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Hundreds of truckers convoy against emissions bill


A massive group of truckers, loggers, farmers, and their family members descended on the state capitol in Oregon today to protest a controversial emissions bill.

On Thursday, June 27, truckers from across the state of Oregon joined loggers, farmers, and ranchers to gather at the state capitol building in Salem to protest H.B. 2020 — a emissions lowering cap and trade bill that they say would result in higher fuel costs and could even cause job cuts.

According to local news station KZEI, at least 300 trucks convoyed on I-5 to Salem as part of the protest activities. Douglas County commissioner Chris Boice said that the convoy was 13 miles long, according to NR Today.

The rally participants parked at the fairgrounds in Salem and were bussed to the capitol. The total number of participants on foot at the capitol is estimated in the thousands, according to local news outlets.

Sorry it's not the best guys, but got choked up seeing you all lined up on my way to work! Keep showing them what rural Oregon is! #timberunity ❤❤ (will someone send this you their page? )

Posted by Carol VanGrunsven Jansen on Thursday, June 27, 2019

Here comes the convoy headed to Salem to send a message. God Bless the USA

Posted by Michael Witt on Thursday, June 27, 2019

The protesters are organized by a group called #TimberUnity, and they say that they rallied in order to show support for eleven Republican senators who have refused to vote on the bill by walking out eight days ago. Oregon’s Governor Brown even sent State Troopers to try to collect the senators and force them into voting last week, but so far, all eleven senators stand firm in their refusal to return to Salem.

The legislative session ends on Sunday, so lawmakers only have a few more days to pass H.B. 2020.

This is the second major convoy against H.B. 2020. The first happened on June 19 — you can click here to read more.

Live: Truckers and loggers gather in Salem for protest against cap-and-trade bill

Loggers, truckers and farmers gather in Salem for a protest against a cap-and-trade climate change bill that they say will hurt them financially. https://on.kgw.com/31TGCKe

Posted by KGW-TV on Thursday, June 27, 2019

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