20 Sep

DNC Statement on Jewish High Holy Days

DNC Statement on Jewish High Holy Days

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“As Jewish communities in America, Israel, and around the world prepare to observe the High Holy Days, the Democratic Party wishes them a sweet and happy new year.

“From the beginning of Rosh Hashanah to the final sealing on Yom Kippur, the Days of Awe are a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal. Over the past year, we’ve seen how fear and hatred can divide our country. But while each new year brings new challenges, the DNC will always be a steadfast partner to Jewish communities as we combat anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, and as we continue the work of tikkun olam. We look forward to strengthening the historic bond between Jewish Americans and the Democratic Party and working together to put the values we share into action. Shana Tova.”

19 Sep

This Is Not Regular Order

DNC Chair: This Is Not Regular Order

In response to Senate Republicans trying to force a vote on a secretive health care repeal bill, without regular order or a CBO score, DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“Senate Republicans are once again trying to force a last-minute vote on a health care repeal bill. While Senate Democrats held countless hearings, accepted more than 180 Republican amendments, and debated the Affordable Care Act for over 160 hours on the floor, Republicans will vote on a bill with little if any debate and without a CBO score or basic knowledge of how many millions of Americans will be hurt.

“If doctors made healthcare decisions for patients without knowing the consequences, they would be sued. But that’s exactly what Republicans are doing right now. This is not regular order – it’s malpractice. And any member of Congress who supports this sham deserves to be voted out of office.”

Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson is being forced through the Senate in secret, without regular order:

  • 1 sham partisan hearing
  • No full CBO score. We won’t know:
    • The number of people who will lose coverage
    • The amount premiums would increase
    • The bill’s impact on the deficit

The Affordable Care Act in 2009 was debated in an open and transparent process in the Senate, allowing for many hours of debate and amendments:

  • Debated for 25 consecutive days, 160 hours, on the Senate Floor
  • Held 57 Bipartisan HELP Committee hearings, meetings, roundtables, and walkthroughs
  • Included 300 HELP Committee amendments, 160 of which were from Republicans
  • Held 53 Finance Committee hearings, meetings, negotiations, and walkthroughs
  • Held a 7 day Finance Committee markup

13 Sep

RELEASE: Democrats Flip Another Red Seat

For Immediate Release
September 13, 2017

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party

Democrats Flip Another Red Seat

OKLAHOMA CITY – Last night’s House District 46 blow out victory demonstrates that Oklahomans are ready for change after years of Republican failed leadership.

“I think it’s indicative of the fact that Oklahomans are waking up and realizing that Republican leadership has failed us,” states ODP Chair, Anna Langthorn.

Representative-elect Rosecrant’s win is the third special election to flip a Republican seat.
Anna goes on to say, “Democrats are winning because our candidates are committed to working hard and getting to know the voters of their districts. We have momentum, and this is a great sign for our remaining special elections and into 2018.”

The Oklahoma Democratic Party will be focussing on the remaining three special elections on November 14, Allison Ikley SD37, Steven Vincent SD45, and Chris VanLandingham HD76. Senator Bryce Marlatt’s resignation leaves another open legislative seat that Oklahoma Democrats will continue to watch.
For more information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party, visit the party website at, or call party headquarters at 405-427-3366.

13 Sep

DNC on Democratic Victories

DNC Chair Tom Perez Statement on Democratic Victories in Oklahoma and New Hampshire

Last night, Democrats flipped seats in two state House races in Oklahoma and New Hampshire, where the DNC’s Resistance Summer efforts have helped mobilize voters and energize grassroots organizing. DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“Congratulations to Jacob Rosecrants and Charlie St. Clair on their victories last night. The 31-point swing in Oklahoma and 28-point swing in New Hampshire — both deep-red districts that Trump carried by 11 and 16 points respectively in November — are just the latest examples of how voters have lost faith in the Republican Party and are hungry for Democratic leadership.

“Our candidates have now flipped six seats since Trump took office, and as long as we continue organizing and mobilizing across the country we’ll be unstoppable. When Democrats lead with our values, we can win in any zip code from the school board to the Oval Office.”


11 Sep

DNC Chair Tom Perez on 9/11 Anniversary

DNC Chair Tom Perez on 9/11 Anniversary

On the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 innocent lives were taken in an act of pure evil. They were parents on their way to work and families traveling with their children. They were public servants devoted to defending our freedoms; selfless firefighters, first responders, and police officers who ran into the smoke; and ordinary heroes who sacrificed their lives to save others.

“The terrorists who carried out these attacks wanted to cause more than death and destruction. They wanted to fill us with fear and divide us through hate. But Americans did not allow terrorism to triumph. Instead, we endured, we rose again, and we came together as one nation, united by our shared values of freedom and equality. And in the sixteen years since that fateful Tuesday morning, a new generation of Americans has answered our nation’s call to service and defended those values at every turn.

“We will never forget where we were on September 11. Nor will we forget the names and the stories of those who were taken from us. On this anniversary, we must keep them and their families in our hearts, we must recommit ourselves to the values they shared, and we must ensure that hope will always outlast hatred.”