Letter: Supermajority leads to weak legislation
Oregon desperately needs a balanced Legislature for sound governance. Oregon is a diverse state with diverse needs. Priorities differ between rural and urban areas. However, there are common priorities including the health and safety of our people, our land and our economy.
We have a strong Democrat supermajority in Salem: 38 Democrats and 22 Republicans in the House. This dynamic creates division among Oregonians. We see mediocre legislation adopted because a lack of dialogue exists between parties. Democrats hold the power in nearly all the decisions being made in Salem. Democrat legislators outnumber Republican legislators on every committee and subcommittee. This majority position prohibits sound policy development.
Have you listened to testimony on legislative bills? You will hear legislators submitting amendments to bills to suggest provisions to accommodate constituents.
Last session, I listened to testimony and found that nearly every amendment submitted by a Republican legislator was voted against and nearly every amendment submitted by a Democrat legislator was voted in favor. This type of legislation is a tragedy.
Oregonians are witnessing the consequences of a supermajority rule across our beloved state. Communities are suffering. The division between people is unprecedented.
A supermajority does not promote unity. A supermajority pits the citizens of Oregon against one another. Politics needs to be a conversation. True leadership brings communities together.
I've always aligned with the Democrat party. After witnessing our current leadership fuel a divide across Oregon, I will vote for a candidate and not simply a party platform.
This is an important election. I support House District 52 candidate Jeff Helfrich. He is a leader with a strong bipartisan record. He will bring balance back to Salem and represent all of his community.
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