PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland, Oregon, City Council vote on a draft emergency resolution that would ban the purchase of goods and services from Texas in response to a new law there prohibiting most abortions was postponed on Wednesday until next week.
The resolution if passed would also bar city employee travel to Texas. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office originally expected the draft emergency resolution to be presented during a City Council meeting on Wednesday, but said it was being postponed to “best understand the impact of” the ban.
Heather Hafer, a spokeswoman with the Office of Management and Finance, told The Oregonian/OregonLive the city of Portland has linked nearly $35 million in contracts with Texas-based businesses during the last five years.
In addition, Portland employees have made 19 separate trips to Texas on official business since 2019, Hafer said.
“We urge other leaders and elected bodies around the nation to join us in condemning the actions of the Texas state government,” read a statement from Wheeler’s office last week.
Following news of the potential boycott, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick took to Twitter during Labor Day weekend describing Oregon’s most populous city as a “dumpster fire” and calling Portland city leaders “depraved.”
“Portland boycotting Texas is a complete joke. A city led by depraved officials allows lawlessness, putting their citizens in grave danger,” Patrick tweeted. “A boycott will hurt them, not us.”
The new Texas law prohibits abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity, usually around six weeks — before some people know they’re pregnant. Courts have blocked other states from imposing similar restrictions, but Texas’ law differs significantly because it leaves enforcement up to private citizens through lawsuits instead of criminal prosecutors.
The Supreme Court’s decision this past week not to interfere with the Texas law has provoked outrage from liberals and cheers from many conservatives.
Wheeler said that the resolution, if passed, would be in effect until Texas either withdraws the abortion law or it gets overturned in court.
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A little forethought in anything goes a long way.
PITY Texas doesn’t respond in kind. AND THAT INCLUDES BANNING the relocation of anyone FLEEING from oregonistan!
Just because Portland has become a bastion of moral depravity doesn’t mean the rest of the country has to follow!
Sadly, I think the ONLY thing that can put an end (albeit, probably TEMPORARILY) is a SECOND Civil War.
Democrats (Socialists/Communists/Fascists/Marxists) need to be put in the place (AGAIN)!
They were WRONG about Slavery, the founding of the KKK, Segregation, Jim Crow (and the list goes on and on), and they are WRONG about ALL of their social decay programs!
The Portland Mayor & those in his city Government are far more evil than most people realize. To go to this extent in order to support the killing of the most vulnerable and innocent human beings in our society is downright morally sick, and should be beneath the dignity of any elected official!! No human decency & no biblical morals = a very depraved person. (The Texas Governor stated it correctly!)
So amusing. You know Texas went “ouch, what was that, a bee or a flea”? I just bet they are heartbroken. I would ban anyone moving from OR to TX in order to protect voting integrity in TX – no more commies needed since CA has furnished plenty already. Prove you have left your libtard politics back home or don’t even think about polluting TX (or FL for that matter).
I’ve been saying that for years…
Ok. Refuse to use Texas energy or Texas computers or anything else made in the Lone Star State. While your at it, join California and drop into the Pacific in the next earthquake.