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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 8 May 2000

      The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition on Monday, May 10,
will host a briefing on the Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA,
H.R. 701), which is expected to begin floor debate on Wednesday.
Introduced by Reps. Don Young (R-AK), John Dingell (D-MI), Billy
Tauzin (R-LA) and George Miller (D-CA), CARA would dedicate over $2.8
billion of Outer Continental Shelf Revenue to natural resource
protection. CARA was voted out of the House Resources Committee last
November and currently has 315 bipartisan cosponsors.

      Speaking at the briefing with be Dan Beattie with Rep. Dingell,
who  will give an overview of H.R. 701, and David Goldston with Rep.
Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), who will discuss possible floor amendments
that could result, among other changes, in a redistribution of funds
in favor of northeastern and midwestern states.

      Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and 11 bipartisan cosponsors have
introduced a Senate counterpart (S.2123).  Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-
NM) and ten Democratic cosponsors recently proposed an alternative,
S.2181.  Speakers for those bills also have been invited.

      The briefing on Monday, May 10, will run from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
in room 2167 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

      The Senate Smart Growth Task Force and the House Sustainable
Development Task Force on Monday, May 8, are hosting a briefing on
Chicago's Campaign for Sensible Growth.

      The Chicago metropolitan region is facing unprecedented growth
and beginning to bear the consequences of decades of uncoordinated
land use, transportation planning, and development practices 
including increased traffic congestion, loss of open space, access to
housing, etc.  In the past two years, the region's business community,
the region's 270 mayors, and a coalition of over 90 public, private,
and civic leaders, have come together to promote balanced development
and sensible growth.

      Speakers will include MarySue Barrett, president of the
Metropolitan Planning Council; Rita Athas, regional liaison/Assistant
to the mayor and coordinator of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, and
George Ranney, president of Chicago Metropolis 2020.

      The briefing will begin on Monday, May 8, at 2:00 pm in room SC-6
of the U.S. Capitol.

      The Senate Smart Growth Task Force and the House Livable
Communities Task Force on Thursday, May 11, will host a briefing about
federal tools, resources, and funding sources for making streets and
sidewalks safer and more accessible for bicyclists and pedestrians,
including those with disabilities.

      Speaking with be David Engwich, an international expert on
traffic calming and street reclaiming, and representatives from the
U.S. Department of Transportation.  More information about street
reclaiming is available at http://www.lesstraffic.com.

      The briefing on Thursday, May 11, will being at 4:00 pm in room
1116 of the Longworth House Office Building.

      House and Senate Appropriations Committee chairmen last week
released their annual 302(b) allocations to their subcommittees,
thereby setting broad budget priorities.  The allocations stay within
the budget resolution, which calls for approximately $23 billion less
in discretionary spending than has been proposed by the

      A review of the House and Senate 302(b) allocations, with
comparisons to last year's 302(b) allocations and last year's enacted
appropriation bills, can be found http://www.nemw.org/302b.htm.

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