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Senator Lankford Applauds Final Passage of Three Appropriations Bills

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on Senate passage of the first appropriations conference committee report. The conference report passed by a vote of 92-5 and included the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, the first three of the12 appropriations bills to pass the Senate in June 2018. "I'm glad Congress is making progress to fulfill its duty to pass all appropriations bill … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Responds to President Trump’s Executive Order to Address Meddling in US Elections

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded President Trump's Executive Order in response to foreign interference in US elections. The Executive Order would further define election infrastructure and foreign interference, direct the Executive Branch to develop additional processes for assessing and determining interference in a US election, and mandate interagency reporting of potential foreign interference following a federal election. "This is another step to strengthen U… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Announces Communications Staff Promotions and Hire

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced three changes to his communications staff. Kelly Ferguson has been promoted to Deputy Communications Director; Emily Bishop has been promoted to Press Assistant; and Lance Spence has joined the team as the Digital Media Assistant. Ferguson and Spence will be based out of Lankford's Oklahoma City office, and Bishop will work in Washington, DC. "I am grateful to Kelly, Lance, and Emily for their willingness to serve in these new ro… Continue Reading


National Retail Federation Honors Senator Lankford as “Hero of Main Street”

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was recognized by the National Retail Federation as a "Hero of Main Street." "Retailers and consumers are feeling good about the state of the US economy, and a big part of that is the result of lawmakers who have made economic growth and job creation a top priority," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. "As a Hero of Main Street, Senator Lankford truly understands that the decisions made in Washington have a real impact on local businesses an… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Remembers 9/11

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today provided the following statement on the 17th anniversary of 9/11: "Today, seniors in high school sit in class with no memories of the day in their lives when the term '9/11' was just an emergency number; they know it also as a date that changed our country and the world. Our nation remembers the thousands of lives lost when terrorists murdered innocent Americans, simply because they were Americans. We should pray, remember, and show our re… Continue Reading


National Taxpayers Union Honors Senator Lankford as Top-ranked “Taxpayers’ Friend”

OKLAHOMA, CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was recognized as the top-ranked Senator with the "Taxpayers' Friend Award" from the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) for his strong record in support of lower taxes, limited government, and economic freedom. Lankford was ranked first of only 15 Senators to earn the "Taxpayers' Friend Award." "I'm grateful to NTU and its continued commitment to ensure American taxpayers know that some in Congress are still focused on legislation that will lower t… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Announces Communications Director

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced the promotion of Aly Beley to Communications Director. Since March 2015, Beley has worked for Lankford as Press Secretary. "Aly has been a tremendous asset to my team and to all Oklahomans for the past three and a half years," said Lankford. "As a clear and concise communicator with a heart of service Aly prioritizes the needs of Oklahomans to ensure they have the ability to access the work of my office when I'm in DC or traveli… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Meets with Nominee for Director of ICE

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement after meeting with the nominee for Director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Ronald Vitiello, who currently serves as the Acting Director. "My meeting with Acting Director Vitiello was productive," said Lankford. "I was able to express my support and respect for the women and men who serve our nation every day through Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Today we discussed Acting Director Viti… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Introduces Bill to Reform US Assistance to Palestinians

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), today introduced the Palestinian Assistance Reform Act (PARA), a bill which seeks to change the way the international community provides assistance to Palestinians living in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. Specifically, the bill would require that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the UN entity responsible for providing assistance to the Palestinians, adopt a more internationally-recognized definition of "refug… Continue Reading


Lankford, Inhofe, and Cole Address Oklahoma’s 1115 Waiver

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) made the following statements regarding Oklahoma's 1115 waiver from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). "We appreciate CMS and Administrator Verma for their continued efforts to provide a responsible transition plan for two of our state's most critical healthcare providers and medical schools-the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University," said Lankford. "We … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Questions Social Media Executives During Senate Intel Hearing

CLICK HERE for the video of Lankford's Q&A. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned Twitter and Facebook's top executives on practices for identifying suspended accounts and coordinating with law enforcement to ensure they are tracking unauthorized users, especially accounts connected with foreign or hostile users. Lankford also pushed the witnesses on how they are working to prevent and track foreign bad actors from purchasing user's data and asked Facebook about W… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Senator Inhofe Appointment to Chair Defense Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued a statement following the announcement that Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) will serve as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee: "Our national defense is a constitutional responsibility that we cannot take lightly," said Lankford. "Senator Inhofe is the best person to step into this role to head this vital Senate committee. Senator Inhofe's experience and passion for the men and women in our Armed Forces have prepared him well to … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Announces Community Conversations, OK Travels

WASHINGTON, DC - The Office of Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced public events for August 29, 2018-August 31, 2018, in northwest Oklahoma and Stroud. National security, economic growth and immigration are among the topics expected to be discussed. Local residents are encouraged to attend so Senator Lankford can hear their concerns and opinions regarding the federal government. WHAT: Community Conversation in Guymon WHEN: Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 11:45am CT WHERE: Ambassador In… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford and Inhofe Praise Senate Confirmation of Judge Charles Goodwin

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today praised the Senate's confirmation of Judge Charles Goodwin to the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. "It has been a long road since Judge Goodwin was nominated last year, and I am grateful for his patience and willingness to serve as he and his family walked through this process," said Lankford. "He has been a respected attorney, an outstanding Magistrate Judge, and now he will finally serve Oklahom… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on US-Mexico Trade Announcement

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was encouraged by the President's announcement yesterday regarding trade with Mexico, an initial step toward completing renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Lankford has been actively engaged in the conversation on trade as the NAFTA negotiations have directly impacted many in Oklahoma, including farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers. Once the agreement is finalized, Congress must vote to approve any new trade agreement.… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on the Passing of Senator John McCain

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on the passing of Senator John McCain (R-AZ). "I'm grieved to hear of the passing of Senator John McCain. Few Senators have made a greater impact on the nation. He is an American hero who never stopped serving our country. I pray for peace and strength for his wife, Cindy, and their family as they mourn in the days ahead." ###… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Releases Podcast on Election Security

CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - The Office of Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the third episode of Lankford's podcast called "The Breakdown with James Lankford." The third episode focuses on election security and Lankford's bill, the Secure Elections Act. The purpose of the bill is to streamline cybersecurity information-sharing between federal intelligence entities and state election agencies; provide security clearances to state election officials; and p… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Releases Video Discussing the Need to Reform the Budget and Appropriations Process

CLICK HERE to view the video OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released a video to outline why Congress needs to reform the budget and appropriations process. Lankford serves on the Senate Committee on Appropriations and was appointed this year by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform, a bipartisan, bicameral panel tasked with proposing a set of solutions to significantly overhaul the budget and app… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Supports Senate Passage of Appropriations Bills

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today supported Senate passage, by a vote of 85-7, of the Department of Defense and Health and Human Services, Education and Labor Appropriations Act (H.R. 6157), the eighth and ninth (of 12) appropriations bills approved by the Senate this year. "I applaud the Senate for taking our appropriations work seriously and passing America's essential funding bills in a timely manner," said Lankford. "This is the fastest pace the Senate Appropriations Comm… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Introduces OU Professor at Nomination Hearing

CLICK HERE for the video for Lankford's and Dregemeier's testimony WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, a professor and former Vice President for Research at the University of Oklahoma, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Droegemeier was nominated by the President on July 31 to be Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. He has his undergraduate degree from the Universi… Continue Reading

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