Press Releases

05.22.18

On NAFTA, Senator Lankford & GOP Senators Urge Administration Against Take-or-Leave Strategy

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined a group of Senators in sending a letter to the United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, urging the Administration to work closely with Members of Congress to ensure an updated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has the Congressional support necessary to be enacted into law as negotiations on the agreement near conclusion. "As you near the conclusion of NAFTA negotiations, we urge you to closely consider the… Continue Reading


05.17.18

Senator Lankford Applauds Gina Haspel’s Confirmation as CIA Director

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement after voting for Gina Haspel to be the next CIA Director: "Gina Haspel is the right person to be the director of the CIA with more than three decades of nonpartisan CIA experience during the administrations of the last five Presidents. She has the support of six former CIA Directors serving under both Republican and Democratic administrations. During my open and classified meetings, it was evident that she kn… Continue Reading


05.17.18

Senator Lankford Subcommittee Examines FTC and FCC Spending and Regulations

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today chaired his first hearing as the new chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee. The hearing examined the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) FY2019 budget requests and explored a wide range of issues, including net neutrality, rural access to broadband internet, anticompetitive mergers and business practices, consumer protections, contraband cell phones, and the… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Senator Lankford Questions FBI Director on Background Checks and Growing Transnational Criminal Organizations

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - During an Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies hearing, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray about the department's work to be more expeditious when completing background checks for nominations and administration staff, and the FBI's efforts to work with DHS and the US Attorney's office to stop transnational criminal organizations. Excerpts: (2:42-4:09) Senator Lan… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Senator Lankford Opposes Net Neutrality Regulations on Senate Floor

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a floor speech in opposition to burdensome net neutrality regulations and a vote in the Senate on the Net Neutrality Congressional Review Act (S.J.Res.52). A CRA permits Congress to overturn an agency rule within 60 legislative days after an agency has submitted the rule to Congress, with a simple majority vote. Today's CRA aimed to reverse a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision, in December … Continue Reading


05.14.18

Senator Lankford Statement on American Embassy Opening in Jerusalem

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today made the following statement on the US Embassy dedication ceremony and recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital on the 70th anniversary of Israel's founding: "After more than two decades of bipartisan declarations from Congress, the US Embassy has been relocated to Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel. While we must continue working to secure a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians, today's embassy move he… Continue Reading


05.11.18

Senators Push To Avoid Last-Minute Funding Battles

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and 15 Senators including David Perdue (R-GA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Dean Heller (R-NV), Ron Johnson (R-WI), John Kennedy (R-LA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) are asking Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to expedite floor consideration on funding bills and President Trump's nomine… Continue Reading


05.10.18

Senator Lankford Urges Turkey to Take Cue from North Korea: Release Americans

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor on the unjust imprisonment of American Dr. Andrew Brunson who has been held hostage in Turkey since October 2016 and currently undergoing a bogus trial. Lankford continues to demand the immediate release of Dr. Brunson. Lankford along with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) have taken legislative action to put pressure on Turkey including a bill to prevent the transfer… Continue Reading


05.10.18

Senator Lankford Applauds Choctaw Nation’s Selection to Participate in DOT Pilot Program

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today praised the US Department of Transportation's (DOT) announcement to include Choctaw Nation in the UAS Integration Pilot Program. "I congratulate the Choctaw Nation on their selection to participate in the DOT's pilot program to examine how the public and private sector can work together to integrate cutting-edge technology into the already-complex airspace," said Lankford. "They have worked for the past 18 months to carefully develop a visio… Continue Reading


05.10.18

Senator Lankford Introduces Former Chief of Staff Rear Admiral (Ret) Greg Slavonic at Nomination Hearing

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced his former Chief of Staff Greg Slavonic during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Slavonic was nominated last year to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Slavonic is a native Oklahoman who retired from the US Navy after a 34-year career, where he originally enlisted as a Seaman Recruit and, after repeatedly distinguishing himself, … Continue Reading


05.09.18

Senator Lankford Questions CIA Director Nominee Gina Haspel

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Lankford noted the significant bipartisan support for her confirmation from former intelligence officials and CIA Directors. Lankford also asked Haspel about drug trafficking, counter narcotics work, and also international cyber threats. Excerpt: (0:04-1:20) Senator Lankford: Ms. Haspel thank you… Continue Reading


05.08.18

Senator Lankford Discusses San Ysidro, Border Crossings and Current Pace of Legal Immigration

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - During an Appropriations Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security hearing, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen about border crossings and the current pace of legal immigration in America. During the hearing, Secretary Nielsen revealed that approximately 500,000 immigrants enter America legally per day. Lankford's line of questioning was intended to demonstrate that America'… Continue Reading


05.08.18

Senator Lankford Statement on President’s Decision to Withdraw From Iran Deal

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today made the following statement on the President's decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also called the Iran Nuclear Deal, and impose additional sanctions on Iran. "The Iran nuclear agreement, designed and agreed to by President Obama, had major flaws from the beginning. The agreement gave permanent tariff relief to Iran in exchange for temporary restrictions on its nuclear weapons program. Iran has spent ye… Continue Reading


04.26.18

Senator Lankford Applauds Confirmation of Mike Pompeo

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement on the confirmation of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State: "I've known Mike since 2011. He has served our country as a US Representative from Kansas, as an officer in the United States Army, the director of the CIA, and as a businessman. He is a hard-working, dedicated public servant who will serve our nation well at the US Department of State. I am disappointed that Mike did not receive more bipartisan support fo… Continue Reading


04.26.18

Senators Lankford, Shaheen, and Tillis Introduce Bill To Stop Transfer of Fighter Aircraft To Turkey

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) today introduced a bill to prevent the transfer of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to Turkey. The bill would also block Turkey's role as a maintenance depot for the aircraft. Under the US-led, multinational Joint Strike Fighter program, Turkey was expected to purchase more than 100 aircraft. "Senators Shaheen and Tillis have worked diligently with me and others in Congress to address America's rap… Continue Reading


04.25.18

Senator Lankford Requests Unanimous Consent of Taxpayer Transparency Bill, Senator Schumer Objects

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), sponsors of the Taxpayers Right To Know Act (S. 317), today went to the Senate floor to request that their bill be passed by unanimous consent. Their request was blocked by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the only Senator opposed to the bill. Specifically, the bill would create an online database that reports financial data and performance metrics for every federal program abo… Continue Reading


04.25.18

Senator Lankford Applauds Rules Committee Passage of Gridlock Reform

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Rules Committee today approved Senator Lankford's gridlock reform resolution (S. Res. 355) to permanently speed up Senate debate time on most executive and judicial nominees. The next step would be for a vote in the full Senate. "Former Democratic Leader Harry Reid led an identical bipartisan rule change to create more efficiency for the 113th Congress," said Lankford. "Now, it's time to make this original Democratic proposal permanent, for this Senate and future Se… Continue Reading


04.25.18

Senator Lankford Invites Oklahoma Business Leader to French President Macron Joint Meeting of Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today invited Paul Campbell, President & CEO of Enviro Systems Inc. of Seminole, Oklahoma, to be his guest for the Joint Meeting of Congress with French President Emmanuel Macron. "It is a unique opportunity to hear a joint address to Congress from a French President, and I'm glad an Oklahoma business leader with ties to France was able to join me," said Lankford. "For more than 250 years, America and France have enjoyed a good and steady rela… Continue Reading


04.24.18

Senator Lankford Responds to Senator Schumer’s Hypocrisy on Gridlock Reform Rules Proposal

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a floor speech in response to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) criticism of Lankford's gridlock reform Senate rules change resolution (S. Res. 355), which will be voted on in the Rules Committee tomorrow. In 2013, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced this same resolution solely for the duration of the 113th Congress (2013-2014); it passed with bipartisan support, 78-16 … Continue Reading


04.19.18

Senators Lankford and Shaheen Call for Sanctions on Turkish Officials

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) tonight released the following joint statement on their decision to pursue targeted sanctions against Turkish officials in this year's Fiscal Year 2019 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs spending bill in response to the unjust imprisonment of Dr. Andrew Brunson: "Turkish President Erdogan has continued to violate the trust between our two nations by holding Pastor Brunson and other innocent Americans behind … Continue Reading

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