https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watc ... republican06/25/19 02:52 PM EDT
Democratic leader concedes on Oregon climate bill after Republican walkout
The Democratic leader of Oregon's state Senate on Tuesday said that a sweeping climate bill did not have votes needed to pass after Republican Senators walked out to avoid the vote.
"What I'm about to say I say of my own free will. No one has told me to say this," Senate President Peter Courtney (D) said Tuesday.
"HB 2020 does not have the votes on the Senate floor. That will not change."
Republican lawmakers have expressed confusion of Courtney's statement.
“The question becomes: What are they trying to do?” Sen. Cliff Bentz (R), who is believed to be staying in Idaho while the boycott plays out, told OPB.
“Are they trying to make some sort of arrangement? If they are suggesting they don’t have the votes, what’s the procedure they’re going to use to kill the bill? Are they going to call it up for a vote?”
“We need clarification. What does that mean?” Sen. Ted Knopp (R) told OPB. “Does it mean it’s dead until the 2020 session? Is the governor going to take it up in a special session?”
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Sen. President Peter Courtney to Republicans: We do not have the votes for the cap-and-trade bill. #orleg #orpol
10:12 AM - Jun 25, 2019