Blog

26 Jul
0

DNC on Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2021

DNC on Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and former Rep. Tony Coelho, chair of the DNC Disability Council and the primary sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), released the following statement celebrating the 31st anniversary of the ADA:

“Thirty one years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law, marking a historic moment for disability rights. The ADA prohibited discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life and has worked to ensure that the more than 60 million Americans with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

“President Biden and Democrats are dedicated to achieving a more equitable and inclusive country for people with disabilities. The American Rescue Plan provided billions of dollars in direct support to students, infants, and toddlers with disabilities and increased Medicaid funding to expand home and community-based services. In addition, President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda continues to prioritize making significant investments in resources and support for Americans with disabilities to ensure achievement of equality of opportunity, full participation in the workforce, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency.

“In the aftermath of disabled Americans’ historic turnout in 2020, it cannot go unstated that Republican anti-voter proposals to limit drop boxes, ban drive-through voting, and limit access to absentee ballots would disproportionately impact the approximately 38.3 million eligible voters with disabilities, especially those in communities of color. Democrats are committed to fighting back against these efforts to undermine our fundamental right to vote.

“Today, we celebrate the progress that has been forged in the years since the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and we renew our pledge to continue working for the civil rights of people with disabilities—because every American deserves to live out their boundless promise.”

###

26 Jul
0

Democrats Call for Governor to Change Course, Declare Emergency

Communications & Public Affairs
July 26, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wes Carter, Press Secretary
House Democratic Caucus
(405)557-7674 [email protected]

Democrats Call for Governor to Change Course, Declare Emergency

OKLAHOMA CITY – Several Oklahoma House Democrats released statements today calling for Gov. Kevin Stitt to reinstate the emergency declaration for COVID-19. The statements follow several schools, including Broken Arrow, Owasso, and Stillwater, announcing policies to not quarantine students who have been exposed.

State Rep. Trish Ranson, D-Stillwater:

“After speaking to leadership in some of these districts, it is becoming clear that they are following guidance from the state health department, which is concerning since the policies are not consistent with CDC guidelines. Stillwater is an education town, and the lack of consistent and fact-based policy from state leadership has left our entire community exposed and unprepared for this growing COVID wave.

“Oklahomans, especially those making decisions to keep children safe, need better information from state leadership, and we need the Governor to declare a state of emergency.”

State Rep. Andy Fugate, D-Del City

“Once again the Governor is AWOL when leadership is needed. COVID is exploding across Oklahoma. Our hospitals are again diverting emergency patients. Oklahoma leads the nation in COVID growth but the Governor is too busy posing for pictures and campaigning across the state on the taxpayer’s dime to deal with the crisis unfolding before our very eyes. Oklahomans deserve action to protect lives and the state economy.”

State Rep. Melissa Provenzano, D-Tulsa:

“Needs across Oklahoma are different, and one thing is clear – we need local control returned and we need it now. Our little ones cannot get the vaccine, and they are getting sick in larger numbers with the Delta variant. We must be able to take the steps necessary to protect the lives of those who cannot protect themselves. School begins soon, and for most, in-person learning is best. To prevent unnecessary shifts to virtual learning, I urge the Governor to declare a state of emergency so that our neighborhood schools, hometown hospitals, and local health departments can make the decisions quickly that are right for their towns.”

State Rep. John Waldron, D-Tulsa:

“We are failing in our responsibility to keep our children safe, which is the most basic responsibility of government. So next year, rather than quarantine those who have been exposed, we will have to revert to virtual schooling again because our school buildings will have become hazardous environments.”

-END-

21 Jul
0

Stitt’s Ego Leads to Inefficient Governing

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
[email protected]

Stitt’s Ego Leads to Inefficient Governing

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, JULY 21, 2021 – Whether it’s about blaming the Biden administration on a Chick-fil-A sauce shortage, disrespecting tribal sovereignty, signing unconstitutional bills into law, or filing frivolous lawsuits, Stitt’s ego knows no boundaries and Oklahomans are paying the price.

“This is not how a leader leads,” stated Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. “Stitt is desperate to appease Trump supporters for his own re-election efforts; he is willing to go to extreme nonsense.

“We have serious concerns to address in Oklahoma as the Delta variant is increasing COVID cases and hospitalizations in our State. We have a governor who is obsessed with pointing blame at ‘radical liberals’ for everything instead of looking at his own inefficient governing and partisan party politics getting in the way of progress for Oklahomans,” Andrews continued.

“Fleeing a panel discussion when prompted to answer a question from the audience is a prime example of a leader in over their head and the latest example that we need new leadership at the Capitol.

“Stitt and his alt-right cronies are all too eager to pass blame elsewhere and run and hide their heads in the sand when faced with reality. It’s time for Stitt to go and Oklahomans to part ways with this inefficient governor,” Andrews concluded.

###

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

15 Jul
0

HELP IS HERE: Oklahoma Families Start Receiving Monthly Tax Credit Today, Thanks to President Biden and Democrats

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
[email protected]

HELP IS HERE: Oklahoma Families Start Receiving Monthly Tax Credit Today, Thanks to President Biden and Democrats

Every Single Republican in Congress Voted Against These Tax Credits, Which Are Set to Cut Child Poverty in Half

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, JULY 15, 2021 – Today, Thursday, July 15 is the first day Oklahoma will start receiving a monthly tax credit of up to $300 per child as part of the American Rescue Plan. Thanks to President Biden and Democrats, and no thanks to Republicans in Congress who unanimously opposed this relief plan, this tax credit will provide additional relief of up to $1,600 per child to the families with children in Oklahoma, helping lift over $1 million children out of poverty.

The Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair, Alicia Andrews, released the following statement highlighting the program:

“Today’s payments are a huge win for working families across Oklahoma. Thanks to President Biden and Democrats, Oklahoma families will begin receiving a monthly tax credit, helping to cover expenses like child care, preparing for back to school, and supporting return to work for folks who lost their jobs or income during the pandemic – especially mothers. This major tax relief for working families is poised to lift millions of children out of poverty, no thanks to a single Republican in Congress.

“These tax credits are further proof that President Biden and Democrats are delivering for working families. Oklahoma, help is here.”

###

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

14 Jul
0

DNC on Anniversary of the Older Americans Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2021

DNC on Anniversary of the Older Americans Act

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and Seniors Council Chair Steve Regenstreif released the following statement on the 56th anniversary of the Older Americans Act:

“All Americans deserve to age with grace and respect. The Older Americans Act, signed into law 56 years ago today by President Lyndon B. Johnson, helped make this principle a reality by ensuring that older adults are given equal opportunity to the full and free enjoyment of adequate income in retirement, protection against neglect and exploitation, access to health care without regard to economic status, and readily available community social services.

“President Biden and Democrats recognize the responsibility of fighting to give our older generations the resources and benefits necessary to support themselves. The American Rescue Plan put the needs of older adults at the forefront of the country’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and added $1.4 billion in funding for programs authorized under the Older Americans Act. That increased funding will put more meals on tables, expand home and community-based services, help family caregivers support their loved ones, and contribute to safeguarding the health and welfare of residents in long-term care facilities.

“Today, we celebrate the life-changing achievements of the Older Americans Act and recommit ourselves to the continued work of ensuring our elders, who have built our homes, protected our freedom, and continue to guide us with their wisdom, can retire and age with the dignity and security they have earned.”

###

Translate »