SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — Tuesday marks the sixth day of the Republican walkout in Salem to protest the cap-and-trade hill.
Supporters of HB 2020 are expected to rally outside the Capitol Tuesday starting at 11:30 a.m. in hopes of convincing the 11 missing senators to get back to work.
However, rally organizers are concerned for their safety and have been in touch with Oregon State Police over more possible threats. Organizers said it’s a real concern, especially after threats closed the Capitol on Saturday.
OSP recommended the Capitol close after anti-government groups threatened to join a protest planned inside the building. The threat never materialized and less than 100 protesters showed over the weekend.
Organizers of the possible rally said they want to see Republican lawmakers denounce threats of violence or militia activity.Sen. Herman Baertschiger, a Republican from Grants Pass, said he and his party denounce violence of any kind.
Burdick, a Portland Democrat, called some of the rhetoric and support Republicans are getting “alarming.” She said she hopes whoever wants to demonstrate on Tuesday — regardless of their position — can do so safely.
What is HB 2020?
House Bill 2020 would create a cap-and-trade system that would control air pollution by capping the amount of carbon a business could produce. Businesses can emit more if they buy the rights from other companies who don’t use their limit.
The measure passed the House on Monday, June 17, however, all Republicans voted against it. The GOP lawmakers then walked out of the legislative session on Thursday to prevent a quorum — effectively blocking votes on any and all bills.