Press Releases

02.23.15

Senators Lankford, Johnson Call on GAO to Review Immigration Executive Actions for Possible Violation

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) today called on GAO to review whether the Obama Administration's executive actions on immigration were implemented by the Department of Homeland Security as a rule under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). When an agency issues a rule, it must submit it to Congress and the Comptroller General for review; however, DHS did not submit the memos issued to implement the president's program to defer deportation to millions li… Continue Reading


02.13.15

MEDIA ADVISORY: Senator Lankford to Hold ‘Tuesday Talk’ Community Forum in Altus

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford will hold his first 'Tuesday Talk' community forum as a Senator on Tuesday, February 17th in Altus. The townhall-style forum will be held at City Hall in the Council Chambers Room, and the public is invited to ask questions and hear from the Senator about issues being debated in Washington D.C. As a U.S. Representative, Lankford held regular 'Tuesday Talk' forums in the 5th Congressional District of Oklahoma during the last four years. Senator Lankford in… Continue Reading


02.11.15

Senator Lankford Co-Sponsors ‘DRIVE LESS’ Act To Save Taxpayers $500 Million

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to save taxpayer dollars by reducing the federal funding available for the acquisition and leasing of new federal vehicles. The Domestic Reduction In Vehicle Expenditure and Lowering Emissions from State Sources Act, or the DRIVE LESS Act, moves on the recommendations of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, which found that reducing the federal vehicle fleet budget by 20 percent would … Continue Reading


02.11.15

Senator Lankford in Tulsa World: Obama's Budget Ignores Fiscal Realities

by Senator James Lankford

A government budget should demonstrate financial priorities, spending and policy to address our nation's biggest challenges. Sadly, President Obama's latest budget proposal demonstrates an attitude of "close enough for government work" rather than excellence and forward thinking. Over the decades, presidential budgets have become more of a campaign document than an actual budget. But, it is the first legal step of the formal budget process. By law, the president's annual budget request must be … Continue Reading


02.06.15

Senator Lankford: Oklahoma Grieves the Death of Trooper Nicholas Dees

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on the tragic death of Oklahoma State Trooper Nicholas Dees, ahead of his funeral in Broken Bow: "All of Oklahoma grieves the tragic death of Oklahoma State Trooper Nicholas Dees. We are grateful for the service our Oklahoma State Troopers provide. This is a heartbreaking reminder of the danger troopers face for us each day. "Our prayers are with the family of Officer Dees during this tough time. As they mourn… Continue Reading


02.02.15

Senator Lankford Statement on the White House Budget

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on the release of President Obama's Fiscal Year 2016 Budget: "The President's White House budget proposal does not address many of the challenges facing our nation. Although our federal budget deficit has improved, we still spend nearly half-a-trillion dollars more than we take in. It is reckless that the President's budget would increase federal spending by 7 percent in one year, and about 60 percent in ten year… Continue Reading


01.30.15

The Edmond Sun: Government hides facts from citizens; Lankford fights back

by James Coburn

U.S. Sen. James Lankford pushed for better information for taxpayers when he was in Congress. Now the Edmond Republican is fighting for Americans right to know about detailed data for agency programs. Lankford introduced the Taxpayers Right to Know Act in the Senate along with a group of bipartisan senators. There remains a lack of transparency regarding the overlapping roles of federal agencies in duplicating services, Lankford said. Agencies would have to provide detailed information and per… Continue Reading


01.29.15

Senator Lankford Receives Appropriations Subcommittee Assignments

WASHINGTON, DC- The powerful Senate Committee on Appropriations today named Senator James Lankford (R-OK) to five Subcommittees: Energy and Water Development; Commerce, Justice, Science; Financial Services and General Government; Labor, HHS, Education; and State, Foreign Operations. "Membership on these Subcommittees will give Oklahoma a voice on important matters that span a wide area of federal policy," said Lankford. "I'm ready to get to work on federal waste and spending limitations through… Continue Reading


01.29.15

Federal Times: Bill requires agencies to provide detailed program data

by Andy Medici

Agencies would have to provide detailed information and performance data for each of its programs, under legislation introduced by a bipartisan group of senators Jan. 28. The Taxpayers Right to Know Act would require OMB to post detailed financial data for each program as well as the number of employees and contractors who administer each program. OMB would also have to post links to the latest performance reviews and metrics for the program. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., who introduced the bi… Continue Reading


01.29.15

Senator Lankford Applauds Senate Passage of the Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement in support of Senate passage of the Keystone XL pipeline by a 62-36 vote: "The Keystone XL pipeline infrastructure project would infuse billions of dollars into our economy and it would support thousands of good-paying American jobs, all in an environmentally responsible way. The delay of this project has been far too long. Building a pipeline should not take an act of Congress. The Administration has blocked the pip… Continue Reading


01.28.15

Senator Lankford Introduces Taxpayers Right To Know Act

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced the Taxpayers Right To Know Act in the U.S. Senate, a bill that would provide the American people with a better understanding of how their tax dollars are spent. This bipartisan bill shines a light on the details, costs, and performance metrics of every federal program. As a U.S. Representative, Lankford introduced the bipartisan bill last Congress. It passed the House last February (H.R. 1423) by voice vote, and was cleared by the … Continue Reading


01.27.15

Senator Lankford, Rep. Mullin Introduce Bill to Remove Economic Barriers for Local Tribe

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) today introduced legislation in the Senate and House to remove an outdated charter that limits business and economic development opportunities for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. "Outdated laws and regulations hold communities back all around Oklahoma," said Lankford. "This federal corporate charter is unused by the Tribe, and yet its existence raises concerns for prospective business partners due to restrictive condit… Continue Reading


01.26.15

The Christian Post: Sen. James Lankford Named New Co-Chair of Congressional Prayer Caucus; Brings 'Staunch Commitment' to Protect Religious Liberties

by Samuel Smith

Oklahoma's newly elected Republican Senator, James Lankford, was appointed the new co-chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, the caucus' co-chair and founding member, Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., announced on Thursday. The caucus, which works to protect individuals' rights to religious freedoms, including the right to freely pray, consists of a bipartisan group of 80 Congress members. The 46-year-old Lankford, who joined the caucus when he first won election as a representative in 2010, beco… Continue Reading


01.26.15

Tulsa World: Send Uncle Sam to the principal's office, but keep him out of the classroom

by World's Editorial Writers

U.S. Sen. James Lankford is co-sponsoring a proposal to halt federal mandates for state academic standards on testing. The Local Leadership in Education Act would amend the federal No Child Left Behind law to prohibit it from providing any direction or control over academic standards or curriculum, incentivizing the adoption of certain standards, or making financial support conditional for standards, curriculum or student test administration. Additionally, the legislation calls for a ban on req… Continue Reading


01.26.15

Senator Lankford Named Subcommittee Chairman

WASHINGTON, DC- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today named Senator James Lankford (R-OK) the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management. Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) announced the chairmen appointment of the three subcommittees during a markup of the Committee's rules today. "I'm honored to lead this important Senate Subcommittee," said Lankford. "We will work hard to foster effective federal agency operations and shine a … Continue Reading


01.26.15

Senator Lankford Statement on the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the annual March for Life rally in Washington, D.C.: "In our Declaration of Independence, the Founders of this great nation declared that everyone is endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, including and especially life. One of our generation's greatest tragedies is that in the United States of America, we allow elective killing of our children. We must… Continue Reading


01.26.15

Senators Lankford and Fischer Introduce Bill to Bring Transparency to Unfunded Mandates

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) introduced The Unfunded Mandate Information and Transparency Act (S. 189) yesterday. Their legislation would close loopholes that allow federal agencies to impose mandates on state and local governments, as well as the private sector, without first providing a transparent accounting of their costs. "While the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 has brought more accountability and transparency on the economic impacts … Continue Reading


01.26.15

Senator Lankford Named Co-Chairman of Congressional Prayer Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC- Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA), founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, today named Senator James Lankford (R-OK) co-chairman of the Prayer Caucus. The Caucus works to protect the fundamental human right of religious freedom and guards the right of individuals to pray and practice their faith freely. This announcement comes the day before Religious Freedom Day, a time to recognize the important role of religious freedom in our nation's founding. Each President h… Continue Reading


01.19.15

Senator Lankford Statement on the President’s State-of-the-Union Speech

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement in response to the President's State-of-the-Union speech: "Tonight's State-of-the-Union address took a celebratory tone that simply isn't consistent with what is happening across the nation. I am thankful that some economic data points are improving, but many in our nation are frustrated. I believe, as most Oklahomans do, that our nation can and must do much better. We must not become complacent to stagnant hourly w… Continue Reading


01.15.15

Senator Lankford in Fox News: Religious Freedom Day 2015: What our Founders understood about freedom of faith

by Senator James Lankford

Today is Religious Freedom Day, a celebration of one of the powerful and unique freedoms within our nation's founding and fabric. In 1992, the House and Senate joined together to pass a resolution designating January 16th as Religious Freedom Day. This day is based on the anniversary of the 1786 passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, originally authored by Thomas Jefferson. Congress formally recognized that the "Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom inspired and shaped the gu… Continue Reading

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