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03 Apr
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It’s Past Time for Pruitt to Resign

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DNC: Past Time for Pruitt to Resign

In response to Scott Pruitt rolling back fuel emissions standards and his continued corruption and abuse of taxpayer dollars, DNC spokesperson Daniel Wessel released the following statement:

“It is long past time for Scott Pruitt’s tenure to end. From cozying up to industry insiders, to wasting taxpayer dollars and breaking ethical norms, Americans cannot trust Pruitt and he should resign immediately.

“At the same time, Pruitt has led the Trump administration’s reckless dismantling of Obama-era protections, favoring industry and special interests over the environment he is supposed to protect. Pruitt’s latest move to roll back greenhouse gas and fuel emission standards will not only harm the environment but will put people’s health at risk. Enough is enough.”

Editorial boards agree: enough is enough.

Los Angeles Times Editorial: “The EPA’s Scott Pruitt has to go

Washington Post Editorial: “A swamp monster is running the EPA

Chicago Tribune Editorial: “Under Scott Pruitt’s leadership, EPA stands for Ethical Problems Abound. Or is it Ethical Practices Avoided? …  If he can’t behave ethically, he shouldn’t be in government service.”

 

02 Apr
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House Democrats Release Statement on Today’s Floor Session

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Communications & Public Affairs
April 2, 2018

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

House Democrats Release Statement on Today’s Floor Session

OKLAHOMA CITY – House Democrats have released the following statement on Today’s floor session.

“Today, House Democrats stood with teachers and attempted several procedural maneuvers to bring legislation to the House floor that would provide sustainable long-term funding to education. Unfortunately, all but two Republicans voted not to hear the legislation that would have ended the capital gains tax exemption, which has cost Oklahoma more than $460 million over the course of five years and has shown a return investment of just $9 million.

This exemption disproportionally benefits wealthy individuals at the expense of Oklahoma’s education system and other core services. All 28 House Democrats remain ready to repeal this unnecessary burden on Oklahomans. We are calling on our friends across the aisle to do as the Senate has done and join us in ending this exemption so that teachers can go back to the classroom knowing that funding is on the way.”

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02 Apr
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DNC Chair on Oklahoma Teachers’ Walkout

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DNC Chair on Oklahoma Teachers’ Walkout

Today, thousands of Oklahoma teachers are taking to the streets to demand adequate school funding and better wages, including pay raises for custodians, bus drivers, and food service workers. DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“Oklahoma teachers and support professionals deserve better, and they are raising their voices today asking for fair pay and the basic resources necessary to teach our kids. The Republican leadership in the Sooner State has failed teachers and students. No child should have their schooling cut back to only 4 days of classes each week. No teacher should be forced to work a second job to make ends meet. But this is the sad reality that Republican politicians have created in Oklahoma. Instead of investing in the education Oklahoma children deserve, Republicans have cut funds for schools, supplies, and teachers’ wages while passing massive tax giveaways for big corporations. Democrats stand with Oklahoma teachers as they fight for the fair pay they deserve and the resources their students need.”

30 Mar
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Oklahoma Democratic Party Stands Behind Teachers

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For Immediate Release
March 30, 2018

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
405-536-2417

Oklahoma Democratic Party Stands Behind Teachers

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party released the following statement as teachers prepare for a teacher’s walkout on April 2:

Oklahoma Democrats are proud to support our teachers as they stand up for their rights and a better future for Oklahoma children. Oklahoma teachers have not had a pay increase in over ten years, and many are leaving the state for better-paying jobs in other states.

When we invest in education by increasing teacher’s pay, reducing classroom sizes, and adequately funding our schools, we invest in the growth of Oklahoma.

The ODP applauds the tenacity of our teachers fighting against too many years of funding cuts.

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

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.”

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