The Republicans in Congress are dragging their feet on a toothless resolution that does nothing more than honor the victims of a double slaying on a Portland, Oregon MAX train.
According to Portland’s Willamette Week, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) proposed the resolution to remember those in his district who were brutally murdered attempting to defend a woman on a train. The partisans leading the House refused and he’s furious.
“It’s outrageous that the Republican leadership in the House won’t take two minutes to honor these heroes,” Blumenauer told WW.
The symbolic gesture already passed the U.S. Senate after being proposed by Democratic Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley. These resolutions are frequent ways for lawmakers to publicly honor those in their state or districts.
“That makes it all the more puzzling why Congress wouldn’t rubber-stamp it—especially when it has been quick to memorialize the victims of other hate crimes and terrorist attacks, both in and outside the U.S,” Willamette Week wrote.
They note that the House has already passed resolutions in June honoring police that responded to a shooting at the GOP congressional baseball practice, honoring the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting and condemning the Islamic extremist attack on the Ariana Grande concert in England. Two of those three were passed the same day they were proposed.
Some consider the murders a polarizing issue, however, because accused killer Jeremy Christian is a white supremacist and is associated with the alt-right. He could be heard on the train shouting about anti-fascist protesters and the liberal suppression of free speech.