Oregon Republicans Backed By Right-Wing Militias Flee State to Stall Vote on Historic Climate Bill

Oregon Republicans Backed By Right-Wing Militias Flee State to Stall Vote on Historic Climate Bill
Oregon Republicans Backed By Right-Wing Militias Flee State to Stall Vote on Historic Climate Bill

The Oregon state Legislature has been in a standoff for nearly one week, after 11 Republican lawmakers fled the Capitol Thursday to avoid voting on a landmark climate change bill. Some are believed to be hiding out in Idaho. Right-wing militias supporting the rogue GOP legislators have threatened violence, which led the remaining lawmakers to shut down the state Capitol in Salem. The climate crisis bill aims to decrease emissions by implementing a statewide cap-and-trade model. Without at least two of the rogue Republican senators present, Oregon Democrats, who control the state Senate and House of Representatives, don’t have the necessary quorum to vote on the legislation. We speak with Oregon Democratic state Representative Karin Power. She is co-chair of the state’s Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction and co-sponsor of the cap-and-trade bill.

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