Press Releases

04.03.19

Senator Lankford Rebukes Lack of Bipartisanship to Get Senate Back to Work

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor to express his frustration with the lack of bipartisanship in the conversation of how to make the Senate function again with regard to the nominations process. Earlier this year, Lankford introduced his resolution, S. Res. 50, to update the rules of the Senate regarding the number of hours of "post-cloture" debate time for which nominees are eligible. Lankford's resolution passed the Senate Committee on Rules and Adm… Continue Reading


04.03.19

Senator Lankford Welcomes First Sergeant Wyatt as Guest to Joint Session of Congress

WASHINTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today welcomed First Sergeant Larry "Dean" Wyatt (Oklahoma Army National Guard, Ret.) as his guest to the Joint Session of Congress at which North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addressed both the Senate and House. Lankford met with 1st Sgt. Wyatt when he visited Kosovo in December 2016, where Wyatt served with the Oklahoma Army National Guard. "I was grateful to get to meet 1st Sgt. Wyatt on a congressional… Continue Reading


04.02.19

Senator Lankford Discusses His Nominations Rules Change Proposal on Senate Floor

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's floor speech. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor in ardent support of his resolution, S. Res. 50, to update the rules of the Senate regarding the number of hours of "post-cloture" debate time for which nominees are eligible. Lankford's resolution passed the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration on February 6, 2019, in a vote of 10-9. On March 28, 2019, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) filed cloture on… Continue Reading


04.02.19

Senators Lankford, Portman, Klobuchar, Durbin Introduce Resolution to Designate April 2019 as “Second Chance Month”

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Rob Portman (R-OH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a resolution to designate April 2019 as "Second Chance Month" and to honor those who work to remove unnecessary barriers that prevent individuals with a criminal record from becoming productive members of society. Last year, the Senate passed the First Step Act, which provides federal inmates programming opportunities to avoid their return to jail upon release; prov… Continue Reading


04.02.19

Senators Lankford, Shaheen, Tillis, Van Hollen on US Suspending F-35 Parts to Turkey

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) issued statements following the announcement from the Pentagon to suspend F-35 equipment to Turkey. Last week, the bipartisan group of Senators introduced a bill to prohibit the transfer of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to Turkey until the government certifies that Turkey will not accept delivery of Russia's S-400 air defense system. "Four days ago, Senators Shaheen, Till… Continue Reading


03.29.19

Senator Lankford Celebrates Women’s History Month, Discusses Budget Process on Senate Floor

CLICK HERE to watch the full video of Lankford's floor speech. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered remarks on the Senate floor in support of Women's History Month and to discuss the President's budget proposal and the process by which Congress funds the government. March is National Women's History Month, and Lankford took to the floor to highlight some of Oklahoma's women leaders and pioneers. Additionally, Lankford discussed President Trump's fiscal year 2020 budge… Continue Reading


03.28.19

Senators Lankford, Shaheen, Tillis, Van Hollen Introduce Bill to Prohibit Transfer of F-35 Aircraft to Turkey

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today introduced a bill to prohibit the transfer of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to Turkey until our government certifies that Turkey will not accept delivery of Russia's S-400 air defense system. Under the US-led, multinational Joint Strike Fighter program, Turkey was expected to accept delivery of the F-35 next fall. "Turkey is an important NATO ally and willing partne… Continue Reading


03.26.19

Senators Lankford, Portman, Johnson, Collins, & Ernst Introduce Bill to Provide Regulatory Relief for Businesses & Workers

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Rob Portman (R-OH), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) today introduced the Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act to require independent regulatory agencies to analyze the costs and benefits of new regulations and tailor new rules to minimize unnecessary burdens on the economy and job creators. For more than 30 years, presidents of both parties have required agencies to analyze the costs and benefits of major ne… Continue Reading


03.25.19

Senator Lankford Issues Statement on Mueller Report

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement on the conclusion of the investigation lead by Robert Mueller into interference by Russia in the 2016 presidential election. "After two years, $25 million, 500 interviews, 2,800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants, and a team of 19 lawyers and 40 FBI agents, Mr. Mueller was able to complete an exhaustive, comprehensive report that concluded that President Trump did not conspire with Russia to interfere in the 2016 electio… Continue Reading


03.21.19

Senator Lankford Issues Statement on Higher Ed Executive Order

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement this afternoon after President Trump signed an Executive Order to improve transparency and promote free speech in higher education: "It's unfortunate that we need an Executive Order or bill to clarify that free speech needs to be protected on our nation's college campuses-places that are supposed to inspire thought, creativity, and learning. But that cannot be achieved if diverse voices are silenced. "I applau… Continue Reading


03.14.19

Senator Lankford Attends Two Finance Committee Hearings on President’s Budget

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A with Secretary Azar. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A with Secretary Mnuchin. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today attended two Senate Finance Committee hearings regarding President Trump's recently released budget blueprint for fiscal year 2020. During the first hearing, Lankford questioned Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar on issues concerning the rising cost of prescription drugs and the ongoing work to address thos… Continue Reading


03.14.19

Senator Lankford Supports President Trump’s Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted against the Senate's resolution of disapproval regarding President Trump's declaration of emergency to address the humanitarian crisis at the southern border. A "no" vote on this resolution means Senator Lankford approves of the President's actions to secure the border. Despite Lankford's "no" vote, the resolution of disapproval passed 59-41 but is expected to be vetoed by President Trump. "There are two questions involved in this vote … Continue Reading


03.14.19

Senators Lankford, Ernst, Paul Introduce COST Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Rand Paul (R-KY) today introduced legislation requiring every government project supported with federal funds to include a price tag that is easily available for taxpayers. The bill, called the Cost Openness and Spending Transparency (COST) Act, comes on the heels of a watchdog investigation that was released today. The report found federal agencies are not abiding by current law requiring the full disclosure of costs for… Continue Reading


03.13.19

Senator Lankford Discusses Foreign Policy and Trade Issues with China on Senate Floor

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on the Senate floor. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) spoke on the Senate floor about international trade with China, including Section 301 tariffs and agricultural subsidies, China's intellectual property abuses, and religious liberty in China. This week, Lankford participated in the first Senate Finance Committee hearing of 2019 focused on trade and specifically the current state of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Lankford questioned… Continue Reading


03.12.19

Senator Lankford Attends Finance Committee Hearing on the World Trade Organization

CLICK HERE to listen to Lankford's questions. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in the first Senate Finance Committee hearing of 2019 focused on trade and specifically the current state of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Lankford questioned US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer during the hearing entitled, "Approaching 25: The Road Ahead for the World Trade Organization." Lankford focused on asking Lighthizer about our trade relationship with China, Lig… Continue Reading


03.07.19

Senator Lankford Questions Government Accountability Office on High-Risk List

CLICK HERE to watch the video of Lankford's Q&A. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) questioned Gene Dodaro, the Comptroller General of the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Mark Gaffigan, Managing Director of Natural Resources and Environment team at GAO, during a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing entitled, High Risk List 2019: Recommendations to Reduce Risk of Waste, Fraud, and Mismanagement in Federal Programs. Officials discussed GAO's 2… Continue Reading


03.06.19

Senator Lankford Discusses Fourth Volume of Federal Fumbles on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) discussed the fourth volume of his annual federal government waste book, Federal Fumbles: Ways the federal government dropped the ball on the Senate floor. Lankford highlighted several key topics featured in Federal Fumbles, Vol. 4. CLICK HERE for a summary of the report. Video Excerpts On putting our debt in perspective (Starts at 00:00) Mr. President, the number 22 trillion should matter to us. Twenty-two trillion: that's our current debt nu… Continue Reading


03.05.19

Senator Lankford Releases Federal Fumbles, Fourth Volume of Government Waste Report

CLICK HERE to watch the video announcement. CLICK HERE for a copy of Federal Fumbles, Vol. 4. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced the fourth volume of his annual federal waste book, Federal Fumbles: Ways the federal government dropped the ball. The report highlights waste and inefficiency in the federal government and gives possible solutions to each of those issues. "I view Federal Fumbles as my to-do list for the upcoming year, and my office works to address as ma… Continue Reading


03.01.19

Lankford, Inhofe Praise Nomination of Tim Downing

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) praised the president's intent to nominate Timothy Downing to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. "I am grateful President Trump continues to nominate qualified individuals like Tim Downing to serve our Justice Department," Lankford said. "He has served Oklahoma and our judicial system with distinction, and he will continue to serve our nation well as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Okl… Continue Reading


02.28.19

Senator Lankford Visits Israel, Lebanon, UK for International Economic and Trade Events

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) returned earlier this week from a congressional delegation trip to Israel, Lebanon, and the UK to discuss economic development and the important regional partnerships we have in the Middle East and Europe to boost trade and economic prosperity internationally. In Israel at the Israeli-Palestinian Economic Forum, Lankford was the only US elected official to speak to the conference, and he challenged the attendees to plant trees of peace that would a… Continue Reading

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