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RELEASE: House Dems Statement on GOP “Temporary Budget Patch”

Oct. 30, 2017

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

House Dems Release Statement on GOP “Temporary Budget Patch”

OKLAHOMA CITY – The House Democratic Caucus has released the following statement on the status of current budget negotiations and today’s passage of rainy day and special cash legislation.

“When special session started in September, the drive to fix the budget crisis should have been enough to bring all parties to the table. As November approaches, it is clear that the political will to do anything more than place a temporary patch on a gushing wound has ended.

The measure that represented the first indication of a revenue package failed last Friday before the vote was even taken. Despite having stacked the House Appropriations and Budget Committee with two additional Republican members at the onset of special session, five House Republicans declined to attend the meeting and two other Republican members, including the bill’s author and committee chair, were in attendance and failed to support the measure.

It is apparent that after months of blaming gridlock on House Democratic Caucus leadership, House Republicans are no closer to funding core services of government now than they were in regular session. Special session has shown that the blame for the gridlock preventing funding for many of the core services that Oklahomans rests squarely on the shoulders of House Republican Leadership and their inability to put Oklahomans ahead of special interest groups. With no bipartisan plan in place, the people of Oklahoma will continue to suffer.

The people of Oklahoma deserve certainty in their budget. Passing rainy day and special cash ensures no cuts to mental health, healthcare, and Department of Human Services for the next three months. When the general session convenes in February of next year, it is imperative that we have a comprehensive, stable revenue plan that invests in our future and stops further cuts. Anything less than a true budget solution is nothing short of embarrassing. Oklahomans should be prepared to hold House Republican Leadership accountable for this irresponsible approach to governing.

Our hope is that before regular session begins in February, House Republicans will put aside petty politics and help us assemble a long-term bipartisan solution. The citizens of Oklahoma have said time and again that they expect us to do better. The Legislature will struggle to provide real funding for core services if House Republican Leadership does not join the House Democrats in their willingness to do something different and in doing so, put Oklahomans first.”

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30 Oct
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DNC on Papadopoulos Pleading Guilty To Lying About Trump Campaign Russia Contacts

DNC on Papadopoulos Pleading Guilty To Lying About Trump Campaign Russia Contacts

In response to President Trump’s campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about the Trump campaign’s Russia contacts, DNC deputy communications director Adrienne Watson released the following statement:

“A member of President Trump’s campaign has now pled guilty to lying about the campaign’s contacts with Russia and admitted to having been told that the Russians had ‘thousands of emails’ that could damage Hillary Clinton well before it became public knowledge that this was true. We now know that the Trump team was approached multiple times with information about the Russian campaign to damage Hillary Clinton, and in each case, they appear to have welcomed the help.

“Trump can no longer claim there is no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russia. Congress must commit to protecting this investigation because we cannot trust the President of the United States.”

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30 Oct
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RELEASE: Tom Perez on the Indictments Of Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort

Tom Perez on the Indictments Of Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort and His Deputy Rick Gates For Conspiracy Against United States

In response to the indictments of former Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and Deputy Campaign Manager Rick Gates, DNC Chair Tom Perez issued the following statement:

“The Chairman of Donald Trump’s campaign and his deputy have been charged with conspiracy against the United States, money laundering, and making false statements – all related to their work to promote a pro-Putin regime. Paul Manafort and Rick Gates ran Trump’s campaign and continued to be a part of his inner circle after Election Day. This underscores the seriousness of the investigation into Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. It’s time for Republicans to commit to protecting this investigation and preserving the rule of law.”

26 Oct
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RELEASE: House Democrats Support Senate Resolution Calling for GPT to be Included in Budget Deal

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

House Democrats Support Senate Resolution Calling for GPT to be Included in Budget Deal

OKLAHOMA CITY – The House Democratic Caucus has released the following statement in response to Senate Resolution 1, which called for an increase to the gross production tax to 4 percent.

“We are pleased that the Senate has confirmed their willingness to bring gross production tax to the negotiating table. Though not specific regarding the length of time of the incentive rate, Senate Resolution 1 indicates a willingness to have a discussion around an increase to 4 percent.

The House Democratic Caucus joins with Senate Democrats to support an increase to the incentive rate to help put the state’s financial future on a more stable path.

We encourage the Republican House Caucus to stand with their colleagues across the rotunda, include an increase to the gross production tax in their revenue plan, and allow a vote tomorrow in order to complete the work our constituents expected us to do months ago.”

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26 Oct
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RELEASE: Tom Perez on House Republicans’ Partisan Passage of Budget Bill

Tom Perez on House Republicans’ Partisan Passage of Budget Bill

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after House Republicans passed a budget bill without any Democratic support:

“This budget may be great for members of Mar-a-Lago, but it’s a raw deal for Main Street. It’s just a way to fast-track a massive tax giveaway to wealthy corporations and the top 1% at the expense of hardworking families, and it guts funding for critical education and health care programs, including more than a trillion dollars from Medicare and Medicaid. Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Republicans in Congress have betrayed the middle class so they can help their wealthy friends make a bigger profit.

“But while Republicans serve special interests, Democrats believe that our elected officials are supposed to serve the people they represent. That’s why we will continue fighting for the economic security and opportunity every family deserves.”

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