November 2021 Government & Community Relations Update

Build Back Better Act passes the House

November 29, 2021
On Friday, Nov. 19, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act, H.R. 5376, which includes the following substantial investments in higher education.
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Biden signs into law the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

November 16, 2021
On Nov.15 President Joe Biden signed into law the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, H.R. 3684. The US House of Representatives approved the legislation on Nov. 5, following months of tense negotiations and delays and earlier action by the US Senate.
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UO's Sustainable City Year program heads east to Hermiston

November 12, 2021
For the first time in its 13-year history, the UO’s Sustainable City Year Program is partnering with a community in northeastern Oregon.
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Merkley secures funding for UO wildfire smoke research

November 1, 2021
The US Senate appropriations bill for FY2022 to fund Interior, Environment and related agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, the US Department of Interior, and the Environmental Protection Agency, includes $800,000 in funding to establish a Center for Wildfire Smoke Research and Practice at the University of Oregon.
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