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Hill Update from the Great Lakes Task Force
- Subject: Hill Update from the Great Lakes Task Force
- From: Rochelle_Sturtevant@levin.senate.gov (Rochelle Sturtevant)
- Date: Mon, 26 Apr 1999 16:22:16 -0700
- List-Name: GLIN-Announce
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For Release: April 23, 1999
Contact: Allegra Cangelosi 544-5200
DeWine to Co-Chair Senate Great Lakes Task Force
Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH) has become co-chair of the Senate Great
Lakes Task Force. The bipartisan group, part of the Northeast-Midwest
Senate Coalition, seeks to protect the environmental and economic
health of the Great Lakes region.
"It is no secret that the Great Lakes are vitally important to
Ohio," said DeWine. "Our waterways play a key role in both our
economic and recreational life, with 55 million tons of cargo annually
being transported to and from Ohio ports, and more than $1.5 billion
annually going into the state economy from recreational boating. As
co-chairman of the Great Lakes Task Force, I will work closely with
all interested parties at the state and local level to lead the Great
Lakes delegation in protecting and enhancing the lakes."
The Senate and House Great Lakes Task Forces were formed in the
mid-1980s by members of the Northeast-Midwest Senate and Congressional
Coalitions to work in a bipartisan, bicameral fashion to protect and
enhance the region's unique natural resources and economy. The
Democratic co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force is Senator
Carl Levin (D-MI), who took over that position from Senator John Glenn
(D-OH) in January 1999. Leaders of the House Great Lakes Task Force
are Reps. John Dingell (D-MI), Vernon Ehlers (R-MI), Steven LaTourette
(R-OH), and James Oberstar (D-MN).
"I welcome the opportunity to work closely with Senator DeWine in
the coming weeks to establish an agenda for Senate action on Great
Lakes issues," said Senator Levin. "I believe that solid bipartisan
cooperation will be the key to the congressional contribution to
successful stewardship of the Great Lakes. I also wish to acknowledge
the work of the Northeast-Midwest Institute in support of the Great
Lakes Task Forces which makes this cooperation possible."
"I'm delighted that Senator DeWine has agreed to chair the Great
Lakes Task Force on the Senate side, and I'm especially happy that the
torch has been passed from one dedicated Ohioan to another," said Rep.
LaTourette. "I also look forward to continued bipartisan cooperation
and expect that, with the help of the Northeast-Midwest Institute,
we'll be able to advance many causes that are important to the Great
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