May 2020 Government & Community Relations Update

Merkley urges Senate to increase funding for TRIO programs

May 21, 2020
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) was joined by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Jon Tester (D-MT) in leading a bipartisan group of 40 senators seeking to ensure increased financial relief for Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO).

UO appeals to Oregon delegation for research relief

May 20, 2020
On Monday, May 18, UO leadership sent a letter to the Oregon congressional delegation requesting university research workforce relief in the next coronavirus stimulus package.

House passes $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus plan which includes $27 billion for public colleges and universities

May 19, 2020
On Friday, May 15, the US House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act), a $3 trillion coronavirus relief package, by a vote of 208-199 along mostly party lines, marking the start of an effort to pass a fourth emergency supplemental spending pac

IRS clarifies that emergency financial aid grants are not taxable income

May 8, 2020
On May 7 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued FAQs on the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CARES Act.

Oregon congressional delegation signs on to letters requesting additional funding for research workforce

May 7, 2020
In a May 4, 2020 letter addressed to United States Senate leadership, Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) were joined by 31 other senators in urging Congress to provide additional support for the U.S.