Press Releases

03.21.18

Senator Lankford Supports Bill to Fight Sex Trafficking, Hold Websites Accountable

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today supported the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (HR 1865) to combat online sex trafficking. HR 1865 incorporates provisions of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA). Lankford is an original cosponsor of SESTA, bipartisan legislation to ensure justice for victims of online sex trafficking and ensure websites such as Backpage.com, which knowingly facilitate sex trafficking, are held liable and brought to justic… Continue Reading


03.20.18

Senator Lankford, Intel Committee Unveil Recommendations To Secure Election Infrastructure

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Senate Intelligence Committee press conference to unveil Committee recommendations to secure America's election infrastructure. "It is vitally important that we secure our elections systems in America," said Lankford. "This isn't just about Russia - they were the ones to pursue these efforts in 2016, but it is just as likely that another state actor like North Korea or Iran or a hacktivist group… Continue Reading


03.14.18

Senator Lankford Votes For Regulatory Relief for Oklahoma Small Banks

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement after voting for Dodd-Frank reform legislation, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155), which will reduce federal regulations for small community banks and credit unions: "Oklahoma community banks and credit unions have struggled under the burden of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act that created heavy regulatory demands intended for the larger banks that contributed to the 2008 financia… Continue Reading


03.14.18

Senator Lankford Urges For Real Reforms to Budget Process

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate Floor to outline solutions to reform the current budget process that was put in place in the 1970s but has only worked four times. During the speech, Lankford addressed the issues with the budget process and how to fix it. Last week, Lankford attended the first meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform, which is a bi-partisan, bi-cameral panel tasked with… Continue Reading


03.13.18

Senator Lankford Participates in March Madness Tournament of Government Waste

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and former Senator, Dr. Tom Coburn (R-OK) in the Tournament of Government Waste, an informative way to generate a conversation on the need to eliminate the nation's national debt. The tournament is hosted by Pursuit; Dr. Coburn's non-profit to encourage young Americans to lead the discussion on issues that affect their generation. The tournament starts with eight match-ups to determine the most ou… Continue Reading


03.09.18

Senator Lankford Joins Joint Select Committee on Budget Reform, Attends First Meeting

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) yesterday attended the first meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform, a bi-partisan panel including members from the House and Senate. Lankford's appointment to the committee was announced last week by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The panel's focus is to reform the entire budget and appropriations process, which Lankford has strongly advocated for during his time in the House and Senate. "… Continue Reading


03.09.18

GAO Report Finds Billions of Tax Dollars Fund Abortion Providers

D.J. Jordan (Lankford) Brook Ramlet Hougesen (Ernst) Katie Boyd (Blunt) Breanna Deutsch (Daines) WASHINGTON, DC - The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office released an extensive report that details the amount of federal tax dollars spent from 2013-2015 by three abortion providers including Planned Parenthood Federation of American (PPFA), Marie Stopes International (MSI), and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). The report was requested by Senators James Lankford (R-OK)… Continue Reading


03.08.18

Senator Lankford Statement on North Korea

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made the following statement on today's South Korean announcement regarding the possibility of North Korea denuclearization: "The US wants a world safe for all families, including the people of North and South Korea. Currently the people of North Korea live under the oppressive reign of a dictator that has been determined to threaten the world with a nuclear weapon. I welcome any conversations that could lead to a path to denuclearization, but I am… Continue Reading


03.08.18

Senator Lankford Calls For Regulatory Relief for Oklahoma Small Banks, Urges Dodd-Frank Reform

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today urged the Senate to pass a Dodd-Frank reform bill to ease federal regulations on small and rural banks in Oklahoma. In a floor speech, Lankford called for the Senate to pass the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S.2155), a bill that would reform the Dodd-Frank Act and help small businesses access the resources they need to invest and hire more workers. Since passage of the Dodd-Fran… Continue Reading


03.08.18

Senator Lankford Encourages President To Reevaluate Tariff Proposal

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to President Trump expressing concern over how his proposed aluminum and steel tariffs could impact national security and strain relationships with international allies and partners. Lankford was joined by Senators Michael Rounds (R-SD), John Barrasso (R-WY), Dan Sullivan (R-AL), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Joni Ernst (R-IA), who led the effort. In the letter, the Senators stressed that, "As outlined in bot… Continue Reading


03.07.18

Senator Lankford Discusses Reforms for Security Clearance in Open Intel Hearing

CLICK HERE to view the video from panel I CLICK HERE to view the video from panel II WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in an open Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Security Clearance Reform. The hearing included a two-part panel with witnesses from industry and Executive Branch officials. The purpose of the hearing was to understand the difficulties in the security clearance processes for both government and private industry contractors. Lankford focused … Continue Reading


03.05.18

Senator Lankford Announces New Chief of Staff and Legislative Director

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced two senior staff changes; Michelle Altman has been promoted to Chief of Staff and Sarah Seitz has been promoted to Legislative Director. In December, President Trump nominated Retired Rear Admiral Gregory Slavonic to be the Assistant Secretary of the Navy after serving for four years as Lankford's Chief of Staff. "Michelle Altman and Sarah Seitz are highly qualified for these tasks, and I am confident they will serve the people of … Continue Reading


03.02.18

Lankford Letter - March 2

CLICK HERE for March 2, 2018, Lankford Letter.… Continue Reading


03.01.18

Subcommittee Examines Solutions to Federal Hiring Challenges

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, under the chairmanship of Senator James Lankford (R-OK), today held a hearing entitled, "Examining Federal Managers' Role in Hiring." Members of the Subcommittee heard from the Office of Personnel Management and several agency managers about possible solutions to federal government hiring challenges, including the slow hiring processes, the large number of workers exp… Continue Reading


02.28.18

Senator Lankford Honors Billy Graham on Senate Floor

CLICK HERE to view the video. WASHINGTON, DC - After today's Congressional ceremony to honor the late Billy Graham as he lie in honor at the Capitol Rotunda, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) spoke in honor of Dr. Graham on the Senate floor. In the speech, Lankford spoke about Graham's visit to Oklahoma, and the impact Graham had on his life and ministry. Excerpts: Mr. President, it was an exceptionally moving service in the Rotunda today. For a man to be able to lie in honor in the Rotunda and … Continue Reading


02.21.18

Senator Lankford Statement on Billy Graham

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement this morning on the passing of the Rev. Billy Graham: "Billy Graham was one of the greatest spiritual and moral leaders in American history. His ministry of love, reconciliation, hope, and salvation was world-changing. I thank God for his life and legacy. Graham's clarity and love for people was contagious - he was, and will always be, a role model of integrity and grace. His work was also very impactful to me as … Continue Reading


02.20.18

Senator Lankford and State Senator Kevin Matthews Unveil 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Education Curriculum

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined State Senator Kevin Matthews (D-Tulsa) at Oklahoma City's Douglass High School to announce the completion of education curriculum about the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot that will be taught statewide. This online toolkit is part of the mission of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, which was created a year ago to educate Oklahomans and Americans about the Race Massacre and its impact on the state and nation; remember its victi… Continue Reading


02.16.18

Senator Lankford Joins Senators to Introduce Bill on Ag Education Ahead of National FFA Week

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -Ahead of National FFA Week, February 17-24, Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Todd Young (R-IN), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced National FFA Organization's Federal Charter Amendments Act to update and modernize the charter for the Future Farmers of America (FFA) to reflect agriculture education in the 21st century. "FFA is a cornerstone of communities in all parts of Oklahoma," said Lankford. "Their federal charter allows them the opportunity to strategic… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Senator Lankford Statement on Senate Immigration Votes

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today made the following statement on the Senate failing to pass his Secure and Succeed Act, or any immigration legislation to address DACA and improve border security: "I have been in countless meetings and private conversations to bring us to a solution that would pass the House and be signed into law by the President. I am very disappointed that the Senate was unable to move forward on any immigration legislation this week. After months of priva… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Senator Lankford Explains How Secure and Succeed Act Is a Sensible Compromise on Senate Floor

CLICK HERE to view the video. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor to discuss the current debate on immigration reform and to advocate for the Secure and Succeed Act, a compromise bill that will strengthen border security, provide a permanent solution for DACA, reform family sponsorship policy, and reallocate the Diversity Visa lottery. Later today, the Senate will vote on this (as the Grassley" amendment #1959), as well as another proposal (amendment #… Continue Reading

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