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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 25 October 1999



GREAT LAKES TASK FORCE OBTAINS
FUNDS FOR ST. MARY'S RIVER CLEANUP
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     Leaders of the Great Lakes Task Forces last week obtained an
additional $1 million in the Commerce-Justice-State appropriations
bill for control of sea lampreys in the St. Mary's River.  The measure
adds funds to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, providing the first
increase since fiscal 1994.  The St. Mary's River is the largest,
untreated spawning ground for sea lampreys in the Great Lakes.

     CONTACT:  Rochelle Sturtevant at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-1211).


TASK FORCE ADVANCES FUNDS FOR
MISSISSIPPI NATIONAL RIVER RECREATION AREAS
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     Senator Rod Grams (R-MN) and Rep. Martin Sabo (D-MN) led efforts
to have the Interior Appropriations Bill provide $2 million for the
National Park Service Mississippi River National Center and Exhibit
Gallery in the new Minnesota Science Museum.  Another $1 mil-lion is
provided for the St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center in Minneapolis, MN,
and $3 million for the Minnesota Fish and Wildlife Refuge.  The
language authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to use proceeds from
the sale of Bureau of Mines pr00000y in Minnesota to create these two
centers and acquire land for the refuge.

     CONTACT:  Ted Illston at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


COALITIONS ENCOURAGE AGENCY COORDINATION ON ROBOTICS
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     The House and Senate Task Forces on Manufacturing last week
encouraged agency heads to work together to advance robotics and
intelligent machines in the United States.  A successful, coordinated
partnership will enable the U.S. to take the lead in this new
industry, which is essential in government missions and will advance
enabling technologies for many industrial applications.

     The lawmakers focused on the Departments of Defense and Commerce,
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and National Science
Foundation.  While criticizing these agencies for not acting on a
November 1997 request for an interagency Memorandum of Understanding,
the lawmakers did praise the Department of Energy for proposing a new
program on robotics and intelligent machines.  Such an initiative can
help to ensure that the United States regains its dominant position in
the robotics and intelligent machine industry.
     CONTACT:  Dick Munson at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


R&E AND BROWNFIELD TAX INCENTIVES EXTENDED
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     The Senate Finance Committee last week unanimously voted out an
"extenders" package that would extend the research and experimentation
(R&E) tax credit through the end of year 2000, as well as increase by
one percentage point the alternative incremental credit.  Another
version of the extenders package, offered by Senate Majority Leader
Trent Lott, would make the R&E tax credit permanent.

     The bill also extends brownfield remediation expensing through
the end of 2000.  It also eliminates the "targeted area" requirement 
which had limited the incentive to empowerment zones or enterprise
communities, census tracts with poverty rates of 20 percent or above,
or brownfield pilot sites  thereby allowing brownfield expensing for
virtually any site containing a hazardous substance that is certified
by the appropriate state environmental agency.

     The Senate this week is expected to consider a trade package that
will include legislation (S. 1386) to reauthorize the Trade Adjustment
Assistance Act (PL 93-618) through Sept. 30, 2001.

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


FISCAL 2000 APPROPRIATIONS
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