Portland vote on banning city business with Texas delayed

Multnomah County

Officials say the potential boycott could cost Texas companies millions of dollars a year.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The City Council in Portland has delayed a vote on an expected emergency resolution that would ban the purchase of goods and services from Texas in response to a new law there prohibiting most abortions.

The resolution if passed would also bar city employee travel to Texas. Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office originally expected the draft emergency resolution to be presented on Wednesday, but said it was being postponed to “best understand the impact of” the ban.

Wheeler said the resolution would be in effect until Texas either withdraws the abortion law or it gets overturned in court.

Planned ban over abortion law could cost Texas $7M a year

Officials say the possible boycott could cost Texas companies millions of dollars a year.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Office of Management and Finance spokeswoman Heather Hafer says Portland has inked almost $35 million in contracts with Texas-based businesses over the last five years. She also said Portland employees have made 19 separate trips to the Lonestar State on official business since 2019.

The potential financial impact information comes after Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said on Twitter that a boycott would hurt Portland, not Texas.

KOIN 6 News Staff contributed to this story by The Associated Press.

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