Press Releases

11.10.15

VIDEO: Senator Lankford Releases Special Veterans Day Message

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released a special video in honor of Veterans Day to thank the servicemen and women and their families for the sacrifices they make to defend our nation. CLICK HERE to watch the video. Below is the full transcript from the video: A hero is someone who gives their life and their time and their service for something bigger than themselves, to honor other people. That certainly describes our veterans. Men and women who put the uniform on; who s… Continue Reading


11.10.15

Senator Lankford Supports NDAA, Again

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on the Senate's second passage of a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed by a vote of 91-3: "The Senate has passed, not once, but twice, responsible bipartisan legislation to give our military the strategy and funding it needs to defend our nation and keep us safe. It is extremely disappointing that the President would put politics over our national security by stalling this very important bi… Continue Reading


11.06.15

Senator Lankford: Keystone XL Pipeline Decision Not Based on Merits of the Project

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on the Obama Administration's denial of TransCanada's application to build the Keystone XL Pipeline: "We finally have the 'yes' or 'no' the President could not give years ago. For seven years, the Obama Administration has delayed the application to build the Keystone Pipeline without justification. With their application pending for 2604 days, the Administration denied a simple request to build a safe pipelin… Continue Reading


11.05.15

Lankford Subcommittee Analyzes Latest Federal Agency Retrospective Review Process

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 today to examine federal agencies' current retrospective review efforts, in response to President Obama's Executive Orders 13563 and 13610. Specifically, the Executive Orders directed agencies to develop and submit to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) plans for periodic review of ex… Continue Reading


11.05.15

VIDEO: Senator Lankford to Release a Government Waste Report This Fall

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced he will release a federal government waste and solutions report later this fall. Specifically, the report will highlight examples of wasteful or duplicative spending, along with burdensome regulations, but will also offer a policy solution to each of the problems. Lankford's report, entitled, "Federal Fumbles: 100 ways the government dropped the ball", will continue a tradition started by former Senator Tom Coburn, MD. The Office of S… Continue Reading


11.04.15

Senator Lankford Urges President to Overturn WOTUS

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted for a resolution of disapproval of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 'Waters of the United States' (WOTUS) rule. The resolution passed with a bipartisan vote of 53-44. "The 'Waters of the United States' rule is one of the greatest examples of presidential overreach in a decade," said Lankford. "The American people have soundly rejected this expansion of power, because they agree that federal authority should be limited on priv… Continue Reading


11.04.15

Senators Lankford and Inhofe Co-sponsor Resolution Recognizing "National Pregnancy Center Week"

WASHINGTON, DC- Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) have co-sponsored a resolution in the Senate that designates the week of November 8, as "National Pregnancy Center Week." The resolution recognizes the vital role that community-supported pregnancy centers (also known as pregnancy care and pregnancy resource centers) play in saving lives and serving women and men faced with difficult pregnancy decisions. "Pregnancy centers in Oklahoma, and around the nation, do a tremendous jo… Continue Reading


11.03.15

Senator Lankford Statement on the Federal Water Quality Protection Act

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on the Senate Democrat filibuster of the Federal Water Quality Protection Act (S.1140), a bill that Lankford co-sponsored. In June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final "Water of the United States" (WOTUS) rule that would drastically expand their definition of navigable waters, well beyond the intention of the 1972 Clean Water Act. S.1140 would protect homeowners and farmers by directing the E… Continue Reading


11.03.15

Senator Lankford Greets Oklahoma Honor Flight for Final 2015 Trip to Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today greeted Oklahoma veterans during a one-day trip to Washington, DC war memorials with the Honor Flight charity. Oklahoma Honor Flights began making trips in May 2010 and this was its 23rd flight from Oklahoma. "We are indebted to our Honor Flight Veterans for the sacrifices they have made to protect America and our freedoms," said Lankford. "Their service to our nation serves as a beacon of hope and liberty not only here, but around the world.… Continue Reading


11.02.15

Senator Lankford Announces New Website

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced the launch of a new website. The URL address is the same: www.lankford.senate.gov, but the design, functionality and information features are all new. "In this new age of online technology, the website acts as a virtual office for Oklahomans to stay connected with me and what's happening in the US Senate," said Lankford. "The website allows individuals to request meetings, watch congressional videos, seek help with federal agency or r… Continue Reading


10.30.15

MEDIA ADVISORY: Senator Lankford Announces New Date for Hearing on Regulatory Retrospective Review

WASHINGTON, DC - The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, under the chairmanship of Senator James Lankford (R-OK), has rescheduled its hearing entitled, "Agency Progress in Retrospective Review of Existing Regulations," for Thursday, November 5 at 9:30 AM ET. The hearing was originally scheduled for August 6, but was cancelled due to a change to the Senate calendar for that day. Each president since Jimmy Carter has urged agencies… Continue Reading


10.30.15

Senator Lankford Defends Washington Coach Right to Live His Faith

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made an impassioned speech on the Senate floor about his opposition to Bremerton, Washington School District's decision to put Coach Joe Kennedy on administrative paid leave after he refused to stop praying after football games. On Wednesday, Lankford urged the school district to allow Coach Kennedy to live his faith during a floor speech on the Senate floor. Since 2008, Assistant Coach Kennedy has practiced a tradition of praying at the 50-yard lin… Continue Reading


10.29.15

Senator Lankford Statement on Budget Deal

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) tonight made the following statement on his opposition to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314): "Oklahomans want to see our deficit reduced and our efficiency increased - this budget does neither. Our outrageous debt still stands at $18.5 Trillion. This Budget deal hurts the hardworking American taxpayer by perpetuating the status quo and refusing to take a single step toward balance. Oklahomans have asked over and over for serious entitlem… Continue Reading


10.29.15

VIDEO: Senator Lankford Slams Budget Deal, Pleads with Congress to Reform SSDI

CLICK HERE to view the video of the speech WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor about his opposition to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, and his plea to Congress to pursue real reforms to the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Lankford objected to the Budget deal because it perpetuates the status quo on government spending, it doesn't move us toward a balanced budget, it doesn't reduce the deficit, and it uses budget gimmicks to ap… Continue Reading


10.29.15

Senator Lankford Offers Real Reforms to Social Security Disability Insurance Program

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today offered an amendment to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R.1314) that reforms the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Specifically, the amendment (#2755) would improve the adjudication process for appeals and reconsiderations; prevent individuals from receiving SSDI who are not disabled; and ensure stronger program integrity, processing and oversight. "This Congress has missed another opportunity for real reform. The Socia… Continue Reading


10.28.15

VIDEO: Senator Lankford Defends Washington Football Coach's, OSU Football Team's Right to Pray on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor to defend Bremerton, Washington School District football coach Joe Kennedy's First Amendment right to pray after games. Since 2008, Assistant Coach Kennedy has practiced a tradition of praying at the 50-yard line after the conclusion of games. At times, students have chosen to pray with him. Earlier this month, and after seven years, the Bremerton School District ordered Coach Kennedy to stop. On Tuesday, Senator Lank… Continue Reading


10.27.15

Senator Lankford Applauds Passage of Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today praised the passage of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (S.754) which passed with bipartisan support on a vote of 74-21. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 includes provisions to protect personal privacy by taking steps to combat cyber-attacks before they happen. "Cybersecurity is quickly becoming one of the most pressing concerns for every American business and family," said Lankford. "It is time to confront cyb… Continue Reading


10.27.15

Senator Lankford, Rep. Forbes Lead Congressional Challenge to Washington School District in Support of Praying Football Coach

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA), co-chairmen of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, today led a Member of Congress letter to Bremerton, Washington School District officials to defend the First Amendment right of Bremerton High School football coach Joseph Kennedy to pray after games. Since 2008, Assistant Coach Kennedy has practiced a tradition of praying at the fifty yard line after the conclusion of games. At times, students have chosen to pray with him… Continue Reading


10.27.15

Lankford, Senators, Co-Sponsor Resolution Opposing the EPA’s Clean Power Plan Regulations

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined with 47 Senators today to co-sponsor a resolution to disapprove of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan regulations for existing power sources. Lankford spoke out against the Clean Power Plan in an energy speech on the floor of the Senate recently. He said, "It seems to be another day for the EPA to release massive regulations. People wonder why food costs more, products cost more and why energy costs more. I'… Continue Reading


10.21.15

Senator Lankford Greets Oklahoma Honor Flight in Washington, DC as Program Winds Down

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today greeted veterans from central Oklahoma during a one-day trip to Washington, DC war memorials with the Honor Flight charity. The Oklahomans visited the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Wall, the Lincoln Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery. "The Oklahoma Honor Flight has allowed many veterans to see the World War II memorial, as well as other memorials in Washington, DC for the first time,… Continue Reading

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