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

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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
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DNC on Eighth Anniversary of Affordable Care Act

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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.

23 Mar
0

House Democrats Release Statement on OEA Funding Plan

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March 23, 2018

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

House Democrats Release Statement on OEA Funding Plan

OKLAHOMA CITY – Minority Leader Steve Kouplen released the following statement on behalf of House Democrats in response to the Oklahoma Education Association’s plan to reinvest and restore our state’s commitment to education and core state services.

“We applaud the effort of the Oklahoma Education Association and teachers across the state that have stood up and said ‘enough is enough.’ Oklahoma can no longer afford to ignore its obligation to fund education nor can we afford to continue to devalue the role of public education in society. We realize this fight is as much about respect as it is revenue, and we stand with teachers in this effort. The revenue package outlined today is a step in the right direction. Our hope is that we can use this roadmap to work with Republicans in the House and build a budget that restores Oklahoma’s commitment to education, rural healthcare, state employees and core state services.”

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20 Mar
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House Dems Respond to Court’s Decision to Allow GPT State Question

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Communications & Public Affairs
March 20, 2018

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

House Dems Respond to Court’s Decision to Allow GPT State Question

OKLAHOMA CITY – Several House Democrats have responded to yesterday’s Oklahoma Supreme Court decision to allow an initiative petition to restore the gross production tax to pay for education costs to proceed.

State Question 795 would eliminate the tax rate that caps gross production at 2 percent and effectively restore the gross production tax back to 7 percent on all oil and gas wells. The restoration of the gross production tax will bring in an additional $340 million. A portion of this revenue would then be used to fund a $4,000 teacher pay raise and provide funding for other costs related to public education.

“This initiative represents the last stand for teachers,” said Minority Leader Steve Kouplen, D-Beggs. “In the absence of a substantial revenue package that restores funding to education, provides needed raises to teachers, support staff and state employees, this state question will give the people of Oklahoma an opportunity to increase funding for education by ensuring oil and gas companies pay their fair share.”

The Supreme Court’s decision doesn’t just signal a “plan b” for teacher pay raises. It also offers leverage to allow the Legislature to move on gross production and pass a more complete revenue package that addresses inadequate state agency funding and low teacher and state employee pay.

“The time is now,” said Rep. David Perryman, D-Chickasha. “The oil and gas industry has spent millions of dollars to keep the gross production rate at 2 percent. Now, they are staring down the barrel at 7 percent. Surely, with this added pressure on the industry, the Republicans inside the Capitol can come to the table and agree to a revenue package that includes a gross production tax of at least 5 percent.”

As the debate on gross production tax continues, oil and gas companies have threatened layoffs in response to the restoration of the tax rate, but many democrats have argued that the layoffs have already happened in education and other essential services despite the low GPT.

“Restoring the gross production tax isn’t about punishing oil and gas,” said Rep. Eric Proctor, D-Tulsa. “This is about restoring funding to rural health care so we can stop the closure of rural hospitals. This is about ensuring teachers in Oklahoma don’t have to take multiple jobs to provide for their family. This is about the Department of Corrections being able to hire more correctional officers so prisons are adequately staffed. This is about doing what is fair and what is right for the people of Oklahoma.”

Although restoring the gross production tax doesn’t bring in enough revenue by itself to shore up the state’s financial woes, it does provide a key element to a revenue package that could.

“Since early last year, our caucus has said we will not support a revenue package that continues to shift the tax burden in this state from the wealthy to working-class Oklahomans,” Kouplen said. “If Republicans are serious about wanting to fix this problem, now is their opportunity. Lawmakers will never have a better chance than this moment to negotiate a deal that fairly increases revenue to restore funding to state agencies and provide an opportunity to raise the pay of teachers, educational support staff and state employees.”

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14 Mar
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Chair Tom Perez on National School Walkout Day

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DNC Chair Tom Perez on National School Walkout Day

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement as students across the nation demand action on gun violence during National School Walkout Day:

“It is profoundly inspiring to see millions of students across the country organizing and demanding action to end the epidemic of gun violence. As they keep reminding us, thoughts and prayers are not enough; now is the time for action.

“Democrats are proud to support these students, and we refuse to believe that we are powerless to prevent the mass slaughter of innocent people. Every day, seven children and teens die from gun violence. This is not normal. This is not acceptable. This is not inevitable. The cruel and cowardly indifference of the gun lobby and their close allies in Congress is no match for the courage of these students and all those fighting to end gun violence. Because of their leadership and activism, we know that one day we will no longer live in a nation that sees its children murdered and does nothing.”

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