Truckers rally in Salem against climate proposal

Truckers drove to Salem in a lengthy caravan early Thursday morning to protest the Cap and Trade bill.

Posted: Jun 27, 2019 8:51 AM
Updated: Jun 27, 2019 6:16 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- Truckers, loggers and farmers from across Oregon made their voices heard in Salem on Thursday at a rally on the steps of the Capitol to protest against a controversial emissions-lowering climate proposal and to show support to the 11 Republican senators who walked out.

A caravan of at least 300 truckers headed to the Capitol on Interstate 5 early Thursday morning to participate in the rally, and a thousand people attended that rally.

Speaking to the crowd, Marie Bowers, a 5th generation grass seed farmer from Linn and Lane counties, said the Legislature isn't looking out for them.

"It seems like all they do in this building is to keep thinking of bills that would harm farming and forestry," Bowers said.

RELATED: Oregon Republican walkout over climate bill drags on

The senators have refused to return to the state Capitol to vote on the climate proposal. 

Cliff Ellis who drove up from Roseburg said those Republicans are heroes.

"This is what we all need to do, is stand up for what we all know is right and take action," Ellis said. "They are taking action and risking their future and you know what, they are going to be heroes forever."

Other bills are also in limbo as the Senate does not have a quorum to vote. While the session is set to end on Sunday, Governor Kate Brown has said she could call a special session in order to pass some of the bills once the Republicans return.

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