Press Releases

08.06.15

Senator Lankford’s Bill To Reduce Fraud In Federal Retirement Benefits Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC- Senators James Lankford's (R-OK) and Heidi Heitkamp's (D-ND) Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act of 2015, a bill that would crack down on federal retirement benefit fraud and misuse, passed the Senate on Wednesday by unanimous consent. The bill was introduced by the Senators on June 15 and approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on June 24. "I'm pleased the Senate has passed this bill to protect the retirement and annuities of federal em… Continue Reading


08.06.15

Senator Lankford Provides Public Copy of Iran Nuclear Agreement for Oklahomans to Read

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today provided a public copy of the Iran Nuclear Agreement being debated in the Senate on his public website for Oklahomans to read and analyze for themselves. On August 5, Lankford deliverred a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate about the agreement and his opposition to it. Lankford, who is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has grave concerns about its implications for security and proliferation. During the speech, Lankford expres… Continue Reading


08.05.15

Senators Lankford, Feinstein Introduce Bill to Make Financial Service Provider Licensing More Efficient

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) today led a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing the State Licensing Efficiency Act of 2015, a bill to streamline the licensing process for financial service providers. "I am proud to sponsor this commonsense bipartisan fix that will leverage existing resources to help state regulators expedite background checks for financial services providers," said Lankford. "By providing the FBI the explicit authori… Continue Reading


08.05.15

Senators Lankford and Inhofe Challenge ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Regulatory Process

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) sent a letter today to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to seek clarification regarding the 'Waters of the United States' rule's compliance with regulatory process guidelines. Specifically, the Senators questioned whether it's notice-and-comment procedures violated the Regulatory Flexibility Act, the Small Business Enforcement Fairness Act, and Executive Order 13132 on Federalism. The Senators' Committees are conducti… Continue Reading


08.05.15

VIDEO: Senator Lankford Slams Iran Nuclear Agreement On Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate about President Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran. Lankford, who is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has fully read the deal and has grave concerns about its implications for security and proliferation. During the speech, Lankford expressed concerns with the deal leading to Iran's ability to delay inspections of suspect nuclear sites for weeks and an end to the U.N. conventiona… Continue Reading


08.04.15

Senator Lankford Introduces Bill to Protect Conscience Rights of Americans

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and thirteen other Senators today introduced the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, a bill that would ensure that organizations, private businesses, institutions of higher education, health care providers, and insurance companies are not forced to sponsor insurance coverage that violates their religious or moral beliefs. "Our nation is divided on various issues, but the fabric of America is built on the First Amendment rights of free speech and the… Continue Reading


08.04.15

VIDEO: Senator Lankford Advocates For Pro-Growth, Fact-Based Energy Policy On Senate Floor

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate about domestic energy production, the Keystone Pipeline decision delay, and yesterday's EPA Climate Action Plan announcement. Below is the transcript from the speech: "I come from an energy state, Oklahoma. We truly do all of the above. We do coal, oil, gas, wind, solar, hydro, geothermal. We're just missing nuclear. Quite frankly, we probably have nuclear if … Continue Reading


08.03.15

Senator Lankford Statement on EPA Power Plan Rule

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) latest rule to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants: "The latest and final emissions rule for power plants released by the EPA has minimal environmental benefits with major economic repercussions to Americans," said Lankford. "This regulation appears to be more messaging than solution, but the pain to the American consumer will be profound. The rule… Continue Reading


07.29.15

VIDEO: Senators Lankford, Ernst and Paul Introduce New Bill To Redirect Planned Parenthood Funding To Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) today introduced a new bill to defund Planned Parenthood and redirect its taxpayer funding to other entities that provide women's health care services, including community health centers. Lankford, Ernst, and Paul led a working group for this bill (S.1881), which has support from Oklahoma's senior Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and the majority of the Republican Conference. Today, Majority Leader Mitch McConnel… Continue Reading


07.23.15

VIDEO: Lankford Calls For Dodd-Frank Reforms at 5-Year Anniversary, Discusses Regulatory Relief Proposal

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) delivered a speech Wednesday on the floor of the U.S. Senate about the five-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, often referred to as Dodd-Frank, and the dire need for reform. During today's Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, Lankford discussed a framework proposal for traditional bank regulatory relief legislation that could be offered as a bill in the coming months. Dodd-Frank is a massive law c… Continue Reading


07.22.15

Senator Lankford Response To Social Security Trustees Annual Report: We Must Reform SSDI Now

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees Annual Report regarding the financial outlook of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). "The release of the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees Report is yet another warning that now is the time to reform SSDI," said Lankford. "We cannot continue down a path where we put seniors and disabled Americans at risk of losing their benefits. It's … Continue Reading


07.22.15

Senator Lankford Introduces Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood During Investigation

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced a bill to end taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood for a year while they are investigated for possible illegal practices. Specifically, the bill, Defund Planned Parenthood Act (S.1836) would set a one-year moratorium on Planned Parenthood funding from the government, unless the organization ceases performing abortions. This would allow more federal dollars to go toward organizations like community health centers, which serve low… Continue Reading


07.20.15

Senators Lankford, Heitkamp Introduce Regulatory Improvement Bills

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) today announced they introduced three bills that will facilitate greater transparency and accountability in the federal rulemaking process. The Smarter Regulations Through Advance Planning and Review Act would require agencies to plan for and conduct regular mandatory retrospective reviews; the Early Participation in Regulations Act of 2015 would allow Americans to participate in the regulatory process earlier; and the Pr… Continue Reading


07.20.15

VIDEO: Senator Lankford Explains Objection To Export-Import Bank Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, DC - Ahead of President Obama's Wednesday meeting with small business owners on the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, and a possible vote on it in the Senate this week, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released a video statement explaining his objection to the reauthorization, and possible reforms he would like to see. On June 30th, the Export-Import Bank's authorization expired. The Export-Import Bank is one of twenty federal agencies that participate in trade and export prom… Continue Reading


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

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