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Senator Lankford’s Taxpayers Right To Know Act Passes The House Unanimously

WASHINGTON, DC - The Taxpayers Right To Know Act, a transparency bill championed by Senator James Lankford (R-OK) for several years, passed the House of Representatives today by voice vote, on the second day of the new 115th Congress. "I applaud the House for quickly passing the Taxpayers Right To Know Act." said Lankford. "The American people deserve to know more about how their tax dollars are being spent and this legislation will do that. The Taxpayers Right To Know Act will require the fed… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Sworn-In for 115th Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was sworn-in today as a United States Senator from Oklahoma for the 115th Congress. Today's swearing-in officially begins Lankford's first full six-year term after being reelected on November 8, 2016. "I am incredibly grateful for the honor to represent the state of Oklahoma as one of its United States Senators," said Lankford. "The people of Oklahoma have entrusted me to serve in this capacity on their behalf, and I hope to make all Oklahomans pr… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Leads Congressional Delegation Trip to Turkey, Kosovo and South Korea

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today returned to the United States after leading a congressional delegation trip to Turkey, Kosovo, and South Korea. Lankford traveled abroad from December 14 to December 20 and was joined by Congressmen Steve Russell (OK-05) and Markwayne Mullin (OK-02). The purpose of the trip was to visit deployed Oklahoma National Guard troops in Kosovo, and meet with foreign leaders and military personnel in Turkey and South Korea regarding regional securit… Continue Reading


President Obama Signs International Religious Freedom Bill Co-Sponsored by Senator Lankford

WASHINGTON, DC - On Friday, President Obama signed the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act, a bill co-sponsored by Senator James Lankford (R-OK). The law aims to strengthen the United States' effort to combat persecution of religious minorities around the world. "Religious freedom is more than an American right; it is a human right," said Lankford. "The Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act is needed to help prevent the persecution of religious minorities around the world… Continue Reading


President Obama Signs Senator Lankford D.C. Transparency Bill Into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - On Wednesday, President Obama signed into law a bill that was written by Senator James Lankford - the District of Columbia Judicial Financial Transparency Act. This law increases judicial transparency for Washington, DC court judges by requiring they meet the same financial disclosure thresholds as federal judges, and it modernizes multiple court functions. Lankford introduced the Senate version of this bill in May of 2016. "I am pleased that this judicial transparency bill ha… Continue Reading


Senate Judiciary Chairman Recommends Criminal Investigation Into Planned Parenthood

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley's (R-IA) decision to refer the Planned Parenthood Federation of America to the FBI and the Department of Justice for investigation and possible prosecution. The Committee today released a detailed report about Planned Parenthood's harvesting of human tissue and its potential failed or lack of compliance with the law. "I am pleased that Senate Judiciary Chairman Grassley has asked the Just… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Highlights Oklahoma Charity in Senate Opportunity Coalition’s Second Report

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined the Senate Opportunity Coalition (SOC) last week to release its second report reviewing their continued progress in identifying common obstacles faced by millions of Americans still living in poverty. "Federal, state and local governments should begin to think more about the prevention of poverty, rather than just the management of poverty," said Lankford. "To help achieve better outcomes for foster youth, and at-risk youth, the federal gove… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Supports Water Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made the following statement today in support of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (S. 612), which passed the Senate by a vote of 78 to 21: "The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act is a solid infrastructure bill that provides much-needed innovation for numerous projects across the nation, and Oklahoma. It authorizes essential navigation, flood control, and restoration projects, many of them backlogged by the … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Opposes Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following statement on the Continuing Resolution (H.R. 2028), which keeps current FY2017 spending levels through April 28, 2017: "The federal government has a commitment to the American people to serve them and use taxpayer dollars wisely, and Oklahomans' expectations are no different. In one year, the government has dropped the ball and racked up another half-a-trillion-dollar deficit-on top of the already devastating $19 trillion… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Supports NDAA Conference Report

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made the following statement today in support of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report (S. 2943), which passed the Senate by a vote of 92 to 7: "I'm pleased that Congress has passed a responsible bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act, which gives our military the funding and direction it needs to protect our national security. Providing for the defense of our nation is one of Congress' most important responsibilit… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, Inhofe Statement In Support of Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford and Jim Inhofe today released a statement in support of President-elect Trump's announcement of his intention to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: "I applaud President-elect Trump and his team for choosing Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency," said Lankford. "Pruitt has served Oklahoma as a tireless defender of justice and law, and I am confident that he … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Supports Bill to Promote Drug Innovation and Continue to Address Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted for Senate passage of the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34), a bill that removes burdensome regulations on the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to allow them to bring safe drugs and devices to the market more quickly, provide assistance to combat Oklahoma's growing opioid crisis, enhance electronic health records, and address the growing mental health emergency. "Many Americans have experienced first-hand the effects of Alzheimer's, men… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford: Congress Should Repeal Renewable Fuel Standard Program

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 Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) management of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and discuss two Government Accountability Office reports about the program released earlier this week. The first report shows that the RFS program is unlikely to meet its targets for reducing gree… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Applauds Senate Passage of Iran Sanctions Act

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford today praised Senate passage of the Iran Sanctions Act (HR 6297), which extends existing sanctions' authority on Iran until December 31, 2026. The sanctions aim to deny Iran the resources to support terrorism or develop weapons of mass destruction. "I am encouraged that both the House and Senate have reasserted their authority as a co-equal branch of government and demonstrated overwhelming support of the Iran Sanctions Act. There are not many issues on wh… Continue Reading


EVENTS: Senator Lankford to Discuss Federal Fumbles in OKC, Tulsa

On Friday, December 2, Senator James Lankford will participate in two events in Oklahoma to discuss his new government waste report entitled, "Federal Fumbles: 100 ways the government dropped the ball." Both events are free and open to the public. CLICK HERE TO RSVP WHAT: Senator Lankford Speech at Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs WHEN: Friday, December 2, 7:30am-8:30amCT WHERE: Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, Advance Center for Free Enterprise, 415 NE 13th Street, Oklahoma City, OK … Continue Reading


Lankford-Requested GAO Reports Prove RFS Standard Is Unrealistic and Ineffective

WASHINGTON, DC - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released two reports requested by Senator James Lankford (R-OK) a year ago on the long term feasibility of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The first report shows that the RFS program is unlikely to meet its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and expanding the US renewable fuels sector. The second report shows that low expected production volumes make it unlikely that advanced biofuels can meet increasing targ… Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Releases “Federal Fumbles” Gov’t Waste Report

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford today released his second annual government waste and solutions report called, "Federal Fumbles: 100 ways the government dropped the ball." The report represents $247 billion in wasteful and inefficient federal spending and regulations, but also includes solutions to each of the examples of government waste. CLICK HERE to access the report. "The American people have signaled a bold new direction for Washington with the election of President-elect Donald … Continue Reading


Senator James Lankford Statement on Court Delay of Federal Overtime Rule

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today made the following statement on a Texas Federal District Judge granting an emergency injunction against the Labor Department's federal overtime rule: "I am pleased that a Federal District Judge has, yet again, pumped the brakes on another harmful regulation from the Obama administration. This federal overtime rule is devastating for small businesses, colleges and nonprofits all across America, but particularly in states with a low cost-of… Continue Reading


Senators Lankford, King Urge President-elect Trump to Quickly Nominate Director of National Intelligence

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Angus King (I-ME), members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, today sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump urging him to prioritize the nomination of the next Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and to select an experienced, collaborative individual who can advise on the nomination of other intelligence agency leaders. "A successful DNI makes the intelligence community more efficient, more collaborative, limits redundancies, and … Continue Reading


Senator Lankford Invites Oklahomans to Request Tickets for 2017 Presidential Inauguration

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released information for Oklahomans interested in attending the 58th Presidential Inauguration on Friday, January 20, 2017. President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States at the Inauguration. Each US Senate and Congressional Office will receive a small number of tickets for the ceremony. Tickets available are for standing room only access to the West Lawn of the US Capitol. Oklahomans interested in at… Continue Reading

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