Oregon governor: Climate talks hinge on GOP return

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says Senate Republicans broke their promise to Democrats by walking out over major climate legislation.

She said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday that the Senate Republican leader must return to the building — or at least the state — if he wants to negotiate.

Senate Republicans have fled the Capitol to avoid a vote on a measure intended to reduce fossil fuel emissions through a cap on carbon.

Minority Republicans say they didn’t have a voice in crafting the legislation and that voters should approve the final measure.

Brown says voters already approved climate policy by electing a Democratic supermajority in the Legislature. She called the claim that Republicans weren’t involved in the process “hogwash.”