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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 28 July 2003



H I G H L I G H T S

 

* Manufacturing Extension Funding

* Great Lakes Appropriations Updates

* Algal Bloom Legislation

* Brownfields Showcase Communities Briefing

 

 

MANUFACTURING EXTENSION FUNDING

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The House Manufacturing Task Force, co-chaired by Reps. Jack Quinn (R-NY) and Marty Meehan (D-MA), is circulating a letter to yet-to-be-named conferees seeking restored funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).  The House Commerce-Justice-State appropriation bill slashed the MEP budget by more than 60 percent, from $106.6 million in fiscal 2003.  As a public-private partnership, MEP's 60 centers provide valuable technical assistance and business support services to small manufacturers.

 

House offices wanting to sign the letter should contact Michael Beckerman (202/226-9496).

 

 

GREAT LAKES APPROPRIATIONS UPDATES

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Updates on recent House and Senate actions associated with appropriations for Great Lakes programs are now online.

 

 

ALGAL BLOOM LEGISLATION

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The House Science Committee last week approved the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research Amendments Act (H.R. 1856) that provides $30 million annually for research and monitoring efforts.  The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI), also expands algal bloom research into freshwater systems, including the Great Lakes.  The Senate Commerce Committee last month approved a similar bill (S. 247), sponsored by Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), that authorizes almost $80 million over three years and requires an assessment of algal blooms in the Great Lakes.

 

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

 

 

BROWNFIELDS SHOWCASE COMMUNITIES BRIEFING

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The Senate Coalition on Thursday, July 31, will host a briefing by Environmental Protection Agency officials about brownfield showcase communities, explaining how federal resources have helped revive communities through job creation, neighborhood and commercial center enhancements, and increased local tax revenues.  A multi-agency partnership designated 16 showcase communities in 1998 and an additional 12 in 2000.  The July 31 briefing begins at 10:00 am in room SC-6 of the U.S. Capitol.