Oregon GOP Walkout Enters Its 5th Day, Delaying Democrat-Led Bills

A walkout by most Republicans in the Oregon Senate aimed at delaying action on gun safety, abortion rights, and gender-affirming health care bills extended to a fifth day Sunday.

Because a quorum could not be established, Senate President Rob Wagner adjourned the session until Monday morning.

Oregon GOP Walkout Enters Its 5th Day

Republicans have previously staged walkouts, but this year legislators with 10 unexplained absences are disqualified for reelection, thanks to a new constitutional amendment approved by voters decisively in November.

The boycott comes as several statehouses, including in Montana and Tennessee, have become battlegrounds between conservatives and liberals. Oregon has increasingly been divided between liberal population centers like Portland and Eugene and its most conservative rural areas.

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