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11 Mar
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Oklahoma Congress Members Must Explain Why They Do Not Care About Oklahomans

For Immediate Release

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

Oklahoma Congress Members Must Explain Why They Do Not Care About Oklahomans

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, MARCH 11, 2021 – While Republicans on the hill continued their partisan schemes, Democrats came together to pass the American Relief Plan with 61% bipartisan support of the people. It is now on its way to President Biden’s desk for signing.

“Oklahoma’s U.S. Senators and Representatives continue to play with Oklahomans’ lives,” declared Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. “It’s disgraceful that not one single Republican voted in support of a relief plan to help keep small businesses afloat, get more shots into the arms of Americans, extend unemployment insurance, and putting $1,400 in the pockets of hurting families.

“The American Relief Plan helps protect people, jobs, and boosts our economy during a global crisis. It’s an enormous hand-up and for those most hurting,” continued Andrews.

“Republicans are completely out of touch with the realities people are facing and the sacrifices they have made this past year. They have disgustingly ‘united’ to stand against relief that is a matter of life and death for many struggling Oklahomans, just for the sake of their political careers. This is politics-over-people at its worst.

“Oklahoma’s U.S. Congress members must explain why they voted against helping Oklahomans in a childish scheme to vote against direct relief in an effort to protect themselves and not their constituents. An overwhelming majority of Americans support the relief plan, yet the Republicans failed to support those they swore to protect. It’s shameful, and Democrats will not forget where these so-called representatives placed their priorities,” concluded Andrews.
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For more information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party, visit the party website at okdemocrats.org, or call party headquarters at 405-427-3366.

10 Mar
0

Fugate Speaks Out Against Pair of Abortion Bills

Communications & Public Affairs
March 10, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Andy Fugate
(405) 557-7370 [email protected]

Fugate Speaks Out Against Pair of Abortion Bills

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Andy Fugate, D-Del City, released the following statement today after the House passed two abortion bills Monday that opponents say will waste taxpayer money on unsuccessful attempts to overthrow Supreme Court precedent that has stood for 48 years.

“The Oklahoma Legislature continues to pass unconstitutional abortion bills, including two more this week. I guess they continue to hope the Supreme Court will change its mind. I pray it does not. Because if it does, then we are no longer living under the rule of law. Instead, we live under the tyranny of nine unelected people who can change their minds as they see fit.

“The Constitution has been amended 27 times in its history. In fact, it’s been amended 3 times just within my lifetime. If my Republican colleagues were truly interested in banning abortion, they would call for amending the Constitution. It’s abundantly clear they are only interested in perpetuating abortion so they have an issue they can use to inflame their voters.

“Banning abortion won’t prevent abortions any more than banning guns would prevent shootings.

“If we truly want to end abortion it’s time to work together to build an Oklahoma where moms can thrive and not barely survive. To get there we need meaningful wages for honest work and affordable daycare. We need comprehensive sex education and easier access to contraception.

“It’s time to stop demonizing Oklahomans who become pregnant about their ‘life choices’ because there are always two people involved in making a baby.”

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02 Mar
0

The GOP Never Tires of Its Political Games

For Immediate Release

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

The GOP Never Tires of Its Political Games

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, MARCH 2, 2021 – Oklahomans want to see action and results, not more political games from politicians more interested in their political careers than the people they have sworn an oath to serve.

“Oklahoma’s U.S. Representatives were playing with people’s lives when they voted not to pass the relief package aimed to help individuals and families during a global crisis,” declared Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. “What has happened with the Republican Party and its leaders?

“Representatives Cole, Hern, Lucas, Mullin, and Bice are much more interested in maintaining Trumpian loyalties than doing what’s right to help Oklahomans suffering from joblessness, evictions, and putting food on their tables,” continued Andrews.

“Our Representatives do not genuinely care about Oklahomans and the difficulties they face. They are completely out of touch with the realities families are dealing with and the damage this pandemic has had on Oklahomans’ lives.

“GOP leaders need a wake-up call and a reality check. Let’s let them know that Democrats are working hard to vote them out of office just as we did their idol. It’s time that the people mean more than following a twice impeached former inconsequential leader,” concluded Andrews.

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

25 Feb
0

Democratic LOFT Committee Members Respond to CARES Act Report

Communications & Public Affairs
Feb. 25, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wes Carter, Press Secretary
Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus
(405)962-7674 [email protected]

Democratic LOFT Committee Members Respond to CARES Act Report

OKLAHOMA CITY — House Democrats on the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency Committee released the following statements after the presentation of LOFT’s evaluation of how Oklahoma spent federal CARES Act funds.

“After reviewing close to 200 pages of reports and documents and hearing from both the state’s CARES FORWARD team and LOFT, it is clear there are definite areas of improvement needed regarding the decision matrix for some expenditures,” said State Rep. Meloyde Blancett, D-Tulsa. “There is also a need for a greater thoroughness of the back-end documentation to ensure we do not find ourselves with the federal government wanting to claw back money from Oklahoma because we didn’t have everything in order. I believe both the CARES FORWARD team and LOFT, as a result of this review, will continue working together and I am hopeful they will address the concerns that were raised.”

“The report highlighted a positive relationship between controlling the spread of the pandemic and the health of the economy,” said State Rep. Cyndi Munson, D-OKC. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, legislative Democrats have been vocal about a statewide mask policy, sheltering in place, and keeping only essential businesses open. Now, with data showing a loss in lives and revenue, it is confirmed we didn’t do what was right for Oklahomans or our economy. I am saddened to know we could have done so much more for our neighbors — both for their health and economically — and many of them would still be with us today.”

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25 Feb
0

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Oklahoma Disaster Declaration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2021

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Oklahoma Disaster Declaration

Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Oklahoma and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms from February 8 to February 20, 2021.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Comanche, Cotton, Hughes, Jefferson, Le Flore, McIntosh, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pittsburg, Stephens, Tulsa, and Wagoner.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures and hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Robert J. Fenton, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Adam D. Burpee as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION MEDIA SHOULD CONTACT THE FEMA NEWS DESK AT (202) 646-3272 OR [email protected]

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