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05 Feb
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Rep. Horn Responds to President Trump’s State of the Union Address

For Immediate Release:
February 5th, 2019

Rep. Horn Responds to President Trump’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kendra Horn made the following statement regarding President Trump’s State of the Union address.

“I heard a message tonight from the President about working together across the aisle. I hope the President’s calls for bipartisanship were indeed genuine. I have long said that we have more that unites us than divides us. Now is the time for radical pragmatism and putting partisan labels aside for the best interests of Oklahoma and the country. Oklahomans know that, for our country to solve its most challenging problems, the President and Congress must work together.

I have heard again and again from Oklahomans about the need for affordable healthcare, the burden of student loan debt, and the importance of rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure. These issues will not solve themselves. As a Member of Congress, these are some of the important issues I look forward to tackling with my colleagues.

With my appointments to the powerful House Armed Services Committee and influential Science, Space, and Technology Committee, and as chair of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work to get our nation’s fiscal house in order, strengthen our national security, and create a path to prosperity for the middle class. I have and will continue to put the interests of Oklahomans over party so our state and country can move forward.”

04 Feb
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Minority Leader Responds to Governor’s STOTS

Communications & Public Affairs
Feb. 4, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Wes Carter, Press Secretary
Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus
Phone: (405) 962-7674

Minority Leader Responds to Governor’s STOTS

OKLAHOMA CITY – House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, released the following statement today in response to the Gov. Kevin Stitt’s State of the State Address:

“We certainly appreciate Governor Stitt’s tone during his speech today. For the first time in many years, there is a sense of optimism in the Capitol, and the governor and his team are a big reason for that. However, at some point, for the optimism to matter, we need to start talking about real policies.

“We love that the governor brought up criminal justice reform, but the only new policy idea he clearly proposed or endorsed was an additional $1.5 million to Women in Recovery, which is great but hardly the answer to the problems facing our criminal justice system.

“On education, we will certainly support a $1,200 teacher pay raise, but we did not hear the governor’s plan for increased classroom funding. We must focus on getting more funding into the classroom. Increasing teacher pay, without also providing funding to reduce class sizes and ensure that our schools have the resources available to educate, leaves out a crucial component of improving education for our students.

“Unfortunately, we received fewer details on how the governor expects to address Oklahoma’s healthcare crisis. It is hard for our caucus to understand how we can have a conversation about healthcare without first talking about the rural hospitals that have shut down or filed for bankruptcy. Furthermore, not accepting federal Medicaid funds based on what might happen in the future with another governing body is a ridiculous stance to take when Oklahomans are dying. If the governor is against expanding Medicaid, he should own it and offer a different vision for insuring the 200,000 Oklahomans that the expansion would cover.

“Finally, in his speech, Governor Stitt said ‘The government does not create wealth, only the private sector can. In my administration, every policy decision will promote a healthy economy.’

“This is simply untrue and is disrespectful to the men and women who serve in our state government. The truth is that growth comes through a partnership between private and public sectors. You can’t have a trucking company without roads, and as 2008 showed, you can’t have a mortgage company without government regulation.

“Moving forward, we want to work with this governor, and we think there is room to do that in areas of Criminal Justice Reform, Education, and hopefully healthcare.”

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01 Feb
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Statement on Black History Month

DNC on Black History Month

DNC Chair Tom Perez and Black Caucus Chair Virgie Rollins released the following statement on Black History Month:

“This month, we honor and celebrate the enormous contributions African Americans have made to our country. While we celebrate these accomplishments, we must also rededicate ourselves to the unfinished work of the civil rights movement. Whether in a classroom or a courtroom, a job interview or a traffic stop, African Americans continue to face systemic discrimination across our society. Nowhere is this more evident or more consequential than at the ballot box. In North Carolina, Ohio, and states across the country, Republicans have done everything in their power to block communities of color from exercising their constitutional rights at the ballot box. There’s no doubt that preventing people from voting is a key part of their playbook — from voter roll purges to discriminatory voter ID laws. Such tactics are clearly discriminatory and have no place in our democracy.

“Democrats believe we should be making it easier for people to vote, not harder. We know our democracy is stronger when more people can participate. And we’ve made it our priority to ensure that each and every eligible voter can exercise their right to vote without intimidation or restrictions.

“The 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution reads as follows: ‘The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.’ We must be vigilant in protecting that right every day in every community.

“We know that the most important political battles are always hard-fought and that lasting progress is always hard-won. As we celebrate Black History Month, let us recommit ourselves to the fight for equality. And let us not merely commemorate the accomplishments of African Americans, but ensure their voices are heard in our democracy.”

30 Jan
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Horn Elected Chair of Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics following appointment to Science, Space, and Technology Committee

For Immediate Release:
January 30, 2019

Horn Elected Chair of Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics following appointment to Science, Space, and Technology Committee

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congresswoman Kendra Horn was elected chair of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, following her appointment last week to the Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

“I am extremely honored by the opportunity to serve as chair of the prestigious Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee,” Congresswoman Horn said. “As the second largest private sector employer in Oklahoma, the aerospace industry supports directly or indirectly more than 67,600 employees and the production of $8.2 billion in goods and services in the Greater Oklahoma City area. Space and aeronautics have taken our country to the moon, expanded our horizons, and resulted in technological development, economic benefit, and countless innovations for our world.”

The influential Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee oversees all matters relating to NASA, aeronautical research, FAA demonstration programs, and many other space related fields. They will address important questions regarding the commercialization of space, international space cooperation and civil aviation research.

“My background in the space industry, prepares me to be a positive and impactful voice for our state on the important issues of space and aeronautics. I look forward to working with my Committee colleagues – including fellow Oklahoman, Rep. Frank Lucas, the Committee’s ranking member – in a bipartisan manner to make further strides in the Science, Space, and Technology fields.”

In addition to her election as chair of the Space and aeronautical Subcommittee, Congresswoman Horn was also appointed to the Subcommittee on Energy.

30 Jan
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Horn Introduces the Shutdown to End All Shutdowns Act – (SEAS Act)

For Immediate Release:
January 30, 2019

Horn Introduces the Shutdown to End All Shutdowns Act – (SEAS Act)

A Bill To Prevent Future Government Shutdowns

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kendra Horn and a group of freshman lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled the Shutdown to End All Shutdowns (SEAS) Act in a press conference yesterday. The SEAS Act is aimed at protecting federal employees and contractors from being used as pawns in political negotiations by transferring the burden of shutdowns to Members of Congress and Executive Branch officials.

“The 116th Congress inherited the longest government shutdown in U.S. history and made me painfully aware of the burden placed on furloughed government employees, and the families and communities that rely on their work, during a government shutdown. These furloughed employees, their families, and the communities that rely on government services did nothing to cause the government shutdown and should not have had to suffer because of it.” Congresswoman Horn said. “I am proud to support the SEAS Act to ensure this hardship is not endured again by federal employees who are not directly connected to the government shutting down.”

Since the current federal budget and appropriations process was enacted in 1976, twenty-two funding gaps have occurred – of which ten have forced federal employees to be furloughed or work without pay. The SEAS Act allows the government to keep running in the event of failure to enact appropriations legislation. During past shutdowns, members of Congress and senior Executive Branch officials have continued to receive paychecks and travel even as millions of Americans suffer. The SEAS Act employs disincentives to create a new alignment of interests, transferring pain from federal employees to the decision makers that caused it, and forces Members of Congress and the President’s staff to stay in Washington until a deal is reached.

This legislation applies to FY2020 and beyond, and automatically triggers a 30-day continuing resolution (CR) if a full-year appropriations bill isn’t signed into law by the end of a fiscal year. After thirty days:

  • Use of federal funds will be prohibited for Member travel.
  • Member pay will be suspended and not held in escrow.
  • Use of federal funds for Executive Branch travel will be prohibited, unless a Cabinet secretary issues a waiver citing a threat to national security, a natural disaster or national emergency.
  • Bonuses, relocation expenses, and other financial awards for senior Executive Branch officials will be prohibited. Bonuses, relocation expenses, and other financial awards for senior Executive Branch officials will be provided.
  • Federal funds will be prohibited for Executive Branch reception and entertainment expenses, and for the operation of any Federal government exercise facility or golf course.
  • Daily quorum calls will be in effect.
  • The government will continue to operate under a CR with these disincentives in place as long as Congress and the President fail to agree on an appropriations measure.

This bill provides two core outcomes for federal employees:

1) PROTECTS federal employees from being furloughed, forced to work without pay, or being used as pawns in political negotiations.
2) TRANSFERS financial hardship from federal workers to Executive Branch officials and Members of Congress

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