Press Releases

05.18.15

Lankford’s Bipartisan Religious Freedom Amendment to Trade Promotion Authority Unanimously Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford's (R-OK) Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) amendment (#1237) that promotes international religious freedom tonight passed the Senate unanimously by a vote of 92 to 0. The amendment adds a provision to the overall negotiating objectives outlined in TPA, requiring the Administration to take religious freedom into account whenever negotiating trade agreements. If signed into law, this would be the first time in history that religious freedom considerations woul… Continue Reading


05.18.15

VIDEO: Lankford Makes The Case For Adding Religious Freedom Amendment to Trade Promotion Authority

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today made remarks on the Senate floor on his Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) amendment (#1237) that promotes international religious freedom among potential trading partners of the United States. Specifically, the amendment would add a provision to the overall negotiating objectives outlined in TPA, requiring the Administration to take religious freedom into account whenever negotiating trade agreements. Later this evening, the Senate will vote on … Continue Reading


05.15.15

Lankford Letter - May 15

CLICK HERE for the May 15, 2015 Lankford Letter.… Continue Reading


05.15.15

Lankford Files International Religious Freedom Amendment to the Trade Promotion Authority Bill

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) has offered a Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) amendment (#1237) that promotes international religious freedom among potential trading partners of the United States. Specifically, the amendment would add a provision to the overall negotiating objectives outlined in TPA, requiring the Administration to take religious freedom into account whenever negotiating trade agreements. On Monday, May 18th at approximately 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the amen… Continue Reading


05.15.15

VIDEO: Senator Lankford Announces Senate Office Locations

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced his three permanent office locations in Oklahoma and Washington D.C. and released a video describing the five month transition from temporary to permanent office space at the U.S. Capitol. Lankford and staff moved into a permanent office in Washington D.C. and Tulsa this week. CLICK HERE to view the video. Freshman senators are given temporary office space at the beginning of their term. Senator Lankford was officially sworn in as … Continue Reading


05.15.15

Senator Lankford in Fox News: A second chance to get America's health care right

by Senators John Cornyn and James Lankford

Health care reform has dominated our nation's political and social conversations for the past six years. After the implementation of ObamaCare, it is clear the law brought radical change and real pain to our nation's families, economy, and health care system. The promised "affordable health care fix" made things worse. The pending King v. Burwell case reveals another interesting legal problem with the policy and text of the Affordable Care Act. As written, the federally controlled subsidies an… Continue Reading


05.14.15

Senator Lankford Presses Federal Agencies For Regulatory Review Details

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, today wrote to federal agency heads seeking details of their regulatory review and oversight, often called "retrospective review" or "regulatory look-backs." These types of review identify regulations that may not achieve intended goals, have become outdated, or may have unintended consequences. The letters were sent to the Departm… Continue Reading


05.13.15

Lankford, Inhofe Join Bipartisan Senate Coalition To Introduce Bill to End Ban on Crude Oil Exports

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) along with 10 of their Senate colleagues in introducing the Energy Supply and Distribution Act of 2015 (S.1312). This bipartisan legislation would modernize federal energy policy by ending the outdated ban on crude oil exports. “I am proud to support Chairman Murkowski's bill to lift the oil… Continue Reading


05.13.15

VIDEO: Lankford Criticizes ‘Corporate Payment Shift’ Phony Pay-For In Preferences Trade Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made the following remarks on the Senate floor today on the 'Corporate Payment Shift' pay-for gimmick being used in The Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (S.1267) to project deficit-neutral legislation. CLICK HERE to view the video. "Mr. President, I have a concern. It's not about trade. Quite frankly, trade is one of the things we've done as a nation all along. We were free traders before we were a nation. One of the grievances we had in th… Continue Reading


05.12.15

The Oklahoman: OSU grads received sound advice from Sen. James Lankford

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board

OKLAHOMA'S newest U.S. senator, James Lankford, is a conservative Republican through and through yet he had no trouble working with an ideological opposite to accomplish something constructive. This shouldn't come as a surprise - since going to Washington as a House member in 2011, Lankford has tried to get things done for the good of the country. We recall Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, telling us he was struck during his first few months in Congress with how much time members spent talking about … Continue Reading


05.08.15

VIDEO: Senator Lankford Delivers Maiden Speech

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered his first formal address on the floor of the Senate. This time-honored tradition, called a Maiden Floor Speech, dates back to the early 1900's. The speech focused on challenges that lay ahead for America and how the nation can address them. Lankford specifically talked about the role of federal government, the impact of the regulatory state on American people, our national defense and foreign threats, and the impact of families on … Continue Reading


05.08.15

Transcript of Sen. James Lankford's Maiden Speech

This is the full transcript of Senate James Lankford's maiden speech on the Senate floor on Thursday, May 7, 2015. CLICK HERE to view the video. It's an honor to represent my family, my neighbors and the millions of people in my diverse state of Oklahoma. I'm an ordinary Oklahoman. I don't come from a prominent political family or any kind of political machine. My wife of 23 years, Cindy, is in the chamber today. We've raised two incredible girls who love God and love our nation. Stepp… Continue Reading


05.06.15

Lankford Transparency Bills Pass Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Two bills introduced by Senator James Lankford (R-OK) to increase government transparency were today reported out of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee during a markup hearing - the Truth In Settlements Act and the Taxpayers Right To Know Act. Both pieces of legislation expose government waste and improve federal accountability. "The Truth In Settlements Act and the Taxpayers Right To Know Act are a major step forward in increasing transparency and … Continue Reading


05.06.15

VIDEO: Senator Lankford Talks #CutRedTape on Periscope & Meerkat

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today conducted an interview on the social media platforms, Periscope and Meerkat, about regulatory reform and his new #CutRedTape Initiative. The bipartisan initiative is a way for American families and businesses to communicate with the Senate about how federal regulations impact them. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) joined Lankford in launching the initiative in March. Lankford and Heitkamp are Chairman and Democrat Ranking Member, respectively, of … Continue Reading


05.05.15

Senator Lankford Remarks on Balanced Budget Resolution

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today praised the passage of the first Congressional 10-year balanced Budget Resolution in over a decade. The passage represents an important step to combat our nation's habitual overspending and add over $400 billion in economic growth over the next 10 years. "Today, our nation took another step to achieve true economic relief through the adoption of this balanced Budget Resolution," said Lankford. "This budget will help create a healthier, strong… Continue Reading


05.01.15

Lankford, Heitkamp Dedicate the Week of May 3 as Public Service Recognition Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) honored the vital work of federal, state, county, and local government employees and members of the uniformed services across the nation by passing a bipartisan resolution designating May 3 - 9, 2015 as Public Service Recognition Week. As Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee which oversees the federal workforce, Heitkamp and Lankford will continue to lead efforts to make the federal governm… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Senator Lankford Presses DHS Secretary On Agency Steps To Clarify Immigration Enforcement

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today pressed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson, during a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, on the President's immigration enforcement 'consequences' comment and questioned how the Department was handling the confusion that it created for enforcement staff. On February 27, Lankford wrote to President Obama seeking clarification on the President's February 25 comments that there would be 'consequ… Continue Reading


04.29.15

VIDEO: Senator Lankford Slams USCIS Naturalization Test For Using Freedom of Worship And Not Freedom of Religion

WASHINGTON, DC - During today's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing with DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) criticized the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization test for misrepresenting America's First Amendment rights of freedom of religion. Question #51 on the study materials for the civics history and government section of the test lists "freedom of worship" as a possible response to the question, "What are two ri… Continue Reading


04.29.15

As Senate Debates Iran Nuclear Agreement Bill, Lankford Meets With Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri

WASHINGTON, DC - On Tuesday evening, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) met with former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to discuss Lebanon, the current conflicts with Iran, and continued unrest in the Middle East. "It was an honor to meet with the former Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri to discuss events in the Middle East," said Lankford. "Clearly, Iran's growing boldness in the region concerns many of its neighbors. The growing unrest underscores the need for continued U.S. engagement in … Continue Reading


04.28.15

Lankford Subcommittee Examines Judicial Review in Federal Regulatory Process

WASHINGTON, DC - The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management today held a hearing to examine judicial review in the federal regulatory process. The hearing, entitled "Examining the Proper Role of Judicial Review in the Federal Regulatory Process," was the second for the new Subcommittee, led by Chairman James Lankford (R-OK). Specifically, the hearing focused on the balance of power between the three branches of government in the ad… Continue Reading

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