Press Releases

04.04.17

Senator Lankford: Assad Must Go

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on the chemical weapons attack in Syria: "The recent brutal chemical attacks in Syria are the ultimate responsibility of one person-Bashar al-Assad. Not only does this ruthless tyrant kill his own people, including helpless children, his brutality breeds terrorism, creates regional chaos, and contributes to the growth of ISIS. Assad must go. We cannot eliminate the expansion of ISIS while Assad remains in pow… Continue Reading


04.04.17

Senator Lankford Meets with Secretary of Agriculture Nominee Sonny Perdue

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today met with George Ervin "Sonny" Perdue, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture. "We need a Secretary of Agriculture in place to help facilitate agriculture policy and relief efforts," said Lankford. "Our conversation today primarily focused on the wildfires in NW Oklahoma that effected Beaver, Harper, and Woodward Counties. I want to start the conversation now, so that on day one, Secretary Per… Continue Reading


04.04.17

Senator Lankford to Host Facebook LIVE Conversation

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford today announced he will host a Facebook Live Conversation from his Washington, DC office to take questions from Oklahomans. WHAT: Facebook LIVE Conversation with Senator LankfordWHEN: Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:00PM CT WHERE: Senator Lankford's Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/senatorlankford) ###… Continue Reading


03.30.17

Senator Lankford Applauds Senate Passage of CRA to Restore States’ Authority to Make Title X Funding Decisions

CLICK HERE to view the video of Lankford's floor speech WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded Senate passage of H.J. Res. 43, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution of Disapproval for President Obama's Health and Human Services (HHS) Title X regulation. The resolution passed the Senate today by a vote of 51-50. Specifically, the CRA would restore states' ability and authority to make funding decisions for Title X health care providers. The HHS Title X regulation wo… Continue Reading


03.30.17

Senator Lankford Meets with US Trade Representative Nominee Robert Lighthizer

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today met with Robert Lighthizer, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the US Trade Representative. "Trade is an essential part of the Oklahoma and American economy. We must continue to expand exports and market access for our nation's agricultural industry," said Lankford. "We must also leverage our economy in trade negotiations to export our values and promote human rights with potential trading partners. I believe that Mr. Lighthizer is com… Continue Reading


03.29.17

Senator Lankford’s RESPECT Act Passes Indian Affairs Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK)'s Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes (RESPECT) Act today passed the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. The bill would repeal several outdated, offensive federal laws against Native Americans, including unenforced laws currently in place subjecting Native Americans to forced labor. Specific to Oklahoma, the bill would repeal a 100-year-old law that allowed for the forced removal of Native American children… Continue Reading


03.29.17

Senator Lankford Statement on Security Incident at Capitol

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch, made the following statement on today's security incident at the United States Capitol: "We're extremely grateful for the women and men who serve in our United States Capitol Police force. Today was yet another example of how they keep Members of Congress, the four thousand people who work here, and the millions of people who visit the complex, safe every single day. A … Continue Reading


03.28.17

Senator Lankford Applauds President’s Executive Order on Energy Independence

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded President Trump's Energy Independence Executive Order. This Executive Order repeals several Obama-era environmental rules and removes some of the most economically damaging energy regulations from the last eight-years, including the Clean Power Plan. "Since 2015, I have stated that regulations like the Clean Power Plan assume power for the president that has never been given in law," said Lankford. "The EPA or the Department of Ene… Continue Reading


03.27.17

Senator Lankford Statement on Fallen Tecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on the fallen police officer, Justin Terney: "I'm deeply saddened to hear the news of Tecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney who passed away this morning. We owe a debt of gratitude to all those who put on the uniform every day and risk their lives to ensure the safety of our communities, and Officer Terney gave the ultimate sacrifice. "I pray that God will provide comfort and peace to Officer Terney's family as… Continue Reading


03.24.17

Senator Lankford Statement on Health Care Reform

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made the following statement after the House of Representatives decided to delay the vote on the American Health Care Act (HR 1628): "Today's events in the House of Representatives may be disconcerting to many Americans and Oklahomans, but this is a part of the legislative process that often happens without much attention. There are often lengthy debates, rescheduled votes, and amendment negotiations outside the media spotlight that the general pu… Continue Reading


03.23.17

Senator Lankford Statement on Conclusion of Judge Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made the following statement on the conclusion of Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee: "Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Senate Democrats have no reason to try to mount a filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Judge Gorsuch has an impressive record of interpreting the law without trying to legislate from the bench. All eight sitting Supreme Court Justices, as we… Continue Reading


03.23.17

Senator Lankford Applauds Administration Approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement on reports that the Trump Administration will approval the Keystone XL oil pipeline: "I am glad the Trump administration is moving energy forward with the completion of the northern-leg of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. This is a safe and efficient way to move crude from Canada through the Midwest to the Gulf Coast, but was subject to years of political delay, even though there was no evidence of a significant impact o… Continue Reading


03.21.17

Senators Lankford and Gillibrand Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Foster Care and Adoption Standards Nationwide

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today introduced the National Adoption and Foster Care Home Study Act (S. 684), a bill to improve matching children and families through foster care in the United States. This bill would also create a national standard and database to achieve greater uniformity and transparency to ensure quality foster care placements. Representatives Steve Russell (R-OK), Jared Huffman (D-CA), and Karen Bass (D-CA) today introduced th… Continue Reading


03.20.17

Senator Lankford Returns from Middle East Intelligence Committee Trip

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today returned from an Intelligence Committee trip to the Middle East to evaluate regional anti-terrorism efforts, conduct oversight of intelligence programs, and visit key allies in the fight against terrorism. The trip included stops in Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel, and Lankford was joined by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC), Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), and Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Tom Cotton (R-AR). Th… Continue Reading


03.16.17

Senator Lankford Statement on President Trump’s Budget

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on the White House's release of a budget guideline: "Today's budget from the White House is the start of a conversation about the federal budget and how the American people's hard-earned taxpayer money should be spent. I appreciate the White House using many ideas from my Federal Fumbles government waste report. Our nation still faces a massive $19 trillion federal debt that must be addressed with targeted cuts… Continue Reading


03.16.17

Senator Lankford Questions Trump Administration on Strategy for Imprisoned Americans Abroad

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to the Trump administration to inquire about its diplomatic strategy within the State Department for securing the release of American citizens unjustly detained or imprisoned in a foreign country. As State Department Secretary Rex Tillerson restructures the Department, Lankford sent the letter to encourage Mr. Tillerson and his team to develop a new diplomatic strategy that aggressively advocates for detained U.S. citizens and … Continue Reading


03.15.17

Senator Lankford Delivers Speech on Senate Floor About Oklahoma Wildfires

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate about the Oklahoma wildfires and efforts to recover from the damage. Lankford and Senator Jim Inhofe toured the damage in and around Woodward on Friday, March 10. Excerpt: I'm grateful there are neighbors taking care of neighbors. And I'm proud of the people of Oklahoma who are watching out for each other. As we walk through this, God willing, we'll continue to be abl… Continue Reading


03.15.17

Senator Lankford Supports National Intelligence Nominee Dan Coats

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement in support of the confirmation of Dan Coats to be Director of National Intelligence: "Dan and I served together in the Senate and on the Senate Intelligence Committee; he is a great colleague and friend. Dan understands the national security threats currently facing our nation and the solutions needed to thwart them. I am pleased that the Senate has overwhelmingly voted to confirm Dan; he will serve our natio… Continue Reading


03.15.17

Citizens Against Government Waste Honors Senator Lankford as “Taxpayer Super Hero”

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today was awarded by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) as a "Taxpayer Super Hero". Lankford was one of only four lawmakers to earn a perfect score from CCAGW 2016 Congressional Ratings. CCAGW President Tom Schatz said, "We applaud and wholeheartedly thank Senator Lankford for his tireless work on behalf of the taxpayers while serving in Congress. Senator Lankford's courageous work to expose wasteful spending in his annual F… Continue Reading


03.15.17

Senator Lankford’s Taxpayers Right to Know Act Receives Committee Approval

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford's (R-OK) transparency bill, The Taxpayers Right to Know Act, was reported favorably out of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs today during a markup. The bipartisan bill would require the federal government to make public the details, costs, and performance metrics of every federal program above one million dollars. Currently, Americans are unable to see all of the programs paid for by their tax dollars. The House unanimously… Continue Reading

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