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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 2 August 1999

     Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), on behalf of the Great Lakes Task Force
of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition, last week defended
appropriations for the Great Lakes Regional Office of the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers.  He offered and, after receiving assurances that
the issue will be dealt with during conference, withdrew an amendment
to strike language included in the Energy and Water Appropriations
bill that would have closed the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division of
the Army Corps of Engineers (located in Chicago).  Also highlighting
the importance of the Chicago headquarters to commercial navigation
and environmental protection were Reps. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bobby
Rush (D-IL), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Danny Davis (D-IL).

     CONTACT:  Rochelle Sturtevant, Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition

     The House VA-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee last week added $5
million for the Environmental Protection Agency's endocrine disruptor
program.  This brings the program's total to $25.4 million.

     With leadership from the Northeast-Midwest House and Senate
Coalitions, 12 senators and 20 House members in June asked for an
increase over the administration's request.  The Senate VA-HUD panel
has not yet marked up its bill.

     CONTACT:  Cameron Taylor, Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition
(224-0606) or Tim Daniels, Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition

     The House Appropriations Committee last week marked up the VA-HUD
appropriations bill, providing $1.450 billion for Superfund
activities, a decrease of $50 million from fiscal 1999.  The bill
included $90 million for the Environmental Protection Agency's
brownfields program, a $2 million decrease from last year's level. 
The bill also level funded the Department of Housing and Urban
Development's brownfield efforts at $25 million.

     CONTACT:  Tim Daniels, Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition

     The Senate and House Manufacturing Task Forces are co-hosting a
September National Manufacturing Summit to celebrate 1999 as the Year
of the Small Manufacturer.  The conference will focus on the key
issues that small manufacturers will face in the 21st century.

     In celebration of the Year of the Small Manufacturer, the
National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing
Extension Partnership, along with the National Association of
Manufacturers and the Modernization Forum, are sponsoring the Summit. 
This national event, to be held on September 21-22, 1999, at the
Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., will
recognize small manufacturers as well as highlight the challenges they
face to increase their productivity and remain competitive.

     CONTACT:  Julie Gorte, Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).

     House Resources Committee leaders last week agreed to postpone
the markup of the Conservation and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 701) pending
further negotiations on several key provisions of this far-reaching
conservation legislation.  Discussions to merge H.R. 701 and H.R. 798
(Resources 2000), both of which provide a dedicated source of funding
for coastal-related programs, would require agreement on several
difficult issues.

     Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), the lead Democratic cosponsor of H.R.
701, is negotiating with committee leaders and other members on the
legislation's lands and wildlife programs.  An important component of
an agreement will be eligible uses for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)
dollars in states that do not engage in off-shore oil and gas
drilling, including Great Lakes states. 

     CONTACTS:  Jennifer Merill with the Great Lakes Task Force (224-
6847) or Dan Beattie with Rep. Dingell (225-4071).

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