Press Releases


Lankford Keeps Focus on Quality Veteran Care

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today opposed a bill that will cause delays in benefits and care for veterans. Lankford opposed the Honoring Our PACT Act, though the bill passed the Senate by a vote of 84 to 14. "I stand fully behind keeping our promise to care for veterans who were injured or developed chronic illnesses due to their service to our nation. Thousands of veterans are already receiving care for their exposure to toxic burn pits and Agent Orange, but this bill would… Continue Reading


Lankford Calls Out Biden for Record-High Inflation & Gas Prices

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on Rumble. CLICK HERE to download Lankford's charts. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) continues to call out the Biden Administration for its anti-US energy policies that he says are doing nothing substantive to fight high inflation. Lankford spoke on the US Senate floor today to remind Americans, his Senate colleagues, and the White House that we need more energy of all types in the US to k… Continue Reading


Lankford: Congress Needs to Pay Attention to Our Debt, Deficit and Overspending

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today supported a budget resolution to force Congress to actually pay attention to the rising federal debt and deficit that is attributing to our nation's $30 trillion debt and 8.6 percent inflation. The motion failed by a vote of 29 to 67. "Congress needs to pay attention to our federal debt, deficit, and overspending. The reason we face 8.6 percent inflation is because Democrats have chosen to flood the economy with trillions of dollars of fed… Continue Reading


Lankford, Thune, Colleagues Push to Hold Big Tech Accountable for Political Bias, Silencing Voices

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator John Thune (R-SD)and 24 of their Republican colleagues today to introduce the Political Bias in Algorithm Sorting (BIAS) Emails Act. The straight-forward bill makes it illegal for Big Tech to automatically send emails to spam based upon a political preference and requires those companies publically disclose spam tactics that censor campaigns. This bill would hold Big Tech platforms accountable for using biased algorithms that take con… Continue Reading


Lankford Keeps the Pressure on FTC to Investigate Drug-price Middlemen Practices Keeping Drug Costs High

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), a member of the Senate Finance Committee with jurisdiction over the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), today sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan to encourage their ongoing investigation into the practices of drug-pricing middlemen known as Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), whose price-hike gimmicks lead to uncertainty for local, family-owned pharmacies and drive up the costs of prescription drugs. Lankfor… Continue Reading


Lankford, Marshall Push to Allow COVID Money to be Used to Secure Schools

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), Congressman Mike Garcia (R-CA), and their colleagues to introduce the Safe Schools Act, which would allow schools to use unspent COVID relief dollars allocated through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund for security measures, including locks, panic buttons, individual room security systems, video surveillance, and hiring and paying the salaries of armed school resource office… Continue Reading


Lankford Checks on GAO Progress on Implementing His Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act to Fight Government Duplication of Programs

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) isn't letting Biden's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) drag their feet in the dark about launching the federal database of spending required in Lankford's Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act, which became law last year. In a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee hearing today on government duplication with Comptroller General and hea… Continue Reading


Lankford, Colleagues Help Americans Try to Save for Retirement, Emergencies Even in Biden Economy

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Barrasso (R-WY), and Steve Daines (R-MT) today introduced legislation to provide relief and protections for middle class savings that still face federal taxes despite significantly diminished value imposed by historic rates of inflation. The Middle-Class Savings and Investment Act would help lower- and middle-income Americans, their families, and retirees as inflation outpaces any interest earned or gains accrued by the… Continue Reading


Lankford, HSGAC Republicans Demand Hearing on Disinformation Governance Board

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Josh Hawley (R-MO) to send a letter to Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, requesting a hearing with Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas regarding his misleading testimony before the Committee on May 4 on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) … Continue Reading


Lankford Prioritizes Counter-Drone Readiness for US National Security and Allies

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) introduced the Strengthening Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations (C-UAS) Partnerships Act, a bill to authorize the Secretary of Defense to bolster our work with our allies and increase training capacity in counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) with partners like Israel who also lead in this area. These efforts include ongoing preparedness training and development of systems to be sure our warfighters are ready for the mounting threat of d… Continue Reading


Lankford Opposes SEC Overreach, Looks to Protect Agriculture Producers from Unworkable Regulations

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and 31 of his colleagues today pushed back on a proposed rule from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that would place unworkable climate disclosure regulations on farmers, ranchers and agriculture producers. The Senators' called on the SEC to rescind the overreaching proposal, which would require publicly-traded companies to include certain climate-related disclosures in their registration statements and periodic reports. The rule woul… Continue Reading


Lankford, Colleagues Call on HHS to Provide Plans for Transitioning from the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - US Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined with 25 Senate colleagues in urging Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra to provide Congress, patients, and providers additional insight into the Department's plans for transitioning out of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The letter specifically requests information on how changes in temporary, pandemic-related policies will affect Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)… Continue Reading


Lankford, Rubio, Colleagues Applaud Move to Bring Reauthorization of US Commission on International Religious Freedom to Full Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and their colleagues to applaud the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations' unanimous passage of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2022. The bill would reauthorize the independent US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for two years, past its current expiration of September 2022. The legislation can now be considered by the full Senate. Lankford … Continue Reading


Lankford, Ernst Lead Push to Unite Middle East Partners Against Iranian Aggression

WASHINGTON, DC - The day after a drone attack on the US consulate in Iraq, likely committed by Iranian proxy forces, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) along with fellow co-chairs of the Senate Abraham Accords Caucus, Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) to introduce the Deterring Enemy Forces and Enabling National Defense (DEFEND) Act to develop a strategic approach among countries included in the Abraham Accords, aimed at combatting Iranian aggression… Continue Reading


Lankford Saw Stacks of Steel, Wide Open Border in Yuma As Biden's Border Crisis Continues

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on Rumble. CLICK HERE to download the photos Lankford referred to on the Senate floor. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), the lead Republican on the Border Management Subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, recently traveled to the southern border in Yuma, Arizona to assess the challenges facing border law enforcement and the legislative action nec… Continue Reading


Lankford, Colleagues Demand Answers from DOJ on Efforts to Protect Pro-Life Groups from Violence

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) along with 14 colleagues today called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate and work to prevent violence against pro-life organizations. After a draft opinion in the Supreme Court case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, was leaked to the media, pro-life and religious organizations have been increasingly vandalized and damaged. "We are deeply concerned that this trend will continue should the Supreme… Continue Reading


Lankford Demands Update from Yellen on What’s Being Done to Protect Taxpayer Privacy

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on Rumble. WASHINGTON, DC - One year after the massive data leak of Americans' sensitive taxpayer information to ProPublica, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) questioned Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in a Senate Finance Committee hearing about the leak and what has been done in the last year by the Department and the IRS to keep taxpayer information safe. Lankford also asked Yellen about the Biden Administr… Continue Reading


Lankford Demands Answers to Ensure Taxpayer Data Security Ahead of Senate Finance Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - One year after the massive data leak of Americans' sensitive taxpayer information to ProPublica, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen about Treasury's lack of response to the leak, which reportedly exposed a "vast trove" of IRS data on the returns of thousands of Americans, covering more than 15 years. Both the leak of sensitive taxpayer information from the government and its publication are punishable felonies. Lankford will part… Continue Reading


Lankford Demands Oversight of State, Local Funds in American Rescue Plan

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and all Senate Finance Committee Republicans request the Government and Accountability Office (GAO) provide a detailed accounting of the $350 billion of COVID relief funds appropriated to governments of states, localities, territories, and tribes under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The Senators wrote in their letter, "Unfortunately, ARPA, unlike the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, has no meaningful built-in nonpar… Continue Reading


Lankford Recognizes Decommissioning of the USS Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) provided the following statement to commemorate the decommissioning of the USS Oklahoma City, after supporting a resolution to honor the numerous missions of the submarine: "The USS Oklahoma City served our nation for more than 40 years, and her decommissioning marks the end of an era for her crew and maintenance staff," said Lankford. "It is especially meaningful for Cindy and me since our nation also just lost Linda Nickles, who was the sponso… Continue Reading

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