Press Releases

07.17.15

Lankford Subcommittee Examines Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

WASHINGTON, DC - The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, under the chairmanship of Senator James Lankford (R-OK), held a hearing Thursday to examine the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the federal regulatory process. The hearing was entitled, "Reviewing the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs' Role in the Regulatory Process" and included OIRA Administrator Howard Shelanski as the sole witness. Crea… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Oklahoma Congressional Delegation Hosts 10th Annual Oklahoma Prayer Breakfast in Washington

WASHINGTON, DC - The Oklahoma Congressional delegation today hosted its 10th Annual Oklahoma Prayer Breakfast at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC to pray for Oklahomans and celebrate the proud history and tradition of the Sooner State. Approximately 140 people attended, ranging from Oklahomans visiting the Capitol to native Oklahomans who now work in Washington. Former Senator Don Nickles, who served in the U.S. Senate from 1981-2005, emceed the event, while former Governor Frank K… Continue Reading


07.16.15

VIDEO: Senator Lankford Speaks About Planned Parenthood on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate about the recent Planned Parenthood video and their abortion practices to harvest body parts. Lankford also wrote an op-ed on the matter calling for Congress to end taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood and take up the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S.1553) to ban abortions after 20 weeks. At the time of the speech, Lankford was the only Senator to speak on the floor about the Pla… Continue Reading


07.15.15

Senator Lankford Statement on President Obama’s Visit to Oklahoma

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement and information on the topics being discussed by President Obama during his visit to Oklahoma: “Even with our many differences on policy, I, like many Oklahomans, pray for the President and want the best for our nation. As I have said before, the President of the United States is always welcome in Oklahoma. I welcome the President to the conversation regarding criminal justice reform, prison employee issues, Triba… Continue Reading


07.15.15

VIDEO: Senator Lankford Advocates for Greater Local Control of Education Policy, End to No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate about the ongoing education debate over No Child Left Behind and Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177). Since No Child Left Behind was passed in 2001, it has forced states to adopt mandates imposed by Washington, such as Common Core, and test-based academic requirements. The Every Child Achieves Act will give state and local governments more control of education decisions, and decrease federal te… Continue Reading


07.14.15

Senator Lankford Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on the United States and five other nations reaching a nuclear deal with Iran: "I have reasonable concerns with what has been announced regarding the Iran nuclear agreement. While I remain hopeful for a diplomatic solution, Iran is the world's largest state-sponsor of terrorism according to our State Department-this fact is impossible to ignore. The initial reports suggest that the UN would have limited or de… Continue Reading


07.14.15

Senator Lankford in National Review: Judicial Deference Enables Agencies to Usurp Congress’s Legislative Power

by Senator James Lankford

"It is emphatically the province and duty of the Judicial Department to say what the law is" declared Chief Justice John Marshall in the landmark case of Marbury v. Madison. For centuries this statement has stood as one of the most famous in American jurisprudence. It was a declaration of the role and duty of the judicial branch within our constitutional structure. The Constitution provides for three separate and distinct branches of government, each having a "check" on the other, thus allowin… Continue Reading


07.13.15

The Oklahoman: No shortage of issues to occupy Oklahoma's newest senator

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board

James Lankford was a quick study in the U.S. House of Representatives, rising to a leadership position after just a few years. Now Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, is boning up on life in the U.S. Senate, having won election last year to replace the retiring Tom Coburn. Coburn was a fiscal hawk who was never bashful about criticizing members of both parties for what he considered unnecessary spending and government waste. He also warned often about the loss of liberty stemming from an expansive centr… Continue Reading


07.13.15

MEDIA ADVISORY: Senator Lankford Hearing to Examine the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

WASHINGTON, DC - The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, under the chairmanship of Senator James Lankford (R-OK), will hold a hearing on Thursday, July 16, at 2:00pm ET entitled, "Reviewing the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs' Role in the Regulatory Process." The purpose of this hearing is to analyze the role of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the federal regulatory process. OIRA is part o… Continue Reading


07.09.15

Senator Lankford Supports A-PLUS Amendment to Education Bill to Force More Local Control

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today supported the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success (A-PLUS) amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177), which is being debated in the Senate. The A-PLUS amendment, offered by Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and co-authored by Lankford, would provide states and local leaders the ability to completely opt out of programs outlined under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the most recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary … Continue Reading


07.09.15

Senator Lankford Statement on OPM Announcement of Second Large Data Breach

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement on the OPM announcement of a larger data breach of sensitive information, including the Social Security Numbers of 21.5 million individuals. Previously, OPM announced that a separate breach affecting the personally identifiable information of just 4.2 million federal employees or those who applied for federal jobs through USAJobs: “This OPM data breach is a major national crisis. The lives of 21.5 million Americans … Continue Reading


07.08.15

Lankford, Mullin Bill to Remove Economic Barriers for Miami Tribe of Oklahoma Becomes Law

WASHINGTON, DC - A bill authored by two Oklahoma lawmakers to remove the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma's charter of incorporation was signed into law Monday. Senator James Lankford (R-OK) introduced S. 321 on January 29, 2015 and Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) authored H.R. 533, the companion to Lankford's bill which passed the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously on June 1, 2015. The House version of the bill passed the Senate unanimously on June 24, 2015. "I am grateful to work alongsid… Continue Reading


07.08.15

Senator Lankford’s Office Releases Biannual Activity Report

WASHINGTON, DC - To mark the half-way point of Senator James Lankford's first year in the United State Senate, Lankford's chief-of-staff Greg Slavonic released a memo detailing the activities and accomplishments of the Senator's service to Oklahoma this year. Since January, Lankford has visited 23 counties in Oklahoma, launched a nationwide effort to reduce regulatory burdens, and introduced or co-sponsored 76 bills. Lankford has also been part of a new Republican-led Senate that has returned t… Continue Reading


07.08.15

Senator Lankford Questions FBI Director During Rare Public Senate Intelligence Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a rare public Senate Intelligence Committee hearing with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James B. Comey as the lone witness. The purpose of the hearing was to analyze challenges for America’s counterterrorism and counterintelligence operations. The hearing discussion focused on an appropriate balance between lawful, fourth amendment searches and a commitment to protection of personal privacy, as well as the impl… Continue Reading


07.07.15

Senator Lankford in The Hill: Another Looming Crisis: Social Security Disability Insurance

by Senator James Lankford

In May, over a thousand West Virginians and Kentuckians went to their mailbox and found letters telling them their disability checks would soon be cut off. Why? Because a government watchdog group had reason to believe that yet another lawyer and/or doctor was involved in Social Security fraud. This case of alleged disability fraud involves accusations of a small group of doctors with a rotating cookie-cutter diagnosis, attorneys who facilitated false forms and administrative law judges who … Continue Reading


07.06.15

Senator Lankford Announces Hire and Promotion in DC and Oklahoma Offices

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced the addition of Chloe Pickle as the Administrative Director, and the promotion of Patti Liles as the Office Manager for the Oklahoma offices. "I am pleased to announce we have a full team in the Oklahoma and DC offices," said Lankford. "Chloe and Patti's background and experience will help the offices continue to serve Oklahomans efficiently, and I am grateful for their assistance as we work hard on behalf of Oklahoma." Chloe w… Continue Reading


06.29.15

Lankford Letter - June 29

CLICK HERE for the June 29, 2015 Lankford Letter.… Continue Reading


06.28.15

Senator Lankford in The Oklahoman: TPA is good for U.S. and for Oklahoma

by Senator James Lankford

When we were 13 Colonies, instead of 50 States, in a document we now call the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson penned a long list of grievances against King George III, including, "cutting off our trade with all parts of the world." Before we were a nation, we were international traders. Trade has always been a pillar of the American economy. The world keeps tariffs high on America, because they fear our workers, our products and our quality. Made in America still means something to… Continue Reading


06.26.15

Senator Lankford Statement on Marriage Supreme Court Ruling

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling on marriage: "I am disappointed with today's ruling on marriage. During oral arguments the Court stated that there is a millennia of history for traditional marriage and that the issue has historically been decided by the people, not the courts. Two years ago, the Supreme Court even ruled that marriage policy is a state issue, but today they reversed themselves and redefined marriage over t… Continue Reading


06.25.15

Senator Lankford Statement on King vs. Burwell Supreme Court Ruling

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling on King v. Burwell: “I have opposed Obamacare from day one and I am profoundly disappointed with today’s Supreme Court decision. Obamacare continues to be a nightmare for millions of Americans who are facing higher premiums, higher deductibles, and fewer health care options. “This ruling sets a difficult precedent for the future of legal interpretation. The court ruled that because the… Continue Reading

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