Press Releases


Lankford Wants Answers on Why “Mother” Was Replaced with “Birthing People” in President’s Budget Request

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the President's Fiscal Year 2022 Budget. Lankford asked Becerra for an update on several requests he sent regarding data on the number of Unaccompanied Minors (UAC) crossing the border. He also questioned Becerra on why the department is working to eliminate the Conscience and R… Continue Reading


Lankford, Cotton, Colleagues Want to Sanction Chinese Officials Who Want to Suppress Information on COVID-19

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Rick Scott (R-FL), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced the Li Wenliang Global Public Health Accountability Act, which would authorize the president to sanction foreign officials who suppress or distort information about international public health crises, particularly in light of Chinese information suppression efforts in the early stages of COVID-19 spread. "The Chinese government's … Continue Reading


Lankford, Gillibrand, Rounds Push To Fully Fund US-Israel Missile Defense Cooperation

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) led a bipartisan group of 38 senators in calling for $500 million to fully fund US-Israel cooperative missile defense programs in the Defense Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2022. Israel's missile defense system is made up of four operational layers: Iron Dome, David's Sling, Arrow 2 and now Arrow 3. In addition to contributing to ballistic missile defense, the funding will … Continue Reading


Lankford, Inhofe Support OK Election Head’s Warning about Dangers of Federal Election Takeover

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today praised a letter from Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax regarding the dangers he sees posed by S. 1 and H.R. 1, the For the People Act, to Oklahoma's free and fair election process. Lankford has worked for years to ensure elections are secure, reliable, and remain state run. In 2018, Lankford delivered a speech on the Senate floor on how, under Secretary Ziriax's leadership, Oklahoma efficiently and eff… Continue Reading


Lankford Opposes Bloated Schumer China Bill That Lacks Focus, Adds Debt, and Subtracts Stability

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement after he voted today to oppose the United States Innovation and Competition Act, a bill that seeks to address US competitiveness with China: "The US Innovation and Competition Act is not focused, strategic, or affordable. The bill was supposed to limit China's rising influence around the world, but this bill will require borrowing money from China before we can implement the plan to limit China. "The communist Chine… Continue Reading


Lankford, Rubio, Grassley Lead Colleagues in Urging Biden to Uphold US Law, Stand with Israel

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) along with Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) led a group of 14 Republican senators in pressing the Biden Administration to adhere to US law and refrain from reopening the Mission of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) on US soil and the US Consulate General in Jerusalem for the Palestinians. In the letter the Senators wrote, "While we are committed to working with you on constructive ways to engage with the Palestinian… Continue Reading


Lankford, Rosen Relaunch Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism

WASHINGTON, DC -Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV), co-chairs of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism, led a group of 56 Senators-representing over half the Senate-in announcing the re-launch of the Task Force. First launched in 2019, the collaboration is the first of its kind in the United States Senate, serving as a corollary to the House of Representative's Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism. "Antisemitism remains a significant threat t… Continue Reading


Lankford Questions Colonial Pipeline CEO Following Ransomware Cyber Attack

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing entitled, "Threats to Critical Infrastructure: Examining the Colonial Pipeline Cyber Attack." Lankford's questions to Mr. Joseph Blount, Jr., the President and Chief Executive Officer of Colonial Pipeline, focused on the lessons learned by Colonial Pipeline after the cyber-attack in early May and how other … Continue Reading


Lankford, Inhofe, Daines Urge Senate Leadership to Protect Lives of Individuals with Down Syndrome

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Steve Daines (R-MT) to lead a letter to Majority Leader Schumer and Minority Leader McConnell urging them to bring the Protecting Individuals with Down Syndrome Act to the Senate floor for a vote during the June work period. Lankford, Inhofe, and Daines were joined by Senators Roger Marshall (R-KS), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rick Scott (R-FL), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Mike… Continue Reading


Lankford, Inhofe, Boozman, Cotton Recognize 50 Years of Commerce on the MKARNS

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford today joined Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), John Boozman (R-AR), and Tom Cotton (R-AR) to recognize 50 years of commerce on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS) in Oklahoma. The MKARNS, also known as the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, is a key inland waterway navigation system for freight movement extending 445 river miles from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Muskogee, Oklahoma, through Arkansas, connecting to the Mississippi Rive… Continue Reading


Lankford, Bennet Encourage Retirement Savings and Leave Room for Family Emergencies

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Today, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) participated in the Tulsa Economic Empowerment Day with Nationwide, and he unveiled the Enhancing Emergency and Retirement Savings Act of 2021 to help Oklahoma families save for retirement and prepare for emergencies. The legislation would encourage participation in retirement plans by giving individuals additional flexibility and penalty-free access to funds should a family emergency hit. The bill was introduced last week with Senator Mic… Continue Reading


Lankford, Colleagues Demand Stronger Oversight of $45 Billion Biden Boost to Obamacare

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX-8) to send a letter to the Biden Administration imploring them to exercise greater oversight of the expanded Obamacare subsides enacted as a part of the $1.8 trillion American Rescue Plan. The members wrote in their letter, "The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that these subsidies are susceptible to significant improper payments. With the federal deficit proje… Continue Reading


Lankford, Cornyn, T. Scott, and Former Secretary of State Stress Need for US Sanctions on Iran As Biden Renegotiates Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was joined by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Tim Scott (R-SC) to introduce the Iran Sanctions Preservation Act. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also expressed his support for the measure. The legislation requires that the US maintain current sanctions targeting Iran's oil industry, financial sector, and supporters of terrorism until Iran suspends all of its destabilizing terrorist activities. The bill would ensure sanctions remain in place u… Continue Reading


Lankford Opposes Special Commission

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement after he opposed a bill being pushed by the US House to establish a January 6th Commission: "Senator Schumer forced a political messaging vote on the flawed House commission this week because he knows that the Senate is currently finalizing a comprehensive bipartisan investigation involving six committees focused on Capitol security and lessons to learn from that terrible day. Senate Committees have already gathered… Continue Reading


Lankford, Rubio Push to Sanction Enablers of Palestinian Terrorist Groups

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) to reintroduced the Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act. Also joining Lankford and Rubio were Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Todd Young (R-IN), John Hoeven (R-ND), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Mike Braun (R-IN), John Boozman (R-AR), Rick Scott (R-FL), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), and Josh Hawley (R-M… Continue Reading


Lankford, Rosen Lead Over Half the Senate to Condemn Recent Global Surge of Antisemitism, Call on Leaders to Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV), co-chairs of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism, led a group of 58 Senators-evenly divided by party-to introduce a bipartisan resolution condemning recent antisemitic incidents in the United States and around the world. The Senators' resolution also calls on leaders to denounce antisemitism and take specific steps to address it and prevent it. "We must all join together to fully condemn antisemitism… Continue Reading


Lankford Wants to Improve Customer Service for Oklahomans Interacting with Federal Agencies

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) to introduce Trust in Public Service (TIPS) Act, which would support the use of citizen and employee feedback to improve federal government communication and ways the federal government serves the public. Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) are introducing companion legislation in the House of Representatives. The TIPS Act would establish federal customer experience as a means t… Continue Reading


Lankford, Blunt, Scott Urge Biden Administration to Protect Religious Freedom at Public Universities, Colleges

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Tim Scott (R-SC) in a letter to US Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona urging him to protect the First Amendment rights of faith-based student groups at public institutions of higher education. The letter follows a recent court filing that indicates the Department of Education is considering regulatory action related to the Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Uni… Continue Reading


Lankford, Braun, Daines Push to Outlaw Animal-human Hybrids

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Steve Daines (R-MT) offered an amendment, which received a vote on the Senate floor, to the United States Innovation and Competition Act to make it a crime to engage in chimera research or the creation of animal-human hybrid organisms. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced the original legislation in the House of Representatives. A chimera is an organism that contains cells from two distinct species, such as an animal-human h… Continue Reading


Lankford Disappointed in Proposal to List Lesser Prairie Chicken as Threatened

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued a statement after the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced a proposal to list the lesser prairie chicken under the Endangered Species Act: "For Oklahoma farmers and ranchers who have spent thousands of hours and millions of dollars in voluntary conservation efforts to keep the lesser prairie chicken off the endangered or threatened list, today was a painful reminder of the need to reform the Federal Endangered Species Act. The lesser pra… Continue Reading

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