Constituents speak up on continuing GOP walkout


OREGON CITY, Ore. (KOIN) — The stalemate at the Capitol in Salem continues for the second day as Senate Republicans were a no-show to protest a vote on a cap-and-trade bill designed to limit carbon pollution.

They say it will raise fuel prices and hurt rural Oregon. 

Lawmakers have to take action by June 30 — the end of the legislative session. But if that doesn’t happen, Gov. Kate Brown has already promised to hold a special session in July.

There are a lot of mixed opinions on the issue among Oregonians. KOIN 6 News talked to people in Oregon City, part of Republican Senator Alan Olseon’s district.

“It has to be done and walking away and making people wait does not really solve anything,” one woman said. 

“I have to show up at work every day whether I like it or not,” Melissa Lussier said. “That is what I’m paid for. So they should be back to work, doing their job,” 

City Commissioner Denyse McGriff, who talks to Olseon often called on the senator to come back.

“Come home Alan, come on home,” she said. “We need you to be there, we need you to vote. That is what we voted you in for.”

Republicans told KOIN 6 News they support the walkout but didn’t want to speak on camera, fearing ramifications.

Democrats planned to hold a session Saturday but it was canceled due to threats from a militia group planning a rally at the Capitol.

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