Oregon Legislature opens 2017 session

$1.7 billion deficit looms as key issue

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Legislature began its 2017 session Wednesday, facing a $1.7 billion deficit that threatens to exacerbate tensions between Republicans and Democratic lawmakers who have the majority in both chambers.

Demonstrating the inclusiveness that many Oregonians strive for, a Muslim cleric Imam opened the session in the House by reciting from the Quran, first in Arabic and then in English. He implored God to show lawmakers the correct path.

In the afternoon, several dozen demonstrators stood on the steps of the Oregon Capitol in a chilly wind and denounced President Donald Trump's orders on immigration.

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