Press Releases


Senators Lankford, Hoeven, Risch, and Grassley Introduce Small Business Regulatory Relief Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act (S.584) to require federal agencies to analyze the full impact of a proposed regulation on small businesses during the rulemaking process. The bill is co-sponsored by Senators John Hoeven (R-ND), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who is chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Jim Risch (R-ID), who is chairman of the Small Business Committee. "Small businesses are responsible for nea… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Introduces Regulatory Improvement Bills to Improve Rulemaking Process

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced a package of regulatory improvement bills aimed at improving the federal rulemaking process so that the final regulation works better for the American people. Lankford's objective is to improve the process of how regulations are made by facilitating greater transparency and accountability in the federal rulemaking process. "No matter who the president is, the federal rulemaking process needs greater transparency and accountability… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Passing of Mike McCarville

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement on the passing of long-time Oklahoma journalist Mike McCarville: "I'm saddened to learn of the passing of Mike McCarville. Mike was an investigator, communicator, and he had a passion for people and politics. He loved his state and its people, and he will be missed by me and my family. My prayers are with his loved ones and many friends." ###… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford and Inhofe Join the Senate in Urging DHS and DOJ to Address Threats to Jewish Institutions

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford and Jim Inhofe joined the entire Senate in urging the Trump Administration to take action in response to the recent anonymous bomb threats made against Jewish Community Centers (JCC's), Jewish Day Schools, and Synagogues. In a bipartisan letter that was sent to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and FBI Director James Comey, the Senators stressed the importance of these centers within their communities, a… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Revised Immigration Executive Order

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford today released a statement in response to President Trump's revised travel Executive Order. "It is appropriate for an incoming Administration to review the policies and practices of a previous Administration. This revised travel Executive Order should provide clarity and direction for DHS, TSA, transportation companies, and embassies as they comply with the order. After a full and thorough evaluation of the immigration vetting processes is completed, I lo… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Applauds Confirmation of Dr. Ben Carson as Housing and Urban Development Secretary

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today supported the confirmation of Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). "I am pleased to support Dr. Carson's confirmation to serve as Secretary of HUD," said Lankford. "Dr. Carson will work to transition HUD into an agency that helps people escape poverty, rather than just survive in it. His personal rise out of poverty and genuine love for people will serve the nation well in this position." Lankford met with Dr. … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on President’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress

CLICK HERE to view the YouTube video CLICK HERE to view the DropBox video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford today released the following statement on President Trump's address to a Joint Session of Congress: "Tonight, President Trump gave a moving speech to the nation in a Joint Session of Congress that hit on the heart of the issues facing all Americans. His focus on bringing a very divided nation together to build a more united States of America was an important message after a divisi… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Speaks at HBCU Conference, Meets with Langston University President in DC

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today addressed about 60 presidents and chancellors of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) who were in Washington, DC to participate in a day-long higher education policy conference at the US Library of Congress. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) hosted the event, and other speakers included Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Se… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Applauds President Trump ‘Waters of the United States’ Executive Order

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded President Trump's executive order to revise and unwind the President Obama-era 'Waters of the United States' (WOTUS) regulation. The Executive Order requires the EPA and other applicable departments to review the WOTUS rule and ensure it promotes economic growth and minimizes regulatory uncertainty. The EO also requires agencies to rescind or revise aspects of WOTUS that are incompatible with this new policy guidance. "We must prot… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Joins Tulsa Leaders to Unveil Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford today joined State Senator Kevin Matthews, Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum, Oklahoma Historical Society Director Dr. Bob Blackburn, and others to formally announce the formation of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission. The purpose of the Commission is to educate Oklahomans and Americans about the Race Massacre and its impact on the state and nation; remember its victims and survivors; and create an environment conducive to fostering sustainable ent… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Applauds Confirmation of Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement on the confirmation of Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Senate voted to confirm Pruitt by a bipartisan vote of 52 to 46: "Scott Pruitt will be an outstanding Administrator of the EPA. Rather than twist environmental laws to invent new powers for the EPA, Scott will enforce existing law and ensure that we protect the environment, and also protect family budgets. … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Calls on Senate to Confirm Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford tonight spoke on the Senate floor in support of Scott Pruitt's confirmation as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. A final confirmation vote for Pruitt is scheduled for approximately 12:00pm CT on Friday. CLICK HERE to view the speech Speech Transcript: "Mr. President, it is an absolute honor today to be able to rise and speak in support of Attorney General Scott Pruitt. For the last 6 years, Scott has been a leader in the state of Ok… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Meets with Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today met with federal appellate judge for the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Neil Gorsuch, who is President Donald Trump's nominee to be Associate Justice for the US Supreme Court. "I was glad to be able to speak with Judge Gorsuch about his qualifications to serve on the Court. We discussed his judicial philosophy, as well as the need for the Courts to respect the separation of powers between the federal government, states, and th… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Fischer, Cruz, and Inhofe Introduce Bill to Provide Transparency over Taxpayer Funded Payments

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today introduced the Judgment Fund Transparency and Terrorism Financing Prevention Act (S.386), which provides transparency and accountability for claims that are successfully litigated against the US government with monetary redress. The bill also prohibits taxpayer-funded payments to foreign nations that have state-sponsored terrorism. "Years ago, Congress gave the authority to the pre… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Supports Resolution to Stop SSA Overreach

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today supported a Resolution of Disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Social Security Administration's final rule on reporting certain individuals to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, issued during President Obama's final days in office. Under the rule, some Social Security recipients face the loss of their Second Amendment rights without notice or due process. "The rule provided by the Social Security Adm… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford and Inhofe Support Dr. David Shulkin for Secretary of Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today praised the confirmation of Dr. David Shulkin as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The full Senate overwhelmingly supported his confirmation, voting 100-0 to confirm him to the position. "Veterans deserve first-class healthcare," said Lankford. "Veterans tell me that they want to choose their healthcare provider and I want to give them that choice. I'm pleased that Dr. Shulkin and I agree that the VA shou… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Supports Dr. Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement on the confirmation of Dr. Tom Price to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services: "Dr. Tom Price has spent three decades as an orthopedic surgeon and a public servant; he is uniquely qualified to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. As Chairman of the House Budget Committee and former Policy Chairman of the House of Representatives, I have seen firsthand Dr. Price's tireless work ethic and unmatc… Continue Reading


Lankford Subcommittee Examines Hiring Freeze and Reforms to Improve Federal Workforce

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 to examine federal workforce reform ideas that could solve workforce challenges. Federal managers and senior executives with extensive experience managing federal civil servants discussed government-wide ideas for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the civil service, and they discussed P… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Supports Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made the following statement on the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as the next Attorney General: "Jeff Sessions will be an Attorney General who fairly enforces the law and ensures equal justice under the law for all Americans. He has an immense amount of experience in the Senate, as a U.S. Attorney, and as a lawyer for the Department of Justice, and he will serve honorably in his new role. I have had the honor of working with Jeff Sessions for th… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Cosponsors Bill to Repeal Antiquated Laws Directed Toward Native Americans

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today cosponsored the Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes (RESPECT) Act, a bill originally introduced by Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD). The bill would repeal several outdated, offensive federal laws against Native Americans, including laws subjecting Native Americans to forced labor. Specific to Oklahoma, the bill would repeal a 100-year law that allowed for the forced removal of Native American children from … Continue Reading

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