Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is frustrated with the lack of response from the federal authorities over the ongoing occupation at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, and plans to take some decisive action over it. Brown expressed her anger over the tense situation, which has cost the town over half a million dollars since it began on Jan. 2, at a conference this week, and urged the feds to “move quickly to end the occupation and hold all of the wrongdoers accountable.’’
She blamed the federal government for letting the armed militia prolong their weeks-long standoff.
"The residents of Harney County have been overlooked and underserved by federal officials’ response thus far," Brown said. "I have conveyed these very grave concerns directly to our leaders at the highest levels of our government: the U.S. Department of Justice and the White House.
She not only repeatedly called out to the Oregon militia to end their forced encampment immediately, but also took issue with the national officials who told her to keep quiet about the issue to prevent its escalation.
In a radio broadcast, the governor said her state was spending up to $100,000 dealing with the problem and declared that the federal government would have to reimburse Oregon.
“This spectacle of lawlessness must end, and until Harney County is free of it,” she said. “I will not stop insisting that federal officials enforce the law.”
Despite the presence of armed federal and state forces in the area, the occupiers have been able to come and go as they please for resupplies. After 20 days of holding the fed-owned wildlife reserves hostage, even locals who understand Ammon Bundy’s political motivation are becoming opposed to the continued stand-off.