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'The bill is dead': Oregon GOP announces end of Senate walkout

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Published on June 29, 2019 -

'The bill is dead': Oregon GOP announces end of Senate walkout

Runaway senators are planning to return to Salem and to be on the Senate floor by Saturday at 9 a.m.

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'The bill is dead': Oregon GOP announces end of Senate walkout

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Matt...many of the bills that still need to be passed deal with the state's budget.

And while lawmakers plan to burn the midnight oil, senator james manning of eugene says these bills will help oregonians all over the state.

If my republican colleges do come back they're serious and we we actually get down to working these bills and not stonewalling or anything like that.

Senator james manning of eugene and other state lawmakers say it's going to be a long weekend.

Starting at 9 am saturday, the plan to start passing more then 140 bills that have been in limbo since the 11 republican senators walked out.

Lawmakers plan to work until midnight sunday.

Republican.

"at the end of the day we have a constitutional responsibility to get these budgets passed and to keep oregon functioning and i think we intend to do that and we only have two days to do it."

I'm hanging on i'm telling ya i'm looking at the clock.

Senate president peter courtney calls the situation in the statehouse delicate while senate republicans say they will be there to get the job done..

Courtney says he's hanging on by his finger nails.

There is no trust, a lack of trust, there is feelings of betrayal, all these things are at work with human beings and that is a tough situation to be in.

Senator elizabeth steiner hayward, the deputy majority leader says she's taking republicans at their word and says she's not giving up on the issue of climate change.

"the governor is very clear, the presiding officers are very clear, everybody's really clear that we want to continue working on this issue, that we think it's very important that oregon be in a leadership position on it.

And we want to keep working on it.

Nobody's giving up."

While governor brown could call a special session to give lawmakers more time - at this time she hasn't made that call and hasn't made any public statements since republicans said they plan to get back

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