State Senate Republican leader Herman Baertschiger Jr. said another walkout by Republicans, as they did last year, during this short legislative session is possible in order to deny Democrats a quorum on climate change legislation.

In light of that news, I’d like all senators and their constituents to be aware of this:

According to the Bend Bulletin (Jan. 29, 2020), “21 companies, including Nike and Microsoft, the Craft Brew Alliance and two health care climate alliances in Washington and California, sent a letter to ‘leadership and legislators of the Pacific Coast,’ urging them to adopt cap-and-trade programs, which they argue can promote economic growth.” I would think those last three words should strike a chord with our Republican senators.

When the vote comes up on climate change, I expect all senators to stay and do their job.

Tracie Hornung


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