session from 9am-10am ET in Lankford's office, 316 Hart Senate Office Building. The video describes what visitors can expect when they visit and the amenities the office can provide constituents, such as tours of the US Capitol and the Library of… Continue Reading


02.25.16

Academics and Legal Experts Agree with Senator Lankford: Dept. of Education Actions Are Clearly Executive Overreach

WASHINGTON, DC - On January 7, Senator James Lankford challenged the Department of Education on their use of guidance documents that attempt to inappropriately establish regulatory-type policy changes for colleges and universities without going through the legal rule-making process. The Department of Education's response (nearly 2 weeks late), confirmed the suspicion for many academics, journalists and legal experts that these actions constitute executive overreach. Here is what they're saying… Continue Reading


02.24.16

Local Legislators: Federal Unfunded Mandates Harm State and Local Governments

WASHINGTON, DC - The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, under the chairmanship of Senator James Lankford (R-OK), today held a hearing on the federal government's regulatory relationship with state and local governments and challenges they face in implementing congressional and agency unfunded mandates. "Government that is closest to the people is often the most responsive and the least harmful," said Lankford. "When someone in D… Continue Reading


02.23.16

Senator Lankford: National Security Should Outweigh GITMO Campaign Promise

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today criticized President Obama's plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. "Now, more than ever before, we need a national security strategy that puts the safety of the American people before political campaign promises," said Lankford. "There is too much instability around the world to risk detainee recidivism. President Obama's announcement comes on the same day that Spanish and Moroccan police arrest a former Guantanamo deta… Continue Reading


02.18.16

As White House Prepares Cuba Trip, Senator Lankford Asks President Obama to Reevaluate Growing Diplomatic Ties with Cuba and India

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today asked the President to reevaluate his decision to open diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba and India because of their poor human rights and religious liberty records. In a letter, Lankford cited Cuba and India's restrictive speech policies and oppressive culture against religious minorities as a reason to halt the increasingly close relations. This letter comes on the same day the White House announces an historic upcoming trip for Pr… Continue Reading


02.13.16

Senator Lankford Statement on the Death of Justice Scalia

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on the death of Justice Antonin Scalia: "The loss of Justice Antonin Scalia is a tremendous loss for the Supreme Court and for America. He was a principled Constitutionalist that provided an excellent model for how a Supreme Court Justice should evaluate a case and interpret the original intent of the law. He lived a full life of many accomplishments, including success as a lawyer and scholar, as well as a … Continue Reading


02.12.16

Senators Lankford, Inhofe Introduce Legislation to Expand Firing Authority in the VA System

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today introduced the Veterans Affairs Accountability Act (S.2554), a bill that would expand authority at the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow directors of Veterans Integrated Services Network (VISN) chapters to remove or demote any VA employee within their network whose performance warrants such action. The bill would also authorize VISN directors to contract with an outside entity to conduct investigations of their VA … Continue Reading


02.11.16

Senator Lankford: Federal Regulatory Enforcement and Fines Must Be Balanced

WASHINGTON, DC - The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, under the chairmanship of Senator James Lankford (R-OK), today held a hearing on the federal government's use of discretion in setting and enforcing regulatory fines and penalties, as well as compliance assistance. Federal agencies have the authority to fine businesses and municipalities when purported violations of regulations have occurred. Specifically, the hearing exami… Continue Reading


02.09.16

Senator Lankford: Obama’s Budget is a Partisan Playbook of Spending Priorities

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on President Obama's $4.1 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017: "President Obama's budget has turned the annual White House budget into a partisan playbook of spending priorities that is more suited for a stump speech than a responsible governing document. When forced to vote on it in the Senate, Obama's budget has been voted down by a combined vote total of 294-1 in the last four years. "Under Pres… Continue Reading


02.09.16

Senator Lankford Slams President’s Budget, Calls for Reforms to Budget Process

CLICK HERE to view the YouTube video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor about today's release of the President's Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal and some needed reforms to the Congressional budgeting process in order to address our debt crisis. In the speech, Lankford proposes reforms such as biennial budgeting, government shutdown prevention incentives, and the elimination of budget gimmicks. President Obama's $4.1 trillion budget pro… Continue Reading


02.08.16

Senators Lankford, McCain, & Johnson Urge DHS to Clarify Expansion of Resettlement Program for Central American Refugees

Senators Lankford, McCain, & Johnson Urge DHS to Clarify Expansion of Resettlement Program for Central American Refugees Washington, DC- Senators James Lankford (R-OK), John McCain (R-AZ) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson to request information regarding the Obama Administration's plan to authorize an additional $70 million to expand the Emergency R… Continue Reading


02.05.16

Senator Lankford Blasts Obama’s Proposed Tax on Oil

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on the Obama administration's proposal to place a $10 tax on every barrel of oil: "At least the President has remained consistent, even in his last year he is still proposing new taxes. This is not only a higher tax, it is a new type of tax. Creating yet another type of gas tax would further complicate the tax code and raise prices on consumers. I can only assume this is the first of many new taxes that wil… Continue Reading

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