December 2021 Government & Community Relations Update

DeFazio announces he will retire at the end of his current term

December 16, 2021
On Dec. 1, Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced he will not seek re-election in 2022. DeFazio, who represents Oregon’s 4th Congressional District, will have served 36 years in the House of Representatives when his term ends, making him the longest serving House Member from Oregon and the 65th-longest serving member of the House in U.S. history.
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Two UO students win recognition in Science Coalition Video Challenge

December 16, 2021
On Dec. 14 The Science Coalition (TSC) announced the winners of its third-annual Fund It Forward Student Video Challenge.
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Continuing resolution funds federal government through Feb. 18

December 7, 2021
On Dec. 2, Congress approved and President Joe Biden signed a continuing resolution (H.R. 6119) that will keep the federal government running and avert a shutdown through Feb. 18, 2022.
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New Oregon congressional and legislative district boundaries survive court challenges

December 6, 2021
Lawsuits challenging proposed boundaries for Oregon congressional and legislative districts have been dismissed. On Nov. 22 the Oregon Supreme Court dismissed two separate lawsuits claiming that state legislative districts passed in September were improperly drawn, ruling that challengers had not proven that the new boundaries were crafted with illegal partisan intent.
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