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08 Nov
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RELEASE: House Dems Release Statement on Failure of House Bill 1054X

Nov. 8, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Emily Virgin
Phone: (405) 557-7323

House Dems Release Statement on Failure of House Bill 1054X

OKLAHOMA CITY — On behalf of the House Democratic Caucus, Rep. Emily Virgin released the following statement on today’s vote on House Bill 1054X.

“Since the beginning of this extraordinary session, Republican House leadership has told Oklahomans that they have the 75 percent of their caucus needed to raise revenue, and it was the Democrats who needed to come on board with their support. Today, after more than 80 percent of our caucus held their nose and voted yes for this far from ideal revenue bill, we found out this simply isn’t true. The House Republican Caucus delivered 48 votes or less than 67 percent of their caucus.

House Republicans have once again failed to deliver the leadership necessary to bring an end to this special session and give certainty to the most vulnerable of Oklahomans. Once again, Republicans have gone out of their way to provide false hope to teachers and state employees desperate for a raise, and continue to put the wants and desires of select oil and gas companies over the millions of Oklahomans affected by this body’s inability to fix the budget problem it created.

Throughout this session, we have heard many promises from Republican leadership, and time and time again, those promises have been broken. We have seen a committee chairman refuse to vote his own bill out of committee, and we have seen the author of a teacher pay raise bill refuse to support the bill needed to fund those raises.

This caucus stands ready to reverse irresponsible income tax cuts. We stand ready to make oil and gas pay their fair share. And we stand ready to bring an end to this special session.”

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08 Nov
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Millennial Wins in Virginia and New Jersey

DNC on Millennial Wins in Virginia and New Jersey

DNC Vice Chair and New York Assemblymember Michael Blake and DNC Secretary Jason Rae issued the following statement on the Democratic millennials elected last night:

“We want to congratulate the Democratic millennial leaders who were elected to state legislature seats in Virginia and New Jersey last night, many of whom flipped critical seats from red to blue. Each of these progressive leaders is proof positive that when we stand up to Donald Trump’s divisive, hate-fueled politics and lead with our values and a vision focused on jobs, healthcare, and opportunity for all, we can accomplish anything. From Vin Gopal in New Jersey, who flipped New Jersey’s long-time Republican 11th district, to Danica Roem in Virginia, the transgender candidate who defeated a pioneer of the anti-transgender bathroom bill and flipped Virginia’s 13th district, millennials delivered blow after blow to the Trump agenda and win after win for progressive values. As millennial DNC officers, we understand firsthand that it is not easy to step up to run, but, when we win, we inspire others into public service to help people. The new DNC understands that millennials deserve a real voice in the DNC, on everything from training to organizing, not just a symbolic seat at the table. We can’t wait to see what these new leaders accomplish. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for, and we are ready to lead.”

  • Millennial Leaders Elected on November 7, 2017:
  • Vin Gopal, New Jersey State Senate 11th District
  • Jennifer Carol Foy, Virginia House of Delegates 2nd District
  • Chris Hurst, Virginia House of Delegates 12th District
  • Danica Roem, Virginia House of Delegates 13th District
  • Schuyler Van Vulkenburg, Virginia House of Delegates 72nd District
  • Jerrauld Jones, Virginia House of Delegates 89th District

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05 Nov
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RELEASE: Sutherland Springs, Texas Mass Shooting Statement

DNC Chair Statement on Sutherland Springs, Texas Mass Shooting

Following the news of a mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas where at least 20 people were killed, DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“I’m heartbroken by the horrific shooting in Texas. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Sutherland Springs and all those affected by this unspeakable tragedy.

“No American should ever be afraid to worship. No family should ever face the unbearable pain that too many American families are feeling today. In the last 35 days, we’ve witnessed two of the worst mass shootings in American history. We cannot allow those who wish us harm to so easily turn their hatred into violence. And we must be united in working to ensure that these tragedies become a relic of the past rather than routine.”

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03 Nov
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RELEASE: Tom Perez on October Jobs Report

Tom Perez on October Jobs Report

After the U.S. Department of Labor released the latest jobs and unemployment numbers, DNC Chair and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez issued the following statement:

“Without passing any significant economic legislation, Donald Trump is once again taking credit for the strength of the economy he inherited from President Obama. And instead of working to build on our progress by raising wages, making college more affordable, and expanding access to effective job training programs, the president is pushing a tax plan that rewards the wealthy and special interests at the expense of the middle class. Democratic leadership stabilized the U.S. economy after the Great Recession, and Democratic policies are the best way to ensure we don’t see another economic disaster like we did at the end of the last Republican administration.”

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31 Oct
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RELEASE: House Dems Statement on GOP “Temporary Budget Patch”

Oct. 30, 2017

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

House Dems Release Statement on GOP “Temporary Budget Patch”

OKLAHOMA CITY – The House Democratic Caucus has released the following statement on the status of current budget negotiations and today’s passage of rainy day and special cash legislation.

“When special session started in September, the drive to fix the budget crisis should have been enough to bring all parties to the table. As November approaches, it is clear that the political will to do anything more than place a temporary patch on a gushing wound has ended.

The measure that represented the first indication of a revenue package failed last Friday before the vote was even taken. Despite having stacked the House Appropriations and Budget Committee with two additional Republican members at the onset of special session, five House Republicans declined to attend the meeting and two other Republican members, including the bill’s author and committee chair, were in attendance and failed to support the measure.

It is apparent that after months of blaming gridlock on House Democratic Caucus leadership, House Republicans are no closer to funding core services of government now than they were in regular session. Special session has shown that the blame for the gridlock preventing funding for many of the core services that Oklahomans rests squarely on the shoulders of House Republican Leadership and their inability to put Oklahomans ahead of special interest groups. With no bipartisan plan in place, the people of Oklahoma will continue to suffer.

The people of Oklahoma deserve certainty in their budget. Passing rainy day and special cash ensures no cuts to mental health, healthcare, and Department of Human Services for the next three months. When the general session convenes in February of next year, it is imperative that we have a comprehensive, stable revenue plan that invests in our future and stops further cuts. Anything less than a true budget solution is nothing short of embarrassing. Oklahomans should be prepared to hold House Republican Leadership accountable for this irresponsible approach to governing.

Our hope is that before regular session begins in February, House Republicans will put aside petty politics and help us assemble a long-term bipartisan solution. The citizens of Oklahoma have said time and again that they expect us to do better. The Legislature will struggle to provide real funding for core services if House Republican Leadership does not join the House Democrats in their willingness to do something different and in doing so, put Oklahomans first.”

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