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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 26 February 2001



H I G H L I G H T S

*  Briefing on Combined Heat and Power
*  Farm Bill "101" Briefing
*  LIHEAP Resolution
*  Manufacturing Extension Partnership
*  Water Infrastructure Funding
*  Emergency Energy Response Act
*  Small Communities Assistance Act
*  New Staff and Job Opening      


BRIEFING ON COMBINED HEAT AND POWER
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     The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Monday, February 26, will
host a Capitol Hill briefing on combined heat and power (CHP)
technologies.  In light of energy crises in California and other
states, CHP promises to provide efficient and reliable electricity in
an environmental-friendly way.  The introductory briefing will explain
CHP systems, highlight case studies, and discuss policy options to
advance such innovative technologies.

     The CHP briefing on Monday, February 26, will run from 2:00 pm
until 3:00 pm in room SC-6 of the U.S. Capitol.

     CONTACT:  Suzanne Watson at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
520).


FARM BILL "101" BRIEFING
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     The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Friday, March 2, will sponsor
an introductory tutorial on the 1996 Farm Bill (the Federal
Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act, or the so-called "Freedom to
Farm" legislation) and the programs authorized under it (i.e.,
commodity programs, food stamps, conservation, credit, trade, and
rural development).  The briefing by specialists from the
Congressional Research Service will review the setting for the last
and upcoming farm bills; describe the Farm Bill's major titles; and
discuss relevant funding, eligibility, and other issues.

     The Friday, March 2, briefing will run from 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm
in room SC-5 of the U.S. Capitol.


LIHEAP RESOLUTION
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     Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Edward Kennedy
(D-MA), and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) last week introduced a resolution (S.
RES. 26) highlighting the importance of the Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  The provision, recognizing many states
have exhausted their LIHEAP funds, resolves that the president and
Congress should work together to enact a supplemental appropriation
bill to provide $1 billion in LIHEAP regular funds, $152 million for
weatherization assistance, and $37 million for the State Energy
Program.

     CONTACT:  George Abar with Senator Kerry (224-2747).


MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP
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     Reps. Jack Quinn (R-NY), Marty Meehan (D-MA), and James Barcia
(D-MI) are seeking signatures by March 7 on a letter asking
appropriators to provide $105 million in fiscal 2002 for the
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).  Started in 1988 as a
bipartisan initiative under former President George Bush, MEP helps
small and mid-size businesses connect with experts who help them in a
range of activities, from improving administrative management to
enhancing plant efficiency.

     CONTACT: Olwen Huxley at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (226-9497).


WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING
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     Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) are seeking
signatures on a letter asking the president to include in his fiscal
2002 budget proposal additional monies for the nation's existing
drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.  A recent nationwide
survey reveals deep concern about the nation's water infrastructure
systems and the resulting threats posed to the public health, economy,
and environment.

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

                                
EMERGENCY ENERGY RESPONSE ACT
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     Reps. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Martin Frost (D-TX) are seeking
cosponsors for legislation that would increase LIHEAP's authorization
and appropriation, boost funding for low-income weatherization, and
raise support for the state energy program.

     CONTACT:  Jeff Duncan with Rep. Markey (225-2836).


SMALL COMMUNITIES ASSISTANCE ACT
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     Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) are
seeking cosponsors for legislation (H.R. 187) that would direct the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide more help for
small communities trying to meet their environmental obligations.  The
bill also would have EPA increase the involvement of small communities
in the regulatory review process.

     CONTACT:  Sally Schaeffer with Rep. Slaughter (225-3615).


NEW STAFF AND JOB OPENING
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     Matt Little has joined the Institute's ecosystem team, focusing
on invasive species and clean air issues.  Matt used to be Senator
Daniel Patrick Moynihan's environmental legislative assistant and
previously was with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's
wetlands division.  ... The Institute has a job opening for a
research/legislative assistant who will help staff obtain Dear
Colleague signatures, arrange Capitol Hill briefings, and develop
issue initiatives.  A detailed job description can be found at
http://www.nemw.org/job.htm.