For the second consecutive legislative session, Senate Republicans have walked out of the Oregon Capitol to block passage of a greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-trade bill.
“The Senate Republicans who walked out are not against climate policy, they are against the democratic process,” Gov. Kate Brown said. “Oregonians should be outraged and I am, too.”
Senate Republicans say they are facing a Democratic majority unwilling to compromise and intent on pushing a bill through the Legislature that will harm rural Oregonians.
Democrats say they have been responsive to Republican’s concerns over Senate Bill 1530 and were given a mandate by a majority of voters to pursue climate change legislation.
Hanging in the balance are dozens of bills, including funding appropriations for mental health services, homelessness and combating wildfires. There also are policy bills on issues from education to gun control.