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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


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


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


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


Senator Lankford Joins Vice President Pence and Rep. Walker to Honor J.C. Watts and Sam Brownback For Establishing Museum

WASHINGTON, DC - In honor of Black History Month, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Vice President Mike Pence, White House chief-of-staff Gen. John Kelly, Senator Joni Ernst, Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), and Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James to tour and celebrate the National Museum of African American History and Culture and honor former Oklahoma Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK) and Ambassador Sam Brownback for their role in the creation of the museum. Today's program was sponsored by Insight … Continue Reading


Lankford Joins Senators to Introduce Bill to Expand Tax Relief to Pregnant Moms

WASHINGTON, DC -Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Steve Daines (R-MT), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) today introduced a bill to expand the Child Tax Credit to cover all families, including pregnant moms. The Child Tax Credit for Pregnant Moms Act builds on the Child Tax Credit provisions included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by supporting families and pregnant mothers with the many costs that accompany caring and planning for the care of a newborn baby. "Parenting costs don't just be… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Discusses Rising Domestic and National Security Threats During Intel Hearing

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in an open Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Worldwide Threats. This is an annual hearing that the committee holds to examine America's greatest national security threats from around the globe. Lankford used the opportunity to question US intelligence and national security leaders on the rising threat from Mexico and drug trafficking, cyber threats, and the recent arrest of Naif Abdulaziz Alfal… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Delivers Floor Speech on Immigration Reform

CLICK HERE to view the video. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor to advocate for the Secure and Succeed Act, a bill that will strengthen border security, provide a permanent solution for DACA, reform family sponsorship policy, and reallocate the Diversity Visa lottery. Senator Lankford today joined Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Joni Ernst (R-IA), David Perdue (R-GA), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) to introduce the Secu… Continue Reading


Senators to Introduce Border Security, DACA Framework

WASHINGTON, DC - A group of U.S. Senators tomorrow will introduce a common-sense proposal aimed at providing legal certainty for undocumented children brought to the United States by their parents and preventing others from falling into the same legal limbo in the future. Their proposal, which mirrors the White House framework announced by President Trump, provides a generous opportunity for approximately 1.8 million DACA or DACA-eligible immigrants to earn citizenship while strengthening our na… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Opposes Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on the Continuing Resolution (HR 1892), which includes the budget deal offered Wednesday by Senate Leadership that would increase the debt limit and roll back spending caps put in place in 2011: "This budget deal shows the American people exactly how broken our budget and appropriations process is. It does not address our runaway deficits and actually takes major steps backwards in the fight to rein in Washingto… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford and Coons Named Co-Chairmen of the 2019 National Prayer Breakfast

CLICK HERE to view video of their remarks WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Chris Coons (D-DE) were today named co-chairmen of the 2019 National Prayer Breakfast. The announcement was made at this morning's 66th annual National Prayer Breakfast. Lankford and Coons both spoke at the gathering about their weekly Senate prayer gathering, and how faith is a common bond that unites them. "Prayer is a unifying force in our country," said Lankford. "When the pressures of life build… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Awarded Legislator of the Year by Agricultural Retailers Association

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today received the Legislator of the Year award from the Agricultural Retailers Association for his work to make commonsense regulatory reforms and efforts to streamline the federal rulemaking process. Lankford serves as the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management. As Chair, Lankford has held hearings and introduced regulatory reform legislation such as the Small Business R… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

CLICK HERE to view the YouTube video statement WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) tonight made the following statement on the President's State of the Union address to the nation: "This State of the Union speech was a pretty remarkable speech. The beginning of the speech was actually unusual for a State of the Union. It didn't begin with what the Trump Administration had done this past year, it began with what the American people had done. The beginning focused on what people ha… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Delivers Floor Speech on Pain-Capable Bill

CLICK HERE to view the video. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor to advocate for the Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act, which the Senate voted on earlier this evening. Lankford, along with Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Joni Ernst (R-IA), introduced the bill in October 2017, which would ban abortion past five months of pregnancy. The bill failed to receive the necessary votes on the motion to proceed by a vote of 51-46. Last year, Lankford intr… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Travels to Mexico and Central America

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) returned today from a congressional trip to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and the ICE Immigration Detention Facility in Houston, Texas. The purpose of the trip was to conduct congressional oversight of intelligence and security operations, immigration, counternarcotics operations, and trade in the region. While in Central America, from January 25 to January 28, Lankford met with American Embassy diplomats and foreign officials, including US Ambassa… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on White House Immigration Framework

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today made the following statement in support of the White House's immigration reform framework that was released this afternoon: "I applaud the White House for offering a solid framework for immigration reform that provides a responsible solution for DACA, border security, and other immigration issues. This framework provides certainty for families, enacts common-sense reforms to nuclear family sponsorship policy, and protects our nation. Ignorin… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Announces Hire of Northwest Oklahoma Field Representative

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced the hire of Tanner Roberts as Field Representative for Northwest Oklahoma. His job as a Field Representative is to travel across Northwest Oklahoma to hear the needs and work with Oklahomans to solve federal issues. Roberts will work out of Enid, and he will travel throughout Northwest Oklahoma on Lankford's behalf on a daily basis. "I am pleased to welcome Tanner to the team," said Lankford. "His experience in the agriculture indust… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Applauds Senate Confirmation of Gov. Brownback as International Religious Freedom Ambassador

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded the confirmation of Governor Sam Brownback (R-KS) to be the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom at the State Department. The Office of International Religious Freedom - led by the Ambassador-at-Large- is charged with the promotion of religious freedom as a core objective of US foreign policy. "I'm pleased that the Senate voted today to confirm Governor Sam Brownback as the Ambassador-at-Large for International… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on Funding Vote To Reopen The Government

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today made the following statement after voting for cloture on a 3-week Continuing Resolution (CR) funding bill, which passed 81-18. Following Senate final passage, the House must pass this bill, and the President must sign it into law for the government shutdown to end. "I'm pleased that Senate Democrats relented and finally agreed to reopen the government. Today, they voted for the exact offer we extended on Friday night before the shutdown. Thi… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Urges Against a Government Shutdown, Encourages Continued Negotiation

CLICK HERE to view the video. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Thom Tills (R-NC) on the Senate floor to advocate for immigration reform that improves border security and fixes the DACA program but urged Senate Democrats against shutting down the government. Lankford has offered a number of solutions for DACA and border security. Last year, he introduced the SUCCEED Act and the SECURE Act and has also been a part of a number of negotiations to find solutions that provi… Continue Reading

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