Press Releases

02.05.16

Senator Lankford Blasts Obama’s Proposed Tax on Oil

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement on the Obama administration's proposal to place a $10 tax on every barrel of oil: "At least the President has remained consistent, even in his last year he is still proposing new taxes. This is not only a higher tax, it is a new type of tax. Creating yet another type of gas tax would further complicate the tax code and raise prices on consumers. I can only assume this is the first of many new taxes that wil… Continue Reading


02.04.16

Senators Lankford, Cruz and Lee Press Government Contractor on Internet Censorship

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Mike Lee (R-UT) today challenged federal contractor, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), to not support Chinese Internet censorship. In a letter to ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade, the senators raised serious concerns and requested information regarding Mr. Chehade's involvement with the World Internet Conference. The conference is organized by the Chinese government, a regime notorious for its censorship of th… Continue Reading


02.03.16

Senator Lankford Discusses Washington Gridlock at Conservative Policy Summit

CLICK HERE to view the video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today attended the annual Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit to discuss his vision to improve the way House and Senate Members hear from the American people and enact good policy. Lankford participated in a panel discussion on "Perspectives from the House and Senate," which looked at how each chamber of Congress works, and what they could do to improve the lives of people from all walks of life. Lankford spoke … Continue Reading


02.03.16

Senator Lankford Pushes To Permanently Phase Out Energy Tax Credit

CLICK HERE to view the YouTube video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor on the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 and his two amendments: one to completely phase out the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and another to reform the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Yesterday, Lankford introduced an amendment to completely end federal renewable energy production tax credits by the end of 2031, making 2019 the last year a project could… Continue Reading


02.02.16

Senator Lankford Introduces Legislation to Completely Phase Out Federal Energy Tax Credit

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced an amendment to a Senate energy bill to completely end federal renewable energy production tax credits by the end of 2031, making 2019 the last year a project could qualify for a credit. The recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 enacted a gradual phase down of the Production Tax Credit by 2031, but failed to give the industry statutory certainty after the drawdown. Lankford's amendment would eliminate the credit at… Continue Reading


02.02.16

Lankford, Inhofe and Cole Statements on Fort Sill’s Plans for Future Structure

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, today released the following statements about Fort Sill's announcement regarding the vital role Fort Sill will continue to play as the Army plans for its future force structure: "Our nation faces very serious world-wide security threats, and it's more important than ever to have an Army tha… Continue Reading


02.02.16

Senator Lankford Discusses Rural Hospital Decline at Annual Rural Health Policy Institute

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) spoke at the National Rural Health Association's (NRHA) 27th Annual Rural Health Policy Institute today. During his speech, Lankford stressed the importance of rural health organizations and the communities they serve. Lankford discussed the options Congress is considering to continue support for Oklahoma's rural hospitals. "Rural hospitals are essential to our rural communities and families in Oklahoma. The threat of closure of rural hospitals is … Continue Reading


01.28.16

Senators Lankford, Manchin Ask Senate Tax Leaders to Not Abandon SSDI Reform

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today encouraged Senate finance leaders to not abandon the pursuit of real reforms for the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, because the short-term reallocation patch in October's Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 is not a long-term solution. In a letter to Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch and Ranking Member Ron Wyden, Lankford and Manchin reminded them that the Bipartisan Budget Act's reallocation of payro… Continue Reading


01.27.16

Senator Lankford Participates in Recognition of ‘National School Choice Week’

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined 20 Senators today to designate the week of January 24 through January 30, 2016 as "National School Choice Week". "Parents should have all the tools necessary to ensure their child will receive the best education, no matter economic status or home address," said Lankford. "Kids can't wait for schools to improve. Their educational opportunity is now. Oklahomans want a great education for their families, and I am proud to sponsor the 'National… Continue Reading


01.27.16

Senator Lankford: Cut Foreign Aid to Nations Who Mishandle GITMO Terrorists

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today called on Senate Appropriations leaders to cut taxpayer-funded foreign aid for nations who mishandle terrorists formerly held at America's Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. Earlier this month, two detainees were transferred from Guantanamo Bay to the west African nation of Ghana. To better ensure that terrorists don't return to the fight, Lankford and three other Senators wrote a letter calling for the reduction of foreign aid to G… Continue Reading


01.24.16

Senator Lankford Discusses National Security and Hillary Clinton on Fox News Sunday

Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to discuss the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of classified emails and a private server, and whether it has implications for national security. Senator Lankford is the only Senator on both the Intelligence Committee and the Homeland Security Committee. CLICK HERE to view the interview Excerpts: Does Hillary Clinton's use of a private server represent a security threat? It absolutely represents a s… Continue Reading


01.21.16

Senator Lankford Receives Inaugural Pro-Life Leader Award at Evangelicals for Life Conference

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today was presented with the inaugural Pro-Life Leader Award during the Evangelicals for Life conference in Washington, DC. The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and Focus on the Family hosted the conference in conjunction with the Washington, DC March for Life event, an annual pro-life march on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. "I'm humbled by this honor, but I really want to recogn… Continue Reading


01.21.16

Senator Lankford Introduces Resolution to Support a Woman on the $20 Bill Instead of the $10 Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced a Senate resolution to support the removal of Andrew Jackson from the twenty-dollar bill, rather than change the ten-dollar bill. As president, Andrew Jackson's Indian removal policies led to the forced relocation of millions, and the death of thousands, of American Indians. In June, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that a significant woman from American history would be placed on the ten-dollar bill. This denomination was sele… Continue Reading


01.20.16

Senator Lankford Advocates for Unborn Life, Applauds Pro-Life Activists on Senate Floor

CLICK HERE to view the YouTube video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a floor speech on the Senate floor about the sanctity of unborn life, the pro-life movement, and the upcoming March for Life on Friday. Transcript: Thank you, Mr. President. It's a basic American value: Families. Americans are kind of particular about our families. We love our families and we love our kids. It has been one of the struggles we've had as a nation, because we've seen this collap… Continue Reading


01.20.16

Senator Lankford Questions Attorney General on President Obama’s Fast and Furious Program and Gun Control Proposals

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned Attorney General Loretta Lynch about the President's Fast and Furious program and recent proposed executive actions on gun control. On January 5, 2016, President Obama issued a number of proposed executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence by instituting new background check requirements, hiring more government workers to oversee gun policy, and increasing funding for mental health research and gun technology. Specifically, the… Continue Reading


01.12.16

Senator Lankford Responds to President Obama's State of the Union Address

CLICK HERE to view the YouTube video CLICK HERE to view the DropBox video WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union address: "Families in Oklahoma have been harmed by the policies and politics of the last seven years. Washington has become more partisan, our economic growth has become more anemic, and federal regulations have dramatically increased, controlling more of our everyday lives. "I did appre… Continue Reading


01.12.16

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 Monday evening by a unanimous vote of 413-0. "I applaud the House for passing the Taxpayers Right To Know Act and I call on my colleagues in the Senate to bring it up for a vote right away," said Lankford. "We need to put this type of transparency legislation on the President's desk for his signature. The American people deserve… Continue Reading


01.11.16

Senator Lankford Leads Congressional Amicus Brief in Support of Nonprofits’ Supreme Court Challenge to HHS Mandate

WASHINGTON, DC - Along with three other Members of Congress, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today submitted a bipartisan amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the religious nonprofits and charities challenging Obamacare's Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate, including the Little Sisters of the Poor. Senator Orin Hatch (R-UT) and Representatives Diane Black (R-TN) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) joined Lankford in leading the Congressional effort, which was signed by 207 Members of Congre… Continue Reading


01.07.16

Senator Lankford Calls Out Department of Education for Use of Guidance Documents Over Regulatory Process

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of the Department of Education, John King, to question their use of guidance documents that attempt to inappropriately establish regulatory-type policy changes for colleges and universities without going through the rule-making process. As Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, Lankford led a hearing in September on whether federal agencies, including the Depar… Continue Reading


01.06.16

Senator Lankford’s Office Releases 2015 Activity Report

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - To mark the one-year anniversary of Senator James Lankford being sworn-in as the 18th United States Senator for Oklahoma, Lankford's chief-of-staff Greg Slavonic released a memo detailing the activities and accomplishments of the Senator's first year in the Senate. A PDF of the memo is available here, and the full text is below: TO: ALL RESIDENTS OF OKLAHOMA FROM: GREG SLAVONIC (REAR ADMIRAL NAVY-RETIRED), CHIEF-OF-STAFF, SENATOR LANKFORD … Continue Reading

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