Oregon Governor sends state police to find GOP lawmakers skipping climate votes

nearvideo Oregon Governor, speaks after state, Republicans are leaving Oregon to block the vote

Governor Kate Brown criticized Republicans for walking before the vote.

Republican lawmakers in Oregon are in hot water, to take after they refused to help in a historic vote on Thursday for the implementation of a cap-and-trade program, purely in the industrial carbon dioxide emissions.

Gov., Kate Brown authorized the Federal police to round up the 12 Republicans who went to the Capitol in protest against the bill and bring it back to the Senate for a vote. If the action is to implement Oregon the second state in the country after California, the such a program passed.


“It would be a historic Moment for Oregon, a historic Moment for the country, and-frankly-a historic Moment for the world,” said Brown at a press conference on Thursday. “Unfortunately, Senate Republicans failed to show up and failed to do their job.”

Republicans fled the Senate, some have even claimed, the leaving of the state, which refuses to sign, a law to limit the emissions and establish emissions rights or “allowances” to emit for each ton of carbon industry plans.

“After many hours of well-intentioned and respectful negotiations on Wednesday, the Senate is in a cul-de-SAC. Senate Republicans have decided to give up to serve their duty to their constituents and go,” said Brown. “The Senate have asked Democrats to bring the help of the Oregon State police, their colleagues to finish the work, to accelerate the committed, for Oregonians. As the managing Director of the Agency, I meet the authorization of the security police, the Senate Democrats, ” the request.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that the Senate Republicans would turn their backs on their constituents, the a matter of honor here to represent, in this building. You will need to do it again and do the jobs they were elected.”

Republican representatives pushed back on the governor’s rebuke.

“Protest” cap-and-trade, by said to represent the foot of our constituency, and that is exactly how we should do our job,” Senate Republican leader Herman Baertschiger Jr., of Grants Pass, said in a statement Thursday morning. “We have endured, with the threat of imprisonment, fines, and drag a community project, with funds from the Governor, the President of the Senate and the majority leader. We will not stand by and be bullied by the majority of the party.”

The Oregon State police said that it “established relationships, the polite communication with these senators” to get it back to the state legislative process. This process requires 20 members in the Senate to go.

“The departure of the senators of the Senate without the minimum number of members to constitute a quorum, the legislative process is stalled,” OSP said on Thursday. “While we have many tools, obviously, is available, patience and communication, and will always be our first and preferred option.”

“OSP has a solution to a similar situation in the past, and with the help of diplomats from both sides of the aisle, the Department has a peaceful, gentle and process-supportive manner, which allows the members of our legislature to return to work without compromising the good relationships is essential in order to move forward, collaborative, and productive.”


Oregonian lawmakers are not the first to flee the Senate to stymie a vote with a lack of quorum.

In 2011, democratic legislators in Wisconsin have the same protest of Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s bill to limit bargaining power of public unions for wages and benefits makes. To bring Walker usedf national guardsmen legislators on the floor again, but not before they threaten you, you in the national guard.

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