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Tulsa World: In Sapulpa: U.S. Sen. James Lankford cautious on Iran agreement

by Randy Krehbiel

U.S. Sen. James Lankford said Thursday that he will wait for details before passing judgment on the Obama administration's nuclear arms agreement with Iran but said, "If it's to the left of the U.N., that's probably a problem." Lankford was one of 47 U.S. senators who signed a letter sent last month to Iranian leaders cautioning against putting much faith in a deal with the Obama administration. Thursday evening, speaking to about 20 people at a community forum at Sapulpa City Hall, Lankford… Continue Reading


Lankford Letter - March

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Senator Lankford Statement on Senate Passage of a Budget

WASHINGTON, DC— Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement on the final passage of a Senate Budget resolution by a vote of 52-46: “Over the last 24 hours, the Senate engaged in a lengthy full and open debate about our nation’s budget and our governing priorities. The Senate took more amendment votes today and yesterday than the Senate took all of last year, and passed a balanced budget resolution. The Senate budget responsibly balances the federal budget in 10 years and pr… Continue Reading


Lankford, Heitkamp Launch #CutRedTape Initiative to Gather Stories About Impacts of Federal Regulations

WASHINGTON, DC - During a press conference today, Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) launched a new bipartisan #CutRedTape Initiative, a new way for American families and businesses to communicate with the Senate about how federal regulations impact them. In their new roles as Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, Lankford and Heitkamp have made improving federal regul… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Invites Afghan War Widow as Guest For Joint Meeting of Congress

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) invited Jane Horton, widow of Army Specialist Chris Horton, to be his guest as Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani addressed a joint meeting of Congress today. Mr. Horton was an Oklahoma National Guard Army Sniper who was killed in action in Paktyia, Afghanistan on September 9, 2011. "During this on-going time of conflict in the Middle East, America must work closely with Afghanistan to root out global terrorism and intimidation," said Lankford. "As … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement on the Army charging Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and "misbehavior in the face of the enemy" for leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009: "The Bergdahl trade for five Taliban militants at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba last year sent the wrong message to the world that America will negotiate with terrorists. Just returning from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, I remain firm that the thug detainees should not be u… Continue Reading


VIDEO: Senator Lankford Joins Freshman Senators in Slamming Obamacare on Five-Year Anniversary

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today held a press conference on the five-year anniversary of Obamacare with fellow freshman Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Steve Daines (R-MT), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Mike Rounds (R-SD). The Senators discussed the importance of responsibly balancing the federal budget and providing relief to the American people by repealing and replacing Obamacare. Excerpts: "This is not only the five-year birthday of Obamacare, it's also… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford on What Sustainability and Religious Freedom Have in Common

by Sen. James Lankford and Rep. Randy Forbes

Avid Chipotle customers seeking carnitas burritos for dinner may be disappointed over the coming weeks. The restaurant giant is reportedly no longer serving pork at about a third of its locations after it dropped a pork supplier that failed to live up to the corporation's standards of humane animal care. Despite the possibility that Chipotle's decision to pull pork from almost a third of its restaurants will come at a cost, the corporation's commitment to serving "food with integrity" has outwe… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Chairs First Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today led his first Senate hearing as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management. The hearing, entitled "Examining Federal Rulemaking Challenges and Areas of Improvement Within the Existing Regulatory Process" examined current federal regulations and the rulemaking processes. "Today's hearing focused on the federal government's regulatory process; specifically, how regulatory process affects the quality, structure, ef… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Cotton Introduce Bill to Prevent Guantanamo Bay Detainees From Returning to Terrorism

WASHINGTON, DC— Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) have introduced the Guantanamo Bay Recidivism Prevention Act of 2015, legislation that would improve the monitoring of former Guantanamo Bay detainees transferred to foreign countries to prevent them from returning to terrorism. The Senators introduced the bill days after returning from a trip to the detention facility over the weekend. “My recent trip to Guantanamo Bay has only deepened my understanding of the need for this… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Cruz Introduce Resolutions to Protect Religious Freedom of Washington D.C. Organizations

WASHINGTON, DC- Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today introduced two resolutions (S.J. Res. 10 and S.J. Res. 11) to overturn recently enacted D.C. Council legislation that undermines religious freedom. In January, the District enacted the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014, which could require employers to provide health plans that cover abortion services, and the Human Rights Amendment Act of 2014, which would force religious schools to support activ… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Cotton, Ernst, Tillis, Rounds Visit Guantanamo Bay

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK), along with fellow freshman Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Mike Rounds (R-SD), last night returned from a trip to the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Senators toured the Guantanamo Bay base, observed detention operations, and met with military commanders. "Having seen the Guantanamo Bay detention facility for the first time, I have even more confidence that our men and women in uniform are perf… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Announces First Hearing as Chairman

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, March 19, at 10:00am to examine the federal regulatory process. The hearing is entitled, "Examining Federal Rulemaking Challenges and Areas of Improvement Within the Existing Regulatory Process" and will take place in Senate Dirksen 342. The hearing will examine current rulemaking proc… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Oklahoma State Capitol Ten Commandments Case

WASHINGTON, DC— Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement on the Western District of Oklahoma dismissal of the case involving a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol: “I’m pleased that Judge Cauthron and the court confirmed what is obvious to Oklahomans - that the Ten Commandments is a vital part of Oklahoma and American history. The Oklahoma State Capitol display of the Ten Commandments is a reasonable recognition of its significance to t… Continue Reading


Breitbart News: Exclusive—Sen. Lankford: Obama’s Exec Amnesty Unclear, ‘Intolerable Situation’ for Immigration Officers

by Matthew Boyle

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol officers-along with their families-are living in fear and uncertainty every day under President Barack Obama's executive amnesty, Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Monday night. "What does the average family member of an ICE agent think?" Lankford said when asked what's going through the minds of agents as the president is telling them to ignore the law. They know their spouse, their husband o… Continue Reading


White House Ignores Senator Lankford Immigration Request

WASHINGTON, DC- On February 27, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) wrote a letter to President Obama seeking clarification on the President's February 25 comments that there would be "consequences" for federal immigration officials who continue deportations after the President's November immigration executive actions. However, in early February, a federal district court in Texas issued a preliminary injunction against the President's immigration executive overreach, effectively supporting the continu… Continue Reading


Lankford Joins Senators in Demanding Release of Americans Held In Iran

WASHINGTON, DC— Senator James Lankford joined Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), in addition to 16 other Republican senators, in urging the Obama administration to demand the unconditional release of American citizens unjustly imprisoned in Iran. In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, the senators highlighted the cases of three American citizens who are languishing in Iranian jails. The senators urged Secretary Kerry to discuss these cases in his communications with Iran… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Sigma Alpha Epsilon Video

WASHINGTON, DC— Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement on the hateful video involving the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma: “The hateful video of some fraternity students that surfaced over the weekend is disgusting and does not reflect the values of the state of Oklahoma. This is not who we are. We are a state that embraces cultural and ethnic diversity at every level. We must clearly speak out against this type of bigotry. Our state has ma… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Supreme Court Opening Arguments for King v. Burwell

WASHINGTON, DC— Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement on today’s opening oral arguments for the Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell: “Obamacare has caused harm to our nation’s families, economy, and health care system. The King v. Burwell case reveals yet another problem with the policy and implementation of this law. The plain text of the law did not permit subsidies or employer mandates when a state chose to reject Obamacare. The administration case’s legal argument… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Speaks at AIPAC, Reiterates Unwavering Support for Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu

WASHINGTON, DC— Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement after speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his address before a joint-session of Congress: “I am pleased that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address Congress and meet with a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders,” said Lankford. “America has no closer friend in the world than Israel. During… Continue Reading

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