Press Releases

05.25.16

Senator Lankford Bills to Promote Government Transparency Pass Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today passed two of Senator James Lankford's (R-OK) government transparency bills during a business meeting, the GRANT Act and the DC Judicial Financial Transparency and Improvement Act. "These two bills are substantive solutions to provide more transparency and accountability in government spending." said Lankford. "I applaud the committee for the passage of bills that make the federal government more open. The f… Continue Reading


05.24.16

Senate Passes Proposal From Lankford's "Federal Fumbles" Report, Disapproves of Flawed Fiduciary Rule

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate today approved a Joint Resolution of Disapproval of the Fiduciary Rule (H.J. Res. 88), a proposal that was identified in Senator Lankford's "Federal Fumbles" waste report as an example of a burdensome regulation (page 95). It passed the Senate with a simple majority by a vote of 56 to 41. The House passed this resolution on April 28. "If the Administration really wants to reduce retirement savings for middle-class Americans, their fiduciary rule is a perfect plan," s… Continue Reading


05.24.16

Senators Lankford, Kirk Introduce NDAA Amendment to Cut Foreign Aid for Nations Who Lose Track of GITMO Terrorists

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today introduced an amendment (#4085) to the National Defense Authorization Act to cut foreign aid for nations who lose track of terrorists formerly held at the US Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. Since 2009, President Obama has aggressively sought to empty out the detention facility in an effort to fulfill a campaign promise to close it. Most recently, the President sent a detention facility closure plan to Congress … Continue Reading


05.24.16

Senator Lankford Introduces Federal Grant Transparency Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) has introduced the Grant Reform and New Transparency (GRANT) Act, S. 2972, to provide more transparency and accountability in the federal grant process. In 2015, federal agencies awarded $617 billion in grants compared to $439 billion in contracts, yet the grant process lacks a consistent system for transparency, oversight or feedback to organizations that were not awarded federal dollars. The GRANT Act would reform the current process to promote tr… Continue Reading


05.20.16

Senate Votes On A Proposal From Senator Lankford’s “Federal Fumbles” Report

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate voted Thursday on a proposal to defund a burdensome Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) "Fair Housing" regulation that was identified in Senator Lankford's "Federal Fumbles" report as an example of government waste. Although the regulation's intent of diversifying neighborhoods is worthy, it would place stringent requirements on local municipalities by federal bureaucrats and usurp the decision-making authority of local communities. In August 2015, the … Continue Reading


05.19.16

Senator Lankford Opposes Fiscally Irresponsible Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement today on his opposition to the Senate vote on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations and Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, which includes $1.1 billion in additional debt spending to address the Zika virus: "I am pleased that a more transparent and open appropriations process is moving through the Senate again. At times, transparency exposes spending behaviors that ar… Continue Reading


05.19.16

Senator Lankford Defeats Fiscally Irresponsible $7.5 Billion Spending Amendment

CLICK HERE to view the YouTube video WASHINGTON, DC-Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today objected to a spending amendment that would have allotted $7.5 billion in emergency funding to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Lankford successfully raised a point of order to defeat an amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations and Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill. Lankford did this to stop an effort to use emergency funding and challenged the… Continue Reading


05.18.16

Senator Lankford Blasts Senate for Spending Extra $1.1 Billion on Zika Without Paying for it

CLICK HERE to view the YouTube video WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor on his disappointment with the Senate's failure to find $1 billion in the existing budget to pay for the US response to Zika virus. Lankford filed an amendment that would have authorized the use of unobligated, existing funds from US Departments of State, Health and Human Services (HHS), and US Agency for International Development (USAID) to use for Zika virus research… Continue Reading


05.18.16

Law Professors: Department of Education Office for Civil Rights is Guilty of Overreach

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) has repeatedly challenged the Department of Education's inappropriate use of 'Dear Colleague' letters and 'guidance documents' to mandate policies for schools without adhering to legally required regulatory processes - and threatening federal funding if a school fails to comply. He has led hearings that confirm that the Department's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is a frequent abuser of executive overreach. In February, numerous academics and legal e… Continue Reading


05.18.16

Senator Lankford Condemns Senate Failure to Find $1 Billion in a $4 Trillion Budget to Pay for “Emergency”

WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, the Senate took a step forward to pass legislation regarding the Zika virus that will ultimately add $1.1 billion to the national debt, but did so without a serious attempt to find a reasonable pay-for. The amendment, which seeks to provide funding to combat the spread of the Zika virus through emergency spending, will be added to Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations and Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill being debated i… Continue Reading


05.17.16

Senator Lankford Challenges Department of Education on Legal Justification for Public School Bathroom Directive

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today challenged the Department of Education's legal justification for its May 13 guidance directive to local school districts regarding the use of public school bathrooms. Lankford contends the directive is part of a long pattern of attempts to create new mandates and requirements without the normal, transparent rule-making or legislative process. The Administrative Procedure Act (APA) allows agencies to produce guidance documents to clarify issue… Continue Reading


05.16.16

Senator Lankford Statement on the Court’s decision to send Obamacare Case Back to Lower Courts

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement today on the US Supreme Court's decision to send the Zubik v. Burwell case back to the lower courts to consider an acceptable compromise: "The Supreme Court's decision is an important step to ensure that federal law considers the free exercise of religion. Four Oklahoma universities led the nation to consider the overreach of Obamacare into private religious practice; today the court vacated the lower court and the Ad… Continue Reading


05.13.16

Senator Lankford Statement on Department of Education’s Latest Abuse of Executive Overreach

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement on the Department of Education's guidance letter to local school districts regarding the use of public school bathrooms: "The Obama Department of Education's guidance letter on the use of public school bathrooms is another example of how they have continued to create law out of thin air with Dear Colleague letters, threats and intimidation. They have continually shown a pattern of federal overreach and bullying o… Continue Reading


05.12.16

Senator Lankford Statement on House v. Burwell Obamacare Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement today following a US District Court decision that the Obama Administration has improperly funded an Obamacare subsidy program: "The Obama Administration continues to re-write laws to suit their political agenda, which sets a dangerous precedent for future presidents to exploit. For five and a half years, the Oklahomans I represent have expressed their frustration about how this Administration illegally expands their a… Continue Reading


05.12.16

Senator Lankford, Heitkamp: Social Security Administration Disability Backlog Proposal is a Problem

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 on the massive social security disability backlog and what the Social Security Administration (SSA) is doing to address the problem. The number of Americans waiting for a hearing to determine their eligibility for disability benefits surpassed one million cases last year, and the average wait time … Continue Reading


05.12.16

Senator Lankford Urges Congress to Prioritize Funding to Address Zika

CLICK HERE to view the YouTube video WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor on the importance of a US response to the Zika virus and to urge Congress to prioritize spending with already-appropriated funding. Specifically, Lankford calls for the Senate to support a transfer of funds, rather than spending new money to proactively address the spread of the virus. On Tuesday, Lankford published an op-ed in The Hill concerning emergency funding a… Continue Reading


05.12.16

Senator Lankford Examines Massive Social Security Administration Disability Backlog

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today chaired a congressional hearing on the massive social security disability backlog and what the Social Security Administration (SSA) is doing to address the problem. According to the latest available data through March of this year, there are 13,169 pending social security disability cases in Oklahoma. By comparison, neighboring state, Kansas, has 9,219 pending cases, and Arkansas, has 8,873 pending cases. The average processing time for a hear… Continue Reading


05.12.16

Senator Lankford Supports Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, Which Includes a ‘Federal Fumble’ Proposal

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today supported the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2028), which includes a proposal from his government waste report, "Federal Fumbles: 100 ways the government dropped the ball." Today's Energy and Water bill is the first of the 12 appropriations bills that Congress is expected to consider this year. "I'm glad the Senate has begun to finally pass appropriations bills in an open process," said Lankford. "T… Continue Reading


05.06.16

Senator Lankford Calls on US Fish and Wildlife to Remove American Burying Beetle from the Endangered Species List

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to the Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Daniel Ashe, to call on the agency to delist the American Burying Beetle under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The beetle was first listed as an endangered species in 1989 when declining populations were only found in Rhode Island and Oklahoma. Today, the beetles' populations continue to grow in Oklahoma and Nebraska. The comment period for the petition to remove the Americ… Continue Reading


05.04.16

Senator Lankford, Congressman Forbes Recognize National Day of Prayer with Special Prayer Caucus Video

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressional Prayer Caucus Co-Chairmen Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Congressman Randy Forbes (VA-04) today released a special video to recognize the National Day of Prayer, celebrate the role of prayer in America, and share the story of the Congressional Prayer Caucus. CLICK HERE to watch the video. The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a join… Continue Reading

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