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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


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


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


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


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


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


Lankford Letter - July 17

CLICK HERE for the July 17, 2015 Lankford Letter.… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford on We cannot be a nation that does this to our children

by By Senator James Lankford

On Tuesday, an undercover video was posted online and reported on by various news outlets that showed a Planned Parenthood executive talking about the organization's operation of selling body parts of aborted children. After learning about it, I was immediately struck with deep emotion. It is hard to believe this is occurring in the United States of America. I realize that our nation remains divided on the issue of abortion, but surely we are not divided on the procurement and sale of human org… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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