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Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

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For Immediate Release: April 15, 2009

Sen. Dan Newberry
Sen. Dan Newberry

Oklahomans gather at the state Capitol to participate in the nationwide Tax Day Tea Parties.
Oklahomans gather at the state Capitol to participate in the nationwide Tax Day Tea Parties.

Citizens rally at the state Capitol urging Congress to cut back on out of control spending.
Citizens rally at the state Capitol urging Congress to cut back on out of control spending.

Newberry Commends Citizens for Showing Patriotism at Oklahoma Tea Parties

Hundreds of Oklahomans gathered on the south steps of the state Capitol as part of the Tax Day Tea Parties that took place across the nation on Wednesday. The events were in demonstration against high taxes and Congress’ continued excessive spending in recent months.

Sen. Dan Newberry attended the rally and said he was proud to see so many Oklahomans taking time out of their day to send Congress an important message.

“I think it’s important that people are involved in the process. I commend those people who came today and for being involved in this nationwide effort,” said Newberry, R-Tulsa. “I went myself because I, as a senator, also agree that the federal government is out of control on how its spending money.”

The demonstrations are part of a larger grassroots movement to protest massive government spending known as Taxed Enough Already (TEA), which started the Tax Day Tea Parties more than 235 years after the original Boston Tea Party revolt against taxes.

“Something has to be done. The taxation that will come from the recent stimulus bills approved by Congress will be regressive to our children’s children,” said Newberry. “Today’s event is about patriotism and exercising one’s greatest freedoms as an American. As citizens, we need to remind Congress that ours is a government by the people and for the people, and they need to listen and stop spending billions of taxpayers’ money so irresponsibly.”

The rally in Oklahoma City was only one of many across the state and nation.

“Hopefully, these calm demonstrations will appear on the radar of the federal government and they’ll realize that they’re out of control and that they’ve got to bring in the reigns.”

For more information contact:
Sen. Newberry's Office - 405-521-5600

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