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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 10 September 2001
- Subject: GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 10 September 2001
- From: Glenn Starnes <email@example.com>
- Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2001 17:52:33 -0400
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H I G H L I G H T S
* Conservation and the Farm Bill
* Emergency LIHEAP Funding
* Brownfield Legislation
* Energy Appropriations
* Water Infrastructure Appropriations
* Working Lands Stewardship Act
* Urban Agriculture
* U.S.-Canada Trade
CONSERVATION AND THE FARM BILL:
PROSPECTS FOR THE NORTHEAST-MIDWEST REGION
Northeast-Midwest Coalition on Monday, September 10, will host a briefing
on the impacts of USDA conservation programs (including forestry) on the
Northeast-Midwest region. The briefing will provide an overview of
major programs, recent USDA estimates of backlog demand for programs in
the 18 Northeast-Midwest states, and current Farm Bill proposals for
authorizing and reauthorizing conservation programs.
September 10 briefing will begin at 10:00 am in 2105 Rayburn House Office
Wrinn with the Northeast-Midwest
EMERGENCY LIHEAP FUNDING
Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition is circulating a letter that asks the
Office of Management and Budget to release immediately the $300 million
in already-approved emergency funding for the Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This letter is a follow-up to one sent
on August 13 and a meeting with OMB and the White House on August
31st. Deadline for signature is Monday, September 10.
Kris Sarri at the
Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-0606).
leaders last week announced plans to merge the Senate-passed brownfields
bill (S.350) with a House small business Superfund liability relief bill
(H.R. 1831). The combined legislation addresses funding and
liability issues that have blocked the redevelopment of many brownfield
sites, impeding economic, environmental and social benefits to many
Northeast-Midwest table examines the leading proposals in the 107th
Congress to spur brownfield redevelopment. The table compares measures
within the Senate-passed bill (S. 350) and provisions advanced by
Republicans and Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The
table is available at
Deane at the Northeast-Midwest
Jack Reed (D-RI), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) are
circulating a letter that asks Interior Appropriation conferees to
support the higher funding levels approved by the House for the State
Energy Program, Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program, Federal
Energy Management Program, and Energy Information Administration.
Deadline for signature is Monday, September 10.
the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition are circulating a similar
letter in the House. Signature deadline is Friday, September
Sarri with the
Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-0606) and
Olwen Huxley with the
Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (226-9497).
WATER INFRASTRUCTURE APPROPRIATIONS
Northeast Midwest Congressional Coalition is circulating a letter to the
House VA-HUD conferees in support of high levels of funding for various
water infrastructure programs within the Environmental Protection Agency,
including revolving loan funds and the sewer overflow control grants
programs authorized last year.
Huxley with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (226-9497).
WORKING LANDS STEWARDSHIP ACT
Reps. John Dingell (D-MI), Vernon Ehlers (R-MI), and Steven LaTourette (R-OH), leaders of the House Great Lakes Task Force have sent a letter urging House leaders to support the Working Lands Stewardship Act of 2001 (H.R. 2375). This act, introduced by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), is designed to help Great Lakes farmers make continued improvements in water quality and wildlife and fisheries habitat of the Great Lakes.
CONTACT: Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (224-1211).
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) on Friday, September 14, is sponsoring a briefing on new initiatives in urban agriculture. Increasing urbanization pressures have meant that neighborhood dwellers are finding creative ways to squeeze vegetable and fruit gardens in backyards and vacant lots. A speaker from Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension Service will talk about programs that link peri-urban producers with urban markets, as well as how the new Farm Bill will respond to this new agriculture.
The September 14 briefing will begin at 2:00 pm in room SC-4 of the U.S. Capitol.
The Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance on September 25 will hold its fall conference in Washington, D.C. The agenda will feature presentations from congressional leaders, administration officials, and the private sector on trade, transportation, immigration, customs, and energy issues related to the U.S.-Canada trade relationship. Northeast-Midwest Coalition members are interested in measures that streamline the movement of trade across the U.S.-Canada border.
CONTACT: Jim Phillips of the Alliance (716-754-8824 or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.