March 2020 Government & Community Relations Update

COVID-19 emergency spending bill provides some funds for higher education

March 31, 2020
On Friday, March 27, the House of Representatives passed and President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, an approximately $2 trillion emergency spending bill in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate first passed the legislation on Thursday, March 26.

New law ensures that GI Bill benefits continue during remote instruction period

March 24, 2020
Within a week of introduction, the Emergency GI Fix for Coronavirus School Closures was passed by Congress and then signed into law by President Trump on Saturday, March 21. The law gives states temporary authority to continue GI Bill education benefit payments, including housing stipends, at normal levels, uninterrupted, in the event of national emergencies.

Recap: 2020 Oregon Legislative Session

March 10, 2020
On Sunday, March 8, Oregon’s 2020 legislative session officially came to a close. What began on February 3 as a 35-day session effectively ended abruptly on March 5 when a sufficient number of House and Senate Republicans walked out to prevent a quorum, which requires two-thirds of lawmakers to be present in order to hold a vote in both chambers of the Legislature.

Students will be an important part of the decennial census

March 3, 2020
Article first appeared in Around the O on March 2. Census Day is fast approaching and accurate student counts are critical to the future and prosperity of the UO and the greater community.