Press Releases

11.05.15

VIDEO: Senator Lankford to Release a Government Waste Report This Fall

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced he will release a federal government waste and solutions report later this fall. Specifically, the report will highlight examples of wasteful or duplicative spending, along with burdensome regulations, but will also offer a policy solution to each of the problems. Lankford's report, entitled, "Federal Fumbles: 100 ways the government dropped the ball", will continue a tradition started by former Senator Tom Coburn, MD. The Office of S… Continue Reading


11.04.15

Senator Lankford Urges President to Overturn WOTUS

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted for a resolution of disapproval of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 'Waters of the United States' (WOTUS) rule. The resolution passed with a bipartisan vote of 53-44. "The 'Waters of the United States' rule is one of the greatest examples of presidential overreach in a decade," said Lankford. "The American people have soundly rejected this expansion of power, because they agree that federal authority should be limited on priv… Continue Reading


11.04.15

Senators Lankford and Inhofe Co-sponsor Resolution Recognizing "National Pregnancy Center Week"

WASHINGTON, DC- Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) have co-sponsored a resolution in the Senate that designates the week of November 8, as "National Pregnancy Center Week." The resolution recognizes the vital role that community-supported pregnancy centers (also known as pregnancy care and pregnancy resource centers) play in saving lives and serving women and men faced with difficult pregnancy decisions. "Pregnancy centers in Oklahoma, and around the nation, do a tremendous jo… Continue Reading


11.03.15

Senator Lankford Statement on the Federal Water Quality Protection Act

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on the Senate Democrat filibuster of the Federal Water Quality Protection Act (S.1140), a bill that Lankford co-sponsored. In June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final "Water of the United States" (WOTUS) rule that would drastically expand their definition of navigable waters, well beyond the intention of the 1972 Clean Water Act. S.1140 would protect homeowners and farmers by directing the E… Continue Reading


11.03.15

Senator Lankford Greets Oklahoma Honor Flight for Final 2015 Trip to Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today greeted Oklahoma veterans during a one-day trip to Washington, DC war memorials with the Honor Flight charity. Oklahoma Honor Flights began making trips in May 2010 and this was its 23rd flight from Oklahoma. "We are indebted to our Honor Flight Veterans for the sacrifices they have made to protect America and our freedoms," said Lankford. "Their service to our nation serves as a beacon of hope and liberty not only here, but around the world.… Continue Reading


11.02.15

Senator Lankford Announces New Website

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced the launch of a new website. The URL address is the same: www.lankford.senate.gov, but the design, functionality and information features are all new. "In this new age of online technology, the website acts as a virtual office for Oklahomans to stay connected with me and what's happening in the US Senate," said Lankford. "The website allows individuals to request meetings, watch congressional videos, seek help with federal agency or r… Continue Reading


10.30.15

MEDIA ADVISORY: Senator Lankford Announces New Date for Hearing on Regulatory Retrospective Review

WASHINGTON, DC - The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, under the chairmanship of Senator James Lankford (R-OK), has rescheduled its hearing entitled, "Agency Progress in Retrospective Review of Existing Regulations," for Thursday, November 5 at 9:30 AM ET. The hearing was originally scheduled for August 6, but was cancelled due to a change to the Senate calendar for that day. Each president since Jimmy Carter has urged agencies… Continue Reading


10.30.15

Senator Lankford Defends Washington Coach Right to Live His Faith

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made an impassioned speech on the Senate floor about his opposition to Bremerton, Washington School District's decision to put Coach Joe Kennedy on administrative paid leave after he refused to stop praying after football games. On Wednesday, Lankford urged the school district to allow Coach Kennedy to live his faith during a floor speech on the Senate floor. Since 2008, Assistant Coach Kennedy has practiced a tradition of praying at the 50-yard lin… Continue Reading


10.29.15

Senator Lankford Statement on Budget Deal

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) tonight made the following statement on his opposition to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314): "Oklahomans want to see our deficit reduced and our efficiency increased - this budget does neither. Our outrageous debt still stands at $18.5 Trillion. This Budget deal hurts the hardworking American taxpayer by perpetuating the status quo and refusing to take a single step toward balance. Oklahomans have asked over and over for serious entitlem… Continue Reading


10.29.15

VIDEO: Senator Lankford Slams Budget Deal, Pleads with Congress to Reform SSDI

CLICK HERE to view the video of the speech WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor about his opposition to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, and his plea to Congress to pursue real reforms to the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Lankford objected to the Budget deal because it perpetuates the status quo on government spending, it doesn't move us toward a balanced budget, it doesn't reduce the deficit, and it uses budget gimmicks to ap… Continue Reading


10.29.15

Senator Lankford Offers Real Reforms to Social Security Disability Insurance Program

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today offered an amendment to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R.1314) that reforms the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Specifically, the amendment (#2755) would improve the adjudication process for appeals and reconsiderations; prevent individuals from receiving SSDI who are not disabled; and ensure stronger program integrity, processing and oversight. "This Congress has missed another opportunity for real reform. The Socia… Continue Reading


10.28.15

VIDEO: Senator Lankford Defends Washington Football Coach's, OSU Football Team's Right to Pray on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor to defend Bremerton, Washington School District football coach Joe Kennedy's First Amendment right to pray after games. Since 2008, Assistant Coach Kennedy has practiced a tradition of praying at the 50-yard line after the conclusion of games. At times, students have chosen to pray with him. Earlier this month, and after seven years, the Bremerton School District ordered Coach Kennedy to stop. On Tuesday, Senator Lank… Continue Reading


10.27.15

Senator Lankford Applauds Passage of Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today praised the passage of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (S.754) which passed with bipartisan support on a vote of 74-21. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 includes provisions to protect personal privacy by taking steps to combat cyber-attacks before they happen. "Cybersecurity is quickly becoming one of the most pressing concerns for every American business and family," said Lankford. "It is time to confront cyb… Continue Reading


10.27.15

Senator Lankford, Rep. Forbes Lead Congressional Challenge to Washington School District in Support of Praying Football Coach

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA), co-chairmen of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, today led a Member of Congress letter to Bremerton, Washington School District officials to defend the First Amendment right of Bremerton High School football coach Joseph Kennedy to pray after games. Since 2008, Assistant Coach Kennedy has practiced a tradition of praying at the fifty yard line after the conclusion of games. At times, students have chosen to pray with him… Continue Reading


10.27.15

Lankford, Senators, Co-Sponsor Resolution Opposing the EPA’s Clean Power Plan Regulations

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined with 47 Senators today to co-sponsor a resolution to disapprove of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan regulations for existing power sources. Lankford spoke out against the Clean Power Plan in an energy speech on the floor of the Senate recently. He said, "It seems to be another day for the EPA to release massive regulations. People wonder why food costs more, products cost more and why energy costs more. I'… Continue Reading


10.21.15

Senator Lankford Greets Oklahoma Honor Flight in Washington, DC as Program Winds Down

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today greeted veterans from central Oklahoma during a one-day trip to Washington, DC war memorials with the Honor Flight charity. The Oklahomans visited the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Wall, the Lincoln Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery. "The Oklahoma Honor Flight has allowed many veterans to see the World War II memorial, as well as other memorials in Washington, DC for the first time,… Continue Reading


10.21.15

Senator Lankford and Congressman Forbes Question State and Homeland Security Departments on Syrian Refugee Process

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) today sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to encourage the prioritization of refugee assistance for religiously persecuted Syrians, while also ensuring a thorough security process that protects Americans from undercover terrorists. Lankford and Forbes are co-chairmen of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, which works to protect the fundamental human right of religious … Continue Reading


10.20.15

Senator Lankford Votes To Stop Sanctuary Cities

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act (S. 2146). Sanctuary cities are localities with policies that prohibit or restrict police cooperation with federal immigration enforcement efforts. The bill addresses the threat to community safety by releasing illegal immigrants with criminal records back into our neighborhoods and providing a safe harbor for those here illegally. "Failure to enforce ex… Continue Reading


10.13.15

Senator James Lankford Statement on Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, DC-- Senator James Lankford made the following statement on today's news that Planned Parenthood will not receive funds for fetal tissue research: "It is clear that Planned Parenthood knows it is wrong to profit from the sale of baby body parts, but their decision to stop selling organs doesn't change the fact that Planned Parenthood still profits from the death of children. This organization still engages in the inhumane treatment of children, and our federal government forces taxp… Continue Reading


10.09.15

Senator Lankford Questions Obama Administration Commitment to International Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry to question the Obama administration's commitment to promoting international religious freedom through diplomatic relations, as is stated as a "key objective of U.S. foreign policy." Among several concerns for Lankford, the State Department left the role of special envoy for religious freedom in the Middle East vacant for a year and demoted the position to a lower level that does not report to Sec… Continue Reading

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