Press Releases


Lankford, Colleagues Work to Ensure Oklahomans Access to Rural Hospitals

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the bipartisan Rural Hospital Closure Relief Act, which would support financially vulnerable rural hospitals facing risk of closure. The legislation would update Medicare's "Critical Access Hospital" (CAH) designation so more rural hospitals can qualify for this financial lifeline and continue to serve their communities with quality, affordable health care services. Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16) and… Continue Reading


Lankford, Inhofe Want to Preserve Sleep for Oklahoma Families By Making Daylight Saving Time Permanent

WASHINGTON, DC - Oklahoma's Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) to reintroduce the Sunshine Protection Act, legislation that would make Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent across the country. The Senators were joined by Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Ed Markey (D-MA) in the reintroduction. Fifteen states-Arkansas, Alabama, California, Delaware, Georgia, Id… Continue Reading


Senators: Biden Administration Must Impose Sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream II Pipeline

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined John Barrasso (R-WY) and a group of 40 senators to send a letter criticizing the Biden Administration for failing to follow the law and impose sanctions on entities involved in the Nord Stream II pipeline. The Nord Stream II pipeline would carry natural gas from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea. If completed, the pipeline would make American allies and partners in Europe more susceptible to Moscow's coercion and malign influence. In the… Continue Reading


Lankford Shines Light on Lack of Transparency in Federal Government

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford joined Rep. James Comer (R-KY) to introduce the Guidance Out Of Darkness (GOOD) Act, which requires agencies to publish their regulatory guidance on the internet in a single, easily accessible location. This will dramatically increase the transparency of agency regulatory actions for all entities that need to comply-including small businesses, workers, and American households. Lankford and Comer were joined in introducing the bill by Senators Ron Johnson… Continue Reading


Lankford Protects Faith-based Adoption Providers

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford today joined Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) to introduce the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, which would protect faith-based child welfare providers from being discriminated against for acting in accordance with their deeply held religious beliefs. Lankford and Scott were joined in introducing the bill by Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Mike Braun (R-IN), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Kevin Cramer (R-ND)… Continue Reading


Lankford Expresses Deep Disappointment in Democrats’ Move to Force Americans to Fund Abortions

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) expressed his deep disappointment that Americans will be, for the first time in 44 years, now forced to pay for abortions with federal taxpayer dollars in the Democrats' $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill that is being considered in the House today. He offered these comments this morning in a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee business meeting to consider the nomination of Shalanda Young to be Dep… Continue Reading


Lankford, Coons Continue to Lead Push to Incentivize Charitable Giving

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Chris Coons (D-DE), Mike Lee (R-UT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tim Scott (R-SC), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) today introduced the bipartisan Universal Giving Pandemic Response and Recovery Act to expand and extend the current deduction for charitable giving. The bill would ensure that Americans who donate to charities, houses of worship, religious organizations, and other nonprofits are able to deduct… Continue Reading


Lankford Wants to Audit the Fed

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to reintroduce the Federal Reserve Transparency Act or the "Audit the Fed" bill to prevent the Federal Reserve from concealing vital information on its operations from Congress. "Congress can't fix what we can't see, including the Federal Reserve," said Lankford. "The Fed is an integral financial institution, but it should not be immune from full congressional oversight and accountability to the American people, espe… Continue Reading


Lankford Votes Against Rushed, Progressive Wish List Cloaked As COVID Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today opposed the Reconciliation Bill, which spends $1.9 trillion of borrowed money for "COVID" relief. Lankford joined Senators Rick Scott (R-FL) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) early this week to introduce a resolution asking the White House to provide a full accounting of what is unspent and what can be reallocated from the funding already approved. "The chaotic process that took place over the last week is further proof that this bill was not ready and… Continue Reading


Lankford, Daines Stand for Life During Partisan Budget Debate

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Steve Daines (R-MT) today introduced several amendments to the Reconciliation Bill to fix provisions to ensure it complies with the long-standing Hyde amendment, which bars the use of federal dollars to pay for abortion. Lankford filed his amendment to apply Hyde-related language to Community Health Centers and health funding and tax extenders. "Congress has passed five bipartisan bills in the past 12 months related to the COVID-19 pandemic t… Continue Reading


Lankford Continues to Prioritize Government Transparency

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford reintroduced two bills, the Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act (PATTA) and the Guidance Clarity Act, which will help increase transparency of the federal rulemaking process for all Oklahomans, particularly small businesses. Lankford serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management. PATTA would require the notice of a proposed rule by a f… Continue Reading


Lankford Asks for Receipts before Spending More Money

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today called on his colleagues to provide transparency on the upcoming $1.9 trillion Democrat COVID-19 bill, which the Senate is expected to begin debating in the coming days even though Members have not yet seen it. Lankford asked the Senate the reasonable questions of whether senators could read the bill first and whether senators could get real numbers on what is unspent and what can be reallocated from the funding already provided. Lankford par… Continue Reading


Lankford Seeks to Prevent Discrimination of Legal Businesses by Banks

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) to introduce the Fair Access to Banking Act today, a bill to prevent discrimination by banks and financial service providers against constitutionally protected industries and law-abiding businesses. The bill builds off the Trump Administration's Fair Access Rule, which Lankford supported. "Trying to 'cancel' certain legal industries, like energy companies or gun manufactures, by pressuring lenders not to loa… Continue Reading


Lankford Opposes President Biden’s Pick to Lead HHS In Committee Vote

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today during a vote in the Senate Finance Committee Business Meeting opposed the nomination of Xavier Becerra to serve as Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Lankford questioned Becerra during a hearing last week noting his hostility toward conscience protections and his lack of experience to lead such a critical agency during a global health pandemic. "During a pandemic we need a health care professional leading t… Continue Reading


Lankford Fact-checks Democrats’ COVID Bill

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today gave a fiery fact-check of President Biden's and congressional Democrats' pork-filled $1.9 trillion funding bill masquerading as a COVID-19 relief package. Lankford cited huge pots of money supposedly allocated to education and vaccines when most of the education dollars are not slated to be spent until next year and vaccine-distribution dollars passed in December have still not been fully spent by the C… Continue Reading


Lankford Pushes for Swift Implementation of His Government Transparency Bill

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's Q&A. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today participated in a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing entitled, "GAO's 2021 High Risk List: Addressing Waste, Fraud, and Abuse." Lankford focused his questions on the completion of the US Census and updates on telework and remote working for federal employees. Lankford also raised his Taxpayers-Right-to-Know Act, which became law after a decade of advocating for tran… Continue Reading


Lankford, Coons, Tillis Advocate for a Senate Human Rights Commission

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, to introduce a resolution to establish a Senate Human Rights Commission, modeled after the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the US House of Representatives. If passed, the resolution would create a bipartisan commission to examine human rights violations through regular briefings and events and promote human rights initiatives in the Se… Continue Reading


Lankford, Daines, and Colleagues Want to Permanently Ban Earmarks

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK), led by Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and several of their colleagues today introduced legislation to permanently ban earmarks. This follows an agreement by House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro to bring the practice back to Congress. Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Rand Paul (R-KY) joined Lankford and Daines in support o… Continue Reading


Lankford Honors Contributions of Black Oklahomans

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) honored two outstanding Black Oklahomans in his annual floor speech in honor of Black History Month. Lankford shared the legacy and accomplishments of the late Oklahoma Senator Maxine Horner and the many contributions and tenacious public service of his friend, retired federal judge, Vicki Miles-LaGrange. Transcript In 1932, 11 years after the Tulsa Race Massacre, Maxine Horner was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma… Continue Reading


Lankford Calls on CDC to ‘Step Up’

CLICK HERE to watch Lankford's remarks WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the Senate floor to provide Oklahoma seniors, those with comorbidities, teachers, and others who've received the full COVID-19 vaccine regiment with up-to-date guidance on when and in what ways it is safe to move forward with their daily lives now that they are completely vaccinated. On February 12, Lankford sent a letter to the CDC Director re… Continue Reading

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