Press Releases

12.18.19

Senator Lankford Cosponsors Legislation to Protect Moms and Babies from Abortion

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK,) Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Steve Daines (R-MT), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced legislation to protect the lives of women by controlling the distribution of chemical abortion drugs, which have high complication rates for incomplete abortions, infections, severe bleeding, and death. The Support and Value Expectant… Continue Reading


12.17.19

Senators Bipartisan Bill to Improve Federal Grant Process Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) applauded the final passage of H.R. 150, the Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act. The bipartisan, bicameral bill will require the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the leading administrator of grant programs to streamline data transparency requirements for grant recipients and ultimately make data collection and dissemination to the American peopl… Continue Reading


12.17.19

Senator Lankford Supports Defense Priorities

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted in favor of the Conference Report on the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (FY20 NDAA). The bill, which received bipartisan support, was ushered through final passage by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee. The bill includes limitations on the transfer of the F-35 aircraft to Turkey-a bill that Lankford introduced earlier this year. The Conference Report passed the Senate in a vote o… Continue Reading


12.17.19

Senators Lankford, Coons Bill to Support Churches, Charities, and Nonprofits included in Funding Package

WASHINGTON, DC - Bipartisan legislation from Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Chris Coons (D-DE) to protect churches, charities, and other nonprofit organizations is expected to become law as part of a bipartisan funding package agreed to by House and Senate negotiators today. The Lessening Impediments from Taxes (LIFT) for Charities Act repeals a section of the tax code that requires some tax-exempt organizations to pay federal taxes on employee benefits, such as parking, meals, or transporta… Continue Reading


12.13.19

Senators Lankford, Rosen Announce New Members of Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV), co-chairs of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism, announced the inaugural group of new Task Force members, Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tom Carper (D-DE), Rob Portman (R-OH), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tim Scott (R-SC), Bob Casey (D-PA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Chris Coons (D-DE), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Joni Ernst (R-IA)… Continue Reading


12.11.19

Senators Lankford, Rosen Statements on Executive Order to Combat Anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV), co-chairs of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism, released the following statements on today's Executive Order that seeks to address anti-Semitism around the nation and specifically on college campuses and other educational settings. The Order, based largely on the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, applies the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, which is alre… Continue Reading


12.11.19

Senator Lankford Presented Award for Fighting Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today was awarded the "Fight for Good" award by the Salvation Army for his dedicated work in fighting the opioid crisis. "As a community, we should all fight for what is good for our families and neighbors. Drug addiction has torn apart our families and individual lives. We should work until no family feels the pain of addiction," said Lankford. "I will continue to support effective policies and stand up for families who have been tragically affe… Continue Reading


12.10.19

Senator Lankford Shares Story From Federal Employee on Impact of Government Shutdowns on Senate Floor

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's floor speech. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor to continue to push for the Prevent Government Shutdowns Act, a bipartisan bill that Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and he reintroduced today. Lankford is urging his colleagues to pass this commonsense legislation as the December 20 funding deadline is fast approaching. During his floor speech, he shared the story of a federal employee who approached him on the plane yesterd… Continue Reading


12.10.19

Lankford, Hassan Lead Bipartisan Plan to End Government Shutdowns

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today introduced an updated version of their bipartisan Prevent Government Shutdowns Act. As Congress approaches the threat of a second government shutdown this year, Lankford and Hassan are joined by four of their Senate colleagues to push for this commonsense reform that protects federal employees and forces Congress to stay in DC to fund the government. If signed into law, the bill would set up an automatic Continuing Re… Continue Reading


12.10.19

Senator Lankford Statement on USMCA Announcement

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement regarding the announcement that a deal has been agreed on between House Democrats and President Trump on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA): "The negotiations for USMCA have lasted more than a year. I'm glad that the House has finally agreed to pass the USMCA. Oklahomans have been waiting for this day for months. This agreement updates the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) … Continue Reading


12.05.19

Senator Lankford Cosponsors Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced his cosponsorship of the Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues (SOFA) Act. This bill would give law enforcement enhanced tools to combat the opioid epidemic and close a loophole in current law that makes it difficult to prosecute crimes involving some synthetic opioids. "Oklahomans are tragically aware of the devastating ways the opioid epidemic has affected our families and our communities," said Lankford. "Drug abuse and addict… Continue Reading


12.04.19

Senator Lankford Questions Nominee to Lead Federal Regulatory Review Office

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today attended a hearing in the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to consider the nomination of Mr. Paul J. Ray to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). As Chairman of the Committee's Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management and in his previous service on the House Oversight Committee, L… Continue Reading


12.04.19

Oklahoma Delegation Unites to Urge Passage of USMCA

WASHINGTON, DC - More than a year after President Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) with leaders from Mexico and Canada, Oklahoma's congressional delegation is unanimous in their support of the trade deal. Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and all five members of the House call on House leadership to work together to bring the USMCA for a vote before the end of the year. "The USMCA negotiations ended more than a year ago, and it has been sitting i… Continue Reading


12.04.19

Senator Lankford Highlights Importance of Addressing Our $23 Trillion Debt on Senate Floor

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's floor speech. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor about the importance of this week's release of the fifth volume of his federal waste report, Federal Fumbles: Ways the government dropped the ball. The report lists $383 billion in wasteful and inefficient federal spending on a variety of programs and processes throughout the government. The report also provides solutions to each example of government waste or inefficiency… Continue Reading


12.03.19

Senators Lankford, Peters, Sinema Applaud Senate Passage of Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) applauded Senate passage of their Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act, a bill that would crack down on fraud and misuse of federal retirement benefits. "I'm grateful the Senate agreed with our bill to help safeguard federal employee retirement funds from embezzlement," said Lankford. "Our bill closes a loophole in the law that allows bad actors to get off easy if they embezzle funds from federa… Continue Reading


12.02.19

Government Waste Report: Senator Lankford Releases the Fifth Volume of Federal Fumbles

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's video release. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the fifth volume of his government waste and solutions report entitled, Federal Fumbles: Ways the federal government dropped the ball. The report lists $383 billion in wasteful and inefficient federal spending. The report also lists solutions to each of the examples of government waste. CLICK HERE to access the report. CLICK HERE for a summary of the report. "My staff and I compile Fumbl… Continue Reading


11.26.19

Senators Lankford, Rosen Condemn Anti-Semitism, Promote Goals of Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism

CLICK HERE to watch Senator Lankford's and Senator Rosen's video. OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) released a video statement to condemn anti-Semitism and promote the goals of their Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism. "The mission of the task force will be to collaborate with law enforcement, the White House, federal agencies, state and local government, educators, advocates, clergy, and any other stakeholders to combat anti-Semitism by e… Continue Reading


11.25.19

Senator Lankford Releases New Podcast on Process and Procedure for Senate Impeachment Trials

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - The Office of Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the latest episode of The Breakdown with James Lankford. Lankford is joined by former Senate Parliamentarian, Alan Frumin, who served in the Office of the Parliamentarian of the United States Senate for 35 years, 18 of those as Chief Parliamentarian. Frumin was in the Office of the Parliamentarian during the Clinton Impeachment Trial in 1999. During this episode of The Breakdown, Lankford and Frumin discuss the consti… Continue Reading


11.21.19

Senator Lankford Statement on the Accident at Vance Air Force Base

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement following an accident at Vance Air Force Base during a routine training mission with two T-38 Talons: "Our servicemen and women give everything, even their lives, to protect our nation. I am deeply saddened by the deaths of two Airmen at Vance Air Force Base during a training session. I pray for God's grace and healing as their families walk through this and to all those they serve with as they try to understand the difficu… Continue Reading


11.21.19

Senator Lankford Votes to Keep Government Open

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) voted in support of a continuing resolution to extend government funding at current levels. This week, Lankford spoke on the Senate floor about the need to address federal spending and budget issues and to once again call on his colleagues to pass his bipartisan Prevent Government Shutdowns Act to hold federal families harmless in the event of a government shutdown due to a lack of federal funding. "Funding the government through short-term conti… Continue Reading

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