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27 Mar
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DNC on Congress Passing Coronavirus Relief Bill

DNC on Congress Passing Coronavirus Relief Bill

DNC Chair Tom Perez on Congress passing a $2 trillion bipartisan bill for coronavirus relief:

“A historic crisis calls for a historic response, and that’s exactly what Congress has delivered. Thanks to the leadership of Senator Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Democrats in Congress, we finally have a bipartisan deal that puts workers and Americans’ public health first. Democrats fought for more funding for our beleaguered health care system, expanded unemployment benefits for millions of Americans, and immediate relief to small businesses and workers that will save jobs and staunch the bleeding from our economy.

“Millions of Americans are hurting right now. Schools are closed, workers are worried about their next paycheck, friends and families are separated, and the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. skyrockets with each passing day. That’s why Democrats urged Republicans and President Trump to join them in taking bold action to help the American people. And that’s why when Republicans first responded with a bill that put corporate profits over the well-being of workers, Democrats held their ground and fought for a better deal.

“Help is on the way. But this is just the beginning. We must continue to do everything we can to stop the spread of this virus. That means we need true leadership in the White House. Unfortunately, President Trump has refused to listen to the advice of health experts and put the lives of millions at risk. As Trump fails every test of presidential leadership in crisis, Democrats will continue fighting to protect the American people.”

25 Mar
0

Lowe Recovering After Testing Positive for COVID-19

Communications & Public Affairs
March 25, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Jason Lowe
Office: (405) 557-7367

Lowe Recovering After Testing Positive for COVID-19

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma State Rep. Jason Lowe is recovering and doing well after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.

Lowe reported several days ago he began experiencing symptoms that included a fever, chills, body aches and exhaustion. He immediately contacted his primary care physician and quarantined at home. Although Lowe is currently showing no symptoms, he is continuing to self-isolate so that he does not pose a risk to others.

“I am extremely grateful for the care that I received, and I have a new appreciation for what thousands of Oklahoma health care workers are dealing with right now,” Lowe said. “I encourage us all to support those in our communities who put their lives on the line for the citizens of the great state of Oklahoma. Let’s lift these selfless professionals up in prayer and support during this crisis.”

Lowe is committed to working with state government partners to address this unique health care issue. He plans to continue to work remotely from his home and encourages the residents of House District 97 to contact his office with any issues they may have.

The OKC legislator encourages the public to heed government warnings relating to social distancing in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“It is of vital importance that we all stay home to help flatten the curve swiftly and effectively,” Lowe said. “I am encouraged that we will get through this together. Thank you for your continued support and prayers.”

For more information on COVID-19 please visit www.coronavirus.health.ok.gov.

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23 Mar
0

DNC on 10th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

DNC on 10th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement on the 10th anniversary of President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law:

“The world is in crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic is a sobering reminder of just how important health care is American families. Democrats understand that, which is why 10 years ago today, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. This landmark legislation represented the largest overhaul of our health care system in half a century and improved the lives of millions of Americans.

“Thanks to this law, more than 20 million Americans have gained coverage; the uninsured rate in the United States dropped to a record low; insurers cannot deny or drop coverage for people with preexisting conditions; young people can stay on their parents’ plans until they’re 26 years old; states have been able to expand Medicaid, offering care to millions more Americans; more than 55 million women have gained access to birth control with no co-pay; and insurers can no longer impose cruel annual and lifetime limits on the care you can receive.

“These reforms have saved lives and made our country stronger. And they have never been more important than right now, as we confront one of the most dangerous pandemics in modern history. Yet, President Trump and Republican lawmakers have made it their mission to repeal the ACA. They’ve tried to pass bill after bill that would kick millions off their health insurance, gut funding for Medicaid, and strip coverage protections from people with preexisting conditions. And when their repeal efforts have failed, they’ve gone to court in an attempt to destroy the law.

“As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of this historic law, Democrats are recommitting ourselves to a simple but powerful principle: Health care is a right, and Republican efforts to take it away are wrong. Make no mistake: health care is on the ballot in 2020. And the American people are ready to elect a president they can trust to protect i

16 Mar
0

Legislative Leaders Announce Updated Capitol Access Policy for COVID-19

March 16, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: John Estus
Office of House Speaker Charles McCall
Capitol: (405) 557-7439
Cell: (405) 706-0084

Legislative Leaders Announce Updated Capitol Access Policy for COVID-19

OKLAHOMA CITY – House and Senate leaders on Monday announced restricted access to the Capitol building in response to the COVID-19 challenge in Oklahoma.

Beginning Tuesday, in order to reduce the potential for community spread of COVID-19, access to the Capitol will be restricted to elected state officials, essential Capitol staff, credentialed press and state officials invited to essential meetings. These restrictions are similar to protocols put in place recently at the U.S. Capitol and other capitol buildings nationwide.

The actions were announced jointly by House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, and Senate Minority Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City.

“We consulted public health officials about access to the Capitol building, and they affirmed limited access is the right decision at this time in order to protect the public,” McCall said. “This change protects public health while allowing Legislature to keep working so the government can continue functioning. We will monitor the situation on a day-by-day basis in the event further actions are needed. Oklahomans should know we are fully engaged on this matter and working collaboratively in a bipartisan manner to confront this challenge.”

Republicans and Democrats in both chambers met in rare joint Caucus meetings Monday to discuss the changes and hear from health officials about the state’s ongoing response to coronavirus and COVID-19.

“This is an extraordinary and unprecedented situation happening across the globe,” Treat said. “All Oklahomans should heed the guidance and direction of state and federal health officials to help stop the spread of this virus. These practical and necessary steps are a way for the Legislature, in a bipartisan and bicameral manner, to do our part to ‘flatten the curve,’ while protecting public health and providing flexibility for the Senate and House to continue functioning.”

Despite the limited access to the building, committee meetings and floor sessions can continue to be monitored by the public through live streaming online, and legislation will continue to be publicly available in accordance with existing rules. Additionally, maintaining the presence of the press in the building will allow for continued public awareness of the work being done at the Capitol.

“Right now, the legislature is focused on doing the work of the people in the safest way possible,” Virgin said. “As information becomes available, we will do our best to ensure the public is notified in a timely manner. At this moment, we encourage Oklahomans to stay vigilant and remain proactive by adhering to the recommendations of the CDC.”

The leaders said legislative rule changes to ensure continuity of legislative operations are under consideration for adoption in the near future.

“We are focused on ensuring the critical business of the people is addressed in a way that prioritizes public safety,” Floyd said.  “I applaud the leaders and members of both chambers for their professionalism and cooperation during this challenging time.”

Audio and video from today’s press conference is available in the Dropbox link below: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vzlu56imfuc0w3x/AAA29VUYMODn7hTOqlZe6oLKa?dl=0.

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16 Mar
0

2020 Presidential Preferential Convention Cancelled

2020 Presidential Preferential Convention Cancelled

The Oklahoma Democratic Party Central Committee met on Saturday, March 14, 2020, and collectively decided to develop an alternative plan to the Presidential Preferential Convention previously scheduled for April 4, 2020. That plan will be communicated once approved by the DNC.

If you have made reservations with the hotel, please cancel.

~ Oklahoma Democratic Party

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