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2017 Special Session Budget Crisis: Democratic Caucus Urges Path Forward | Blue Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Mediocre "Bargain," House Bill 1054X, failed yesterday due to the efforts of House Republican leadership. The House Democrats delivered over 80 percent of its caucus on yesterday's vote because Democrats trusted Republican leadership would deliver on what was promised time and time again—75 percent of its own caucus. House Republican leadership failed to deliver Republican votes to protect children, the disabled and the elderly from devastating cuts while rank and file members supported the measure. Twelve committee chairs and 10 vice chairs voted against the measure. "It is disturbing to see Republican members who have been designated by House Republican leadership as leaders in public education, veterans, public health and long-term care oppose a measure that would provide funding for impending loss of critical services to their constituents," said Rep. Emily Virgin, D-Norman. "If House Republican leadership is intent on passing revenue raising measures, they