Press Releases

04.08.22

Lankford Releases the Latest Episode on the Breakdown with Guest Chad Wolf

CLICK HERE to watch the podcast on YouTube. CLICK HERE to listen on SoundCloud. 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 Acting United States Secretary of Homeland Security and expert on border security Chad Wolf. Lankford introduced a bill to delay ending Title 42 in an effort to secure our border, warning that the US could see an additional 1 million illegal border cro… Continue Reading


04.07.22

Lankford Supports Oil Ban, Trade Sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources and Finance Committees, today voted to impose an embargo on Russian energy products and suspend normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus in response to Moscow's ongoing aggression with the people of Ukraine. Sadly, 10.6 million Ukrainians have been displaced due to Russia's war crimes. Lankford secured language that ensures the President is not able to reverse the oil embargo unless an agree… Continue Reading


04.07.22

Lankford Votes No on Supreme Court Nominee

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks and Q&A on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks and Q&A on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today opposed the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who was nominated to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Lankford spoke on the Senate floor to outline his concerns with Judge Jackson and why he opposed her nomination. Lankford met with Judge Jackson last week and announc… Continue Reading


04.07.22

Lankford Asks IRS Commissioner for Staffing Update to Address Backlogs

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks and Q&A on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks and Q&A on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Senate Finance Committee hearing to examine the IRS, the President's Fiscal Year 2023 Budget, and the 2022 filing season. Lankford questioned IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig to receive an update on hiring processes at the IRS to recruit new agents to serve Americans filing their taxes, answer their qu… Continue Reading


04.07.22

Lankford, Sinema, Colleagues Introduce Bill Delaying End of Title 42 & Ensuring Comprehensive Plan in Place to Secure the Border

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), lead Republican on the Border Management Subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Chair of the Border Management Subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, John Cornyn (R-TX), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), John Thune (R-SD), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Jon Tester (D-MT), Rob Portman (R-OH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) int… Continue Reading


04.06.22

Lankford Wants Answers for Google’s Censorship of Conservative Speech

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) sent a letter today to the Chief Executive Officer of Google Sundar Pichai regarding YouTube's removal of videos from the Conservative Political Action Conference's (CPAC) channel. YouTube, which is owned by Google, claims the videos contain "misleading information" but did not disclose what information was "misleading" to CPAC. Lankford participated in a panel at CPAC on Big Tech censorship during the February 2022 conference. He separately uploade… Continue Reading


04.06.22

Lankford: Everyone Knows High Gas Prices Are Because of Biden's Anti-Energy Policies

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks and Q&A on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks and Q&A on Rumble. CLICK HERE to download Lankford's graphic of Oklahoma gas prices. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today stood up for traditional US energy production and for Oklahoma families who continue to pay almost a dollar more for gasoline at the pump compared to last year. Lankford led a Senate Republican press conference today and said that Biden's progressive an… Continue Reading


04.06.22

Lankford, Scott, Crapo, Colleagues: Biden Tax Mandate Unconstitutional

WASHINGTON, DC -Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, led an amicus brief at the 11th Circuit Court, arguing that President Biden's American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) unconstitutionally blocks states from lowering taxes."If the Tax Mandate is unambiguous, it amounts to an impermissible assault on the States' sovereignty," write the senators. "If it is ambiguous, it fails to pass one of the Supreme Court's clear limit… Continue Reading


04.05.22

Lankford, Jordan, Colleagues Demand Investigation into Deaths of Five Babies Aborted in DC

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), lead Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management with jurisdiction over the District of Columbia, today sent a bicameral letter to Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Chief of the DC Metropolitan Police Department Robert Contee, and US Attorney General Merrick Garland after a truly gut-wrenching and gruesome report of five babies whose lives were taken through late-… Continue Reading


04.05.22

Lankford to HHS Sec: Biden Says COVID is Not at the Southern Border While Requesting $10 Billion in COVID Funding

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Senate Finance Committee hearing to discuss the President's Fiscal Year 2023 budget request for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Today's witness was HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. Lankford has had several direct exchanges with Becerra in the past over Becerra's promotion of abortion, failure to enforce consc… Continue Reading


04.01.22

Lankford, Colleagues Call on Department of State to End Involvement with the United Nations Human Rights Council for Probe of Israel

Lankford, Colleagues Call on Department of State to End Involvement with the United Nations Human Rights Council for Probe of Israel OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) led a letter today along with Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Bill Hagerty (R-TN) to Secretary of State Antony Blinken to urge the US to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The Senators made the request to end the membership after the UNHRC has indicated it will not el… Continue Reading


04.01.22

Lankford, Republicans Demand Treasury Engage with Congress on International Tax Agreement

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and his Senate Finance Committee Republican colleagues again wrote to US Treasury Department Secretary Janet Yellen to highlight the lack of engagement with Congress on the Department's international tax agreement. The senators note that Treasury has consistently failed to consult Congress in any meaningful way, nor has it provided the requested data and analysis necessary for Congress to properly evaluate the effect of the agreement on the US b… Continue Reading


04.01.22

Lankford Says Reversing Anti-Energy Policies Is the Real Solution to Lower Gas Prices, Not Pulling Emergency Oil Reserves

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after the Biden Administration announced it would release 1 million barrels of oil per day for six months from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to attempt to address high gas prices: "Apparently President Biden just discovered that the American economy runs on oil and natural gas. After attacking traditional energy sources that fuel our nation for a… Continue Reading


03.31.22

Lankford Wants to Expand US Domestic Mineral Mining

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on domestic critical mineral supply chains and how we continue to source critical minerals here in the US and with our allies, rather than importing them from unfriendly nations like China. Lankford's questions focused on opening up domestic critical mineral mining and pr… Continue Reading


03.31.22

Lankford, Inhofe to Oppose Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today issued the following statements after meeting with Judge Jackson, who was nominated to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States: "I've been clear about my position on Judge Jackson's judicial philosophy since I opposed her nomination to the DC Circuit Court last year," said Lankford. "A Supreme Court nomination is a life-time appointment. We should make sure any Justice is committed to lim… Continue Reading


03.30.22

Lankford, Colleagues Champion US Critical Mineral Independence from China

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), member of the Senate Finance and Energy and Natural Resources Committees, along with Senators Angus King (I-ME), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Mark Warner (D-VA) today introduced legislation to establish a secure supply chain of critical minerals and counter China's market dominance by leveraging the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) partnership, which includes the US, Australia, India, and Japan. "Anyone who wants to stand up to China needs to supp… Continue Reading


03.30.22

Lankford Calls on Biden Administration to Stop Pushing for a Wide Open Border

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) called out the Biden Administration's proposal to end the use of Title 42 expulsions at the southern border and instead hide the chaos by relying on "interior processing" to move illegal immigrants into the country for processing and release. Lankford and his team warned Biden Administration officials directly about what a bad idea that is. He has … Continue Reading


03.30.22

Lankford, Colleagues Demand Answers From Biden on Speed, Specifics and Supply Provided to Ukraine

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are leading a group of Senators to request answers from President Biden's National Security Advisor (NSA) Jake Sullivan on the speed, specifics, and supply of lethal aid provided to Ukraine. In their letter to Sullivan, the Senators write: "We request a timely response to these questions detailing your provisions, risk assessments, and strategy to enable Ukraine to defeat Vladimir Putin and retur… Continue Reading


03.29.22

Lankford Says Re-instating the Iran Nuclear Deal Is Not the Right Direction for Our Nation

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Senate floor remarks on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Senate floor remarks on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today took on President Biden's weak foreign policies that have emboldened bad actors like Russia and Iran, even as the White House is currently working to re-instate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. Lankford cited how re-entering the deal only helps Iran become a nuclear powe… Continue Reading


03.29.22

Lankford Warns Colleagues on Repercussions That Chaos Will Ensue When Biden Lifts Title 42

WASHINGTON, DC - In a letter to his colleagues, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today addressed the chaos that is about to begin as early as tomorrow if the Biden Administration follows through with plans to lift Title 42 authority, which has been used to rapidly expel over 1.1 million illegal immigrants who crossed the southern border last year. When the Title 42 order is lifted, DHS is anticipating that as many as 1 million illegal immigrants will cross the border in a 6-week timespan. In the… Continue Reading

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