- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - U.S. Sen. James Lankford is scheduled to deliver his first formal address on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

The first-term Republican plans to give his maiden floor speech at 10 a.m. central time on Thursday.

Lankford says his speech will focus on challenges that lie ahead for America and how the nation can address them.

He is an advocate for streamlining federal government, especially simplifying the federal tax code, and has been a fierce critic of the new federal health care law.

Lankford is in his first year in the U.S. Senate after winning an election in November to fill the unexpired term of former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, who stepped down early.

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