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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 1 November 1999

     The Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions this
week will express concern to the Secretary of Agriculture that the
National Forest Service (NFS) is not implementing its Natural Resource
Agenda in Region 9, which includes northeastern and midwestern states. 

     Although the majority of the NFS's acreage is in the West,
national forests are a significant part of the eastern landscape. 
Coalition leaders are concerned that forest managers in the Northeast
and Midwest will not have adequate funding to keep wildlife
populations healthy, as well as to avoid new listings of threatened
and endangered species.  They also noted that the region's forest
supervisors lack the funds to implement the Natural Resource Agenda,
and are increasingly in a position of responding to crises exacerbated
by having inadequate resources to maintain sustainable forests,
ecosystems, and watersheds.

     The national forests of the Northeast and Midwest, which are
within easy travel distance of major population centers, are
intensively used for recreation and wildlife viewing.  They are home
to a growing number of endangered species.  Their watersheds are the
headwaters for many of our eastern rivers and drinking supplies.

     Offices interested in signing the letter should call Cameron
Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-0606) or Tim
Daniels at the Congressional Coalition (225-5361).

     Senator Jim Jeffords (R-VT) and other members of the Northeast-
Midwest Senate Coalition this week are asking the President's Council
on the Year 2000 Conversion to work with the Department of Energy to
ensure that any potential Y2K glitches, or perceived glitches, do not
affect American fuel consumers.  

     Noting that fuel prices already are projected to be higher this
winter than last, the senators want to ensure that the changeover to
the millennium will not lead to tighter fuel supplies or higher
prices, which would have a disproportionate effect on consumers in the
Northeast and Midwest.

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

     Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY),
Jim Jeffords (R-VT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Edward Kennedy (D-MA)
this week are asking President Clinton to make repeal of Section 110 a
priority in continuing negotiations with Congress over the Commerce-
Justice-State Appropriations Bill.

     Section 110 of the Illegal Immigration and Immigrant
Responsibility Act of 1996, which mandates the establishment of an
automated system to record the entry and exit of all aliens, would
require enormous new data and lead to traffic delays along the
northern and southern borders.  Repeal of Section 110 was included in
the CJS bill, which President Clinton recently vetoed.  

     According to the senators, "Failure to repeal Section 110 will
result in the loss of U.S. jobs in export and tourist industries. ...
We are especially concerned with the effects on our relations with
Canada, where our open border has become a giant economic boon."

     CONTACT:  Ipyana Critton with Senator Schumer (224-6542).

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