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Oregon legislative session cut short over GOP walkout

Senate President Pete Courtney adjourned the session on Thursday, saying nothing can get done without their colleagues being present.

Posted: Mar 5, 2020 3:55 PM

SALEM, Ore. – The 2020 session of the Oregon Legislature has come to a close three days early due to the ongoing Republican walkout.

Senate President Pete Courtney adjourned the session on Thursday, saying nothing can get done without their colleagues being present.

Most republicans in the House and Senate have been no-shows for more than a week. They left the Capitol over a controversial cap-and-trade bill that Democrats have been pushing for two years.

The Republicans offered to return this weekend to pass emergency spending bills but Democratic leaders said they will use money in the state’s reserves.

Gov. Kate Brown said the GOP have damaged Oregon’s legislative branch.

“Every time they don’t like something, they just get up and leave,” she said.

Brown said she will consider calling a special session, but only if it will be productive.

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