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Oregon Senate minority leader Herman Baertschiger said his caucus remains defiant in its efforts to stall proposed cap-and-trade legislation.
“My caucus and I continue to stand firm and remain out of the state,” he said, criticizing media reports that claimed Republican senators, who fled the capitol to avoid voting on the bill, have been coordinating with militia groups.
Rallies - Steps - Weekend - Oregonians - Gas
“The peaceful rallies on the steps this weekend were done by Oregonians who will be directly impacted by the gas and emissions tax or House Bill 2020. Democrats were reactionary to rumors and lacked the courage to face these Oregonians by closing the Capitol building on Saturday when it was scheduled to be open,” Baertschiger said in a Sunday evening statement.
Liberal journalists latched on to a jocular tweet from the state Republican Party’s official Twitter account as evidence of support from right-wing militia groups. The featured photo was of a rally earlier in the week featuring truck drivers and loggers protesting the legislation.
Baertschiger - Claims - Caucus - Groups - Parts
Baertschiger brushed away claims his caucus was coordinating or collaborating with the militia-style groups known to exist in rural parts of the state.
“I don’t see any of my members doing that,” he told the Washington Free Beacon in an interview.
Baertschiger - Protestors - Week - Capitol - Heard
Baertschiger said he met and talked with protestors last week when they came to the capitol and heard from many who support his efforts to stop the cap-and-trade bill.
“Those are people that have jobs. They are people that took off a day of work to travel to Salem to tell us [their concerns]” with the proposed legislation, he said.
Report - State - Legislative - Revenue - Office
A report from the state’s Legislative Revenue Office said the legislation would reconfigure “much of the energy sector and the state economy,” and because the proposed cap-and-trade implementation would take place over three decades, the success of the program has “many uncertainties.”
“It will dramatically affect...
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