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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 29 June 1998

Posted on behalf of Glenn Starnes <gstarnes@nemw.org>

Since the House Labor-HHS bill eliminates all funding for the Low-Income
Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition is circulating a "Dear Colleague" letter seeking at least $1.2
billion for fiscal 1999 and advance appropriations of at least $1.3
billion for fiscal 2000.  House Coalition members, meanwhile, are
working with supporting organizations on strategies to restore LIHEAP
funds in the House bill.

Another Senate panel provided $90 million for brownfield work by the
Environmental Protection Agency, while the House subcommittee offered
only $75 million and inserted restrictive language.  The Senate group
appropriated $70 million for the Tennessee Valley Authority, while the
House panel zeroed out the program, as promised in last year's

The appropriations chart http://www.nemw.org/appropriations.htm
describes these and other recent appropriation actions on programs of
particular interest to the Northeast-Midwest region.  More detailed
numbers on Great Lakes initiatives are posted at

CONTACTS: Cameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition
(224-0606) and Tim Daniels at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (225-5361).

Of the ten rivers recommended to be designated as American Heritage
Rivers, five are in the Northeast-Midwest region: Connecticut River (CT,
VT, NH, MA), Detroit River (MI), Hudson River (NY), Potomac River (MD,
PA, VA, WV), and the Upper Mississippi River (IA, IL, MN, WI).

The Upper Mississippi River (UMR) nomination is supported by 56 cities
and towns from the UMR basin.  The American Heritage Rivers program,
according to the administration, "will serve as a model for a new
approach in the relationship between local communities and the federal
government, one in which Washington listens closely to the needs and
ideas emanating from the grassroots level, and offers coordinated
assistance, rather than trying to impose solutions from afar."

CONTACTS: Ted Illston at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200) or
Jeff Stein with Rep. Ron Kind (225-5506).

Glenn Starnes
Systems Manager
Northeast-Midwest Institute