Press Releases

08.06.21

Lankford, Colleagues Do Not Want Women to Have to Register for the Draft

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Steve Daines (R-MT), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) to introduce a resolution expressing that the Senate should not pass legislation mandating the registration of women for the Selective Service System. "Our all-volunteer military is the finest fighting force the world has ever known," said Lankford. "Women have shown they are more than capable of fully serving in our Armed Forces, a… Continue Reading


08.04.21

Lankford Opposes Nominee to Lead ICE as Biden Fails to Address Border Security Issues

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted to oppose the nomination of Mr. Ed Gonzalez to be the Director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when his nomination came before the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. "I have serious questions with the reports from Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers that the Biden Administration is 'handcuffing' law enforcement, pushing the 'catch-and-release' policy, and ignoring the enforcement of some rep… Continue Reading


08.03.21

Lankford Pushes Nominee on Congress’ Authority to Make Laws in Light of Increasingly Activist, Progressive Biden Nominees

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing to consider several nominations for the Departments of Energy and the Interior. Lankford's questions to Cynthia Weiner Stachelberg, a nominee to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Interior (Policy, Management, and Budget), centered on her previous remarks made while working at the Center for American Progress opposing … Continue Reading


07.30.21

Lankford, Colleagues Push Back Against Biden’s Plans for WOTUS Replacement

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and their colleagues to introduce legislation that would codify the Trump-era Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) in light of the Biden Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) promising to replace the NWPR with a new rule that goes even further than the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule. If the NWPR is replaced, the EPA could go as far as regulating … Continue Reading


07.30.21

Lankford, Inhofe Lead Letter Urging US Fish and Wildlife to Extend Comment Period for Proposed Lesser Prairie Chicken Listing Rule

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) to lead a letter to the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) urging them to extend the public comment period for the proposed rule seeking to list two Distinct Population Segments (DPSs) of the lesser prairie-chicken (LPC) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by at least six months. The original public comment period was set for August 2, 2021. However, this week, the FWS announced an extension of the deadline until … Continue Reading


07.30.21

Lankford, Colleagues Demand to Know More about Federal Employees’ Taxpayer-funded Union Time

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), lead Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, sent a letter to 54 federal agencies to gain additional information about the use of taxpayer-funded union time by federal employees. Lankford was joined in sending the letters by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Rand Paul, MD (R-KY), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Mike Braun (R-IN). In May 2018 President … Continue Reading


07.30.21

Lankford, Colleagues Urge SCOTUS to Overturn Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined an amicus brief signed by more than 220 members of Congress supporting the state of Mississippi in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which presents the Supreme Court with the opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade. "The right to life is the most fundamental human right," said Lankford. "The government has the responsibility to honor the gift of life at every stage, born or unborn. Unlike other Supreme Court precedents, our cultur… Continue Reading


07.29.21

Lankford, Johnson, Paul, Scott and Hawley Demand Chairman Peters Hold Biden Administration Accountable, Serve Subpoenas to Get Answers for the American People

WASHINGTON, DC - On Thursday, Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Rand Paul (R-KY), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Josh Hawley (R-MO), all members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, wrote a letter to the Committee Chairman Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) regarding letters sent to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in which they invoked a statute requiring… Continue Reading


07.29.21

Lankford to Senators about Border Crisis: We can’t be flippant about the crisis at the border; we need to engage

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor about the state of our economy and inflation, as Democrats' propose trillions in out-of-control spending, as well as the situation at our southern border. Lankford continues to advocate for enforcing our laws at the border and ensuring we stop the flow of illegal immigrants and not just ask them to turn themselves in when the line at the border gets "too long." … Continue Reading


07.29.21

Lankford, Johnson, Republican Colleagues Push to Eliminate Failed Obamacare Program

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) along with Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), John Barrasso (R-WY), Mike Braun (R-IN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Repeal Insurance Plans of the Multi-State Program Act (RIP MSP Act) on Wednesday - an effort to terminate Obamacare's failed Multi-State Plan program. Section 1334 o… Continue Reading


07.29.21

Lankford Rubio Want Audit of CDC Decision Making Process for Mask Guidance

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford, led by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Steve Daines (R-MT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Mike Braun (R-IN), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Todd Young (R-IN), John Thune (R-SD), and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) introduced the Restore Public Health Institution Trust Act, which would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) decision making and messaging surrounding its reversal on mask guida… Continue Reading


07.29.21

Lankford, Colleagues Push HHS to Withdraw Proposed Affordable Care Act Abortion Rule

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) and Steve Daines (R-MT) along with 25 senators today to issue a public comment letter opposing the Biden Administration's attempt to ignore congressional intent and the unequivocal legal requirements regarding abortion coverage offered through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra asks for the withdrawal of the Biden Administration's proposed rul… Continue Reading


07.28.21

Lankford Joins Press Conference to Discuss Democrats' Reckless Tax and Spending Spree

CLICK HERE to view the video on YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a press conference with Senate Republicans to discuss the Democrats' reckless tax and spending spree, punctuated by not one but two proposals that will cost Americans trillions in tax dollars, increase entitlements, bring in a new radical climate change agenda, and add to inflation that is already starting to impact Oklahomans, especially those on a fixed income. Lankford opposes the m… Continue Reading


07.28.21

Lankford Pushes SBA for Small Businesses Impacted by Biden’s Failed Policies At the Border

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), lead Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, sent a letter to the Small Business Administration's Administrator and National Ombudsman regarding Presidential Proclamation 10142 and the impacts it has had on small businesses. Lankford highlighted one small business during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing that is at risk of su… Continue Reading


07.27.21

Lankford Demands Update from DHS Secretary on Southern Border Wall “Study”

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A from YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to get updates on timelines and numbers Lankford has been told by the Secretary are "coming." Lankford questioned Mayorkas about the recently released bombshell report in which Lankford found $2 billion in wasted taxpayer money to pay … Continue Reading


07.27.21

Lankford, Colleagues Demand Response on Government’s Dangerous Assault on Americans’ Free Speech

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Braun (R-IN), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) to send a letter to President Biden expressing deep concern with the White House's announcement that it will be flagging American citizens' speech on social media platforms for misinformation. The senators urged the Administration to halt any actions it has or is currentl… Continue Reading


07.22.21

Lankford Opposes Nominee Who Offered Misleading Testimony, Environmental Extremism

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A from YouTube. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee business meeting to consider several nominations, including the controversial nomination of Ms. Tracy Stone-Manning to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management. Lankford's questions focused on previous testimony before the Committee in which Ms. Stone-Manning provided apparently false or misleading testimony under oat… Continue Reading


07.21.21

Lankford, Colleagues Boost US-Taiwanese Defense Cooperation

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to introduce the Taiwan Partnership Act, which would establish a partnership between the US National Guard and Taiwanese defense forces to ensure a well-integrated defense force capable of fast deployment during a crisis: "Taiwan is an important strategic defense partner for the US in the region and the world," said Lankford. "We should continue to foster more opportunities to collaborat… Continue Reading


07.21.21

Lankford, Thune, Daines, McConnell, Crapo Lead Senate Republican Caucus in Urging Biden Administration to Drop Step-Up In Basis Tax-Hike Proposal

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators John Thune (R-SD), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) today led the entire Senate Republican caucus in urging President Biden to abandon his effort to impose a capital gains tax increase on family-owned businesses, farms, and ranches. Repealing this part of the tax code would have a devastating effect on multi-generation operations, which could lead to job losses, liquidation, or outright closure. … Continue Reading


07.21.21

Lankford, Inhofe Congratulate OU Softball Team on World Series Championship

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) yesterday led the Senate in passing a Senate Resolution to formally congratulate the University of Oklahoma Sooners softball team on winning the 2021 National Collegiate Athletic Association Women's College World Series. "Oklahoma is proud to celebrate the distinguished women of OU Softball for their record-shattering season and their fifth national title," said Lankford. "This bill recognizes the sacrifices each pla… Continue Reading

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