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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 27 September 1999



LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP)
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     The House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee, voting along
party lines, approved a bill last week providing $1.1 billion to
LIHEAP and an additional $300 million in contingency funding.  The
contingency funds, which can be released by the Department of Health
and Human Services only during times of extreme weather conditions,
were treated as "emergency funding" outside of the budget caps. 
Although LIHEAP supporters had feared dramatic cuts and programmatic
changes, the bill increases budget authority and does not affect the
program's performance.

     The Northeast-Midwest region receives roughly 60 percent of
LIHEAP's funding.  Noting previous efforts by appropriators to
terminate the program, Reps. Jack Quinn (R-NY) and Joe Moakley (D-MA)
in May led a group of 215 members urging $1.3 billion for LIHEAP
regular funding and $300 million for contingencies.

     Senator Jim Jeffords (R-VT), co-chair of the Northeast-Midwest
Senate Coalition, last week released survey results showing widespread
public support for emergency energy assistance.

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


TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE (TAA) PROGRAM
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     Rep. Phil English (R-PA) last week led a group of 18 members
urging House leaders to reauthorize TAA before the end of 1999.  The
letter asked that TAA's reauthorization either be included in a tax
extenders package or moved as a stand alone bill.

     The Trade Act of 1974 established the TAA program to help U.S.
manufacturers who have lost jobs and sales due to imports.  Without
creating artificial trade barriers, the program has been a unique
economic development tool that enables communities to retain jobs and
expand employment opportunities.

     CONTACT:  Chris St. Pierre with Rep. English (225-5406).


ENDOCRINE DISRUPTERS
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     Reps. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Bob Franks (R-NJ) are circulating
a dear colleague letter asking appropriation conferees to adopt the
House funding level for the Environmental Protection Agency's
endocrine disrupter research.  The House level is $3 million more than
provided by the Senate.

     Several dozen members of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition in July had asked House appropriators for additional funds,
particularly to complete a screening system that could protect our
nation's drinking water for both humans and wildlife.  Endocrine
disrupters are chemicals that interfere with the functioning of the
endocrine system by mimicking hormones.  They have been shown to cause
health problems with young children, pregnant women, and many forms of
wildlife.

     CONTACT:  Lara Levison with Rep. Brown (225-3401) or Jennifer
Getz with Rep. Franks (225-5361).


WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE
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     The Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition this week will be
circulating a dear colleague letter encouraging appropriation
conferees to reject a House provision that would have required states
to contribute a 25 percent "cost share" for their fiscal 2000
Weatherization Assistance Program formula grants.

     The letter states, "We urge you to ensure this provision is
dropped.  If this language remains in the bill, a majority of states
will lose their Weatherization programs next year."

     CONTACT:  Cameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).

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