nearvideo Oregon Governor sent the police to retrieve the Republicans fled the Capitol on climate protection act
Oregon Republican senators are in hiding on a Democrat-backed carbon cap and spend bill, in the hope that the clock on the vote on the measure; Dan Springer reports from Salem, Oregon.
The Oregon state Senate closed on Saturday after a possible “militia threat” by a right-wing group — in the midst of a wider drama about a walkout by Republican lawmakers about the threat of climate change legislation.
Extreme right-wing groups published their support for the 12 rebel Republicans on Friday, including a group of — of the Oregon Three Prozentler — in an armed takeover of a wildlife refuge in 2016.
OREGON GOV SENDS STATE POLICE TO FIND GOP LAWMAKERS SKIPPING CLIMATE VOTES
On Friday, a spokeswoman for the Senate President Peter Courtney told The Associated Press that the Oregon state police “recommended that the Capitol be closed tomorrow because of a possible militia threat.”
Oregon State Police in a statement, said it was “monitoring information about the day shows that the safety of legislators, staff and citizens could be threatened for the visitors when certain threatened behavior have been realized.”
The dramatic scenes came after the Republicans had not only skipped the legislature, but some of them had even left the state as part of an effort to deny Democrats the votes to reduce the bill, the fossil fuel emissions by 2050. Democrats hold a 18-12 majority, but you need the 20 members present for a quorum.
Republicans and anti-government groups had planned protest was announced on Saturday prior to the closure of the Senate. The Democrats had a plan this week when Gov. Kate Brown, entitled the Oregon State police to track down the rogue members and bring them back into the chamber.
“It is absolutely unacceptable that the Senate Republicans would turn their backs on their constituents, they represent a point of honour here, in this building,” she said in a statement, according to KOIN 6. “You have to go back and do the jobs they were elected to do.”
Republicans fired back soon.
OREGON DEMOCRATS CLOSED BEHIND CAP-AND-TRADE EMISSIONS PLAN
“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. “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.”
Republican sen Brian Boquist answered and told state police to “send the Bachelor and come heavily armed” if you come and get him.
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The bill limiting greenhouse gas emissions and auction emissions allowances for carbon dioxide would be to emit the company, with a reduction in cap. The bill would reduce emissions by 45 percent below 1990 levels by 2035 and 80 percent by 2050.
Opponents say it would hurt businesses and exacerbate a divide between the liberal, urban areas and rural parts of the state. Oregon the second state would be adopted in accordance with California, such a policy, while nine North-Eastern States have only limited versions of the so-called ” cap-and-trade programs.
Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran and The Associated Press contributed to this report.