Press Releases


Senator Lankford Urges ATF Review of 'Bump Stock' Firearm Regulation

OKLAHOMA, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) and seven other Senators to urge the Trump Administration's US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to swiftly review an Obama Administration regulatory decision that permitted the sale of firearm 'bump stock' devices and issue its own interpretation. The Senators' request for review comes after a gunman opened fire on 22,000 innocent concertgoers in Las Vegas, Nevada, killing 58 people and… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Administration Actions to Protect Religious Freedom

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded the Department of Justice's guidance on religious freedom, and the interim final rule issued by the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor, on conscience protections: "I applaud today's guidance issued by the Department of Justice and the clarity it provides for a fundamental American right - religious freedom. As the guidance notes, 'religious liberty is not merely a right to personal religious beliefs o… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Gives Update on Russian Interference With US Elections

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) spoke on the Senate floor yesterday about Russia's interference with US elections, Russia's use of troll farms to create propaganda that promotes a greater divide in US current events on social media, and the need for states to protect their voting systems. Transcript: I'd like to update this body…about Russia and their interference with our elections and how they are trying to engage with us in a way that much… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford to Host Community Conversation at Tulsa’s Historic Big 10 Ballroom

OKLAHOMA CITY - Senator James Lankford will host a townhall-style Community Conversation in Tulsa on Thursday, October 12 at the historic Big 10 Ballroom. The event will showcase and celebrate the near completed renovation of the venue, which will operate as the A Pocket Full of Hope Community Revitalization Center at The Big 10 Ballroom. During the program, Lankford will deliver remarks on the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots, the revitilization of the community, and take questions from the audience. Stat… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Joins Senators Graham, Ernst to Introduce Five-Month Abortion Ban

CLICK HERE to watch the video WASHINGTON, DC - During a press conference today, Senator James Lankford (R-OK), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S.1922), a bill to ban abortion past five months of pregnancy. On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives passed the same legislation by a vote of 237-189. If the Senate passes this bill, the President has committed to sign the legislation into law. "The United States is one of only … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Meets with Nominee for Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today met with President Trump's nominee to be Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Governor Sam Brownback (R-KS). "Governor Brownback's commitment to advocate for human rights throughout the world is evident from his time serving in Congress and the state of Kansas," said Lankford. "He has long advocated for the voiceless. I know he will promote our nation's values with those who face religious persecution around the world and … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Delivers Floor Speech on Tax Reform, Senate Gridlock Reform, and Dr. Andrew Brunson

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a floor speech on how tax reform will help our economy, how gridlock reform will make the Senate more efficient, and he also spoke about Dr. Andrew Brunson, an American who has been unjustly imprisoned in Turkey for a year. Excerpts: On the need for Tax Reform Our economy is stuck. We're in a bad spot of just treading water. Over the last 11 years our gross domestic product-that's how much our economy… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Bill to Provide Educational Opportunities for Native Students Gets Committee Approval

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford's (R-OK) Indian education bill, the Johnson O'Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act, was reported favorably out of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs today during a markup. This is a bipartisan bill to update decades-old data the federal government uses to distribute funds to benefit Native American students "The Johnson O'Malley Act is a critical program that provides cultural and academic assistance to American Indian studen… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Federal Workforce Improvement Bills Pass Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - During a markup hearing, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today passed three bills sponsored by Senator James Lankford (R-OK) to help federal agencies hire the best workforce and support the federal government reorganization process. Lankford is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management. "These commonsense bills represent an important step towards improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the federal workforce for the… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Inhofe Reaffirm Support of Judge Charles Goodwin

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today reaffirmed their support of the President's nomination of Judge Charles Goodwin to the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma in a joint statement: "Charles Goodwin was appointed by his peers and has served as a US magistrate judge in the Western District of Oklahoma for four years, demonstrating a strong reputation for being fair and ethical. Judge Goodwin was nominated because of his strong credentials… Continue Reading


MEDIA ADVISORY: Committee to Markup Senator Lankford’s Federal Workforce Bills TOMORROW

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a business meeting tomorrow to vote on several pieces of legislation, including several of Senator James Lankford's (R-OK) federal workforce bills. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, Lankford has examined the challenges facing our federal workforce and sought to develop comprehensive, bipartisan solutions to make government more efficient, accountable, and effecti… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Inhofe Applaud US Marshal Appointments for Oklahoma

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today applauded the President's nomination of Frank Coffman to be the US Marshal for the Eastern District of Oklahoma and Johnny Lee Kuhlman to be the US Marshal for the Western District of Oklahoma. "I am confident in the abilities of both Johnny Lee Kuhlman and Frank Coffman to serve Oklahoma well as United States Marshals," said Lankford. "They have a long history of public service and expert knowledge on security and law… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Applauds Launch of

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded the launch of, by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), to provide a single online tool for the thousands of reports and recommendations made by Inspectors General across government. "This website is an important step forward to ensure transparency and accountability in our government," said Lankford, "I applaud the Council for their commitment to developing this website that will … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Las Vegas

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today made the following statement on the mass shooting in Las Vegas: "The nation mourns last night's senseless massacre that took place in Las Vegas. Oklahoma knows all too well the evil that one person can commit against innocent victims and an entire region. This tragic attack will not only leave a scar on the hearts of the Las Vegas community but the entire nation. Our nation thanks to the first responders, we mourn with the families and frien… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Denounces Turkish President Erdogan Suggestion of Prisoner Swap

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today made the following statement on Turkish President Erdogan admitting that Turkey is holding American Andrew Brunson hostage in hopes that the US hands over a Muslim cleric living in Pennsylvania: "President Erdogan's suggestion that the US should make a hostage-style prisoner swap for an innocent American imprisoned in Turkey is appalling and will not be taken seriously. Turkey has long been a US ally, but has chosen to complicate and weaken … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Questions DHS, FBI on Puerto Rico, Russian Meddling, Election & Border Security

CLICK HERE to watch Part 1 of Lankford's Q&A CLICK HERE to watch Part 2 of Lankford's Q&A WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray and DHS Acting Director Elaine Duke during a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on the most pressing security threats to our American homeland. During part one of Lankford's questioning of witnesses, Lankford discussed a Jones Act request to help Puerto Rico hurricane recovery, DHS and FE… Continue Reading


Lankford, Tillis & Hatch Introduce The SUCCEED Act: Merit-Based Legislation To Address The Legal Uncertainty of Undocumented Children

CLICK HERE to watch the video WASHINGTON, DC - During a press conference today, Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers Employment Education and Defending our nation (SUCCEED) Act, a solution to address the legal uncertainty facing undocumented children who were brought to the United States as children. The SUCCEED Act provides a fair, multi-step process for undocumented children to qualify fo… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on David Boren’s Retirement Announcement

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on the retirement announcement of University of Oklahoma President David Boren: "President Boren is an Oklahoma institution. Throughout his five decades of public life, President Boren has honorably served the people of his state and nation. I join many Oklahomans today to express my gratitude to President Boren for his faithful service to the University of Oklahoma. The relationships he forged from his service… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Blunt, Cornyn, Cruz Introduce Bill to Allow Houses of Worship to Receive Federal Disaster Assistance

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) have introduced the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act, which would make houses of worship eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance program grants. "In June, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Trinity Lutheran that 'the exclusion of Trinity Lutheran from a public benefit for which it is otherwise qualified, solely because it is a church… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Supports NDAA

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today supported the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), HR 2810, which passed the Senate by a vote of 89 to 8: "Our nation faces continued threats from aggressors in North Korea, ISIS, al Qaeda, and other extremist organizations. Passing the National Defense Authorization Act is important in order to ensure the men and women serving in the Armed Forces have what they need as they protect our nation and allies. This bill approves the policies… Continue Reading

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