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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 2 June 2003



H I G H L I G H T S

 

* Meeting:  Great Lakes Cities Initiative

* Letter:  Amtrak

* Hearing:  Manufacturing R&D

* Report:  Flow of Federal Funds

* Letter:  Great Lakes Water Levels

 

 

MEETING:  GREAT LAKES CITIES INITIATIVE

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Chicago Mayor Richard Daley on Sunday, June 9, will host a meeting of the Great Lakes Cities Initiative.  The session will be held in conjunction with the U.S. Conference of Mayors' annual conference in DenverGreat Lakes mayors will discuss a restoration initiative for the ecosystem, legislation to combat invasive species, and local environmental projects. 

 

Contact:  Dick Munson at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/544-5200).

 

 

LETTER:  AMTRAK

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Representatives Jack Quinn (R-NY), James Oberstar (D-MN), Michael Castle (R-DE), and Corrine Brown (D-FL) are circulating a letter seeking fiscal year appropriations for Amtrak.  The lawmakers support the agency's request for $1.812 billion to invest in infrastructure, repair damaged equipment, and operate the railroad.

 

Contact:  Michael Beckerman at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-9496).

 

 

HEARING:  MANUFACTURING R&D

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The House Science Committee on Thursday, June 5, will hold a hearing to review the most serious problems facing U.S. manufacturing, with a particular focus on federal research, development, and technical assistance programs.  The Subcommittee on Environment, Technology, and Standards will explore how federal R&D programs can help alleviate the problems faced by manufacturing firms, including small and medium-sized businesses.  The June 5 hearing will run from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon in 2318 Rayburn House Office Building.

 

Contact:  Olwen Huxley with the House Science Committee (202/226-3614).

 

 

REPORT:  FLOW OF FEDERAL FUNDS

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The U.S. Census Bureau’s Governments Division on Wednesday, June 4, will release its fiscal 2002 Consolidated Federal Funds Report (CFFR) with data on federal spending obligations by state and county.  On the same day, Census also will distribute its annual report on federal aid to states, which tallies actual federal government expenditures on grants to state and local governments.  Both reports will be available at http://www.census.gov/govs/www/cffr.html.

Contact:  Matt Kane with the Northeast-Midwest Institute (651/297-2406).

 

 

LETTER:  GREAT LAKES WATER LEVELS

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The House Great Lakes Task Force is circulating a letter to the House Resources Committee in support of an amendment, sponsored by Congressman Dale Kildee (D-MI), to the Hydrographic Services Amendments (H.R. 958).  Rep. Kildee's amendment would authorize $2 million per year for the Great Lakes Water Levels Observation Network. The signature deadline for this letter is June 2nd.

 

Contact:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).