June 2020 Government & Community Relations Update

RISE Act to provide cost extensions introduced, DeFazio co-sponsors

June 30, 2020
On June 24 a bi-partisan group of members of the House sponsored HR 7308, the Research Investment to Spark the Economy (RISE) Act.
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State Update: Revenue Forecast & Governor Brown Calls for a Special Session

June 19, 2020
Governor Kate Brown announced she will call the Oregon Legislature into a special session on Wednesday, June 24. Expected topics for the session will likely be limited to addressing impacts of COVID-19 on workers, employers, the economy, and families, as well as police accountability measures in response to the killing of George Floyd and numerous other Black Americans by police officers.
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Merkley and colleagues urge US Senate leadership to include higher ed in next COVID relief bill

June 15, 2020
In a June 11 letter, US Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) led 30 US Senate colleagues in urging Senate leadership to include $47 billion in financial support for students and institutions of higher learning in the next COVID-19 emergency relief bill.
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DeFazio introduces transportation and infrastructure bill

June 5, 2020
On June 3, Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, released text of the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act.
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