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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 15 December 2003



H I G H L I G H T S

 

*  Upper Mississippi River Navigation

*  Manufacturing Extension Partnership

*  Natural Gas Working Group

 

 

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER NAVIGATION

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A panel of experts on Monday, December 15, will discuss recent developments with the Restructured Upper Mississippi River -- Illinois Waterway System Navigation Study.  To be examined are assumptions and costs associated with various alternatives for reducing transportation delays on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.  Scheduled presenters include:

 

        *  Dr. Ray Mundy, Director of the Center for Transportation Studies at the

           University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL);

 

        *  Scott Faber, Senior Attorney at Environmental Defense; and

 

        *  Dr. Robert Stearns, Visiting Professor, University of Maryland School of

           Public Affairs and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Army, Civil Works.

 

The December 15 session -- to begin at 3:00 pm in room HC-6 of the U.S. Capitol -- will be moderated by Mark Muller, Director of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's Environment and Agriculture Program.

 

Contact:  Melissa Woods with Rep. Ron Kind (202/225-5506).

 

 

MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP

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Leaders of the Manufacturing Task Forces are asking the Office of Management and Budget to request $110 million in the president's fiscal 2005 budget for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).  MEP is a federal/state partnership that helps small manufacturers become productive and competitive.

 

House offices wanting to sign the letter should contact Michael Beckerman at 202/226-9496; Senate offices should contact Kris Sarri at 202/224-0606.  The signature deadline is noon on Tuesday, December 16.

 

 

NATURAL GAS WORKING GROUP

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The Bipartisan Natural Gas Working Group -- co-chaired by Reps. Mike Castle (R-DE) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) -- is crafting legislation that will help stabilize natural gas prices and supply.  The working group's objective is to develop and advance environmentally-responsible consensus legislation promoting the near- and long-term affordability and price stability of natural gas.

 

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