Senate President: Not enough votes for Oregon climate bill
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate President says there aren’t enough votes within his own majority Democratic caucus to approve a landmark climate bill that sparked a walkout by Republicans, who fled to other states to thwart the measure.
Democratic Senate President Peter Courtney said Tuesday there isn’t enough support within his party to pass what would be the second statewide cap and trade plan in the nation.
All eleven Republican senators didn’t appear for a sixth day to protest the proposed cap on carbon emissions. Courtney pleaded with them to return, saying the Senate still needs to approve budget bills and policies addressing foster care and mental health.
Courtney says he has “done as much as I can” to negotiate with Republicans and he will continue to push for the cap and trade policy.