August 2015 Government & Community Relations Update

Members of the UO community and campus neighbors invited to participate in the community welcome

August 13, 2015
Members of the UO community and campus neighbors are invited to help go door to door in near campus neighborhoods to welcome UO students living off campus back for the year, share tips on keeping themselves and their belongings safe, and encourage them to be good neighbors.
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US Senate Finance Committee extends IRA charitable rollover, other tax provisions

August 13, 2015
On July 21, the US Senate Finance Committee amended and passed a tax extenders package by a vote of 23-3 with support from Ranking member and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden (D). Of interest to the higher education community, the bill, among extends the above the line deduction for qualified tuition and expenses, the research tax deduction, and the IRA charitable rollover through the end of 2016. 
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Appropriations bills stalled as end of federal fiscal year nears

August 13, 2015
With the House and Senate now in their August recess, there are only twenty legislative days scheduled for the Senate and twelve for the House before the end of the fiscal year (September 30) and government funding expires. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have passed all of their FY16 spending bills, but floor action on the bills is stalled in both chambers. 
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US Senate committee passes FASTR

August 13, 2015
On July 29, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act (S. 779 and H.R.
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