26 Jun

RELEASE: Statement on SCOTUS Action on Trump’s Muslim Ban

Tom Perez on SCOTUS Action on Trump’s Muslim Ban

Today, the Supreme Court announced it will allow part of President Trump’s Muslim ban to take effect until it hears oral arguments over the constitutionality of the executive order in the Fall. Earlier this month, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision that found the executive order was “rooted in religious animus and intended to bar Muslims from this country.” DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is an unconstitutional and un-American assault on our country’s foundation of religious freedom. As a nation, our diversity is our greatest strength, and we cannot allow such prejudice to shut the doors of progress. Democrats will continue to fight this hatred every step of the way.”

26 Jun

CBO Score Statement

ICYMI – Tom Perez’s full statement on the CBO score:

“The CBO further confirms that the Senate health care repeal will drive up costs for middle-class families all while stripping away health care from 22 million people. It is a disaster for women, older Americans, and people with pre-existing conditions, and threatens essential health services like maternity care, substance-abuse addiction treatment, and mental health service.

“Health care is a right for all Americans, not a privilege for a wealthy few. That’s why President Obama and Democrats fought to pass the Affordable Care Act and expand health coverage for millions of working families. While Republicans play politics with people’s lives, Democrats will continue fighting to protect health care for all Americans. We can’t turn back now.”

  • The bill is going to hurt people with pre-existing conditions. The bill will allow insurers to offer watered down plans by allowing states to opt out of providing essential health benefits

o    Essential health benefits cover services like maternity care, substance abuse treatment and mental health care.

  • Millions of people are going to lose coverage. The bill ends ACA’s Medicaid expansion and makes even deeper program cuts than the House version.

o    This will devastate rural and low-income Americans, the elderly and people with disabilities.

  • The bill will hurt the middle class. The Republican bill will reduce subsidies and tax credits that currently help working Americans afford their premiums.

o    Spending cuts in the bill would also pose a threat to rural areas in particular, potentially triggering hospital job losses that would have knock-on effects for schools and property values.

  • People’s deductibles and co-pays will go up. The Republican bill will provide people with skimpier plans with fewer protections.

o    This will cause many people to pay more out of pocket for less coverage.

  • The consequences for women’s health are flat out dangerous. It cuts funding for essential health services for women and could leave pregnant women without the guarantee of maternity coverage.
  • This is all a big tax cut for the rich. The Republican bill gives billions in tax breaks to the wealthy and special interests, including health insurance companies that pay their CEOs over $500,000.
  • Democrats will continue fighting to protect health care for all Americans while Republicans continue to play politics with people’s lives. Senate Democrats have long stood ready to work with their Republican counterparts to improve our health care system and cover more people, not less.

24 Jun

RELEASE: ODP Chair Statement on Democratic Senate District 45 Candidate’s Field

For Immediate Release
June 24, 2017

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party

ODP Chair Statement on Democratic Senate District 45 Candidate’s Field

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Anna Langthorn’s statement on the Democratic Senate District 45 candidate’s field:

“One of the great things about American representative democracy is that almost anyone can sign up to run for public office–sometimes, this even applies to people with a history of abusive behavior toward women. As we learned the hard way this last election, sometimes they can even win. This should serve as a reminder to all of us how much our elections matter because decisions are made by the people who show up.

“The Oklahoma Democratic Party has a longstanding principle against taking sides in contested primaries. At the same time, our party stands for the values of the women’s movement, expressed in laws like the Violence Against Women Act. Therefore, we encourage both Democrats and Independents (who have the right to vote in our party primaries–something the other side can’t say) to research Senate District 45 candidates fully, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and make an informed decision on August 8.”


For more information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party, visit the party website at, or call party headquarters at 405-427-3366.

22 Jun

RELEASE: Tom Perez on Reveal of Senate Health Care Bill

Tom Perez on Reveal of Senate Health Care Bill

In response to Senate Republicans finally revealing their secretly drafted health care bill, DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“Health care is a right, not a privilege. Yet Republicans are attempting to take away health care from millions of Americans, causing fear and anxiety about their families’ future. If this bill passes, it would undermine protections for those with pre-existing conditions and reduce tax credits that would help those who need it most, leaving millions more with reduced coverage or higher costs. And on top of all that, the bill’s consequences for women’s health are not only mean, they’re dangerous. It cuts funding for essential health services for women and could leave pregnant women without the guarantee of maternity coverage.

“This bill is a cold and cruel betrayal of the American people. Democrats understand that health care is a right for every human being, and we will continue to fight any attempt to shortchange American families.”

19 Jun

Juneteenth Observance

Tom Perez and Virgie M. Rollins on Observance of Juneteenth

DNC Chair Tom Perez and DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie M. Rollins released the following statement commemorating the anniversary of Juneteenth, when slaves in Galveston, Texas received the news that the Civil War had ended and they were free at last:

“Today, Americans across the country celebrate Juneteenth and the abolition of slavery. Since the day the news of freedom reached slaves in Galveston, generations of African Americans and their allies have carried on their struggle. We remember the men and women who marched for justice, rode for freedom, sat in, stood up, and spoke out for the full equality every American deserves.

“The progress we’ve made is undeniable. But our journey toward racial equality and opportunity is far from complete. More than a century and a half later, the echoes of slavery still reverberate throughout our society. From traffic stops and job interviews to classrooms, courtrooms, and voting booths, the poison of discrimination keeps our country’s promise out of reach for too many Americans.

“So as we celebrate how far our nation has come on the road toward full equality, we must also recommit ourselves to combating the relics of injustice that remain. We must continue to expand opportunity and ensure equality for all Americans – no matter the color of their skin. And we must carry on the struggle to form a more perfect union.”