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Senator Lankford Again Slams Broken Budget Process, Calls for Change

CLICK HERE to watch the video. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) yesterday delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate to address the issues with the Senate's broken budget process. Lankford stressed that the budget process needs to change to provide more transparency and focus on solutions that will proactively tackle major reforms through regular order, which will allow for meaningful debt reduction. Lankford has consistently encouraged a budget process that allows more Congres… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Votes to Override President’s Veto of 9/11 Victim Families Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made the following statement on his vote to override President Obama's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (S. 2040). It passed the Senate by a vote of 97-1: "Despite President Obama's opposition, I was proud to join 96 of my Senate colleagues in supporting this important bill. Families affected by foreign state-supported terrorism in the U.S. deserve the right to pursue justice for these cowardly and horrific attacks. Foreign st… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Statement on the Death of Shimon Peres

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today made the following remarks on the death of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres: "The legacy and life of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres are remarkable and historic. His contributions to peace and justice have changed world history. I had the opportunity to meet President Peres in 2011 and it was an honor to hear first-hand about his efforts to re-establish and protect the historic homeland of the … Continue Reading


Lankford, Hartzler Led Amicus Brief Challenging Obama Administration’s Executive Overreach in Title IX Case

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Representative Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) yesterday led over 100 Members of Congress in an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court regarding a case in which a local school district in Virginia was forced to change policies to accommodate the Department of Education's overreaching reinterpretation of Title IX, G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board. Title IX is a portion of Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on th… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Inhofe Write to HHS Secretary Opposing Proposed Title X Rule

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today joined a bipartisan, bicameral letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell expressing their opposition to the Department's new proposed rule to amend regulations implementing the Title X Family Planning Program. The letter questions HHS' assertion that providers with a reproductive health focus are more "effective" than other health care providers which offer more comprehensive c… Continue Reading


Lankford Subcommittee Presses Obama Administration on Their Use of Regulatory Guidance Directives

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 the Obama administration's continued abuse of regulatory guidance directives. Today's hearing continued the examination of this issue from previous hearings on September 23, 2015 and June 30, 2016. The administration provided the following three witnesses: Office of Management and Budget… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Congratulates OKC Nonprofit for Winning ‘Angels in Adoption’ Award

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today congratulated one the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's (CCAI) Angels in Adoption award winner, the Deaconess Pregnancy and Adoption Services, which is located in Oklahoma City. This award is given annually to individuals, couples and organizations that have made contributions on behalf of children in need of families. On behalf of the organization, Deaconess Executive Director Dierdre McCool and Child Placement Supervisor Heathe… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Joins Group to Launch Anti-Poverty Effort

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined a group of Senators to announce the launch of the Senate Opportunity Coalition, a new initiative aiming to reduce poverty and ensure every family across America has access to the American Dream. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Lankford have all joined together to fight poverty and ensure opportunity by sharing experiences from their constituents, highlighting the issues facing lo… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Applauds Passage of Water Resources Development Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made the following statement on Senate passage of the Water Resources Development Act, or WRDA (S. 2848), by a vote of 95 to 3: "An important part of good governance is the efficient management of our nation's water infrastructure, and routine passage of the Water Resources Development Act helps to ensure that. I applaud Senator Inhofe's tireless work on this important legislation. This bill authorizes essential navigation, flood control and resto… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Perdue Introduce Bill to Hold Iran Accountable for Illicit Behavior

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and David Perdue (R-GA) today introduced the JCPOA Enforcement Transparency Act, which would increase oversight of the Joint Commission, a committee created under the Iran Nuclear Deal to monitor implementation, and call on the U.S. representative to the Commission to oppose further exemptions for Iran. The Institute for Science and International Studies recently issued a report claiming that some of Iran's nuclear facilities and stocks were not… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Slams Senate Democrats for Filibustering Defense Bill, Jeopardizing National Security

CLICK HERE to watch the video. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate about the Democrats' filibuster of the Defense Appropriations bill, a piece of legislation that passed unanimously out of Committee. Lankford made the case that growing worldwide threats and national security needs make passage of the Defense Appropriations extremely important. On May 26, the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved the FY2017 Defense A… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Inhofe Request Removal of NDAA Provision on Women Registration for Selective Service

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today asked Congressional leaders of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees to remove a National Defense Authorization Act provision that would require women to register for military Selective Service. A version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act passed the Senate on July 7 and the House on May 18. The final conference report is currently being negotiated this week. Lankford and Inhofe were joined on th… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Remarks on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following remarks ahead of the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks: "We remember the many Americans that lost their lives or loved ones 15 years ago in the senseless attack on our families. We must never forget the tragedy of 9/11, the threats we still face, or the many sacrifices made by the brave members of our intelligence community, military and first responders to protect our nation. "As we continue to s… Continue Reading


Legal Experts Expose Weak Regulatory Process for Independent Agencies

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 regulatory processes can be improved at independent regulatory agencies, which are structured to be independent from the influence of the President. Examples of independent regulatory agencies include the Federal Reserve Board, Securities Exchange Commission, Federal Deposit Insuranc… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Demands Answers From President Obama on Iran Cash Payments

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to President Obama to seek answers about the $1.7 billion in cash payments to Iran. Lankford is asking the President to deliver on his promise of greater transparency for the American people by answering thirteen pointed questions about the details of how the money was transferred to Iran, whether the cash has ended up financing Iran's military or terrorist ambitions, and the process behind granting Iran exemptions to its' nuclea… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Introduces Pro-Life Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced the Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act, which would prohibit the procedure of late-term dismemberment abortion across America. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), co-chairman of the House Pro-Life Caucus, has sponsored the legislation in the house (HR 3515). "There are many important national issues to address in Washington, DC, including our budget, education, energy and national security. But we must also work for social justice for all Americ… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Bills Make Taxpayers Advocacy Group’s “No-Brainers” Top Ten List

WASHINGTON, DC - The National Taxpayers Union today released their top ten "no-brainers" list of legislation and included two of Senator James Lankford's (R-OK) bills - the Taxpayers Right to Know Act and the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act. This annual National Taxpayers Union list of legislation presents commonsense bills, from both houses of Congress, with bipartisan backing that should pass with ease and could result in big wins for taxpayers. Both Lankford bills aim to create a more efficie… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Hatch Urge Social Security Administration for an Immediate Response on Disability Case Backlog

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) today sent a letter to the Social Security Administration (SSA) to request an immediate response on outstanding documents detailing how the transfer of cases from Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) to non-APA employees is legal. This initiative was announced earlier this year as a way to decrease the long Social Security Disability Insurance case backlog. "Given the substantial time that has passed since the initial inq… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Votes for Defense Appropriations Bill, Opposes Fiscally Irresponsible Zika Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made the following statement on the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill (HR 2577), which provides $1.1 billion, including $350 million in debt spending, to address the Zika virus: "In April, the Obama administration publicly stated there was $589 million left from the Ebola response that was available to quickly re-direct funds to address Zika. As of today, only $112 million of the $589 million has been used. President Obama … Continue Reading


Administration Responds to Senators Lankford and Grassley Zika Inquiry, But Doesn't Answer Questions Regarding Available Funds

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - On Monday, Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) pressed the Obama Administration on why it appears that billions of dollars in unobligated funds aren't being directed to a Zika response. The Administration, via Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, responded but did not address the Senators' questions about redirecting billions of dollars of available funds to the Zika response. Grassley and Lankford made the follo… Continue Reading

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