UPDATED 6:54 AM PT — Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Republican state legislators in Oregon recently walked out of the state’s capitol building in protest of a Democrat-backed climate bill. On Monday, all except for one Oregon state GOP senator participated in the walkout to protest a bill that would place strict restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions.
This followed similar actions taken by State Republicans to stop a similar bill last year, which led to a days-long delay in Oregon’s legislative session.
Monday’s walkout prompted backlash from Democrats, including state Gov. Kate Brown who claimed the move was anti-democratic during a news conference.
“The Senate Republicans who walked out are not against climate policy, they are against the Democratic process,” she stated. “It’s incredibly disappointing and a sad moment for Oregon…Oregonians should be outraged, and I am too.”
On the other hand, state Republicans have argued that Democrats refuse to work with them on the bill and claimed they had no choice, but to boycott the vote.
I am disappointed that the Republicans have chosen to shut down government. We were elected by the voters to represent our communities and be their voices in our Capitol. It’s clear the Republicans who walked out are not against climate policy, but against the democratic process.