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Pendleton gets $1.8M emergency loan but additional relief funds in limbo due to GOP walkout

The loan is part of a larger $11.65 million recovery, but is the only part of the proposal that can advance without lawmakers' approval.
Credit: Tollgate Off-Road Club and Recovery
Flooding in eastern Oregon.

PENDLETON, Ore. — The city of Pendleton will get $1.8 million through an emergency loan for repairs to a critical levee damaged by massive flooding in northeast Oregon earlier this month

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says the no-interest loan is part of a larger $11.65 million recovery package she outlined last week, but is the only part of the proposal that can advance without lawmakers' approval.

GOP politicians in both the Oregon House and Senate walked out Tuesday to stall a vote on a climate change bill. 

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Brown declared a state of emergency in three Oregon counties after severe flooding caused by unusually heavy rain and snowmelt. 

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