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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 1 September 2000


* Briefing:  Energy Prices
* Letter:  LIHEAP Contingency Funds
* Report:  Smart Growth
* Briefing:  Conservation and Reinvestment Act
* Briefing:  Academic Health Centers

      The Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions on
Friday, September 8, will host a briefing by the Energy Information
Administration on projected energy prices for the coming winter.
Because crude oil stocks are low (with home heating oil inventories
down 39 percent from a year ago) and because natural gas prices are
rising, northeastern and midwestern consumers are bracing for higher
heating costs.

      The September 9 briefing will begin at 9:30 am in room HC-8 of
the U.S. Capitol.

      CONTACT:  Tim Daniels at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (226-8636).

      The Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, noting the rise in energy
costs, is circulating a letter that asks the president to make Low
Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) contingency funding
available soon so that states can pre-contract for fuel before prices
increase even higher this winter.  The letter, which will be sent on
Thursday, September 7, notes that the almost 50-percent cut in regular
LIHEAP funding since 1985 forces the Coalition to seek additional
resources in the form of contingency funds now.

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

      Senators Jim Jeffords (R-VT) and Carl Levin (D-MI), co-chairs of
the Senate Smart Growth Task Force, on Thursday, September 7, will
release a new General Accounting Office report entitled Local Growth
Issues -- Federal Opportunities and Challenges.  GAO surveyed nearly
2,000 city and county governments, with a nearly 81-percent response
rate.  The report confirms widespread concern among communities about
growth management, and it provides guidance to Congress for a federal
role in smart growth.

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

      The Great Lakes Task Force on Thursday, September 7, will host a
briefing on the implications for the Great Lakes of the Conservation
and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 701).  Majority and minority staff of the
Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will discuss state
funding breakdowns, as well as changes made by the panel to the House-
passed bill.

      The September 7 briefing -- to begin at 2:00 pm in room SC-6 of
the U.S. Capitol -- is limited to congressional staffers.

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

      Rep. George Gekas (R-PA) and the Congressional Biomedical
Research Caucus on Wednesday, September 6, will host a luncheon
briefing on the crisis at academic health centers.  Causes of the
financial stress include declining payments from cost-conscious
private and public health plans, as well as misjudgments by academic
health center managers.

      The luncheon briefing will begin on September 6 at noon in room
B-369 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  Please RSVP to Matt
Zonarich with Rep. Gekas (225-4315).

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