COVID-19 Legislative & Regulatory Updates
    March 26, 2020



    This page is designed to provide information on COVID-19 legislative and regulatory developments that may be relevant to your graduate programs and students. CGS will continue to update information as new legislation is introduced and regulatory guidance is released. 


    Legislative Updates:


    COVID-19 "Phase Three" Stimulus Bill

    On March 25, Congressional leaders released legislative text of H.R. 748, the CARES Act, which would provide an over $2 trillion stimulus package primarily aimed at bolstering support for activities to address COVID-19. CGS has prepared a summary of higher education and research provisions here. 


    Individual COVID-19 Legislation 

    Aside from large stimulus packages, several lawmakers have introduced individual proposals to address more particular issues or to provide language that can be wrapped into a larger package. CGS has prepared a summary of these proposals here. 


    CGS's Requests to Congress and the Administration:


    Higher Education Community Requests Regulatory Relief from Dept. of Ed. (3/24/20)

    CGS signed onto a community letter urging the Department of Education to temporarily halt further regulatory action with respect to Title IX and Sec. 117 foreign gift reporting. 


    Community Letter in Support of Above-the-Line Deduction (3/23/20)

    CGS joined a community letter commending Senator James Lankford (R-OK) for introducing an amendment to create an above-the-line deduction for charitable giving.  


    Community Letter to Congress Calls for Emergency Aid for Students and Institutions (3/23/2020)

    On March 23, CGS joined the higher education community in sending letters to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to actualize emergency relief to students, colleges, and universities in light of the coronavirus pandemic. 


    Letter to House Leadership Regarding Veterans’ Online Education Benefits (3/19/20)

    Alongside 70 peer organizations, CGS urged House leadership to quickly pass the Senate’s bipartisan legislation, and in doing so, support student veterans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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