Press Releases

10.04.17

Senator Lankford Meets with Nominee for Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today met with President Trump's nominee to be Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Governor Sam Brownback (R-KS). "Governor Brownback's commitment to advocate for human rights throughout the world is evident from his time serving in Congress and the state of Kansas," said Lankford. "He has long advocated for the voiceless. I know he will promote our nation's values with those who face religious persecution around the world and … Continue Reading


10.04.17

Senator Lankford Delivers Floor Speech on Tax Reform, Senate Gridlock Reform, and Dr. Andrew Brunson

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a floor speech on how tax reform will help our economy, how gridlock reform will make the Senate more efficient, and he also spoke about Dr. Andrew Brunson, an American who has been unjustly imprisoned in Turkey for a year. Excerpts: On the need for Tax Reform Our economy is stuck. We're in a bad spot of just treading water. Over the last 11 years our gross domestic product-that's how much our economy… Continue Reading


10.04.17

Senator Lankford Bill to Provide Educational Opportunities for Native Students Gets Committee Approval

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford's (R-OK) Indian education bill, the Johnson O'Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act, was reported favorably out of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs today during a markup. This is a bipartisan bill to update decades-old data the federal government uses to distribute funds to benefit Native American students "The Johnson O'Malley Act is a critical program that provides cultural and academic assistance to American Indian studen… Continue Reading


10.04.17

Senator Lankford Federal Workforce Improvement Bills Pass Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - During a markup hearing, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today passed three bills sponsored by Senator James Lankford (R-OK) to help federal agencies hire the best workforce and support the federal government reorganization process. Lankford is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management. "These commonsense bills represent an important step towards improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the federal workforce for the… Continue Reading


10.03.17

Senators Lankford, Inhofe Reaffirm Support of Judge Charles Goodwin

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today reaffirmed their support of the President's nomination of Judge Charles Goodwin to the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma in a joint statement: "Charles Goodwin was appointed by his peers and has served as a US magistrate judge in the Western District of Oklahoma for four years, demonstrating a strong reputation for being fair and ethical. Judge Goodwin was nominated because of his strong credentials… Continue Reading


10.03.17

MEDIA ADVISORY: Committee to Markup Senator Lankford’s Federal Workforce Bills TOMORROW

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a business meeting tomorrow to vote on several pieces of legislation, including several of Senator James Lankford's (R-OK) federal workforce bills. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, Lankford has examined the challenges facing our federal workforce and sought to develop comprehensive, bipartisan solutions to make government more efficient, accountable, and effecti… Continue Reading


10.03.17

Senators Lankford, Inhofe Applaud US Marshal Appointments for Oklahoma

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today applauded the President's nomination of Frank Coffman to be the US Marshal for the Eastern District of Oklahoma and Johnny Lee Kuhlman to be the US Marshal for the Western District of Oklahoma. "I am confident in the abilities of both Johnny Lee Kuhlman and Frank Coffman to serve Oklahoma well as United States Marshals," said Lankford. "They have a long history of public service and expert knowledge on security and law… Continue Reading


10.03.17

Senator Lankford Applauds Launch of Oversight.gov

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded the launch of Oversight.gov, by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), to provide a single online tool for the thousands of reports and recommendations made by Inspectors General across government. "This website is an important step forward to ensure transparency and accountability in our government," said Lankford, "I applaud the Council for their commitment to developing this website that will … Continue Reading


10.02.17

Senator Lankford Statement on Las Vegas

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today made the following statement on the mass shooting in Las Vegas: "The nation mourns last night's senseless massacre that took place in Las Vegas. Oklahoma knows all too well the evil that one person can commit against innocent victims and an entire region. This tragic attack will not only leave a scar on the hearts of the Las Vegas community but the entire nation. Our nation thanks to the first responders, we mourn with the families and frien… Continue Reading


09.28.17

Senator Lankford Denounces Turkish President Erdogan Suggestion of Prisoner Swap

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today made the following statement on Turkish President Erdogan admitting that Turkey is holding American Andrew Brunson hostage in hopes that the US hands over a Muslim cleric living in Pennsylvania: "President Erdogan's suggestion that the US should make a hostage-style prisoner swap for an innocent American imprisoned in Turkey is appalling and will not be taken seriously. Turkey has long been a US ally, but has chosen to complicate and weaken … Continue Reading


09.27.17

Senator Lankford Questions DHS, FBI on Puerto Rico, Russian Meddling, Election & Border Security

CLICK HERE to watch Part 1 of Lankford's Q&A CLICK HERE to watch Part 2 of Lankford's Q&A WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray and DHS Acting Director Elaine Duke during a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on the most pressing security threats to our American homeland. During part one of Lankford's questioning of witnesses, Lankford discussed a Jones Act request to help Puerto Rico hurricane recovery, DHS and FE… Continue Reading


09.25.17

Lankford, Tillis & Hatch Introduce The SUCCEED Act: Merit-Based Legislation To Address The Legal Uncertainty of Undocumented Children

CLICK HERE to watch the video WASHINGTON, DC - During a press conference today, Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers Employment Education and Defending our nation (SUCCEED) Act, a solution to address the legal uncertainty facing undocumented children who were brought to the United States as children. The SUCCEED Act provides a fair, multi-step process for undocumented children to qualify fo… Continue Reading


09.20.17

Senator Lankford Statement on David Boren’s Retirement Announcement

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on the retirement announcement of University of Oklahoma President David Boren: "President Boren is an Oklahoma institution. Throughout his five decades of public life, President Boren has honorably served the people of his state and nation. I join many Oklahomans today to express my gratitude to President Boren for his faithful service to the University of Oklahoma. The relationships he forged from his service… Continue Reading


09.19.17

Senators Lankford, Blunt, Cornyn, Cruz Introduce Bill to Allow Houses of Worship to Receive Federal Disaster Assistance

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) have introduced the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act, which would make houses of worship eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance program grants. "In June, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Trinity Lutheran that 'the exclusion of Trinity Lutheran from a public benefit for which it is otherwise qualified, solely because it is a church… Continue Reading


09.19.17

Senator Lankford Supports NDAA

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today supported the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), HR 2810, which passed the Senate by a vote of 89 to 8: "Our nation faces continued threats from aggressors in North Korea, ISIS, al Qaeda, and other extremist organizations. Passing the National Defense Authorization Act is important in order to ensure the men and women serving in the Armed Forces have what they need as they protect our nation and allies. This bill approves the policies… Continue Reading


09.14.17

Senators Lankford, Inhofe Applaud Senate Confirmation of US Attorneys for Oklahoma

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today applauded Senate confirmation of Brian J. Kuester to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, and R. Trent Shores to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma, by unanimous consent. "Brian and Trent are both great candidates to serve as US Attorneys for the Northern District and Eastern District of Oklahoma, and I'm grateful they were confirmed today by the Senate," said Lankford. … Continue Reading


09.13.17

Subcommittee Examines Federal Agency Reorganization and Duplication

WASHINGTON, DC - The 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 to examine how to ensure the federal government reorganizes effectively to reduce wasteful spending and better serve the American people. Following the President's March 13, 2017, Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch, Office of Management and … Continue Reading


09.08.17

Senator Lankford Supports State and Foreign Operations Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - On Thursday, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) supported the FY2018 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which includes many of his proposals to provide better oversight over large foreign assistance programs and to promote international religious freedom. "As threats from North Korea, Iran, and violent extremism in Iraq and Syria continue to threaten US interests around the world, maintaining strong US global leadership is more important than ever," said Lankford. "T… Continue Reading


09.07.17

Senator Lankford Statement on Debt Ceiling Vote

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on his vote against a bill to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government for three months, while also providing disaster relief funding. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 80 to 17: "Two options were provided to address disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey: one stand-alone bill, which I fully supported and a second option that included Hurricane Harvey relief, a debt ceiling increase, and short-term fun… Continue Reading


09.07.17

Senator Lankford Applauds Secretary Devos For Rescinding Overreaching 2011 Guidance Directive for Colleges

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for rescinding a 2011 'Dear Colleague Letter' on Title IX that regulated colleges and universities without the proper Congressional authority. In addition to rescinding the guidance letter, Secretary DeVos today committed to put in place interim documents to assist schools in enforcing Title IX responsibly, and the Department will begin the normal regular order regulatory process. "The Obama administr… Continue Reading

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