26 Sep

No Vote On Health Care Bill

Tom Perez on Delay of Republicans’ Attempt to Repeal Health Care

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after Senator McConnell announced he would not hold a vote this week on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller bill:

“Health care is a right. This bill was wrong. But instead of listening to the people they represent, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and congressional Republicans tried yet again to take health care away from millions of families. This bill should have never been proposed, let alone come close to a vote.

“Thanks to millions of calls, emails, and letters from ordinary Americans, Republicans have been unable to accomplish their disastrous agenda. Now it’s time for Trump and Republicans in Congress to stop playing games with people’s lives and start working with Democrats to ensure that health care is a right for all.”


20 Sep

DNC Statement on Jewish High Holy Days

DNC Statement on Jewish High Holy Days

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“As Jewish communities in America, Israel, and around the world prepare to observe the High Holy Days, the Democratic Party wishes them a sweet and happy new year.

“From the beginning of Rosh Hashanah to the final sealing on Yom Kippur, the Days of Awe are a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal. Over the past year, we’ve seen how fear and hatred can divide our country. But while each new year brings new challenges, the DNC will always be a steadfast partner to Jewish communities as we combat anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, and as we continue the work of tikkun olam. We look forward to strengthening the historic bond between Jewish Americans and the Democratic Party and working together to put the values we share into action. Shana Tova.”

19 Sep

This Is Not Regular Order

DNC Chair: This Is Not Regular Order

In response to Senate Republicans trying to force a vote on a secretive health care repeal bill, without regular order or a CBO score, DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“Senate Republicans are once again trying to force a last-minute vote on a health care repeal bill. While Senate Democrats held countless hearings, accepted more than 180 Republican amendments, and debated the Affordable Care Act for over 160 hours on the floor, Republicans will vote on a bill with little if any debate and without a CBO score or basic knowledge of how many millions of Americans will be hurt.

“If doctors made healthcare decisions for patients without knowing the consequences, they would be sued. But that’s exactly what Republicans are doing right now. This is not regular order – it’s malpractice. And any member of Congress who supports this sham deserves to be voted out of office.”

Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson is being forced through the Senate in secret, without regular order:

  • 1 sham partisan hearing
  • No full CBO score. We won’t know:
    • The number of people who will lose coverage
    • The amount premiums would increase
    • The bill’s impact on the deficit

The Affordable Care Act in 2009 was debated in an open and transparent process in the Senate, allowing for many hours of debate and amendments:

  • Debated for 25 consecutive days, 160 hours, on the Senate Floor
  • Held 57 Bipartisan HELP Committee hearings, meetings, roundtables, and walkthroughs
  • Included 300 HELP Committee amendments, 160 of which were from Republicans
  • Held 53 Finance Committee hearings, meetings, negotiations, and walkthroughs
  • Held a 7 day Finance Committee markup

13 Sep

RELEASE: Democrats Flip Another Red Seat

For Immediate Release
September 13, 2017

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party

Democrats Flip Another Red Seat

OKLAHOMA CITY – Last night’s House District 46 blow out victory demonstrates that Oklahomans are ready for change after years of Republican failed leadership.

“I think it’s indicative of the fact that Oklahomans are waking up and realizing that Republican leadership has failed us,” states ODP Chair, Anna Langthorn.

Representative-elect Rosecrant’s win is the third special election to flip a Republican seat.
Anna goes on to say, “Democrats are winning because our candidates are committed to working hard and getting to know the voters of their districts. We have momentum, and this is a great sign for our remaining special elections and into 2018.”

The Oklahoma Democratic Party will be focussing on the remaining three special elections on November 14, Allison Ikley SD37, Steven Vincent SD45, and Chris VanLandingham HD76. Senator Bryce Marlatt’s resignation leaves another open legislative seat that Oklahoma Democrats will continue to watch.
For more information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party, visit the party website at, or call party headquarters at 405-427-3366.

13 Sep

DNC on Democratic Victories

DNC Chair Tom Perez Statement on Democratic Victories in Oklahoma and New Hampshire

Last night, Democrats flipped seats in two state House races in Oklahoma and New Hampshire, where the DNC’s Resistance Summer efforts have helped mobilize voters and energize grassroots organizing. DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“Congratulations to Jacob Rosecrants and Charlie St. Clair on their victories last night. The 31-point swing in Oklahoma and 28-point swing in New Hampshire — both deep-red districts that Trump carried by 11 and 16 points respectively in November — are just the latest examples of how voters have lost faith in the Republican Party and are hungry for Democratic leadership.

“Our candidates have now flipped six seats since Trump took office, and as long as we continue organizing and mobilizing across the country we’ll be unstoppable. When Democrats lead with our values, we can win in any zip code from the school board to the Oval Office.”


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