02 Apr

House Democrats Release Statement on Today’s Floor Session

Communications & Public Affairs
April 2, 2018

Contact: State Rep. Steve Kouplen
Phone: (405) 557-7306

House Democrats Release Statement on Today’s Floor Session

OKLAHOMA CITY – House Democrats have released the following statement on Today’s floor session.

“Today, House Democrats stood with teachers and attempted several procedural maneuvers to bring legislation to the House floor that would provide sustainable long-term funding to education. Unfortunately, all but two Republicans voted not to hear the legislation that would have ended the capital gains tax exemption, which has cost Oklahoma more than $460 million over the course of five years and has shown a return investment of just $9 million.

This exemption disproportionally benefits wealthy individuals at the expense of Oklahoma’s education system and other core services. All 28 House Democrats remain ready to repeal this unnecessary burden on Oklahomans. We are calling on our friends across the aisle to do as the Senate has done and join us in ending this exemption so that teachers can go back to the classroom knowing that funding is on the way.”


02 Apr

DNC Chair on Oklahoma Teachers’ Walkout

DNC Chair on Oklahoma Teachers’ Walkout

Today, thousands of Oklahoma teachers are taking to the streets to demand adequate school funding and better wages, including pay raises for custodians, bus drivers, and food service workers. DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“Oklahoma teachers and support professionals deserve better, and they are raising their voices today asking for fair pay and the basic resources necessary to teach our kids. The Republican leadership in the Sooner State has failed teachers and students. No child should have their schooling cut back to only 4 days of classes each week. No teacher should be forced to work a second job to make ends meet. But this is the sad reality that Republican politicians have created in Oklahoma. Instead of investing in the education Oklahoma children deserve, Republicans have cut funds for schools, supplies, and teachers’ wages while passing massive tax giveaways for big corporations. Democrats stand with Oklahoma teachers as they fight for the fair pay they deserve and the resources their students need.”

30 Mar

Oklahoma Democratic Party Stands Behind Teachers

For Immediate Release
March 30, 2018

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party

Oklahoma Democratic Party Stands Behind Teachers

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party released the following statement as teachers prepare for a teacher’s walkout on April 2:

Oklahoma Democrats are proud to support our teachers as they stand up for their rights and a better future for Oklahoma children. Oklahoma teachers have not had a pay increase in over ten years, and many are leaving the state for better-paying jobs in other states.

When we invest in education by increasing teacher’s pay, reducing classroom sizes, and adequately funding our schools, we invest in the growth of Oklahoma.

The ODP applauds the tenacity of our teachers fighting against too many years of funding cuts.


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

29 Mar

DNC Chair Tom Perez on Trump’s Latest Proposed Attack on Immigrant Families

DNC Chair Tom Perez on Trump’s Latest Proposed Attack on Immigrant Families

Following a report about a Trump administration proposal to penalize immigrants who use tax credits and other earned public benefits, DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“This is another heartless attack on immigrants. Donald Trump should spend less time finding ways to punish hardworking families and more time standing up for the values of inclusion and opportunity that make America great.

“Denying visas or residency to immigrants who have children or have earned Medicaid or tax benefits is unconscionably cruel. Even legal immigrants whose U.S. citizen children use CHIP or nutritional benefits will be punished under this cold, anti-family attack. Democrats believe diversity is our nation’s greatest strength, and we will continue to fight back against this proposal and all of Donald Trump’s attacks on immigrant families.”

23 Mar

DNC on Eighth Anniversary of Affordable Care Act

DNC on Eighth Anniversary of Affordable Care Act

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement on the eighth anniversary of President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act:

“On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the most significant reforms to our health care system in half a century, declaring that health care is a right for all, not a privilege for a wealthy few. Under President Obama’s leadership, more than 20 million Americans have gained health coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Thanks to this law, the uninsured rate in the United States dropped to a record low; people can no longer be denied coverage for having a pre-existing condition; young people can stay on their parents’ plans until they’re 26 years old; and more than 55 million women have gained access to birth control with no co-pay.

“That’s what Democratic leadership looks like. It is an undeniable fact that these reforms have saved lives and made our country stronger. And yet, President Trump and Republicans in Congress have made it their mission to repeal the ACA and strip health care from millions of Americans. Their efforts to sabotage the law have already left millions more Americans without coverage and will cause premiums to skyrocket.

“Democrats and the American people believe health care is a right. Republican efforts to take it away are wrong. And we will continue to fight tirelessly to protect the ACA at every turn and expand health care for more Americans.”

The Affordable Care Act extended coverage to more than 20 million Americans, expanded Medicaid and improved coverage.

  • 20.5 million previously uninsured Americans gained health insurance coverage between the ACA’s passage and when Obama left office.
  • Thanks to the ACA, Americans across the country gained access to better care:
    • The ACA’s Medicaid expansion produced historic health coverage gains.
    • The ACA prohibited insurers from denying coverage to individuals based on preexisting medical conditions such as cancer, asthma or depression.
    • The ACA requires insurers to cover essential health benefits, such as hospitalization, prescription drugs, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and pediatric services.
    • The ACA allows adult children to stay on their parent’s insurance plans until they turn 26.
  • Trump and Republicans have repeatedly sought to sabotage the ACA’s progress, sending premiums skyrocketing and restricting access to quality health care coverage.
  • Trump’s repeated attempts to sabotage the ACA have resulted in millions more uninsured Americans and double-digit health care premium hikes in states across the country.
  • Republicans repeatedly tried to pass ACA repeal bills that would kick millions off their health insurance, gut funding for Medicaid, allow insurers to deny coverage based on preexisting conditions, and allow insurers to sell plans that don’t cover essential health benefits.
  • Failing in their effort to repeal the ACA, the Trump administration has relentlessly tried to destroy the health care law by sabotaging it on their own.

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