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Senator Lankford Releases Special Video To Celebrate the Naturalization Process

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released a special video to recognize legal immigration and celebrate the naturalization process. The video includes remarks from Senator Lankford at a Naturalization Ceremony in Oklahoma City on June 15. "With all of the noise surrounding illegal immigration, it's important to remember and celebrate the millions of people who have entered our country legally and waited in line for years to complete the American … Continue Reading


Senators Lankford and Johnson Statement on Trump Administration’s Government Reorganization Plan

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, today joined Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, in making the following statements on the Trump administration's plan to reorganize the federal government. "Today's signing of the Executive Order to reorganize federal agencies is a good first step for a long overdue problem," said Lankford. "The US govern… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Senate Failure to Cut Spending

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement on the Senate's failure, on Wednesday, to pass a $14.8 billion rescissions package from March's $1.3 trillion Omnibus spending bill: "I'm very disappointed that the $15 billion rescissions proposal did not even get enough votes to be debated in the Senate. With a $21 trillion federal debt, we have got to start somewhere, and this package was a responsible proposal to enact. To address our debt problems, we must cut … Continue Reading


Senators Lankford and Inhofe Introduce Bill to Keep Families Together and Strengthen Integrity of Immigration Laws

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today joined a group of Senators to introduce the Keep Families Together and Enforce the Law Act, a bill that would keep families together while ensuring the integrity of our nation's immigration laws. The legislation requires that children and their parents remain together during their immigration-related legal proceedings. A policy known as the Flores Settlement Agreement led to the Departments of Homeland Security or Just… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford and 12 Republican Senators Call on Justice Department to Pause Family Separations While Congress Works on Legislative Fix

WASHINGTON, DC - James Lankford (R-OK) today joined a group of senators in sending a letter to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for a halt to the practice of separating families who have illegally crossed the US-Mexico border. The letter petitions the administration to delay enforcement of this policy until Congress can pass legislation to keep families together. The letter was led by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and has also been signed by Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Pat Roberts (R-KS)… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Subcommittee Approves FY2019 Financial Services & General Government Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today chaired the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government and advanced a $23.688 billion funding measure that prioritizes national programs to combat terrorism financing, spur small business growth, maintain a fair and efficient judicial system, and target heroin and prescription drug abuse. "This is a responsible bill that boosts our national economy, financial security, and government accountability, and I … Continue Reading


Senators Lankford and McCaskill Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Safeguard National Security from Supply Chain Security Threats

WASHINGTON, DC - In the aftermath of national security issues surrounding the use of Kaspersky and ZTE products, Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) today introduced a bipartisan bill to ensure government agencies consider the supply chain risks to national security and the public interest when buying information technology (IT). The legislation would establish a council to equip the government with the policies and processes for sharing information and evaluating supply … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Urges the Administration to Keep Families Together While Pushing Congress to Fix Immigration System

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor to discuss the policy of separating families at the border, the need for real immigration reform, and securing the border. Earlier this year, Lankford introduced a common-sense proposal called the Secure and Succeed Act, which contained a provision that would have enabled families detained at the border to remain together if a parent was prosecuted for illegally entering the … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Supports the Passage of NDAA

CLICK HERE to view the speech WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which is an annual defense bill to support the nation's military and to ensure national security for the US. The bill passed by a vote of 85 to 10. "The Senate today completed one of its primary responsibilities-standing up for national defense," said Lankford. "When America is secure, we see growth in our economy and in our nation. I am gra… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford and Inhofe Praise Committee Passage of Justice Wyrick’s Nomination

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today released the following statements to applaud Senate Judiciary Committee passage of Justice Patrick Wyrick's judicial nomination. Wyrick was nominated by President Trump in April to serve as District Judge on the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. The committee passed Wyrick's nomination today by a vote of 11-10 and it will now head to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. "I am glad to see Justic… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Touts Oklahoma Economic Progress In Floor Speech

CLICK HERE to view the speech WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a floor speech about the improving economy in Oklahoma and across America, in part, due to tax reform. Excerpts: (00:00-00:48) I talk to a lot of Oklahomans who say we like to hear good news every once in a while. So, let me just pause and read a couple of headlines and give good news. One of them came out of the Oklahoma legislature and out of our research branch dealing with our finances. Oklaho… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Peters, Paul, Jones Introduce Bill Streamlining Federal Property Review Process

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Gary Peters (D-MI), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced bipartisan legislation to streamline the federal inventory review process and save taxpayer money by directing federal agencies to more frequently assess unneeded federal property. Currently, many federal agencies only declare property as excess during office moves or space reductions often resulting in agencies retaining or storing unneeded property that could be utilized by o… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford and Klobuchar Submit Election Security Legislation As NDAA Amendment

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today submitted provisions from their Secure Elections Act as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The purpose of the amendment is to strengthen America's election cybersecurity and protect against the possibility of future foreign interference by streamlining cybersecurity information-sharing between federal intelligence entities and state election agencies and providing security clearances to sta… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Agrees: We Need to Work Through August to Get the Work Done

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a floor speech to outline why it is important for the Senate to work through August if significant work isn't done to complete nominations and the appropriations process before the September 30 deadline. Lankford also discussed the historic gridlock for presidential nominees and his solution to speed up the nomination process during the speech. On May 11, Lankford joined 15 Senators in a letter to urge M… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Announcement to Cancel August Recess

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued a statement following the announcement from Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to cancel the August state work period to continue the work the American people elected Congress to do: "I appreciate Leader McConnell hearing our call to keep the Senate in session and continue our work to confirm pending executive branch and judicial nominees and to complete the appropriations process before the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2018," said L… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Applauds Supreme Court Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission: "For the second time in a little over one year, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 to uphold the foundational principle and constitutional right to the free exercise of religion and the dignity of all persons. No one should be treated as inferior or with hostility from their government. The Court also reiterated again that governm… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford to Speak at Race Reconciliation Symposium in Tulsa FRIDAY

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) will speak at the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation 2018 Reconciliation in America National Symposium: "The DNA of Reconciliation: The Substance of Peacemaking" in Tulsa on Friday, June 1, 2018. This is the ninth annual symposium hosted by the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation. The symposium starts on May 30, 2018, and concludes on Friday, June 1. The symposium focus is to unite, discuss effective practices, and encourage p… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Applauds NDAA Provision To Stop Transfer of Fighter Aircraft To Turkey

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) for securing a provision in the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that directs the Secretary of Defense to submit a plan to Congress to remove Turkey from participation in the F-35 program. This provision is similar to a standalone bill introduced by Lankford, Shaheen, and Tillis last month. Under the US-led, multinational Joint Strike Fighter program, Turkey was ex… Continue Reading


Oklahoma Veteran Greg Slavonic Confirmed to be Assistant Secretary of the Navy

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate today unanimously confirmed Oklahoma veteran and Retired Rear Admiral Gregory Slavonic to be the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Slavonic is a native Oklahoman and former Chief of Staff for Senator James Lankford (R-OK). On May 10, Lankford introduced Slavonic during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. "Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic is the model of public service and I am glad he will be our nation's ne… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Cancellation of North Korea Summit

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made the following statement on President Trump pulling out of the upcoming North Korea Summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore: "For decades, North Korea has threatened the world with a growing nuclear weapons program. We should work to get North Korea to the table to have real dialogue, but just meeting to meet does not solve the problem. We should focus on tangible progress for the sake of our own, our neighbors', and the world's security. We shou… Continue Reading

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