Oregon Republicans Backed By Right-Wing Militias Flee State to Stall Vote on Historic Climate Bill

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, June 25, 2019
  • The Oregon state Legislature has been in a standoff for nearly one week, after 11 Republican lawmakers fled the Capitol Thursday to avoid voting on a landmark climate change bill. Some are believed to be hiding out in Idaho. Right-wing militias supporting the rogue GOP legislators have threatened violence, which led the remaining lawmakers to shut down the state Capitol in Salem. The climate crisis bill aims to decrease emissions by implementing a statewide cap-and-trade model. Without at least two of the rogue Republican senators present, Oregon Democrats, who control the state Senate and House of Representatives, don’t have the necessary quorum to vote on the legislation. We speak with Oregon Democratic state Representative Karin Power. She is co-chair of the state’s Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction and co-sponsor of the cap-and-trade bill.#DemocracyNow #Oregon #climatechangeDemocracy Now! is an independent global news hour that airs on nearly 1,400 TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream 8-9AM ET: https://democracynow.orgPlease consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today: https://democracynow.org/donateFOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE:YouTube: http://youtube.com/democracynow Facebook: http://facebook.com/democracynow Twitter: https://twitter.com/democracynowInstagram: http://instagram.com/democracynowSoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/democracynow iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/demo... Daily Email Digest: https://democracynow.org/subscribe


  • Julie Ann Myers
    Julie Ann Myers  1 months ago +85

    This is the future of America & it's happening NOW. Holding The American People hostage at the point of a gun & threatening violence.
    The slide into NEO-FASCISM has accelerated.
    How does this end in anything but civil war?
    The Oregon legislature must begin an impeachment inquiry.

  • Hugh Culliton
    Hugh Culliton  1 months ago +24

    THIS is what fascism looks like. What a bunch of phucking shills!

  • royce dock
    royce dock  1 months ago +27

    Disappeared like tax dollars and citizens rights.

  • Caleb Evans
    Caleb Evans  1 months ago +164

    They should be required to be present or be barred from running for re-election.

  • Karen Cole
    Karen Cole  1 months ago +110

    I am an Oregonian and live in the capitol. It is unacceptable that our law makers are doing this. They ran out last month, too, in an attempt to cut PERS.
    My business is downtown and we had to make adjustments this past weekend because of the militia.
    One of the Republicans said that shutting down our capitol building was Democrats being afraid to face voters, yet Republicans are hiding out in other states.

  • peoples Patriot
    peoples Patriot  1 months ago +70

    If I don't show up to my work and don't call in , it's called job abandonment. Basically I lose my job and I'm not welcome to be rehired.

  • Matthew F
    Matthew F  1 months ago +194

    "I'm not going to do my job." -Republican senator.

  • Renel
    Renel  1 months ago +187

    This is a deriliction of duties, tantamount to abandoning their post, their seats should be dissolved and new elections held.

  • Cascadia Defense Network
    Cascadia Defense Network  1 months ago +179

    All of a sudden Oregon Republicans don't think that blue lives matter.

  • Licia Foye
    Licia Foye  1 months ago +27

    Why are these militant republicans risking so much - for oil's sake? When will they realize they are being used by the wealthiest to do their dirty work.

  • 888Gypsy888
    888Gypsy888  1 months ago +53

    They should be ousted from their positions.

  • Luc Bac
    Luc Bac  1 months ago +27

    Then fire them!!!
    Any other person that didn’t do their job would be out of said job!

  • alex seioo
    alex seioo  1 months ago +52

    Can't they just vote against the bill? WTF is this? A coup on democracy?

  • Teri G
    Teri G  1 months ago +10

    despite what side of the isle & issue is being address , all senators should still be there to vote/not vote. FIRE THEIR ASSES!

  • juan gomez
    juan gomez  1 months ago +54

    .... I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic ....

  • typeviic1
    typeviic1  1 months ago +131

    If they cant do their job and vote, then resign

  • oldschoolman 144
    oldschoolman 144  1 months ago +11

    So instead of doing their job they hide, sounds like something a child dose when they don't want to face the truth!

  • zocc116
    zocc116  1 months ago +59

    they took the bribes from the "oily guys" and spent it all on hookers and coke... fire them all. asap

  • Greasyspleen
    Greasyspleen  1 months ago +27

    He says he won't be a "political prisoner" but he's holding the entire state as a political hostage.

  • muttonchopred
    muttonchopred  1 months ago +156

    Republicans are cowards, nothing new here.