H E A D L I N E S
* Briefing: Federal Spending in the Region
* Clean Water Funding
* Manufacturing Extension Partnership
* Briefing: Road Ecology
BRIEFING: FEDERAL SPENDING IN THE REGION
The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Thursday, December 5, will hold a briefing about regional trends in federal spending. Matt Kane of the Northeast-Midwest Institute will discuss the latest data on the flow of federal funds, and he will highlight funding formula factors of interest to northeastern and midwestern states.
The December 5 briefing will begin at 9:30 am in room SC-6 of the U.S. Capitol.
CLEAN WATER FUNDING
Senators Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) and George Voinovich (R-OH) are seeking signatures on a letter that asks President Bush to provide $5.2 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water Revolving Fund. Despite important progress over the last three decades, more than 40 percent of our nation's lakes, rivers, and streams are still too impaired for fishing or swimming. Discharges from aging and failing sewerage systems, urban storm water, and other sources continue to pose serious threats to our nation's waters, endangering not only public health, but fishing and recreation industries. EPA recently found a $535 billion gap between current spending and projected needs for water and wastewater infrastructure over the next 20 years if additional investments are not made. The deadline for signatures is December 6.
Contact: Kris Sarri with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).
MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP
Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Reps. Marty Meehan (D-MA) and Jack Quinn (R-NY) are seeking signatures on letters asking the Office of Management and Budget director to provide $100 million in the administration's fiscal 2004 budget for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The MEP helps small and mid-sized American manufacturers modernize in order to compete in the demanding global marketplace. Manufacturing drove the economy’s growth in the 1990s, and small manufacturers are the engines that increase productivity. Without MEP assistance, many of these manufacturers may not survive, causing a direct impact on homeland security and the war on terrorism. Many makers of components and spare parts for large military contractors have left the marketplace or are ill-prepared to respond to swift increases in orders as a result of more defense spending. Signatures are due by December 5.
BRIEFING: ROAD ECOLOGY
The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Tuesday, December 3, will host a briefing on the impact of roads on ecological systems. Professors Forman of Harvard University and Sperlins of University of California, Davis, will discuss the environmental dimensions of road systems (and the vehicles that use them). While a central goal of transportation is the delivery of safe and efficient services with minimal environmental impact, the public is becoming increasingly aware of the diverse effects of human transportation on wildlife, biodiversity, and water, soil, and air quality.
The December 3 event will run from 12:00 noon until 1:30 pm in 2168 Rayburn House Office Building. Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN) will provide opening remarks.
RSVP to Lisa Hummon at 202-789-2844 ext. 252, by Tuesday, November 26.