Kate Brown, Oregon’s Democrat governor, is calling on the state police to round up GOP lawmakers who failed to show up for a vote on a job-killing climate bill.

According to Breitbart News – Eleven of the Oregon Senate’s GOP lawmakers deliberately failed to show up to the capitol, effectively preventing Democrats from passing a climate change-based cap and trade bill, officially known as H.B. 2020.

As the Hill notes, the bill “seeks to create a cap-and-trade system to regulate greenhouse gas emissions in several public sectors.”

The bill is very controversial. Yesterday, a convoy of logger rolled into Salem, OR to protest the job-killing cap-and-trade bill that they say would devastate their industry and take away their livelihoods.

GOP lawmakers are applauding the efforts of the truck drivers, as they stand up for their right to work and live in Oregon.

Republican state lawmakers released a statement Thursday, describing their eight-hour negotiation attempt as “fruitless.”

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“After more than 8-hours of fruitless negotiations late into last night, the Democrats failed to offer a reset on House Bill 2020,” the statement read.

Upon realizing their absence, Senate President Peter Courtney requested the sergeant at arms to locate the lawmakers, to no avail. Courtney followed up with Brown, who gave state police the green light to find the missing lawmakers and bring them back to the capitol.

Brown released a statement, accusing the missing Republican lawmakers of abandoning their obligations to constituents.

The Senate Republicans have decided to abandon their duty to serve their constituents and walk out. The Senate Democrats have requested the assistance of the Oregon State Police to bring back their colleagues to finish the work they committed to push forward for Oregonians. As the executive of the agency, I am authorizing the State Police to fulfill the Senate Democrats’ request.

Democrats are threatening to fine GOP lawmakers $500/day until they return for a vote on the job-killing bill.

The GOP lawmakers are standing tough against the threats, as they remind the hypocritical Senate Democrats of a 2001 walk-out when Kate Brown, Oregon’s current governor, who was at the time Oregon’s Senate Democratic Leader, called a walkout by the Democrats “very appropriate under the circumstances.” She also said, “Under certain circumstances, it’s fair to say we would use all tools available to us & stage a similar boycott.” Well here we are, Senate Rs fighting for Oregonians.’

The hypocrisy of Governor Kate Brown is astounding. She’s the same person who called a walkout by Democrats in 2001 “very appropriate,” but is now calling on the Oregon State Police to round up GOP lawmakers who dared to stage a walkout over a radical job-killing bill.

What do you think about her stunt? Is she abusing her power, or should the GOP lawmakers cave and come back for the vote to keep peace with the Dems?  Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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