Press Releases

07.16.15

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


07.15.15

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


07.15.15

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


07.14.15

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


07.13.15

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


07.09.15

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


07.09.15

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


07.08.15

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


07.08.15

Senator Lankford’s Office Releases Biannual Activity Report

WASHINGTON, DC - To mark the half-way point of Senator James Lankford's first year in the United State Senate, Lankford's chief-of-staff Greg Slavonic released a memo detailing the activities and accomplishments of the Senator's service to Oklahoma this year. Since January, Lankford has visited 23 counties in Oklahoma, launched a nationwide effort to reduce regulatory burdens, and introduced or co-sponsored 76 bills. Lankford has also been part of a new Republican-led Senate that has returned t… Continue Reading


07.08.15

Senator Lankford Questions FBI Director During Rare Public Senate Intelligence Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a rare public Senate Intelligence Committee hearing with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James B. Comey as the lone witness. The purpose of the hearing was to analyze challenges for America’s counterterrorism and counterintelligence operations. The hearing discussion focused on an appropriate balance between lawful, fourth amendment searches and a commitment to protection of personal privacy, as well as the impl… Continue Reading


07.06.15

Senator Lankford Announces Hire and Promotion in DC and Oklahoma Offices

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced the addition of Chloe Pickle as the Administrative Director, and the promotion of Patti Liles as the Office Manager for the Oklahoma offices. "I am pleased to announce we have a full team in the Oklahoma and DC offices," said Lankford. "Chloe and Patti's background and experience will help the offices continue to serve Oklahomans efficiently, and I am grateful for their assistance as we work hard on behalf of Oklahoma." Chloe w… Continue Reading


06.26.15

Senator Lankford Statement on Marriage Supreme Court Ruling

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling on marriage: "I am disappointed with today's ruling on marriage. During oral arguments the Court stated that there is a millennia of history for traditional marriage and that the issue has historically been decided by the people, not the courts. Two years ago, the Supreme Court even ruled that marriage policy is a state issue, but today they reversed themselves and redefined marriage over t… Continue Reading


06.25.15

Senator Lankford Statement on King vs. Burwell Supreme Court Ruling

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling on King v. Burwell: “I have opposed Obamacare from day one and I am profoundly disappointed with today’s Supreme Court decision. Obamacare continues to be a nightmare for millions of Americans who are facing higher premiums, higher deductibles, and fewer health care options. “This ruling sets a difficult precedent for the future of legal interpretation. The court ruled that because the… Continue Reading


06.24.15

Senator Lankford’s Bill To Reduce Fraud In Federal Retirement Benefits Passes Committee

WASHINGTON, DC- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today approved Senators James Lankford's (R-OK) and Heidi Heitkamp's (D-ND) Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act of 2015, a bill that would crack down on federal retirement benefit fraud and misuse. Lankford and Heitkamp are chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management. "I'm pleased the Homeland Security a… Continue Reading


06.24.15

Senator Lankford Hires Northeast Oklahoma Field Representative

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced the hire of Jeff Underwood as Field Representative for northeast Oklahoma. The job of Field Representative is to represent the Senator throughout the region and solve federal issues in the state. Jeff will be based in the Senator’s Tulsa office and will travel through northeast Oklahoma on a daily basis. “I am pleased to have Jeff on our team,” said Lankford. “His experience and skills will serve our office well as we engage and r… Continue Reading


06.24.15

Senator Lankford and Rep. Mullin’s Bill To Remove Economic Barriers for Miami Tribe Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC- The Senate today passed legislation (H.R. 533), introduced by Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), to remove an outdated charter that limits business and economic development opportunities for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. The House passed this legislation on June 1st. The Tribe has said that their corporate charter imposes restrictions on the operation of business activities that were unrealistic even when it was written. Additionally, the Tribe has f… Continue Reading


06.23.15

VIDEO: Senator Lankford Previews King vs. Burwell, Blasts Obamacare, Talks Possible Solutions

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate about the upcoming King vs. Burwell Supreme Court decision, and the ongoing burdens created by the deeply flawed Affordable Care Act. If the Court rules against the federal government, 6.3 million Americans could lose their subsidy to pay for health insurance because of the flawed text of Obamacare. Also, more than 87,000 Oklahomans are at risk of losing their healthcare subsidy and residents … Continue Reading


06.23.15

Lankford Provides Text Of Trade Promotion Authority Bill

WASHINGTON, DC -- As Congress considers a 6-year Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill, to promote transparency, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) is posting the entire bill publicly so Oklahomans can read it. Completing TPA legislation is a prerequisite to debating trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The President has the Constitutional authority to negotiate trade deals unilaterally, but TPA allows the American people, through Congress, to have input on the final deal. CL… Continue Reading


06.18.15

Senator Lankford Awarded the Distinguished Christian Statesman Award

WASHINGTON, DC - The D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship awarded Senator James Lankford (R-OK) the Distinguished Christian Statesman Award Wednesday evening on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. "I am incredibly humbled to receive this award from the D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship," said Lankford. "I am honored to share my faith through my life and words, and I am thankful for the Center's work to share ministry in our nation's capital." The Distinguished Chr… Continue Reading


06.18.15

Senator Lankford: Renewable Fuel Standard Is Unrealistic and Harmful to Economy

WASHINGTON, DC - The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, under the chairmanship of Senator James Lankford (R-OK), today held a hearing to examine the Environment Protection Agency’s (EPA) management of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the rule-making process for the program. The hearing was entitled, Re-examining EPA’s Management of the Renewable Fuel Standard Program, and included the EPA Office of Air and Radiation Acting A… Continue Reading

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