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.

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.

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.

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.