Press Releases

08.04.20

Lankford Announces Tulsa-native as Healthcare Legislative Assistant

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced that Ms. Cambridge Neal will fill the role of Legislative Assistant for all healthcare issues under both the Senate Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committees, including Medicare, Medicaid, rural health, and the overall response to the coronavirus pandemic. "Cambridge has already served as a valuable resource to bring Oklahomans' issues to Washington to get them resolved, and I know she will bring that same tenacit… Continue Reading


07.30.20

Lankford Honors the Life and Legacy of Civil Rights Champion Rep. John Lewis

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's floor speech. CLICK HERE to download Lankford's speech from Box. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today paid tribute to the late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) with whom Lankford served in the House of Representatives. Lankford praised Lewis for his long legacy as a civil rights leader and for his faith background and its emphasis on why he felt our nation needed race reconciliations. Lankford recognized several of Lewis's many accomplishments to move our … Continue Reading


07.28.20

Lankford Chairs Hearing to Assess Federal Agency Telework Best Practices from Private-sector Experiences

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's opening remarks. CLICK HERE to watch Part I of Lankford's Q&A. CLICK HERE to watch Part II of Lankford's Q&A. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today chaired a hearing of the Homeland Security Committee Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management entitled, "Modernizing Telework: Review of Private Sector Telework Policies during the COVID-19 Pandemic," to speak to leaders in telework of the private sector to help Congress assess… Continue Reading


07.28.20

Lankford Advocates for Continued Rural Health Access

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's floor speech. CLICK HERE to download the speech from Box. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor to advocate for rural access to healthcare by calling on his Senate colleagues to include his Rural Hospital Relief Act in any legislation addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill would be a permeant solution to update Medicare's Critical Access Hospital (CAH) designation so more rural hospitals can qualify for this financial … Continue Reading


07.28.20

Lankford, Inhofe, Mullin Respond to ODAVA's COVID Update

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Representative Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) made the following statements today after an update from the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs on their response to coronavirus, specifically regarding the impact at the Claremore Veterans Center. CLICK HERE to read the update press release. "I am thankful the Claremore Veterans Center has taken swift action to address the tragic outbreak of COVID-19 cases and deaths at the fa… Continue Reading


07.28.20

Lankford Pushes Administration Officials To Break Supply Chain Dependence with China

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A. CLICK HERE to download the video from Box. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials during a Senate Committee on Finance hearing entitled, "Protecting the Reliability of the US Medical Supply Chain During the COVID-19 Pandemic." Lankford questioned dependence on China, who earlier this year prevented companies from shipping Personal Protective Equipment… Continue Reading


07.24.20

Lankford’s Bipartisan Bill to Extend Critical Counterterrorism Program Signed into Law

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - President Trump signed into law this week a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Gary Peters (D-MI), Tom Carper (D-DE), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and other Senate colleagues to strengthen our national security by extending the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program for three years. The program, created in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, ensures that facilities holding high-risk chemicals have security measures in place to reduce t… Continue Reading


07.23.20

Lankford Supports Annual National Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today supported the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill, which received bipartisan support, was ushered through final passage by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee. The bill will authorize $740.5 billion in funding to support military construction projects, push a strong US national defense strategy, care for military families and the civilian workforce, regain US military advant… Continue Reading


07.22.20

Lankford Cautions Vigilance of China’s Aggressive Agenda

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's floor speech. CLICK HERE to download the speech from Box. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor to caution our nation about the dangers of China's aggressive and often predatory actions toward the international community and the US. Lankford discussed the escalating tensions in Hong Kong between the people and the government, both the local Hong Kong government and the increasingly intervening Chinese communist government.… Continue Reading


07.22.20

Lankford, Portman, Fischer Applaud Committee Passage of Bill to Reduce Regulatory Hurdles, Give Job Creators Freedom to Invest & Hire New Workers

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Deb Fischer (R-NE) today applauded the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for passing their Unfunded Mandates Accountability and Transparency Act (UMATA). The bill will reduce excessive unfunded government mandates on job creators, giving them greater freedom to invest in their companies and hire new workers. When the federal government imposes unnecessary and burdensome regulations, it undermines employer… Continue Reading


07.21.20

Lankford, Kaine Introduce Bill to Combat Internet Censorship in Hong Kong

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today introduced the Safeguarding Internet Freedom in Hong Kong Act. The legislation pushes back on China's aggressive actions to undermine Hong Kong's autonomy and freedom. The bill comes after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) passed a sweeping security law that threatens the freedoms of the people of Hong Kong, including their access to the internet and ability to share information online. Lankford and Kaine's legislation wo… Continue Reading


07.20.20

Lankford Applauds Confirmation of Russell Vought as OMB Director

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded the Senate confirmation of Russ Vought as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Last month, Lankford encouraged the Senate to confirm Vought's nomination in a timely manner. "I'm grateful the Senate confirmed Russell Vought to serve as Director of the Office of Management and Budget," said Lankford. "Russ has more than two years of leadership experience at OMB and I have no doubt this has prepared him to serve our nati… Continue Reading


07.20.20

Oklahoma Congressional Delegation Welcomes Proposal to Congress from State and Tribal Nations

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and James Lankford (R-OK) and Representatives Kevin Hern (OK-O1), Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), Frank Lucas (OK-03), Tom Cole (OK-04), and Kendra Horn (OK-05) today released the following joint congressional delegation statement regarding the ongoing negotiation between Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter and the Tribal Nations on a proposal to Congress following the decision by the US Supreme Court in McGirt v. Oklahoma: "Following the McGirt decision,… Continue Reading


07.09.20

Oklahoma’s Senators Respond to SCOTUS Ruling on McGirt v. Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today issued the following statements after the Supreme Court ruled in McGirt v. Oklahoma: "Today's Supreme Court ruling determines that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation was not dis-established when Oklahoma became a state," said Lankford. "The work will continue in the days ahead to clarify a framework for criminal and civil regulatory jurisdiction that provides consistency and predictability for all people liv… Continue Reading


07.08.20

Lankford Applauds SCOTUS Decisions That Uphold the Constitution and Religious Freedom

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statements after the US Supreme Court released two 7-2 decisions today upholding the First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. On the Little Sisters of the Poor case (Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania), Lankford commented: "Today is a great day for our nation and the foundational principle of religious liberty. As the Court said, 'For over 150 years, the Little Sisters … Continue Reading


07.06.20

Lankford Pushes DOD Head on Delay to Remove Turkey from F-35 Technology Supply Chain

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper on the Department of Defense timeline to remove Turkey from the supply chain of the F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter. Lankford introduced a bill that was included in last year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to place limitations on the transfer of the F-35 technology to Turkey. Lankford was joined on the letter by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Chris Va… Continue Reading


07.02.20

Lankford Joins Letter on Chinese Government Atrocities in Xinjiang to Administration Officials

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), along with Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Representatives James P. McGovern (D-MA) and Christopher Smith (R-NJ) were joined by 73 members of the Senate and the House in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin regarding the ongoing atrocities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities. The letter urges the administration… Continue Reading


07.01.20

Lankford, Johnson Introduce Amendment to Replace Columbus Day with Juneteenth as New Federal Holiday

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, filed an amendment to this legislation Wednesday that would replace Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a new federal holiday. "Juneteenth is a day in our history that redefined the meaning of freedom and equality in America," said Sen. Lankford. "Throughout our history, we have strived to become a more perfect union and Juneteenth was a huge step in a… Continue Reading


06.30.20

Lankford Talks Importance of Charitable Giving Bill with IRS Chief

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. CLICK HERE to download the video from Box. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Senate Finance hearing entitled "2020 Filing Season and IRS COVID-19 Recovery," where Lankford questioned IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig on the lessons learned from closing IRS offices due to COVID-19 and from telework while protecting American's private information. He also asked what the agency's plan is to get things back up… Continue Reading


06.30.20

Lankford Statement on Passing of Tulsa Police Sgt. Craig Johnson

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement on the passing of Tulsa Police Sergeant Craig Johnson, who was shot in the line of duty: "Cindy and I are praying for the family of Sgt. Johnson and the entire Tulsa community as we grieve the loss of one of our own. The news is heartbreaking to the entire nation. We pray his family knows that Oklahomans everywhere mourn with them and pray for them today. Now is a time to band together in support of the police officers … Continue Reading

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