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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 5 April 1999

     Shelley Poticha, executive director of the Congress for New
Urbanism, will provide an overview of the principles of New Urbanism
and why New Urbanism is important to the Smart Growth movement.  The
briefing will be held on Tuesday, April 6, at 11:00 am, in room 430 of
the Dirksen senate office building.

     The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) was founded in 1993 by a
group of leading architects and urban designers who promote 1)
restoration of existing urban centers and towns within coherent
metropolitan regions; 2) compact and conservation-sensitive growth
that preserves agricultural lands and protects open space habitat; 3)
connection of urban areas with a network of regional transit and open
space, providing an interconnected street system that is designed to
encourage walking and bicycling; and 4) combination of destinations 
shops, parks, housing, and places of employment  with multifaceted,
varied-income neighborhoods.

     CONTACT:  Cameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606).

     The Upper Mississippi River Congressional Task Force is
sponsoring a briefing for Congressional staff on the status of the
Upper Mississippi River - Illinois Waterway System Navigation Study
(UMR-IWW).  The briefing will take place on Tuesday, April 6th, from
10:30 am to 11:30 am in room HC-8 of the Capitol.

     The UMR-IWW System Navigation Study is examining the feasibility
of navigation improvements to these waterways.  It is considering
small-scale and large-scale enhancements to the system over a 50-year
period (2000-2050).  The study is designed to evaluate each part of
the navigation system  individually and as part of the total system 
to determine the feasibility of alternative improvement measures. 
After determining alternative measures, a formulation process will
result in a recommended plan.  The study is costing an estimated $60
million, and is in its final year and a half.

     CONTACTS:  Ted Illston, Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200) or
Ed Buckner, Rep. Kind (225-5506).

     The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition and the Distributed
Power Coalition of America (DPCA) will host a briefing on Friday,
April 9, from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm, in the Cannon Caucus Room (345
Cannon house office building) on distributed generation, its benefits,
and the barriers that limit wider use of it.  The speakers will
include Dan Adamson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Power
Technologies, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department
of Energy, and Sara McKinley, Executive Director of the DPCA.

     The good news about our electric system is that an array of
innovative power technologies and systems could reduce energy prices,
spur economic development, enhance productivity, increase employment,
and improve environmental quality and energy self-sufficiency.  The
bad news is that the current system design is a barrier to such
innovation.  Enormous improvements are possible because of the
terrible lack of innovation in our current electric system and the
rules that govern it.  Experts on distributed generation and policies
to promote it will describe a new vision of how Americans will receive
and use power in the 21st century.

     Additional speakers to be announced.  Refreshments will be

     CONTACT:  Tim Daniels with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (225-5361).

     The Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition is circulating a letter to
William V. Roth (R-DE), Chairman of the Finance Committee, regarding
reauthorization of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program. 
Authorization is currently set to expire on June 30, 1999. 
Specifically, the letter asks for "...a five year reauthorization for
TAA in a Finance Committee extenders package prior to June 30.  If,
however, an extenders package is delayed, we urge you to immediately
reauthorize TAA through the end of this year.  We believe that any
lapse, or threatened lapse, in TAA authority would be disruptive to
the companies the program is designed to assist."  The deadline will
be Friday, April 16.

     CONTACT:  Cameron Taylor, Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition

     The Senate Task Force on Manufacturing is circulating a letter to
Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), Chairman of the Commerce, Justice, State and
Judiciary Appropriations Subcommittee, expressing support for the
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program of the National
Institute of Standards and Technology.  Task Force Co-Chairs Senators
Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) are recommending that
funding be retained at last year's level of $106.8 million, with
additional money for inflation.  The letter states, "MEP is a cost-
effective, state-federal, public-private partnership assisting small
and medium-sized American manufacturers to modernize in order to
compete in the demanding global marketplace.  Firms assisted by MEP
centers experience increased productivity,  produce good jobs, and
generate revenues beneficial to the economy."

     CONTACT:  Cameron Taylor, Task Force on Manufacturing (224-0606).

     Senator Spencer Abraham (R-MI) introduced on March 25 the Border
Improvement and Immigration Act of 1999 (S.745), of which 11
Northeast-Midwest senators are original cosponsors.  The Border
Improvement and Immigration Act of 1999 seeks to eliminate the
requirement  established in Section 110 of the 1996 Immigration Act 
that an automated system be established at land and sea ports to
record the entry and exit of all aliens.  S. 745 seeks to eliminate
the creation of an automated system as section 110 mandates, and
instead conduct a comprehensive study of this proposed system of
border controls and requirements.  In addition, the bill authorizes a
significant number of new inspectors as well as resources at the
border to help directly deter illegal activity.  Under current law,
the automated entry/exit system will be implemented on March 30, 2001.

     A similar House companion bill will be introduced soon by Rep.
John LaFalce (D-NY) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI).

     CONTACTS:  Stuart Anderson, Subcommittee on Immigration,
Judiciary Committee (224-6098), Jeff Donarski with Rep. LaFalce (225-
3231), and Jon Terry with Rep. Upton (225-3761).