Oregon GOP Lawmakers Go Into Hiding As Angry Voters Demand They Come Back To Do Their Jobs
Activists in Oregon are planning a Tuesday rally outside the statehouse in an effort to shame GOP state lawmakers into doing their jobs and return to Salem to vote on dozens of delayed bills.
The rally comes a week after Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) had to call the state police and threaten some Republican lawmakers with fines for not attending a scheduled vote on a landmark climate change bill.
“We’ve had dozens of bills that haven’t been voted on yet,” Iván Hernández of Causa, the immigrant rights group that is coordinating the rally, told NBC 8 KGW.
The rally “to get Republican Senators back to work at the Oregon State Capitol” is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the news outlet.
The walkout by some state lawmakers last week that canceled planned Senate votes on the climate change legislation drew national attention.
The statehouse reopened Monday after protests against the cap-and-trade bill closed it over the weekend due to a “militia threat.” That protest was also showing support for the GOP lawmakers who decided to walk out and not show up for votes.
It is not currently known when lawmakers plan to return to the statehouse for votes.
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